Sorry my friends, but there’s just no way to make a raw meal look pretty. I tried, though, I really did! I want to share this “recipe” today because we are putting our RAW episode of Fido & Wine online as I write this – this is a great show for people who are interested in learning more about the raw diet for dogs. My slogan is “Think Outside of The Bag”, the goal being to get more people to consider feeding their dogs food that isn’t processed. I am obviously a fan of home cooking for dogs, but I also stand behind a raw diet. As I’ve mentioned in some previous posts, I incorporate raw elements into both of The Boys diets. I will NOT cook any offal in my house – gag me with a giant spoon. I shudder just thinking of the smell of kidney or liver cooking. So, the boys get their fix (dogs require about 10% of their weekly diet to be offal, 5% of which should be liver) in the form of a frozen cube or frozen/dehydrated liver. I also feed one of The Boys primarily raw meals. I have been doing this for a couple of years so that I can become extremely knowledgeable in both types of feeding.
The picture of my dog’s bowl represents an entire day of food for one large lab. The beef chunk, beef meatballs, ground chicken with bone, and variety of gently cooked veggies would be divided into a breakfast and dinner feeding, then a cube each (I switch them up between offal and tripe, generally) gets fed to both dogs (in the backyard) at 7pm, I call this their “sub” as in substantial snack. I change up the meats often, and of course, there are lots of my healthy home made treats given out during the day, which aren’t raw but are often grain-free.
Myths and naysayers abound when it comes to feeding raw, but I don’t believe the negative press for one minute. Lori of Heronview Raw & Natural does a much better job of explaining to our host, Laura than I ever could. Lori is my own supplier, she really knows her stuff – and dare I say “she knows more than the internet” – for reals!
P.S. Guess what Lori is so proudly holding in this picture I love your sense of humor, Lori!!
I’m neither a vet nor an animal nutritionist. This recipe is not meant to replace a proper and balanced diet for your dog. You should speak to your own vet before trying new recipes or feeding any home cooked foods to your dog.