It is amazing how media coverage can make folks paranoid. The news about Beneful killing dogs made me very nervous. We usually feed an equally crappy dog food because it is the only one that doesn’t give Bumble gas. But one bag ago Doug accidentally brought home Beneful. Rather than drive back into town we opened it up and fed it to him. He ate doubled his normal portions and loved it! But I went back to the other dog food because I couldn’t afford for him to be eating that much food! It was a good thing because then I saw the news reports about the poisoning. Then Bumble got sick.
Memories came back of our feisty and cuddly Siamese cat. He was only eight when he suddenly dropped weight and became very ill. He went into renal failure and after an agonizing two months, died. And broke our hearts. Do you remember that time? It was when many of the cat and dog foods were being recalled and were killing numerous pets. Including mine. I was buying the expensive food. The good food. I was being a good pet parent. But it turned out that the expensive food was made by the same companies that made the crappy food. That was a solemn discovery.
It angers me that this multi-billion dollar industry does not care whatsoever about animals. Animals are kept in cages in holding facilities their entire lives to be tested on with animal food. They feed the public lies about nutrition and then sell us poison. Knowingly, and then not pulling it until the lawsuits win. It is sad. Because for many of us our animals are a part of our lives. They take up space in our photo albums and our phones. They entertain us, love us, make the house a home. Most of us don’t think about making our own animals’ food. But why not? Time and know-how I guess are the elusive answer!
Bumble had all the symptoms. The diarrhea, the lethargy, he stopped eating for five days. He limped and had trouble moving. I told Emily that she and her siblings may need to come out and say their goodbyes. He has been our family dog a long time. Now at ten and a half years old, it is hard to see him suffer.
Then he made a miraculous recovery. Turns out that the bitter cold caused his hip to stiffen up and his teeth are bad. But it certainly made me think.
A Nutrient Complete Dog Food
Part of this recipe was inspired by a recipe in Ani’s Raw Kitchen.
2 cups of nuts like cashews, walnuts, pecans (protein and antioxidants) soaked overnight
2 cups of fruits and vegetables like kale, avocado, carrots, banana, and/or green beans (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants)
2 Tablespoons of olive oil or coconut oil (coat shine)
1/2 Tablespoon of dried herbs like basil, oregano, thyme
1 clove of garlic (anti-viral and anti-cancer)
1 teaspoon of sea salt
Sprinkle of nutritional yeast (B 12)
Dogs are able to live very well as vegetarians. In fact, wolves and coyotes in the wild eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. But some humanely raised, organic meat could be added as well.
Grind everything together in a food processor, adding a little water for dogs with bad teeth.
This recipe feeds a 75-80 pound dog for a day giving him two servings. It keeps well in the refrigerator.
Perhaps I could designate a day to make his food for the week. It doesn’t take long and wouldn’t cost anymore than the dog food. The dog food could be costing me much more. We don’t want to lose Bumble yet!