2007
03.27

The news flash about the dog food recall put me in a cold sweat.

I jumped and ran to the computer. We just started feeding our dog wet food like two weeks ago. Luckily, we started feeding him Pedigree – by accident. It’s what the bodega had. But what if they had something else and we killed our dog? This was one of the only brands not to be affected by the recall.

I have a routine now with Chimi. I come home, we go for a walk. TURDles and tinky and home we go. I make him dinner and do a little dance with a little song: “KIBBLES!!! O MY GOSH ITS KIBBLES TIME” And of course there are variations to it. But, what if I had been feeding him kidney failure instead?

All day Wednesday I researched what is in dog food. One site said euthanized dogs, cats and other various animals. And all their chemicals. Even if that’s not true- whatever is in there is worse than what they feed you at Taco Bell, making it suddenly evident that I could not do the kibbles dance for… kibbles.

I read that dogs develop half of their health problems because of hormones and chemicals in the food. Between the recall and the research – I don’t give a shit how expensive / how “healthy” / how delicious it is – my dog isn’t eating dog food anymore. And then came the recipe hunt for “Home-made dog food.”

I just can’t get it out of my head that I could have unknowingly killed my dog. He’s the sweetest dog I have ever had in my life. He’s just a cuddly mush who covers our living room in dirty socks he steals from the laundry basket – which he also sleeps in when we’re not home. He’s not even completely out of the puppy stage yet. I can’t imagine coming home and him not being there.

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My recipe:

1 can Corn
1 can Peas and Carrots
1 box of minute rice
2 boiled chicken pcs
2 hard boiled egg whites (added protein)
4 tsps olive oil (keeps his coat shiny)
couple shakes of garlic powder (fights fleas)

Mince egg whites and chicken; put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix.

I froze half of mine for the later part of the week so it doesn’t go bad. Whole recipe should feed him for about a week.

  1. I’d almost pay you to post a video of you doing the “KIBBLES!!! O MY GOSH ITS KIBBLES TIME” dance. Almost.

  2. I used to know someone a few years ago that ate cat food because he was too poor to afford it. By “too poor,” I mean he didn’t want to spend money on such a frivolous expense like food when he could be investing it more wisely in his cocaine habit.

    [quote comment=”18642″]I’d almost pay you to post a video of you doing the “KIBBLES!!! O MY GOSH ITS KIBBLES TIME” dance. Almost.[/quote]
    I’d pay for it. Hell, I’d buy her dinner.

  3. [quote comment=”18644″]I used to know someone a few years ago that ate cat food because he was too poor to afford it. By “too poor,” I mean he didn’t want to spend money on such a frivolous expense like food when he could be investing it more wisely in his cocaine habit.

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    LMAO that’s just what I needed today!

  4. [quote comment=”18646″]LMAO that’s just what I needed today![/quote]
    Cocaine??

  5. [quote comment=”18647″][quote comment=”18646″]LMAO that’s just what I needed today![/quote]
    Cocaine??[/quote]

    Uh duh. Cocaine and air conditioning. Lots and lots of cold air. It’s freaking hot here.

  6. Hey Mary,
    I started doing pretty much the same thing for the same reasons. I’m sure you did a lot of the same research I did, but for anyone else who is reading this and is curious:
    Basics of Home Made Dog Food:
    40% – protein
    30% – veggies
    30% – carbs
    – keep an eye on your dog after feeding him wheat, many dogs are allergic to it. Nothing fatal, but if your poochie shows signs of allergies after eating it, cut it out (Duh!)
    – Canines cannot digest cellulose walls (basically the cell walls of vegetable products) as well as humans because they don’t have grindy kinds of teeth like us. They get most of their veggies partially digested from the stomaches of their prey in the wild. Your options here are: chew the veggies for your puppy or grind them in a food processor. I chose option 2.
    – No-no foods include: chocolate, onions, garlic, grapes, and raisins
    – Mix it up (especially the veggies) to ensure puppy gets all his vitamins

    This week, we’re on Rice, peas, carrots, and ground beef. Last week was potatoes, cauliflour, broccoli, and chicken. I find the freezing works well too. It really doesn’t cost that much more than dog food either because I use the veggies that didn’t get eaten the previous week when making her food.

    Also, she really, really, really gets excited for dinner now, which is a huge plus. She wasn’t all that eager for kibbles.

  7. A friend of mine has a very, very sick dog at the moment. The poor thing is only a year old and close to kidney failure. I’m lucky enough to have a very picky eater in my dog. John can vouch for this one, he’s met her. She’s only really eaten human food. She’s lived on chicken, meatballs, rice and veggies for as long as I can remember.

    In agreement with Chenoa, John and Ranee….I’d like to see that video too.

  8. did you kill your dog

  9. I lost two dogs in a year and they live for like 12 years. I think that is the longest dog we ever had. We didn’t feed them any dog food like pedigree. Instead, we feed them rice. Yea Maybe thats the reason they could live longer. I don’t know that is what I think. Because some dogs who ate those dog food kinda die early.

  10. I know a lot of people who make their own home made food for dogs. A good alternative is to use chicken and rice, I give that to my dog sometimes & he loves it.
    Also using a cheap brand of dog food isn’t good for your pet either (as you probably already know), the more expensive ones are that way for a reason!

  11. I know what you mean.. when i was younger i thought that dog food was made of what they said it was.. for example, i thought it was made of real meat converted in dehydrated small pieces but nooo.. its just bad :(