Gracie is now 13 years old!

For nine years she's eaten REAL, HOMEMADE FOOD, NOT commercial dog food. This blog shows how easy it is to be a DOGGIE CHEF and how healthy a home-fed dog can be.

February 23, 2010

Meatloaf Dinner 2-23-10

Gracie's Dinner:

Homemade meatloaf (cooked with corn oil)

Brown rice

A few red kidney beans  ***See Note below


 ***Note: I don't feed Gracie kidney beans very often. Most sources I've read say they're safe to feed a dog. Some sources say raw kidney beans (not the cooked kind we eat) are harmful to humans and dogs. On the rare occasion we eat kidney beans I'll include a few in Gracie's meal, just for variety.

February 16, 2010

Poached Cod Dinner 2-16-10

I cooked poached cod for dinner last night so Gracie got some too.

Gracie's Dinner:

Fresh cod poached in water with some olive oil, a splash of white wine and parsley

Brown rice

Green peas

Just a reminder (I've mentioned and showed this in previous posts): When I prepare Gracie's meals I fill her bowl with separate portions of foods (see above photo) to help me gauge the type and amount of protein, carbohydrates, vegetables, dairy, etc... she's eating. Before serving the meal I usually mix together everything except any dairy product (like yogurt or cottage cheese) to distribute the flavors.
There was no dairy in tonight's dinner so it was all mixed together. As usual, I mashed the peas very well for easier digestion:

February 9, 2010

Rabbit Poop --- A Doggie Delicacy?

Sorry about this gross post and photo but I think it should be addressed on this blog.
No, I don't feed Gracie rabbit poop, but she loves to eat it when she finds it in our yard. I know ---YUCK!

She's been doing this for several years, even though I've tried to discourage it. So far, thankfully, she hasn't picked up any parasites or diseases. I've even had our vet do stool sample tests just to make sure Gracie didn't ingest any parasites. None were ever detected. Still, I'd prefer she didn't eat rabbit poop! 

This year I'm getting tougher. I'm attempting to consistently scold Gracie when I catch her eating rabbit poop, and warmly praise her when I order her not to eat it and she obeys. She responds well to training and won't usually eat the poop when I'm nearby. Yet if I step inside to get something while she's outside I think it's hard for her to resist sneaking a few bites. At least one rabbit has been visiting our property regularly and dropping little beads of poop all over. It's impossible to clean them up every day. We've even seen the rabbit outside at dawn and twilight. Gracie always makes a mad dash for him (or her) but the rabbit bounds away and scoots under our fence every time.

According to Wikipedia, a rabbit leaves behind "night feces," called, "cecotropes," and it's actually high in minerals, vitamins and proteins that are necessary to the rabbit's health. The rabbit will re-ingest the cecotropes --  yes, eat it after pooping it out --- in order to extract all the nutrients! That sounds kind of revolting but maybe that's why dogs want to eat rabbit poop? To get the vitamins and nutrients they contain? Or maybe the nutritional benefits of rabbit poop are for rabbits only and dogs just like the taste?

I'll keep doing my best to discourage Gracie from eating this "delicacy" she finds so irresistible. I feed Gracie gourmet doggie meals every day. I can't understand why she likes eating rabbit poop!

February 2, 2010

Chicken Dinner 2-2-10


Brown rice

Steel cut oats cooked in milk

Black beans


Corn Oil