Rogan, Druzhok, and Koro chow down (circa ~1989)
The following post was originally published by Karen on KP’s Dog Blog, February 25, 2008.
What are you having for dinner tonight? Spinach-mushroom lasagne
with garlic bread? Pesto sauce served over angel hair pasta? Grilled
Cajun portobellos with avocado crème? Japanese eggplant skewers with
red curry coconut sauce? Mmmm! Or maybe you’re going out to eat at the
Olive Garden or PF Chang’s or TGI Friday’s. Yum! … And what about Fido?
What’s he having for dinner? Oh … dry kibble. The same kind he had
yesterday? Hmmm. I bet he’s thrilled with that.
I’m not really enamoured of kibble―I can tell you that much. I
haven’t fed my dogs kibble in more than 15 years. With regard to the
nutritional value of kibble, it’s denatured, overly processed, often
full of fillers, and just plain dry. Plus, as soon as you open that
bag, any oils in the food start to go rancid, so about 48 hours later,
you’ve got important fats that are turning against Fido instead of
benefiting him. But there’s another reason to ditch the dry food: It’s
just so excruciatingly boring, night after night, day after day―the
same old same old. Don’t believe it when so-called “experts” tell you
that you have to be cautious about varying your dog’s diet. It’s just
the opposite. Dogs who eat the same thing year after year often develop
an allergy to the protein in the food or some kind of deficiency.
Variety is the spice of your dog’s life just as it is yours. You can
give Fido something different at each meal. I’ve been doing this with
my dogs for the past five years, and I can vouch for the fact that not
a one of them has suffered any dire consequences―not even gas.
You can accomplish this either by buying dog food in cans, which
allows you to select a wide variety to have on hand, or by making your
own dog food (there are oodles of recipes online as well as entire
I know, some people are feeding their dogs a “special” diet. But
that special diet was formulated as a single product for the mass
market―that doesn’t mean that there can’t be other versions of it. Do
your homework. Go online and find out what’s in it and why it’s
“special” and how you could replicate it using other types of food. Be
sure to check with your vet to make sure you’re on the right track.
At the very least, you could spice things up by offering your dog
some fun, delicious, and nutritious side dishes or “desserts.” Here are
a few suggestions just off the top of my head:
•Veggies sautéed in olive oil
•Chunks of baked yam
•Mashed bananas with a little flaxseed oil and spirulina mixed in
•Raw veggies processed in a food processor with a little water and nutritional yeast
•Steamed green beans mixed with shredded coconut
•Some whole wheat pasta mixed with a little tomato sauce
•A bowl of salt-free vegetable broth with peas floating in it
•Steamed veggies drizzled with coconut oil
•A small bowl of brown rice and chick peas sprinkled with ground-up peanuts
•A bowl of steamed broccoli or cauliflower
•A whole carrot (or a baby carrot for the tiny dogs)
Your dog will be delighted!
(Do stay away from onions, avocados, chocolate, grapes, and raisins,
though, which are all harmful to dogs. And please leave out the
junk―sugar, salt, hydrogenated oils, white flour―the same things that
are junk for you.)
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