There has been a great deal of controversy about dog food. Problems of salmonella has resulted in several recalls of dog food.  Many people make their own which is what I used to do when I had dogs.  There is also the discussion about feeding your dogs raw meat.  Again, there is the high probability of germs, salmonella, and more.  One year for the holidays, my family and I went to visit my in-laws who lived in an apartment.  We had to travel to see them and, of course, brought the dogs.  At that time I had two Dobermans, a mother and son.  We placed them in a kennel near the in-laws that was surrounded by trees and lots of grass.  We were assured that they would be fine.  After we returned home, the son, Smokey, began to appear sick.  I hadn’t changed his routine or his dog food.  So I drove one hour to an older vet I knew.  He tested him and said his kidneys were failing and he was operating at three percent.  He gave me a diet for him that I started immediately.  I also used this recipe for my granddaughter’s dog because she hates dog food. It’s efficient but takes a little effort.  You can make it in whatever quantity you prefer.  I started with a large pan.  I  cut up and browned some onions in a large pan.  I also browned any of the following: chicken lives, beef livers, or any cuts of inexpensive meats.  I removed the meats and put them aside.  I then added boiling water and whatever amount of rice you might need for several days of food.  You can also include carrots or any vegetable your pet might like.  I included chicken bouillon for extra flavor.  I did salt the meat.  Once the rice was close to being finished, I added the meat so it had a good flavor.  My dog improved dramatically and lived a few more years.  My granddaughter’s dog is thriving. So, if you are tired of recalls and want to lower your pet’s food bill, try my recipe.  It really works.  In the Good Gus series there were very few dogs.  If you think about it, how did they feed their dogs?  The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

During this crisis, many people are beginning to question their eating habits. Because they cannot buy all their favorite foods and eat at restaurants they are now discovering eating at home again after many years.  Although yesterday as I went to the health grocery store when I drove home I was shocked and amazed that the line at the window of Chick-fil-a was around the corner.  Apparently take away in the U.S. continues.  I have not heard of this in Europe.  A chef commented today on the internet about people changing their lifestyles in terms of the foods that they eat.  He believes that people will realize that eating healthy might prevent catching the virus in the future.  Other articles remind people to grow and or eat fresh herbs.  Whenever a new cook starts out, they generally begin with a semi-homemade recipe.  Then, because they feel that they are on the path to better health they experiment with fresh herbs.  For example, a simple tea sandwich you could make easily is this.  Soften and mix cream cheese and add a dash of lemon juice.  Cut up fresh dill, parsley or the fresh herb of your choice and blend well.  Trim the crust of two pieces of bread and spread with the cream cheese mix.  Peel and slice some cucumber, tomato,  or any other type of vegetable you might like and place on the cream cheese mix.  It’s a quick easy sandwich that you can completely enjoy.  It’s a small step towards better health.  Just an update regarding dog number three at my daughter’s.  A neighbor, who is a nurse, was grateful that her dog was found.  Now if she could find a home for Duke who is still a puppy, everyone would be happy.  By the way, my daughter’s original rescue dog, Bonnie, refused to eat in the beginning.  So I did what I used to do with my two Dobermans; I made their food.  If there is no dog food and your dog has no allergies, you can make your own easy inexpensive meals.  Find cheap meats at the grocery such as chicken livers, beef, even turkey and brown it in some oil.  Cook a large pana fair amount of  rice and add some carrots or any type of vegetable your dog will eat.  Use a bouillon cube for the broth.  Then, when the rice is done, add the meat and cook a few minutes longer.  It’s inexpensive and healthy for your dog.   In the Good Gus series everyone did have better health because they ate farm to table food.  The series is online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.

Dog food is quite expensive. Not to mention that dogs now have allergies to various grains which is making it more complicated for their owners to feed them.  Is there a simple solution?  Yes, make your own dog food.  When I had two dobermans, I had a friend who used to give me a case of real meat dog food at a very low price as he was a distributor.  When one of my dogs became ill, the Vet told me to make my own dog food for him.  He improved dramatically.  As dog food is so pricey, you can economise by making your own.  How?  I have a friend who uses raw ground up turkey for her dog.  The dog is healthy and has little or no old age issues.  She also taught this recipe to her brother who now feeds his dog the same way.  She does include a few extra items, but once a week she makes it in bulk and then she has it for the entire week.  When my daughter was taking care of a dog while the family was away, the dog stopped eating.  In order to solve the problem I bought a bag of white rice, a few carrots and chicken livers.  I made two cups of rice with the carrots cut up so they would be easy for the dog to eat.  I fried up the chicken parts (no bones) and added it after the rice had cooked.  The first day my daughter brought the food to the dog,  she gobbled it up.  I made enough for the entire week the family was away.  They were thrilled that the dog was eating.  As always, if you look for a solution a problem will disappear.  In the Good Gus series there were no pets.  There were however, visitors,  in book nineteen, such as “Bandits Come to Pecos.”  You can guess what animals they were.  Remember reading is relaxing for the children and the series is only a click away online at Kindle and Waterstones.  If your child loves the feel of a book, the hard copies are at the UPS Store in Tierrasanta, California.  When you are looking for ‘me’ time, remember “Misplaced Trust” is available at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster,  Scribd and Tolino.

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