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.
We were all raised with values, some good, some bad. The people with the wrong values are in the news, jail, prison or on the run for the harm they have caused. The people with good values need to be recognized. I saw a video that I had to share. A man was in the drive through at Chick-Fil-A purchasing his breakfast prior to work. He pulled off to the side to eat and noticed a homeless man with his dog. He had a sign that said, “Need food; will work for food.” The man watched him the entire time and then drove around to the drive through again. He ordered the largest breakfast that they had. He then pulled up next to the homeless man and his dog. As he kept dog food in his truck when he brought his dog to work he reached into the back and grabbed that for the dog. He sat down next to the man and gave him the food. The homeless man was so grateful he literally started to cry. The man spoke to him while he ate and the homeless man explained his wife died, he lost his job, then his home and took what little he had left to a campground. His possessions were stolen as well. The man asked him if he wanted to work. The homeless man replied, “I will work as hard as possible for you. I didn’t think there was a kind person left in the human race.” The man told him to be at that spot the next day. As soon as he drove up, the homeless man was waiting. The man took him to the job site and they started working. The homeless man’s dog followed him all day and he did really work hard. The man paid him at the end of the day and even took him to the bank to cash his check. He did this for the entire week. The man had a new job the next week in a different location. He asked the homeless man if he wanted to work the following week. He was elated. He did ask him to pick him up at a different location as he was going to buy a blanket and a few provisions to sleep at the campground. Even though it was out of his way, he never said a word and continued to meet him everyday. Good karma, or just good values? You be the judge. In the Good Gus series good values were a must. You can view the series on Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also available 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.