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PupCulture Magazine!

Guess what, guys and gals! I’ve been asked to contribute to a brand new, soon to be launched magazine called PupCulture Magazine! It’s an exciting step for me and I look forward to bringing as much information as possible to this new generation of dog and animal lovers.

PupCulture Mag

I would love to address any questions or thoughts you guys have on different subjects of feeding and animal health and well being! I’ll be speaking to and including interviews with experienced standard practice DVMs as well as with Holistic and Naturopathic Animal Doctors on a myriad of topics. Get in touch with me at TheOrganicDog@yahoo.com should something pique your interest! You just might be featured in an upcoming article or column 🙂

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BSD:: Breed Specific Diets

another Delicious Dog Dish

With all the research I’ve been doing regarding ingredients, content ratio (fat-to-protein-to-vegetable, etc), benefits of certain foods and which foods to avoid, combinations of each, etc… the list goes on, I’ve noticed a rather prominent common factor when it comes to appropriate diets and menu creation: all dogs are not created equal; all breeds are different, as are their natural dietary needs. If you’re not already aware of breed specific diets, is it something you’d ever considered before? I’ll be honest, it was maybe a fleeting thought in my history of dog rearing and rescuing. Does that make me naive? Possibly. Ignorant? Mmmmmeeehhh that’s not such a nice way to put it, but I’d definitely say I was grossly uneducated on the subject of pet food and labeling. Growing up, we always bought bags of kibble for our little menagerie of dogs and breeds without so much as a second thought as to whether or not it mattered. It was dog food. It seems so strange now, especially with all the recalls and knowing what randomly horrible “ingredients” they throw in there. But in the 80s and 90s when I was still a kid, I automatically assumed dog food was dog food was dog food was dog food, and why in the world would these people lie or not have my pets’ best interests at heart. Right? Well, I’ve since learned that MANY of these companies (not all!) do not, in fact, have our pets’ best interests at heart. In fact, most of these foods are not only bad for their heart, but their liver, kidneys, skin, brain… should I go on? Of course, not all dog foods are created equal… and thank God for that! There are many brands that aren’t mainstream (or cheap for that matter) who actually DO put our pets’ health at the forefront. With that in mind, one dog food does not fit all. Did you know Chihuahuas shouldn’t be eating the same things as a Boxer mix, or a Bichon Frise, or a Pug? Because before this year… I did not.

I hope I’m building a strong case against those nasty store brand bags of kibble, and for introducing your fur kids to the wonderful, and healthful, benefits of homemade meals designed to fit their specific needs. Making the switch will mean a world of difference not only to pet’s mind, body, and soul, but to your pocketbook when you save on vet visits for pesky issues like hot spots or… I dunno… cancer.

It all makes perfect sense when you think about it.

Now that my eyes have been widely opened (is widely a word?) on the questionable intentions of these dog food companies, I’ve thought good and hard on what I will feed my own two not-so-little mutts; and here’s where my Breed Specific Diet plans come into play. I’m lucky, though, in this instance. Both of my dogs are “northern” breeds, meaning they both hail from the far northern hemisphere and have adapted to and been bred for work, cold environments, scarce and varied food supplies including both land and sea plants and animals. And while I don’t have a steady flow of whale meat, kelp, or caribou, I can focus on and substitute other readily available proteins, grains, and vegetables with ingredients I can find locally or order at a reasonable cost; as well as supplement vitamins and minerals as needed. In looking at my girls, a Husky mix and a Labrador mix (these are their very dominant breed traits I’m going on), I can narrow the field and look where these particular breeds come from and what their “ancestors” ate and how they’d adapted as a breed and why.

Baby - Husky mix foster

Let’s start with Baby, my foster Husky mix. I can muster an educated guess she’s also mixed with Pitbull, but I’m going with her obvious breed here. Huskies and other sled dogs were bred over generations to be workhorses in cold northern regions along the Arctic Circle; think Siberia, Scandinavia, and Alaska where conditions are harsh and food sources scarce. Both domesticated and “wild” huskies adapted to and learned to thrive on limited food and thus have a very efficient metabolism and require less food than other breeds (and also developed a strong natural prey drive so watch out kitty owners- I learned the hard, scary way). They absorb a higher level of energy and vital nutrients from their food and are able to survive on smaller amounts of food in times of scarcity when other animals requiring more food would have struggled to do so (note: do NOT starve a Husky intentionally because of this! It’s simply key point to note when considering a healthy, sufficient, and appropriate diet). Let’s then consider what their natural diet would have consisted of: fish (oily fish like Salmon), whale and seal meat, perhaps scavenge the occasional caribou, birds, small game, and, by default through the stomach contents of their prey (or meals) kelp, grasses, berries, and roots. Huskies are also quite hyper and active and require lots of excercise and can expend lots of energy for a long time. Are you getting a good idea of what some of their meals should consist of in your house? Allow me to cover the other mutt’s breed before I get into what dinner was today.

Ellie is my giant 10 month old black Labrador puppy who wants to be a teeny lap dog. Don’t they all? Anyway, for her case, I’m going with her dominant breed, the obvious breed, when researching her natural diet. Now, to keep things kosher with the millions of Lab people out there, we’ll keep this simple and assume Ellie is more American Lab than English. She’s longer, taller, and leaner than the shorter, stockier “work” lab. Labrador Retrievers, as with Huskies, come from way up north around Newfoundland and theLabrador Sea. They are believed to be directly related to the St. John’s Dog (or lesser Newfoundland) and cross-bred with other English and European breeds such as spaniels and possibly terriers to hone in and create the highly trainable working dogs they were bred to be. Used on fishing boats in icy waters to retreive loose fish and nets, and brought along on hunting trips to (here’s that word again) retreive water fowl, Labradors have adapted to a variety of foods similar to Huskies. One thing worth mentioning with Labs, however, is that they are almost predisposed to be overweight regardless of their activity level. Simply put, they are walking stomachs. They will eat almost anything if left to their own devices so it is important to monitor their intake. Having said all that, let’s consider where these pups are orginally from: Newfoundland and points north and west (and east for those English bred Labs). And what sources of food were readily available up there? Why, whale meat, fish, caribou, and small game and fowl, of course.

Ellie - black Lab mix

What luck! They can share and benefit from the same foods!

Now, just to clarify, I know these girls each have their own issues and needs according to their breeds and individual doggy pasts, so I will generally include supplements based on their individual needs with their meals. I yet decided on a brand or exact combo, but I will report back when I finish researching the best recommendations and balance for my dogs. This, I hope, will add years and bounce to the girls’ lives and, in return, add love and affection into my family’s.

So what are they having for dinner tonight? Ground Turkey cooked in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Garlic with Grated Carrots, Blueberries, and Spinach on top of Brown Rice cooked with Whole Oats. YUM! I’ve also added a preventative joint wear supplement with Glucosamine and Chondroitin.

*Just a note: I’m not a veterinarian nor am I claiming anyone should forego seeking the advice and wisdom of your pets’ doctor. I’m simply providing information based on personal research and consultations with select few holistic veterinarians.

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Healthy is as healthy does!

Banana Yogurt w/ Carrot Biscuit!

With all the recent recalls in pet food lately, why risk the health and well being of your pet to imbalanced, additive and preservative-laden commercial brand dog food?

How many of your furbabies have skin allergies, or chronic, degenerative diseases or health issues? Ever wonder why? Many of these are caused by a dietary imbalance of inferior quality “food” product packed into your dog’s kibble. Would you eat your dog’s commercial brand kibble? No? Then why should they?

Our food  is all natural, hand crafted, and nutritionally balanced to fit the needs of your dog. Whether you choose to go with one of our custom diets tailored to your dog’s specific needs or breed, or one of our weekly, monthly, or quarterly stock meal plans, all of our ingredients are fresh, simple, and absolutely human-grade, REAL food. We have researched, read, tested, and fine-tuned each recipe to ensure healthy combinations of flavor, texture, and nutrition.

Your dog will be much healthier and, over a period of months, ailments such as allergies (skin allergies like “Hot Spots”), digestive issues, eye and ear issues will greatly decrease, if not disappear completely. Healthier dogs mean happier dogs, and less money going towards unnecessary vet visits and medications.

The Organic Dog’s venture to bring quality, nutritional dog food to the masses is not a new concept, but we would like to help make this option a realistic and affordable one to those willing to give it a try. We will soon offer recipes on our blog https://theorganicdog.wordpress.com/ and bits of health and nutritional info on our FB & Twitter pages.

We are a new company and are based in the greater White Rock area of Dallas. We are available to deliver free of charge and with a minimum purchase to all points within 10 miles of 75228 zip code. For more information and to learn about our menu and meal plans, please email us @ TheOrganicDog@yahoo.com to learn more and “like” us on http://facebook.com/TheOrganicDog and http://twitter.com/OrganicDogBlog 🙂

 

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The Delicious Dog Dish: Molasses Ground Beef!

First time making this organic recipe and, I must say, it might be a fan favorite with

The Furry Gourmands!

YUM!

It’s almost like they knew I was cooking this meal just for them. Maybe I was giving off that “this is for you” vibe? Or perhaps I goo goo’ed the whole time about how much they were going to LOVE it. I had them licking their chops for sure 😉

This recipe is simple and will last my 2 large breed dogs 2 healthy portioned meals each (tonight’s dinner and tomorrow’s breakfast with some left over).

Here’s what I used::

1 lb Lean Ground Beef (grass fed, no hormones, etc)

2 cups Brown Rice (uncooked)

1/2 cup Flax Seed

1 large-ish Sweet Potatoe

4 tbs Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or cold pressed Flaxseed Oil)

1 clove Garlic

2 tbs Molasses

sprinkle of Cinnamon

Cottage Cheese OR Plain Yogurt

Brown Rice w/ Flax Seed

While I was waiting for the rice to finish cooking (brown rice takes considerably longer than white rice), I’d placed the steamed sweet potatoe in the same pan as the ground beef and noticed 2 pairs of begging… BEGGING… eyes. I knew they’d insist on a taste… or 3. Their first ever (as far as I know) tast of sweet potatoe and they totally wanted more!

Once done, be sure to let everything cool COMPLETELY! I actually put their bowls in the fridge for about 15 minutes with intermittent stirring to hasten the cool down. I think this was the hardest part for both the girls and me. HA! I couldn’t wait to see how well they ate and they, of course, couldn’t wait to chow down.

As soon as I put their bowls down it was game on! Baby, my Husky mix foster, is a scarfer and she, well, scarfed it. Ellie, on the other hand, is a slower eater and barely let me drag the empty bowl away when she was done.

This meal is chalk full of healthy benefits. Follow the links to read more about some of the ingredients:: Holy Protein, Batman! Beef, Sweet Potatoe, and Cottage Cheese provide the main protein sources for this meal. Add to that Molasses, Brown Rice, and Flax Seed, and you’ve got a completely balanced meal for the average pup.

ENJOY!

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Peanut Butter, Honey, and Oatmeal Dog Biscuits!

Peanut Butter, Honey, and Oatmeal Dog Biscuits!

After searching high and low for amazing dog food and doggy treat recipes, tweaking them, burning them a little (oops!), tasting myself, and having the Furry Gourmands scoff and, ultimately, approve, I’ve finally compiled a list (that I’m sure will continue to grow and evolve) of deliciously healthy pup treats! Last night’s batch of organic homemade dog biscuits turned out to be a hit!

I still want to make a few small adjustments to see how much more of a nutritional punch we can pack, as well as see what consistencies and textures are preferred by our doggy panelists 🙂 before I settle on this particular recipe, but we’ll keep the research going and the recipes growing for more more MORE hand crafted, all natural dog treats!

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Cook it like a Crock Star!

Healthy AND Delicious!

So I’ve decided to give it a go… and quite lazily, I might add 🙂 BRING OUT THE CROCKPOT! I’m working on a chicken stew-ish type recipe to try out on the girls, Ellie and Baby. Ellie is our giant 9 mo old Labby pup I found wandering the streets 7 mos ago, and Baby is our super protective Husky mix foster girl. They’re in lurve with eachother and we’re in lurve with them!

 

Ellie Lula and Baby

 

I’ll get prices gathered, nutritional info, and an honest to goodness recipe that will be good for humans, too; although, a bit on the bland side as I’ll keep spices to a minimum. Let’s see if we can’t make this an economical and easy effort for them thar pups!

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what’s in YOUR diet?

 

Well, what’s in your dog’s, actually… How many of you pay attention to the ingredients in your pet food? Do you know whether soy is good for your dog or not? Are you a Pedigree shopper? (yuck, by the way!)

 

We’ll work out the best ingredients and how they go with a dog’s natural diet. We’ll figure out some recipes and see how they taste 🙂 Ellie puppy (giant 9 mo old labby pup who wandered into our lives 7 mos ago) and our foster girl, Baby, will be our willing (or unwilling) taste testers.

 

If you have thoughts or suggestions, please let us know!

 

 

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