Today is dog food making day at our house. Rory has been eating some homemade food for the last two years. I say "some" because if I felt that I had to do it all the time, or had to do it perfectly, I don't think I'd still be making him food two years in. One of the keys to successfully making the switch from kibble to homemade food is grace towards yourself. If you feel like you have to do it perfectly, you will quit (or never start). If you feel like you have to do it every week without a break, you will quit. One of the biggest keys to my success in making food for Rory is not letting perfection get in the way (an issue that comes up in many areas of my life - oy vy!)
Today the food looks pretty green, which Rory doesn't mind, because I used my food processor to chop up the kale. Fresh greens are a source of chlorophyll, something that our dogs often do not get enough of. This article by one of my favorite holistic vets talks about why greens are important for a dog's system, and how the need for them may be why your dog is over-eating grass. The recipe today also includes sweet potatoes, rice, chickpeas, ground turkey, broccoli, and bone meal (for calcium). Once it's all made, I mix it together and separate it out too cool, and then freeze all but one container, which lasts Rory 3-6 meals, depending on the size.
When I first started making food, I had a lot of questions about vitamins and minerals, and got my head into such a mess over 'will I be able to give Rory what he needs?' that abandoning my mission seemed like a no-brainer. But I didn't! Because the alternative was leaving that in the hands of a dog food company, who is already starting out behind by making only processed food. When it came down to it, I believed more in whole foods and my ability to learn how to give Rory what he needs than the companies making his food.
And, so my journey with making food at home began. I'm learning all the time about how to better give Rory what he needs to be healthy and happy. Rory loves his food, as does every dog guest who's ever stayed at my house and tried it. Unsurprisingly, some have even turned up their nose at kibble after sampling what Rory is eating!
So, if you've been thinking about making dog food, I encourage you to give it a try! Let me know how it goes, and if you have any questions, leave them in the comments! I'm happy to help others on this journey to give their dogs good, healthy food that will better their days!