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At 5:02pm on February 7, 2015, Vicky Hay said…

Boyoboy, it sure DOES get expensive!!  Y'know, i think you have to do what's right for you and not worry about any extraneous theories. Whatever works...works. ;-)

At 6:12pm on January 15, 2015, Vicky Hay said…

Hi, Rebecca--  Hope this reaches you. I'm not sure how to use this part of the MyCorgi.com website.

Yes, I do feed my dogs actual real, cooked food, although right now they're on FreshPet because I've been enjoying a spate of surgery. As soon as I feel up for it, though, we'll be back to the real stuff. I've described how I make this food at my website, Funny about Money:

funny-about-money.com/2008/10/02/diy-dog-food-spend-a-little-more-and-get-a-lot-more/

http://funny-about-money.com/2012/02/22/how-to-make-dog-food/

http://funny-about-money.com/2008/10/26/cassies-dog-treats/

In the years since I wrote that post, some of the cooking strategy has changed. I now look for boneless meats (boneless chicken thighs,  Costco's version of "country style" spareribs, hamburger, whatEVER) and cook the  meat in a slow cooker. You can also cook sweet potato in with the meat, when you use a slow cooker. Then all that remains is to cook up and grind or chop the veggies. In a pinch, I put a few handsful of frozen veggies into the slow cooker one time but found it hard to break them up, once they were cooked, into reasonable doggie size. It's easier to microwave frozen veggies until they're just cooked, run them through the blender or food processor, and mix them in with the cooked meat and starch.

Bear in mind that dogs can develop allergies to various proteins. Ruby is currently allergic to beef (and indeed, beef is one of the commonest canine allergens, because dog food manufacturers rely so heavily on it). You can minimize this tendency (but probably not get rid of it) by varying the types of meat you feed the dog. I rotate as many different kinds of meat as I can get my  hands on (excluding beef, unfortunately) -- at Thanksgiving, for example, you can often get turkey very cheaply (not boneless, alas, but what the heck). Also sometimes ethnic stores sell various meats. Organ meats such as liver and kidney can be used.

Be careful not to feed your dog anything that contains onion or garlic, as these are both toxic to canids -- that's one reason you shouldn't feed your dogs from your own plate. Chocolate, of course, is toxic, as is anything that contains caffeine. So are grapes and raisins. Avocado is said to be bad for dogs, but I do not know if this is true. Here's a fun listicle on things dogs can eat: http://www.pawnation.com/2013/04/12/what-human-foods-can-dogs-eat

 

At 11:33pm on May 18, 2014, Natalie, Lance &Tucker said…

Rebecca, thanks for the sweet words.  I appreciate it.  So glad I found this site. 

At 12:20am on December 21, 2013, Keri&Merlin(Judy&Alan's Pups) said…
Glad You're enjoying Your newest state :).Baden turned into a handsome boy!Merry Christmas to You and Hope all iswell.
At 6:53pm on November 5, 2013, Keri&Merlin(Judy&Alan's Pups) said…
A belated welcome to California,Rebecca Marie!Didn't know You were out West now :)!Baden has grown up I to a very handsome fur baby.Our 2 just turned 4 and 5.Hope all is well and enjoy Our fairly calm but maybe wet Winters.
At 5:36pm on September 15, 2013, Lois B. Allen said…

Baden is such a beautiful and happy boy.  Good luck.

At 11:52am on September 10, 2013, Laura and Tommy Jefferson said…

I understand completely! Tommy is always "forgetting" his training as well haha. I'm also considering agility ... i'd love to do herding but I can't find anywhere around here that offers it! Please keep us posted on Baden's activities! :)

At 11:01am on September 9, 2013, Laura and Tommy Jefferson said…

Thanks for the well wishes for Tommy!!! :) Is Baden going to be a therapy dog like Teddy was? Tom is definitely too ornery for such an endeavor! 

At 9:07pm on May 17, 2013, Abbey & Anne said…

Thank you for the friend's request, Rebecca.

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At 10:43pm on July 5, 2012, Melissa said…

Thank you for the friend add :) They are gorgeous pups, thank you <3

At 11:38pm on February 2, 2012, Vicki, Grace and Gizmo said…

Hope all is well.  We got a new dog last Sat. His name is Gizmo. He is 4 and we are sure enjoying him with Grace.  Hope your Corgis and cats and getting along fine.  Waiting for pics.

At 9:11pm on January 20, 2012, Keri&Merlin(Judy&Alan's Pups) said…

I know You're tired of hearing this but,PICTURES COMING SOON WE HOPE???Can't wait to see the new furbabies at home together :)

At 10:50am on January 20, 2012, Alison Prasavath said…

Wasn't yesterday the big day of getting Scout? I was thinking you had said the 19th, but I couldn't remember. If you do have both your babies now, how are things going? Give both Dollar and Scout belly rubs from me and kisses from Noodles.

At 10:44pm on January 14, 2012, Mal Schaal said…
So happy for you on your 2 new corgis! How are you doing? I can't wait to keep up with all the new pics you will post! Dollar looks so sweet!
At 10:48am on January 8, 2012, Lois B. Allen said…

I am so thankful that you have found good little buddies.  Each has its own different personality.

Your pup is adorable. Good luck.

At 8:53am on January 3, 2012, Cindi & Twinkie said…

I think the new additions to your family are fantastic!  You obviously have so much love to give and you shouldn't wait to give it!  Good luck with them and God bless. 

At 12:36pm on January 1, 2012, Priscilla, CARLY, and Frankie said…

reading your great news brought tears to my eyes~

At 12:35pm on January 1, 2012, Priscilla, CARLY, and Frankie said…

Congrats on you new fur kids!! Lots and lots of corgi kiss coming your way :))

At 1:30pm on December 31, 2011, Alison Prasavath said…

It looks like Dollar is going to be a daddy's girl and nothing wrong with that. They are both so cute and I know Teddy would be so happy. He brought both of them in to your household.

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