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NOTES: Over the Chinese New Year holiday, I had the mixed blessing of dogsitting Brick. Brick stands for Big Red Insanely Cute Killer. While the Big and Red are debatable, he is an insane and at times cute monster. He is also rather stupid. Today, I walked him for forty minutes in the rain because it took him thirty minutes to finally relieve himself. And every ten minutes or so, he would shake off the water and look at me with his big sad tortured eyes and not urinate.
After a bout of vomiting followed by constipation, I decided to cook him some dog food and it ended up doubling as his Valentine’s Day present.
I have a very limited understanding dogs and even less of dog physiology so I’m not sure if this is a balanced diet. But a quick perusal of the internet pointed to green beans to solve his fiber problems. Dogs cannot eat onions, garlic, raisins, or chocolate.
One blog warned that dogs may have diarrhea when switching to a home cooked diet so I’ve been mixing his rice with kibble and feeding him between 1/3 to 1/2 a cup at a time.
Many blogs say that making your own dog food is healthier for the dog, but all I’ve noticed is that it has made Brick more gassy.
INGREDIENTS: 1 lb of chicken breast, 1/4 lb of green beans, 1 medium sized carrot, 1 beef bouillon cube*, 2 cups of rice (I used a mix of white and brown), and 5 cups of water.
* A reader warned that feeding salt to dogs is dangerous. The original recipe I used contains low sodium beef broth. A few Google searches didn’t bring up much. Commercial dog foods contain salt, but if you’re worried, substitute with homemade salt-free stock or water.
DIRECTIONS: First chop the chicken breast and green beans into very small pieces, about the size of dried dog food. Grate the carrot. Bring the water and bouillon to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the rest of the ingredients, cover, and simmer for half an hour until the liquid is gone.