My Pet’s Food Menu and Recipes

Zoey (age 15) and Kona’s (age 12)

Meal Plan as of Dec 2019


We began Zoey’s meal plan in September this year. She was overweight, lethargic, unhappy (actually being a meanie) and refusing to just walk 30 feet. I have video footage of me forcing her to walk and her HATING it. For the record: SHE HAD TO GO PEE/POO so we had to make her walk to do it… see video of her now! She’s a spry happy fluff ball bounding through 6 inches of snow, smiling and enjoying life again!

Zoey Shoemaker – BEFORE. Hating this walk (and all walks for that matter!)

Not based on anything but common sense that we need to fuel our bodies with good nutrient-dense food so why wouldn’t that apply to our dogs? No doctor has approved or guided our choices. The pet food industry was useless in helping us balance the fat/protein/carb intake information.

Zoey is the following ingredients and measure amounts, Kona is double these for now. When he is off kibble completely he will get 3x these measurements (except chia and flax he will get double).

Kona and Zoey snoozing by the fire at Beth’s place.

Also, I keep the same recipe until the items are gone. So if I open a can of green beans then we use those until the can is gone. Neither dog has complained.

When I bake sweet potatoes I usually do 3 large ones in a baking La Crueuset in a ton of water. 1 spud works for both dogs for 1 day. I leave the skin on and the funky tips.

When I make rice or quinoa I begin with 3 cups of water and 1.5 of the grain/rice. This lasts for 3 days (6 meals).

To make the crushed pulverized egg shells I collect them up from Randy making his breakfast and rinse them then let them air dry and put them in my mini-food processor grinding until they are super tiny flecks. I add about 3T of water to 4 egg’s shells. That lasts a week.

I buy the giant 6-pack of chicken from Costco. 1 pack will last me 3 days (6 meals). I rinse chicken and place in La Crueuset pot fill with about 1-2 inches above the chicken (to make ‘chicken soup water’) and bake at 350 for about an hour. It falls off the bone. I also do this with chicken breast if that’s what I get at Costco. Randy convinced me that the fat is a good thing for the dogs…who am I to argue, right?

The following are my loose recipes.

Just remember you do not need to “flavor” anything up. Also, if you can give them organic I would. If you have a dog on kibble slowly ween them off so their bodies are not shocked. If you tell your Vet you are doing this be prepared to be judged and them be irritated that you aren’t interested in buying the dog food they offer at their clinic…stay strong!


1)
Chicken 1/2c shredded or a chunk (so she has to chew more…inspiring the first stage of digestion: SALIVA)
1/2c whole grain rice
1/3c shredded carrots
1/4t of crushed egg shells
1T of chicken soup juice

2)
Chicken 1/2c shredded or a chunk (so she has to chew more…inspiring the first stage of digestion: SALIVA)
1/4c whole grain rice
1/4c dry oats (not instant)
1/3c baked sweet potato (or yam)
1/4t of crushed egg shells
1T of chicken soup juice

3)
½ jumbo scrambled egg (no seasoning cooked in pan not requiring oils)
1/4c dry oats
1/3c green beans
1t chia seeds
1t flax seed
1/4t of crushed egg shells
1T of chicken soup juice

4)
Chicken 1/2c shredded or a chunk (so she has to chew more…inspiring the first stage of digestion: SALIVA)
1/2c quinoa
1/4c shredded zucchini
1/3c baked sweet potato (or yam)
1/4t of crushed egg shells
1T of chicken soup juice

5)
Chicken 1/2c shredded or a chunk (so she has to chew more…inspiring the first stage of digestion: SALIVA)
1/2c quinoa
1/2c frozen (but thawed to room temp in warm water) sweet corn
1/3c baked sweet potato (or yam)
1/4t of crushed egg shells

6)
Chicken 1/2c shredded or a chunk (so she has to chew more…inspiring the first stage of digestion: SALIVA)
1/3c quinoa
½ apple chopped, remove core (dogs should not have apple seeds)
1/3c boiled russet or yellow potato
1/4t of crushed egg shells


We began Zoey’s meal plan in September this year. She was overweight, lethargic, unhappy (actually being a meanie) and refusing to just walk 30 feet.

My dogs eat twice daily. 7am and 6pm.

We walk Kona every other day in the AM into the Ute Valley mountains (between 1-2 miles MAX) and Zoey stays on flat ground at the park on grass or snow (she loves snow…so does Kona).

Both dogs walk 30-45 minutes every afternoon at the park. I zig-zag across the grass to give them the enjoyment of NOT CONCRETE, CEMENT, FLOORING…real planet earth between their toes.

If we have enough energy they get a 15 minute walk at 7pm, or just a potty break outside.

Let me know how your pets do!

xoxo

Sarita, Randy, Kona and Zoey

Piper (our cat) would have NOTHING to do with this although I did get her to lick up a tablespoon of the chicken juice!

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