Feeding Dogs REAL Food
I am not a pet lover by any standard, and I don’t have a very strong emotional attachment to our two (mutt) dogs.
However, emotional attachment or not, I think that all animals should lead the best life we, as their owners, can give them.
We are feeding our dogs real food.
When we get our beef share each year, we also have them include all the less appetizing pieces of the cow (tongue and heart anyone?). I know they are nutritious, and some people love to eat them, but our family is not quite as enthralled with these cuts of meat, so they have become dog food.
For our sweet elderly dog, we cut up the meat into small chunks, and mix it with raw goats milk, but for the younger dog, we just give him whole pieces of meat for him to chew and gnaw on. Along with the raw, grass fed meat, we supplement with cooked oatmeal, and any leftovers/soup bones after they are done being used in the kitchen.
So far, we have actually saved a good bit of money by using stuff out of our freezer.
I know it probably won’t last an entire year, so when it runs out, I will just use the money I would normally spend on a bag of dog food to buy more meat and bones from the butcher.
The dogs are loving it, and I feel so much better about the care they are getting!
Our long term plan is to be butchering all of our own animals, and create a sort of “jerky” for the dogs by drying all the leftover scraps and organs. That way the dog’s food won’t be taking up our valuable freezer room!
Then we will be producing the majority of the dog’s food here on our homestead!