Abbey is one spoiled pooch! She is currently getting three meals a day through her growing period. I am feeding Abbey organic dog food that I make myself as well as supplement with a can of dog food (Wellness Brand) at lunch. I will phase out the can of food when she is eight months of age. Here’s how I make her dog food: I buy some organic, non GMO, no antibiotic chicken thighs at the store. I boil the thighs in some water for about a half hour. I then remove the chicken and add some brown rice to the water and cook until done. I then either boil some carrots in the water or grate them and leave them raw. Put all of it in a food processor with some of the liquid and mix until smooth. She gets about two cups of my home made food in the morning and two cups in the evening. For treats, she likes organic jerky and peanut butter. I sneak a few drops of cod liver oil into her food each day as well as a teaspoon of olive oil because her skin is a bit dry. Is this the best food regime? I doubt it. My gut tells me that dogs should be on a raw food diet. After all, in the wild, dogs were never able to cook their own food. It seems to me that giving dogs raw meat is better for their digestive systems. Therefore, I will begin introducing raw foods to Abbey, starting with raw eggs, one a day. I will then introduce bits of raw grass-fed meat. My trainer says it’s “smelly” so we will see how it goes. In the meantime….
Did you know that Petco has a section of toys that are made with organic cotton? Since the toys go right in the mouth, it is a good idea to buy fabric that does not contain any harmful chemicals and are safe and non-toxic. I purchased a few of these toys for Abbey and she loves them. I was surprised she didn’t rip them apart like my other dog would have, but she seems to really enjoy them.I also purchased an organic cotton bed for Abbey online at www.onlynaturalpet.com. This website contains natural products, holistic remedies, organic food and more for your pet. The bed cover is made with 100 percent certified organic cotton and is stuffed with certified organic buckwheat hulls. Just as synthetic materials in bedding and mattresses outgas in human beds, it also outgases in pet beds, which can be hazardous to your pet. The organic cotton bed is also made without polyurethane foam, chemical flame retardants, formaldehyde, anti-fungicides, pesticide-treated cotton or other harmful chemicals. Abbey really loves her bed and I don’t have to worry about chemicals soaking into her skin.
It’s fun to have an organic dog. As a result of my efforts, I know she will have a healthy long life.
**Thanks to my friend Arlen, I just ordered some beef bully sticks for Abbey. They are from an online company (www.bestbullysticks.com) are all-natural, and are from free range, grass fed bulls.