The best thing you can do for your dog is to feed him the best possible diet. Many of the commerical dog foods on the market contain ingredients that are not good for dogs. Grains like CORN are not included in highly rated dog foods. That means that Science Diet and many Purina Products are not normally rated as being high quality dog foods (just to name a few).
I feed my dogs raw meat and raw bones (big bones that won't crack) along with dog foods like Wellness, Blue Buffaloe,Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lovers Soul and Canadae for All Stages.
I also make dog food and am putting together a collection of recipes that are easy to make and dogs love! If you have a recipe that you would like to share, please email it to us at
This is a really good basic dog food recipe that I found at www.allrecipes.com. The comments from dog owners said that their dogs loved it and even dogs with decreased appetites due to cancer therapy would eat the muffins.
This recipe is also easy to add or change ingredients. Things like sweet potates, broccoli, liver, spinach, blueberries, salmon, chicken, turkey, etc. could be used to modify this recipe.
Each muffin has about 327 calories which is equal to the energy found in a cup of dry kibble. The average grown dog weighing 10 lbs needs about 350 calories a day. A growing puppies may need almost twice the amount that they will need as adult dogs.
This recipe makes 36 muffins and they can be frozen for future use.
- 1 1/2 cups brown rice
- 3 cups water
- 2 large potatoes, grated
- 4 large carrots, grated
- 2 large celery stalks, chopped
- 6 pounds ground beef
- 8 eggs
- 1 dash salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups regular rolled oats
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Grease 36 cups of 3 large muffin tins.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the rice with water. Bring to a boil over high heat, uncovered, and cook 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool several minutes, then fluff with a fork and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine the potatoes, carrots, celery, ground beef, and eggs. Mix ingredients together using your hands or a sturdy spoon. Add salt, olive oil, rolled oats, and rice; mix well.
- Fill each muffin cup with some of the meat mixture, and pat down the to make it firm. Bake 45 minutes, or until surface feels set. Cool on a rack 10 minutes or longer.
- Remove the meat cakes by turning the muffin tin upside down over a sheet of aluminum foil. Tap each muffin cup to release the cake. Refrigerate or freeze in sealed plastic bags. NOTE: Do not feed to dogs while still hot.