About Me

We moved out to Portugal to live a frugal but better , simpler and peaceful life, our house is a very basic, semi ruin, up in the hills outside Figueiro Dos Vinhos, where we work our land, enjoy life with each other and our dogs, and hope to make the smallest carbon footprint we can,

Friday, 7 January 2011

Frugal Living, Dog Food Follow up.

Well , our vet popped in to see us yesterday, he was in the area and called to see how Beesa is getting on, as he found her for us when we wanted a new puppy.
He was very happy with her progress, he seemed to think she was (and Bonnie of course) fit, healthy and growing well. I had a chat with him about our dog food ideas.. quite expecting him to be not really keen on the idea, as generally vets promote the hugely expensive sacks of the dried stuff. He was very good about it, and said that generally dried food... or tinned,  come to that is fine for dogs, but that our system was excellent, and as long as I varied the diet, made sure that they got a diverse mix of veg, meat, fish oils, and carbs... that our dogs would be and are thriving. He did also say, that for many dogs, dried food can cause kidney problems, especially in this country where its so hot, as animals need access to lots of water when they are dried food, and often dont get it as much as they should... which causes many problems..

So, we will continue with it forever now... the dogs love it, it costs us almost nothing... and is actually better for the dogs...They are healthey, their coats are thick and glossy, and both have tons of energy
Last night they had..
A bag of beef & pork scraps and fat/sinew/unrecognisable stuff... I roast it first, then chop it into small bits,
potatoes peelings, chopped small, cabbage stems and scraps, chopped small, carrots tops and ends, chopped small, and a handful of leftover rice . I cook the veg in a small amount of water, then add the cut up roasted meat and any leftovers and simmer for a little while to mix nicely, let it cool and there you are. Depending on how much there is, sometimes I sprinkle a handful of dried biscuits over the top, sometimes not...
On odd occasions I'll mix a raw egg in, other times they have fish heads... occasionally the oil from the tuna tin... all good stuff... Do these look unhappy dogs...
So, what do you feed your dog on... and how much does it cost you? Would anyone else consider trying what we do? If not why not... Im interested in opinions..