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Brownie enjoyed her two meals of Oma’s Pride raw pet food, in this case a mix of  turkey and vegetables. But instead of buying more of that, I bought five pounds of chicken thighs on sale for 99 cents a pound (because they were one day away from their freshness expiration date) some sweet potatoes and some green beans. I put the chicken thighs in a big pot and boiled them for an hour, then added the sweet potatoes. Half an hour after that, the green beans went in for the final 15 minutes. I drained the liquid (saving it, of course) and let everything cool down.

When cool, I removed the meat from the chicken, mixed it up with the potatoes and beans and spooned portions into freezable, microwave-safe containers. For dinner now, instead of throwing a cup of kibble into her bowl, I remove an already defrosted container of the chicken mix and warm it briefly in the microwave. Brownie loves it and continues licking her bowl long after the food is gone.

I know that cooking and microwaving the food eliminates some of the qualities that make raw food so healthy. But it’s still a very big improvement over the highly processed kibble. I stretch the portions by adding my own leftovers to them, from cottage cheese to cabbage slaw, a fried egg or a few strawberries. The whole process took very little time and is less costly than buying the commercial preparation.  In return, I get the pleasure of seeing how excited Brownie is about her dinners, and imagine her enjoyment of all those flavors, aromas and textures. So we’re at half-kibble, half-homemade food. It seems like a good balance.

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The never-ending saga of trying to find better but affordable food for Brownie continues.

The idea of a BARF diet – bones and raw food – has great appeal. With just a few exceptions, such as onions, grapes and chocolate, she could eat what I do. It wouldn’t require any special or time-consuming preparation beyond fixing portions a bit larger than usual.

The bones, however, are proving to be problematic.

I offered Brownie a fresh, uncooked turkey neck. She looked at it, sniffed it, looked up at me, then walked away. That was less of a response than to anything ever offered to her. Even with a food she isn’t familiar with, she’ll at least take it in her mouth and trot over to the living room carpet, where she can put it down and examine it carefully before deciding whether to eat it.  If she decides not to eat it, she can just leave it there instead of rejecting the offering to my face, which she might think would discourage me from offering any more unfamiliar goodies.

So I took the remaining turkey necks in the package to someone whose dogs thrive on the raw food diet. In exchange, she gave me a package of something called Oma’s Pride turkey and veggie mix. It’s part of a line of prepared raw foods for dogs and cats, made in Connecticut. The ingredients listed are turkey and bone, turkey neck, green beans, okra, yellow squash, turkey hearts, turkey gizzards and turkey liver. After it defrosts, I’ll offer some to Brownie.

Stay turned for dog-food quest part 4!

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