So I’ve been making homemade dog food, and now my dog thinks I’m practically the Pioneer Woman. At breakfast and dinner time I am a rockstar.
My older dog, Liberty, a 12 year old Golden Retriever has been suffering her entire life from a bucketload of food allergies that affect her skin. While we did find a semi-good-for-her bagged food, it still wasn’t enough. It only took me 12 years to figure out I could make Liberty her own food. I’ve had Liberty tested and do know what she’s allergic to (pretty much everything), so I used that as my starting point. I also googled an s-ton of info of do’s and don’ts. Most important I consulted with our veterinarian, first.
Disclaimer: This is my recipe and I’m happy to share it. Please know I made this specifically for my dog and I recommend consulting your vetrinarian first if anyones wants to use my recipe.
2 lbs raw chicken livers (3 containers)
2 C. cooked brown rice, set aside
1 C. chopped carrots
1 C. chopped broccoli,
2 C. water
1 T. olive oil for pan
I chopped the liver into bite sizes that my size dog would like. Same with the carrots and broccoli. I’ll skip photos of raw, chopped liver. So gross. I browned the liver in a hot skillet with the olive oil, and after it’s browned I added the water to make a simmering “gravy”. I also used the left-over liquids (blood) from the containers. While it’s tempting to add salt and seasonings, I don’t. Dogs don’t need (or want) any additives.
After adding the liquid, I let the liver simmer on medium heat until all traces of pink are gone. Once the liver if thoroughly cooked I add in the carrots and broccoli and let them cook for a few minutes. I cook them only long enough so they become one with the liver stew - but hard enough so they retain as much raw goodness and nutrition as possible. Add water as needed. My dog could drink this gravy. Let cool. Cute, matching Japanese spatula optional.
I’m still weaning my dog off the store-bought food, so for now she gets 2 big spoons of kibble, and 2 big spoons of rice…
… next comes 2 big spoons of the chicken liver stew plus some drizzles of the gravy. My dog gets this once at breakfast time, and once at dinner.
I store the chicken liver stew in the (washed) containers they came in, and put the rice in a baggie. I keep the stew and the rice refrigerated, and store the other containers of stew into the freezer until about 2 days before needing it (and thawed in the fridge). I serve cold, I feel the love.
Oh, and this:
1. My dog has been on this diet for 2 + months now, and not only does she seem more active and perky, her licking and scratching has dropped by 80%.
2. An unexpected side bonus, Liberty is shedding less and her coat is soft and silky.
3. I’m saving money. Chicken livers are so economical.
4. After making brown rice for my dog, we as a family have switched from white rice to brown rice. Yummier and healthier.
5. I really enjoy making my dog her food. Like, really enjoy. It’s a very nurturing feeling. Really makes me feel good to be doing this for her and I know she’s getting healthy, whole food.
6. Our dog food travels well, we just pop it in a cooler when we drive to my parents house for a visit.
7. My dogs LOVES her Chicken Liver delight. Like crazy, love. When I make Libby her plate she barks at me. Not that crazy UPS or FedEx alert barking - but that PLEASE FEED ME NOW OR I WILL DIE bark.
8. My dog madly loves her breakfast and dinner. And me.
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