Why? Well for a start dog food recipes are easy to create and simple to prepare. In addition they are considerably cheaper than commercial dog foods. More importantly, your dog will be healthier, happier and will live far longer when it is fed with food that you prepare for it.
And you know–simplicity is the key. Simple foods are the best foods for dogs. Let me tell you why.
Many years ago before the advent of commercially available dry dog food and trail bikes, there were thousands of working sheepdogs on the vast sheep properties of western Queensland and New South Wales in Australia. Their owners had an interesting dog food recipe for them; they fed them nothing but mutton. I’m not kidding. Those working dogs lived entirely on mutton. Raw mutton that was surplus to human requirements when the sheep were butchered on the property.
In order to ensure that the dogs didn’t get up to inappropriate adventures when they were not required for work, they were kept chained up at night and during day except for a supervised run every morning and evening. That may seem harsh–even inhumane, but those dogs were always happy, always eager to work, always fit and strong, and always very, very healthy.
In fact that process of physical containment was a very important ingredient of this primitive dog food recipe; the result of it was that the dogs had no food other than that which was provided for them by their owners.
And in the vast majority of cases (barring accidents) those dogs lived to be very, very old. Almost without exception in fact, they died, not of cancer or one of the other horrible diseases that seem to affect the modern day dog, but of old age.
A wonderful, gentle and happy old age. Their old faces would be grey, their bodies feeble, their coats not quite as sleek as they used to be and mostly blind or close to it–but they were happy. There was nothing whatever wrong with their tail-wag, nor their look of devotion when with their human friends.
And I must ask: when did you last see a dog like that? It is nowadays much more usual for them to die long before they get very old. I must say I make a practice of looking out for very old dogs, and sadly they are very rare.
This speaks volumes for the manner in which modern dogs are fed; of modern dog food recipes. Thing is, the great majority of people in this day and age tend to be very busy; they also tend to be more prosperous, and this combination of prosperity and busy-ness makes commercial dog food a seemingly very effective and economic solution. Certainly it would appear at first glance to be a very much better proposition than buying, storing and preparing food in the home for one’s dog. And anyway, isn’t commercial dog food quality controlled by the Government? Aren’t their dog food recipes a quality product? Yair, right! That’s why in the late 70’s tens of thousands items of dog food were recalled. And that danger is ever present.
Believe me, buying commercial dog food rather than following your own dog food recipes is short-sighted, because it really doesn’t take any longer to buy the ingredients for a homemade meal for a dog than it does to buy commercial food. It may take a little longer to feed to the dog if one wishes to combine some vegetables with it (which in itself is a good idea). And then of course there is the problem of refrigerated storage that admittedly one doesn’t have with commercial food. But the money saved by buying ingredients rather than the commercial product, and following your own dog food recipes, more than compensates for the small amount of time that may be lost, to say nothing of the lifelong savings on veterinarian’s bills.
And to top it off, your dog is going to live much, much longer.
Earlier I spoke of the advantage that the Australian sheepdogs had by only eating food that had been supplied to them by their owners. This is a very important point. We all know how difficult it is at times even for us as human beings not to eat food which is delicious but nonetheless injurious to our health. So what sort of a chance does a dog have of rejecting such an attractive food offering from the almost majestic (to them) personage of a human being? Absolutely none of course; to them, it’s the perfect dog food recipe.
So it really is very important to make sure that our dogs don’t have access to food that we haven’t sanctioned. But more importantly, we have to exert the utmost self-discipline and gentle but firm persuasion to prevent both ourselves and our friends and loved ones from offering morsels of food to our dogs. For the dogs will accept; and with great gusto! And that, more than anything else, will make them fat and unhealthy.
So I do hope that my words have convinced you of the importance of gathering together dog food recipes and putting them to good use, and that you can accept that in doing so, you will be providing the following benefits:
- Your dog will live longer, be happier, be healthier, be a much better companion and will be much better equipped to handle the vicissitudes of a dog’s life
- you will save money not only in the purchase of food but in the diminution of the need to be taking your dog to the veterinarian and meeting those somewhat staggering bills
- you will enjoy happier and less anxious life yourself, because you will be relieved of the incessant need to be so alert to your dog’s well-being, and of the chore of so frequently taking the dog to the vet’s office.
In closing may I point out how important it is to take note of the way in which the people of our society are generating their own ill-health by not disciplining themselves about what not to eat.
We know the foods that are bad for us; we know the foods that make us overweight; we know the foods that are likely to lead to illness and disease; we know the foods that attack our teeth and force frequent trips to the dentist. We are cognisant of the tremendous expense that is entailed by this ill-discipline. And yet many of us continue down this road.
But this is our choice and we very fortunately have the capacity to make that choice. Unfortunately, our dogs do not and their health is absolutely linked to our decisions. They rely on us, and, what’s more, they trust us. Don’t let them down.
If you love your dog as I believe you do please, on its behalf, visit this website which deals exclusively with dog food recipes. You will be so glad you did (and so will your dog).