So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Galatians 6:9

Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished! Luke 1:45

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dog Burgers - Update

About a year ago in mid July, we decided to try making Rocky's food rather than using the bagged dry food or canned food that you can purchase. That post and the recipe is here if you want to refresh your memory. After a year, we have decided that knowing what is in his food is definitely a plus!

The first thing I began to notice about him was that his hair was much shinier. After a bath, he would always look like a wet seal. It would be sleek and shiny but that quickly faded as the day wore on. BEFORE! Now he is always shiny and sleek, whether he's had a bath or not.

The next thing I noticed was the throwing up -- or rather, lack of throwing up. He used to do that regularly at least once or twice a week for all of his 8 years of age. He has always had a sensitive stomach -- he's gotten pancreatitus twice. I honestly can't remember the last time he threw up. The new food seems to agree with him much more than any bagged food we ever gave him.

The biggest thing is the weight. Despite the fact that he is eating a higher calorie food and that he is eating MORE of it daily, he has lost about 25% of his body weight and is now at an appropriate weight. In fact, on a recent vet bill (from boarding during a weekend trip), it showed his weight history. As of April 18, 2014, the vet showed him as weighing 18.8 pounds. As of July 16, 2015, the vet shows his weight at 14.4 pounds. When Hubby weighed him this morning, he showed at just over 13 pounds.

This is a picture from last July. It gives you an idea of how much heavier he was. We had been laughingly calling him Stocky Rocky as a result of a comment the vet's assistant made over a year ago. And, in fact, the reason he went in on the occasion of the "stocky" comment was because of a fat deposit that appeared under his front leg which can happen as a result of too much accumulating fat. We had to have that surgically removed -- another downside to his being overweight.


These pictures were taken this morning. You can see how much more defined he is. And shinier despite the fact that he is soaked in the above picture.


 He looks good, he looks trim, and he obviously feels better too. No more 'Stocky Rocky' for him.

I highly recommend trying this dog food recipe. Rocky loves it and prefers it. Our recent addition, Yogi, is pretty happy with it too. They both dig right in.

And, frankly, I've had more than one child come down to check the pot after smelling it cooking before they realize it's more dog food.

Let me know if you have a question. I'm happy to share our experience with you.

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