Liver and Vegetable Cubes

Since I started feeding raw, one of the biggest problems I have is that Emmett turns his nose up at organs. I strolled through the usual support groups and the advice was to sear the outside of the organs. I hate the smell of liver cooking, so I set out to find a different way to get him to eat it.

Emmett loves pumpkin and peas (I was surprised about the peas). In the past I have made a vegetable puree with canned carrots and peas that I had left over from something else.

Using that concept as my base, I pureed the veggies with the beef liver and some vegetable broth. He loved the puree. I then froze it into cubes that could easily be given in his meals.

The recipe is below. Changing this recipe to fit your dog is extremely simple. You can use beef or chicken broth if you think your animal will find that more appealing. Use vegetables your animal prefers, or maybe even some fruits (just watch the sugar).

I chose to use canned peas instead of fresh or frozen. They already come a bit mushy and are easier to blend together with the other ingredients. A substitution of fresh or frozen could be made.

My ninja bullet held up fine to this test, but a food processor could also be used.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of beef liver
  • 1 can of peas
  • 1 can of pumpkin
  • Vegetable broth (no sodium)

Steps:

  1. Cut up the beef liver into bit sized pieces.
  2. Layer beef liver, peas, and pumpkin into the ninja.
  3. Continue to layer until the bullet is filled 3/4 of the way.
  4. Add vegetable broth until it reaches to just about the top of the bullet.
  5. Blend.
  6. Add more broth if needed.
  7. Spoon into ice cube tray
  8. Freeze
  9. Enjoy, hassle free!

In the end I had left over peas and pumpkin. I used this to make a quick vegetable puree that I can add into his meals or feed as a separate treat. This could also be frozen but I keep it in the fridge and use it within the week.

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Give this a try, let us know what you think! Did you change any ingredients? Do you have any suggestion for improvement?

xx

Jordyn & Emmett

DIY Dog Teeppee

Scrolling through Instagram last week, I saw a beautiful dog teepee in someone’s living room. I decided that Emmett absolutely NEEDED one!

Pricing them out online I found that they were more then I wanted to pay for them and they weren’t quite the boho chic look I was going for. So as any dog mom would do, I took to Pinterest to help me.

I found this article from  Sweet Teal a blog run by Jenny Bess. It is a blog started to help people get their DIY on. And my mom and I did just that.

I wish I better photo-documented the project but it was an all hands on deck type escapade. The finished project is perfect for what I wanted and the space I had.

I used some left over molding from my parents house, an old dog bed, and old duvet cover to go over the dog bed, a painting canvas, and lights from Walmart. The project in total cost me about $25.

If you want to build your own, I suggest heading over to Sweet Teal and reading DIY 10 Minute Teepee.

 

xx

Jordyn & Emmett

Emmett Passed!

Last night we passed the Therapy Dog test and the Canine Good Citizen. We celebrated with a late dinner of sirloin! 41763520_265032650810028_7498400

I couldn’t be more proud of my little rescue dog. He works everyday to over come his fears. Last night was a huge accomplishment. There is a lot of work ahead of us still, but Emmett will continue to get out there and see the world. We try to take it a day at a time.

 

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Where do you like to bring your dog to socialize them? Are there any dog-friendly coffee shops or bars near you? Does your dog enjoy the dog park or daycare?

 

xx

Jordyn & Emmett