Monday, January 21, 2013

What do our dogs eat..?

It's a beautiful winters day here and I have good time to sit down, enjoy the sunshine and write a bit while waiting for the raw chocolate to melt... (recipe coming soon :))

Not many people understand/realize when I say our whole family is vegan that it includes the dogs as well! I've always tried to be conscious about what I feed to my dogs (and whatever animals I had). Food can't be tested on animals (like many of the commercial food is!), no artificial or toxic ingredients and preferably only organic ingredients. I'm also totally against all animal cruelty that's why I can't kill or pay someone to kill an animal to feed my animals! That is the main reason why my dogs get vegan food and of course it's also good for their health. I'm not going to get to the details why dogs can easily be vegans and are not obligate carnivores, internet is full of info about that! I do also know very well what happens in the nature and also know how common pet dogs are already far away from their ancestors! So no need for those comments either, thanks :)  I'd just like to share the favourite recipe of my little girls and give tips to people who are interested...

Usually in the mornings girls get this porridge/stew and in the evenings dry food (kibble) from Ami or Benevo. I've been very satisfied with those brands and they are also easiest to get here in Finland. Girls are feeling and looking great, full of energy and their poop is perfect :D As treats/snacks they get sticks which are based on corn starch and my self made healthy cookies. Occasionally they get our food, when there is leftovers and I haven't used too much spices (salt I use anyway very little!).

Mummy's best stew
  • 400 g carrots
  • 300 g rutabaga
  • 4 dl whole oat grains
  • 2 dl whole buckwheat
  • 2.5-3 l water
  • 8 dl cooked chickpeas
  • 1 dl nutritional yeast or Vege Yeast
  • 0.5 dl flax seed oil + water

Peel and grate the carrots and rutabaga. Rinse the oats and buckwheat and put to a large pot with the grated vegetables. Add the water and let simmer 20-30 min., until the grains are soft. Put the chickpeas, yeast powder and oil into a blender and mix until smooth paste. Add water if needed. Mix with the stew.

The stew vanishes in few seconds! SOOO GOOOD! :)
To get some variations use different kind of veggies, gluten free grains and peas/beans/lentils. Veggies don't have to be grated, small pieces are also fine. My girls just tend to eat way too fast so I that's why I try to put everything to very small, so that the food melts fine in the stomach. For the same reason I blend the beans, girls are too excited and don't chew properly and beans would come out looking exactly the same!

For my girls this makes about 10 breakfast portions. To each portion I also add little bit of Vegedog or Islamer powder to make the food even more nutritional. Store in fridge or freeze to ready portions and take out to melt when needed.

Here's another good and delicious recipe, even I liked it! :)

Happy winter for you all!

~ Ilta

P.S. Yesterday Wolfi got almost all of his model railway stuff sold and also got agreed the selling of his old sidecar. So we are very relieved right now! House will be taken care by the real estate agent and the car goes most likely eventually to some used cars dealer. Little things are still in sale in the flea market and in internet, but if they don't go we don't mind much 'cos the most important/biggest stuff are sold! Stress level is heavily getting lower! In the end we are also very happy to donate stuff for example to some animal shelters... :)

Now we're in the half way of our vaccinations and other health stuff... Next step is taking care of girls vaccinations, teeth etc. All sort of preventive health care going on :)

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