Wednesday, 30 December 2020

HOMEMADE DOGFOOD: MEATLOAF FOR THE DOG!

This is Mr Ben. Meatloaf? Yes, please, he says. He can eat it every single day! 

I recently adopted a smol doggo from a local rescue who just happens to be the most finicky eater on the globe! That's the guy, Mr Ben, right there in the picture. 

I make this meatloaf for him and we do have success because he seems to like it and no longer goes without eating dinner. I've known and loved other dogs, not such finicky eaters as Ben, and I would make this meatloaf for them with turkey and without the cheese. So a turkey version is an option that other dogs may like. 

I am writing this post on New Year's Day. I would like to report that today, Ben chose to have grilled salmon for dinner because that's part of what I prepared for the hooman population that will arrive for dinner in about an hour from now. I mean Ben does live here, and the salmon was here, therefore it made sense to him that he indulge. 

I have not yet have had that conversation with Ben where I inform him that he is a doggo. I doubt this conversation will ever take place. As far as Ben is concerned, he's my son, and boy do I love him as a son!!!

The other day he asked me if I have opened a college tuition account for him. 
Of course, I have! 

Ben's Meatloaf

Ingredients:


2 pounds ground beef

2 eggs, beaten

2 cups mixed vegetables: use a combination of carrots, green beans, and broccoli.

One small sweet potato cut into chunks and boiled 

1/2 cup  flax seed meal (don't use whole flaxseed because the canine cannot digest it)

1/2 cup unseasoned bread crumbs

1/2 cup shredded good cheddar cheese

2 tablespoons olive oil

oregano and thyme to taste



Directions:


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Lightly pre-cook the vegetables. Pre-cooking will aid with digestion. Drain the vegetables and mash them. 

Mash the boiled sweet potato.

Mix all the ingredients.

Place the mixture in a lightly oiled pan. 

Bake for one hour. 

Cut into serving portions and freeze. Use as needed. 

P.S. Some times I'll get a rotisserie chicken, remove the skin and the bones, chop the meat in small pieces and combine a portion of it with a serving of "Ben's meatloaf."