So, for the past month and a half, I have been eating raw food. I am going to be on a raw diet for at least two months to see how I do on it and if it’s affordable for us, I might continue to be. So, why am I on a raw diet you ask? Well, for a lot of different reasons, but mainly because Jess wants me to live a long healthy life and the more she read about kibble, the less she wanted me eating it. Some dogs live good lives on kibble, but another reason why I switched to raw was that I have always had a hard time keeping my weight down on kibble and a raw diet was said to help with that.
I love it! Every morning, Jess carries my bowl out the door for me to eat (I eat outside so I don’t get raw meat all over the carpet.) and until she puts my bowl down, I am right next to her jumping around or barking. Or, I will go to the place where I normally eat and excitedly wait for her to put my bowl down.
Chicken necks, thighs, beef ribs, liver, heart, pork, a lot of different things! Sometimes I will get an egg for supper or some ready-made raw from Petco. I also have coconut oil and kelp added to some of my meals and Jess is also thinking of adding a vegetable mixture to them too!
Well, I can say it has definitely helped keep my weight down. Which is awesome! Even when exercising regularly on a kibble diet, I still had about a pound of extra weight that I just couldn’t lose.
I still have an overly weepy eye that I have had for a long while. We aren’t sure what causes it but were wondering if a different diet would help. So far, it hasn’t, but we’ll see. I do think it has gotten a little better and is less weepy now than before.
My coat is nice and shiny but I am shedding more than I used to. Earlier this year, I grew a longer, softer coat than I normally have and with that, came more shedding. I am just now starting to lose that longer coat and get my shorter one back. We’ll see how much I shed once I get my normal coat completely back.
Well, she has days where she thinks about switching me back to kibble and days where she wants me to stay on raw. She just worries about me choking on the bones and providing me with the correct amount of vitamins and minerals since she doesn’t have a lot of different options of meats to provide me with right now. I say stick with it, I love it! But you know how humans are.
Did you know, a well-cared for grey wolf can live to be around 16 years old, some even older? A grey wolf would be the equivalent of a large sized dog based on their weight and the life expectancy for a large purebred dog is around 11 years. That is a five-year difference! I am not saying their longer life is strictly because they eat a raw diet, but I do think it plays a big part in it.
Today I am going to show y’all how to make a raw birthday cake for your dog. It is really simple with just four ingredients and your dog will love it! This cake is perfect for dogs on a raw diet. If you are not comfortable with feeding your dog raw meat, just cook the meat after completing step 3.
The string cheese stick will be your candle for the cake. Cut the cheese stick into the size candle you want and then place in a zip-lock or container and let freeze until stiffened.
Take your ground meat and divide it into three balls. Make the first ball the biggest, the second a little smaller and the third even smaller. You should now have a big ball, a medium ball and a small ball.
Smash the balls of ground meat into patties with your hands, however thick you like. Just make sure they are all pretty much the same thickness.
Layer the patties of meat on top of each other: biggest one on the bottom, medium in middle and small on the very top.
Place the frozen peas along the cracks of the cake layers, while pushing them into the meat some to keep them in place.
Now, sprinkle the cake with some kelp for a little decoration. Then, take the cheese stick out of the freezer and push into the top of the cake.
Your cake is now finished!
Serve to your dog and let them enjoy :D
If you made this cake for your dog, feel free to drop us a comment below and let us know how they liked it!