Basic Homemade Dog Food Recipe

Basic Dog Food Recipe

​This is the basic recipe I use for feeding my dog, a Border Collie. It has been adapted from others I tried and I offer my dog variety by changing up the combination of ingredients. For the past two years this recipe has been the basis of my dog’s diet. In those two years, her weight has fluctuated by only ½ pound! Her coat is shiny, her skin healthy, her eyes clear and her overall health great for an eleven year old dog!

While I cannot offer portion recommendations for you, and suggest you consult your vet about a fresh diet such as this, I have found feeding my 39# dog three ½ cup servings each day meet her dietary needs and keep her long-term pancreatitis under control. (The only time she has an attack is when we deviate from her diet!)


1# Cooked protein: Beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey, fish or cheese. It is best to use one, and no more than two, protein sources at a time.

6 cups starchy carbohydrate: potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes, and pasta. Feel free to use a combination of these ingredients.

​6 – 7 cups vegetables and/or fruits:  choose from carrots, squash, cabbage, peas, zucchini, spinach and other greens such as kale or collards, green beans, turnips, pears, apples, and blueberries. Fresh produce is best, but canned or frozen work too.

​6 – 8 cups liquid:  Chicken, beef or vegetable broth, canned tomatoes with liquid, water. Use low-sodium products.

1 tsp seasoning:  Avoid added salt, as well as garlic and onion salt/powder, and pepper, feel free to use parsley, oregano, and thyme.


*Optional ingredients


​Start with adding 4 cups of water and/or broth to large pot. If using ground meat, crumble and place into the liquid to cook; if using chunks of meat, precook and shred before adding to liquid.

Chop and add carbohydrates and vegetables to pot; if using fruit, wait until other ingredients are nearly cooked before adding.

Cook on medium/low heat until meat, starches and vegetables/fruits are cooked. Continue adding liquid as needed. You want a nice thick soup/stew consistency when finished. Add seasoning and allow stew to cool.

Because dog’s have different nutritional needs than humans, I add vitamins and enzymes to the stew before serving. Again, check with your vet or other animal nutritionist to determine what is right for your dog.

*Optional:  Many fresh diet recipes include grain products. You are free to add them to this recipe—up to 6 cups worth—but know that they are primarily used as fillers and not for nutritional value. Rice, oatmeal and barley are all suitable to add.

This stew will remain fresh in the refrigerator for up to 6 days. I generally freeze what I will not use within that time frame.


Baking for Becca

Like most of us, Becca (my eleven year old Border Collie) feels best when she adheres to a proper diet, has regular exercise, gets plenty of sleep and has an occasional treat.

We haven’t baked together–and I use that phrase in the loosest terms:  I bake; Becca watches, drools and occasionally barks for me to hurry it up–for  several weeks, but today’s schedule allowed for baking.

Since I prepare all of Becca’s food, she is used to me cooking for her. Most times she does her own thing while I’m cooking, but when I pull out the Kitchenaid, she knows it is time for treats and becomes my constant sidekick!

Today I made one of her favorites, Apple-Pumpkin Pupcakes, and thought I’d share the recipe so you, too, can treat your dog to a scrumptious treat! And, for the record, while I don’t recommend eating the dog’s food, I do taste test each and every item I cook/bake for Becca. (Something I would never do with commercially manufactured foods!) As dog treats go, I must say these aren’t too bad…I ate a whole one!

Bon appetit!

Apple-Pumpkin Pupcakes

Pupcake Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup quick oats

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

3 eggs

3/4 cup canned pumpkin (plain, not pie filling which has spices & sugar)

1/2 cup natural (unsweetened) applesauce

1 apple, peeled and diced

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffin pan by spraying with Pam, lightly greasing or lining with muffin cups. (I prefer to use a mini muffin pan as they make the perfect snack size.)

Mix together all dry ingredients. Lightly beat eggs, then add pumpkin, applesauce and apple. Blend until thoroughly mixed together. Stir in dry ingredients and mix until blended.

Fill cups 2/3 full then bake for 20 minutes for mini muffins or 25-30 min for larger muffins.

Optional Frosting Ingredients:

6 Tbs cream cheese, softened

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 Tbs. applesauce

Mix togther until smooth, then spread a thin layer on each Pupcake.

To store:

Place in a Ziploc bag or sealed container and store in your refrigerator or freezer. If stored in the refrigerator, use within a week; frozen Pupcakes will stay fresh up to six months (just be sure to thaw completely before giving to your dog!)

The Pet’s New Years Advice

two amigos

Dear friends, as we close out 2012 and move into an exciting new year, the cat and I have a few words of advice. Remember, we’re simple, drama-free creatures, and we believe you might learn a bit from us…

1. Explore something new every day.

2. Give and receive love with abandon.

3. Play when you feel like playing; rest when you’re tired; eat when you’re hungry. The rest falls into place.

4. Just get along! Don’t snarl and bristle up because of differences. Sometimes the best friends turn out to be those who offer new perspectives, ideas, or ways of being.

5. Don’t ingest garbage–or as my mom translates: don’t allow poisonous thoughts, people or behaviors into your life.

6. Welcome visitors to your home with gusto–they’ve taken time to include you in their life!

7. Live in the now.

8. Appreciate the blessings you have.

9. Trust people.

10. Wag your tail as often as you can (or in people terms: be happy, dance, smile, and slobber a little)!!

Happy New Year,

Becca and Roudy