I'm finally back on after a long time. Which means I'm finally moving on since my last GSD passed. He went down with spongylosis associated with moderate hip dysplasia and we had to make "that" dreadful call. For the very first time in my life I had to make that decision. It was my favorite ever, my best GSD, absolutely perfect. Full black long coat gorgeous gentle giant. Anyway, my new puppy will come home on the first week of march and I have to say... I'm so ready! Can't hardly wait. Part of my preparations (well it's been 1 yr 1/2 without Sidney, 3 yrs without Byron) include going back to homemade food for my GSDs. Being good friends with the man that actually created dog kibble, the late Dr.James Corbin, gave me extra stimulus on top of all the recalls and garbage we've learned recently. My 12 yr old Tommie Girl is elated with her new food (plus there is no kibble on the market that goes down easy with her). I'm an Animal Scientist and work at the College of Vet Med here at the University of Illinois and great enthusiast in nutrition and metabolism. When Byron was diagnosed with EPI we did a ton of research and came across a whole lot of respectable literature on GSD nutrition requirements and needs. So without further ado (sorry, I do talk don't I?
, here it goes:
All measurements are for a 6.5 Quart Crock Pot:
4 cups of rice
1 cup of brown rice
1 cup of barley
2 lbs of frozen vegetables (I use a mix with potatoes, carrots, celery)
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp minced garlic
10 oz chicken livers (or 5 livers)
1 lb ground beef or ground turkey
10 cups of water or stock (I use organic chicken stock, no msg. The container has 4 cups and so I add 6 cups of water)
Cook on low for 6 hrs.
A 50 lb dog should be eating 1200-1500 cal/ day depending on the degree of activity. Sidney was a long coat and therefore big (yeah, recessive genes do that: long hair, big frame). He was absolutely fit and yet 135 lbs. He was on the 2500 cal window.
1200/1500 cal/day regimen - 1 1/2 - 2 cups of the cooked food
If I use 1 1/2 cups of the cook food I add low fat cottage cheese, or a cooked egg, or alaskan salmon.
We also give Brewer's Yeast and Multi-vitamins (in Tommie Girl's case we use the senior formula).
She loooooves it and I know the new puppy will love it too.
I hope y'all enjoy!