Animal lover.

Why yes, I am.


Pets make me smile. Watching them in the yard or curled up on a piece of furniture, having them by your side as you garden or take a walk…there’s something about a kid playing with their dog that warms my heart.  

If I lived by myself, I’d probably have way more pets than I should.

(Jon however is not quite as excited about having animals at every turn.  If he lived by himself, he’d probably have none….maybe one cat…maybe……)

He loves the pets we have and takes good care of them, (the little furball above (Jack), is his favorite)….but he’s not ever going to be the one that goes..”awwww, can we keep it!?” ::)


he’s been known to get me a pet as a gift on a couple of occasions…..A himalayan cat when we first started dating…….A dog for my birthday a couple of years ago…….

Makes no sense, I know… (he’s a good sport that way though)

You can imagine the reaction I got from him when I said I was going to have to start cooking for the dog.  Since she was a puppy, she has refused to eat packaged dog food…any of it. I tried it all.

At first, I was a bit apprehensive simply because I wasn’t sure what a dogs nutritional needs were, what a balanced diet looked like for them, what things they COULDN’T eat…would it taste good to her…after all, I couldn’t ask her!  Then I thought how hard can it be..we feed ourselves, our babies…a dog can’t be any big deal.  I did a bit of research, got a few dog cookbooks and just started doing it.  I talked to our vet a bit about it and he reassured me that my meat/grain/vegetable concoctions were perfectly fine and reiterated that feeding them wasn’t all that different from feeding ourselves.

That was the same attitude that our guest for the recent Natural Pets episode  shared.  I had worked with Diana Emehiser with Three Dog Bakery several years ago on one of our Courage to Create episodes and invited her back to share some of her canine kitchen know-how with our b. organic audience. I’m always amazed at how ‘beautiful’ the food (for dogs) at her bakery is.  The ingredients she has always used are naturally wholesome, a lot of them organic…and healthy.

She brought ingredients like cottage cheese, spinach, pasta, herbs, cornmeal, tomatoes, corn……..all the same ingredients we’re using to create our own meals with…and they were quick and simple.  She even helped introduce me even more menu options for our dog Junie B.  She advises that a great place for people to start is with a few ‘treat’ recipes.  They’re small and manageable and they get you more familiar with ingredients they like and different food combinations .  She also notes that they too just like people, can have allergies and food aversions, so pay attention to how they do with the new foods/ingredients you introduce.

On the homefront, we’ve been whipping up homecooked meals for our dog for the past two years and all is good…she is healthy and happy….and it makes me feel good to do it….It’s no different than pulling things together for ourselves….  You and I are all the better for avoiding too many processed foods, so why wouldn’t it be the same for the pets in our lives?  It does take more effort than just pouring things out of a bag each week, but once you get into the swing of things, it’s just part of the routine…..I also find myself growing more things in the garden now with the ‘dog’ in mind……

Thank you Diana and Three Dog Bakery for again, being a delightful, knowledgeable guest.  Check out some of the recipes she shared!  If you live in the Des Moines area, stop in to her West Glen location and tell her what a great job she did!

Cheers to healthy pets and the smiles they bring!

Do you or would you prepare homemade food for your dog or cat?






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  6. Mary says:

    We had a Three Dog Bakery here in Plantation, Florida. I loved taking my dog there for a treat. I bought the biscuit trio cutters. I make my dog peanut butter bisquits. She loves them. I am so happy to see that I can make her home cooked meals here.

  7. Machelle says:

    i would if need be. luckily, Bar Cat loves his Blue dry cat food and canned Fancy Feast just fine!

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