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Dog Food Sandwiches 
Jun. 21, 2010 5:58 am 
Updated: Jun. 26, 2010 10:18 am
Don't worry! We are on a budget, but not that much of a budget! Dogfood sandwiches are just one of the many ways we are trying to trick our dog into eating. After some rapid weight loss, she was diagnosed with some liver damage resulting from a bout of tick fever she had years ago. The liver damage causes loss of appetite, so we are doing everything we can to get her to eat.

She is slightly more interested in people food than what's in her dish (won't even eat out of her dish anymore) so she gets lots of people food (raw liver, rice, any kind of leftovers) and lots of pretend people food. Hence the dog food sandwich. I heap some wet dog food in between 2 pieces of bread and pretend to eat it while she watches. After I am "full", I set it on the floor for her and she eats every bite!
I will also heat some canned food in the microwave and give it to husband, who pretends to take a few bites before he is full, and then makes the dog do a trick or two for her "treat".
Putting dog food in an empty take-out container and pretending we just brought it home? Yep- done that!
It's so important that she eats (besides, of course, to gain weight) because she has pills to take for her liver and pancreas, and she gets sick if they are taken on an empty stomach. She is quite good at eating all her food except for those two tiny pills! In this case they are massaged down her throat.

This has been going on for weeks and I hope she doesn't catch on to us! She looks like she may have gained a few pounds back. Oh, in case you are wondering, "give her anything she wants to eat" was recommended by the vet...our dog is almost 12 years old and it's more important that she eats than worrying about spoiling her on table scraps.
This is her when we were cat sitting at a friends house a few weeks ago. She is watching the cats eat. She loves catfood but neither T nor I can stand the smell, so she won't be getting that!

We did ok on the budget this week, came in $7 under, so that goes into Vacation Fund, and this is what we ate:

Sunday: Chicken with rice and red pepper/avocado salsa

Monday: Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup

Tuesday: Chili

Wednesday: Some visiting friends took us out to dinner. We went to the Schnitzel Haus and we had schnitzel

Thursday: Taco salad using leftover chili

Friday: Spaghetti and meatballs

Saturday: Pizza

I actually don't have any dinner photos this week, so here is breakfast from a few days ago. When T and I both have the morning off we like to go out for breakfast, but it gets so expensive. We easily spend $30 -not because we eat a lot but because it's pricy-, and if you throw a couple Bloody Mary's in, we easily spend upwards of $50. That's just wrong for breakfast! Anyway, we got bagels from the store and I made an herbed cream cheese with stuff from our garden. We found the perfect avocado and T made fried eggs. Yum!

Hope everyone has a great week!
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Jun. 21, 2010 6:41 am
Great blog, Barbara!! Your hound is a cutie...I don't have a problem with my dogs not eating, they want to eat everything in sight, but my little girl has problems keeping weight on. Have you tried to make her homemade wet dog food? Our friends do that for their dog because Zena's just the opposite and very overweight, so they make their own so they can monitor her calories. If you'd like, I'll get the recipe and email it to you. They also feed Zena home-canned green beans and she loves them. They can them without salt especially for Zena. Thanks for the link to blogspot...I'll definately be following you over there, for sure! Thanks for being uniquely you!
Jun. 21, 2010 6:45 am
I'd love the recipe-thanks!
Jun. 21, 2010 7:07 am
YUM!!!! I think it is adorable that you are getting so creative in feeding your 4-legged baby! When I was little, we had to microwave dog food for my Yorkie when he got old and wouldn't eat. Have you tried ice cream yet? My pets go crazy for it and it has high fat/calorie content. My vet said it was fine in small doses :)
Jun. 21, 2010 7:27 am
Hi Barbara, my dog is 20 years old,and we recently found out she is in congestive heart failure. We have to give her a fluid and blood pressure pill. She is also more interested in people food so we crush the pills and sneak it in there.
Jun. 21, 2010 7:28 am
She's beautiful! Especially for her age. She reminds me of my last couple of generations of dogs over 26 years or so. They all lived to be quite old as well. At 12 yrs. of age their health did decline and yes, they could have about anything they wanted to eat! I know it's scary when they stop eating. Sounds like you have a handle on it so good luck with her!
Jun. 21, 2010 7:28 am
Oh, I almost forgot - Does she travel on the boat with you?
Jun. 21, 2010 7:30 am
Of course! She LOVES the dinghy, tolerates the power boat, and gets a little green on the sailboat!
Jun. 21, 2010 7:33 am
I mean to say when the sailboat is sailing! We live on the sailboat full time and she is fine.
Jun. 21, 2010 8:34 am
Ok, Barbara...I shall get the recipe for may take a couple of days, but never fear, I won't forget...I'll send it to your email!
Jun. 21, 2010 8:35 am
great idea to get your pooch to eat-they really are like family and smarter than many people give them credit for. My dogs eat leftover all the time, every single one of them has from the time I remember having a pet. Every pet has been put down at a ripe old age. I find it funny when people ask "You feed your dog table scraps?" Well yeah, if it is good enough for me, I think it is good enough for her. They get a well rounded diet of protein, veggies, fruit. Lately I have seen interesting dog food-stews, full meals, 'special frozen meats' geez, they all seem to be table scraps for pooch to me. What do I know-have just raised 6 dogs to ripe old happy lives:) Hope your life of paradise goes well for you. We spent a better part of the weekend on the water fishing in a derby-great fun!
Jun. 21, 2010 8:49 am
Our puppy is 14 years old now and has been having some problems with her liver and kidneys. She has to stay on a low-fat diet or she could go into shock. We used to feed her chicken breast because she loved chicken, but now she just doesn't want to eat it. We think it's because we tried to hide her pills in the chunks of chicken and once she figured out we were doing it, she didn't want to eat it anymore. It's getting really difficult to find things she can and will eat...
Jun. 21, 2010 10:36 am
ha ha! i know exactly what you are going through. we had to do the same for about the last 9 months of our dear little lady's time with us. we did come across some organic dog food in petco, that she liked for a while, it really did look like someone just whipped it up in a kitchen. that gets pricey too, but they have the right kinds of things in there for them too. good luck, i hope she doesn't catch on too quickly!
Jun. 21, 2010 12:29 pm
The things we will do for our furry kids! LOL My sister makes her dogs treats cause one gains too much and the others are working dogs. I'll see what her recipe is. Another neat blog!
Jun. 22, 2010 6:33 am
The B vitamins help improve appetite, try some Amino B-Plex if your vet approves. It is a liquid form so you can squirt some on her food, and every animal I've ever heard or seen seems to LOVE the taste. Will she eat small meals, frequently through the day? Sometimes that helps make the food more available for nourishment!
Jun. 22, 2010 5:35 pm
I think its pretty cool you are able to trick your dog into thinking she is eating people food! I hope she is gaining the weight she needs!
Jun. 22, 2010 9:00 pm
My 14 year old fur baby was a liver shunt puppy. The vet sent us home with the instructions to not feed him very much protein. Little did we know at the time that the vet literally sent him home to die - puppies born with a liver shunt rarely live beyond 6 months. He refused to eat the special dog food prescribed by the vet. Now, from past experience, I knew that if a dog stops eating for 4 days, they will start to digest their own liver, and my guy was on day 4. My dog might have been dying, but it sure wouldn't be from starvation! I went to the nearest grocery store and bought a beef kidney. I cut it up, breaded it, fried it and even made a gravy for it. My dog couldn't eat enough. I started him on a high protein diet, and slowly started to add vegetables and fruit. The vet was very sheepish when I took my dog back for his annual shots. He re-tested my dog's liver function and everything but one liver enzyme was normal. Again with the doom and gloom: my dog could be expected to live to be five or six. He passed that years ago. Yes, he's slowing down, but he just keeps chuggin along. How wonderful that you are willing to do whatever it takes to keep your dog as happy and healthy as possible. Wish I'd thought of it first!
Jun. 23, 2010 4:20 am
Great story, thanks!
Jun. 23, 2010 5:49 am
Hey Barbara, been there and done that with the pills! We tried everything to get Moses(our dog) to take them! We finally figured out to put them in a hunk of liverwurst because he would inhale treats but wouldn't eat out of his bowl! Smart little sh#@ !! All the best and keep packing on the pounds!! Not you, but your pup!!!
Jun. 26, 2010 10:18 am
Hi Barbara, I've been making my own dog food for the last 6 months. My dog is healthy and happy but we wanted to make sure she continues to live that way and the commercial dog food option just aren't that great. I've discovered that she (and other dogs who've tried the food) LOVE pumpkin and different squash varieties such as acorn or spaghetti squash. She is also a big fan of ground chicken meat cooked with broth, apples chunks, bell peppers, shredded carrots, and sweet potato (also another fave). One thing we were surprised to find she goes crazy for is refried beans. Quinoa and oatmeal are also higher protein whole grains you can try. Hope this helps!
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I live on a sailboat in the Virgin Islands with a tiny fridge, so there is no room for leftovers. I love the ingredient search on this site...I never waste anything! It's very expensive to live here, so we do a menu challenge-trying to spend less than $15 a day on food.
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I am a jewelry designer and work for myself, so I have the flexibility to make time-consuming or complicated meals, but I usually end up making something quick and easy or using the slow cooker.
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Oyster dressing is a must for Thanksgiving and Christmas! I keep Grandma's handwritten recipe and follow it exactly.
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There was a Key Lime Pie that we do not talk about!
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