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Dog Food

These days I make a lot of dog food. I guess that’s what happens when you have four dogs and are committed to feeding them unprocessed raw food, otherwise known as the BARF (bones and raw food) diet.

Why would I go to all the trouble of such an inconvenience when there are hundreds of types of dog food on the market? Because I can’t bear to feed my animals what I won’t eat myself. The things I won’t eat I avoid because I was born with a genetic auto-immune disorder. Genetics, the gift that keeps on giving. My father gave it to me and I passed it on to my son.

Although I started dealing with the pain caused by this disease– ankylosing spondylitis– at around 13, without realizing what it was, I wasn’t officially diagnosed until I was in my early 30s. The doctor who diagnosed me was very excited. He’d never seen it in a woman. I, on the other hand, told him firmly, “I won’t have this disease!” and walked out of his office.

Denial isn’t always a river in Egypt. Needless to say, deciding I wouldn’t have the disease didn’t actually stop its progression.  Some ten years later things my immune system had completely crashed. Since Western medicine doesn’t do immune system rebuilds, I left the world of pharmaceuticals behind and headed into alternative medicine. That included changing my diet to avoid the toxins and lack of nutrition in the SAD (Standard American Diet) while I instead rebuilt my depleted gut microbiome.

It was one of those changes no one ever really wants to make, but turns out to be the best thing that ever happened to you. At forty I could barely walk. At fifty I did a handstand in the middle of the room (thank you Yoga!) on my birthday. And the longer I maintain my clean diet, the stronger I get.

So when it came to my dogs, dogs that I expected to be my partners on the farm, I started reading the ingredients on commercial dog foods and researched the processes used to make them. I just couldn’t feed my partners what I wouldn’t eat.

That’s when I came across the BARF diet. I was thrilled to discover I wasn’t the only one who wanted to feed raw food and lots of bones to an animal that evolved to eat raw food and lots of bones. All I can say is that neither Moosie nor Bear have ever needed to have their teeth cleaned, and feeding them grass-fed or non-GMO meats have kept them from ever being ill. For a long time I worried that I wasn’t giving them enough vegetables, but they get lots of organ meat, raw milk yogurt, and fresh eggs. They also snack on gross things like the intestines of the animals they kill and the chickens I slaughter, and occasionally, cow and sheep manure.

But when the puppies arrived, I wanted to start them off right, so I looked up recipes for dog food, When I found something that I liked, I added my own twists, most especially adding the Celtic Sea Salt so they get their trace minerals.

So here’s what the girls eat, each of them getting a pound of this food a day, along with another 12 ounces of meat, organ meats, or bones, plus 1/2 a cup of raw milk yogurt and 2 eggs. That’s 2 eggs if they don’t find more during the course of the day.

  • 2 pounds of grass-fed ground beef
  • 10 oz frozen green beans, ground  OR 10 oz of cooked squash, mashed
  • 6 large carrots, ground or 2 apples, ground
  • 2 cans of sardines in water, mashed
  • 2 tsp Celtic Sea Salt

Mix it with your hands, measure out their portions, top with yogurt and eggs. Then watch your puppies do the happy dance when you go to feed them.


Squash Soup

First, I would so like to report that I have a new calf. I can’t.  Although June is getting more serious about letting that baby go, she continues to bide her time. Obviously, her previous owner was incorrect about her due date. She may also have been incorrect about the Holstein bull being the father,… Continue Reading

Flies, ugh.

It’s only been a few years since I last had dairy cows on the property, but in that short time I completely forgot how awful the flies are.  However, before I get into discussing the pestilence of flies, I need to get you caught up on general cow news. Who knew how annoying it was… Continue Reading


I wasn’t a helicopter parent with my kids, and I’m not a helicopter farmer when it comes to my animals. I’d rather watch and wait to treat something until I’m sure the animal can’t handle it on her own rather than dose proactively. A couple of weeks ago the moment for treating arrived for Tiny,… Continue Reading

Lamb St-oup

Lamb St-oup

Before I throw myself into this week’s post, I have to kvetch over the recent full moon. I know everyone was going on about it being this blue-blood-full-eclipse moon, but why didn’t someone warn me what that meant? Here I was, figuring this was a full moon like all the other full moons I suffer… Continue Reading


Nothing really funny has happened on the farm since the pigs became pork.  This is very frustrating for me. I mean, the high point of my day has been walking out during my breaks and observing the hi-jinks that always seemed to occur while I’m outside. Sigh. Not that I have a lot of time… Continue Reading

November Tomatoes

November.  That is not a month most folks connect with tomatoes ripening on the vine.  I sure wouldn’t have, but there seems to be a lovely little miracle occurring in my new hugelkulture garden. If you recall, back in July I planted San Marzano tomatoes as a reward to myself.  All those months ago I… Continue Reading

Beef-and-Cheese Foldover

So before I throw myself into another recipe, I need to make a porcine update.  The day when I have one piggy instead of two is drawing rapidly closer, but I really thought I was going be short a pig two days ago. That morning I was drawn to the door by a strange squeaking… Continue Reading

Another Soup Day

Another Soup Day

I was hoping for snow last night, but that didn’t happen.  Probably just as well since the turkeys really dislike snow.  They walk through it like one of those fancy show horses, lifting one foot high, pausing then lowering the slightly warmer foot to raise the cold one.  A few years back we had that… Continue Reading

Sourdough Bread

Sourdough Bread

I fell in love with Sourdough bread on my first trip to San Francisco.  I was 18 and living on my own in Denver when my father was transferred to the Bay Area.  Sometime during that first year, I went to visit.  It was my first plane trip and my first trip to the San… Continue Reading