Thursday, August 30, 2012

Got the ewe and emu portioned out

Yesterday I portioned out the 1 lb of ground ewe(female adult sheep I believe), and the two lbs of ground emu.

Saya really wanted some now, but she had a rabbit and some home made cooked food so she didn't need anymore food.
big pile of ground emu
I portioned it into 3oz balls for nice snack size or small meal size.

The ewe was $4.69 and emu was about $17 or so maybe less or more.
$17 for 11 balls of emu not to bad something exotic and tasty. We made emu hamburgers out of our ground emu we also have emu brats to make for ourselves later.

The emu farmer has bones so I might see if they can sell me something bone in wise I dunno emu are pretty big animals, but be interesting.. Emu neck maybe? Need big ice chest to bring that home. or emu feet? haha

As long as it's raw not those smoked kind..

I got this from farmer's market in Madison Wi during the shiba picnic. I hope next time we go they'll have organs and bone in stuff maybe I'll call them before and make sure they have it available for me.. hehe

Monday, August 27, 2012

dehydrating chicken hearts

I don't have a dehydrator just yet, but I seen posts on people doing it in the oven so I thought I'd give it a try it seems simple enough.. If it doesn't do it right Saya still love it.

I thought it'd be fun to try it. The one I found said to put oven on 150F and bake for 4hours my oven only goes to 170F so I'm cooking for 2hours to check it and then will flip the hearts and cook for 2more hours and check see how they do.
I do have a $75 gift card from target so I might check to see if they have any dehydrators in store or online and if they're good quaility I might buy them.

I checked target even for freeze they only have dorm fridges and chest freezers. I'm hoping get an upright eventually.

I did trim the fat on some of the hearts, but some I didn't due to how small the hearts are I didn't want them to fall through the holes..

It'll be interesting to see how they come out.

I've been giving our cat a little bit of chicken heart he seems to love them.

Bella has been getting the chicken heart juice and some chicken heart in her kibble too coarse she loves it. yummy. :)
Saya just got done working on a beef rib so she was happy.
I think dehydrating is a nice way make good treats you know what is the ingredients and where the meat came from. I might try sweet potatoes Bella likes dehydrated ones..
I cooked it for two hours flipped then for two more hours then flipped and added one more hour.

They turned out good didn't smell bad actually. They were a bit greasy, but not too bad. Saya really loved the tiny bit I gave her.
I plan to use them for recall training She is pretty good off leash staying in yard and stuff, but I like to keep working with recall each day. I rotate between string cheese, fish fudge treats, cooked turkey, and kibble.

Chicken hearts will make great and nutritious training treats. :)

Saya was nice enough to help me clean the pan.
Bella got a chance to clean it too. :)
I'll have to compare chicken hearts done in oven and in a dehydrator see which I like the best.

I plan to do things like beef heart, beef lung, boneless meat, fish and stuff.

Maybe this weekend I'll check out stores with dehydrators see how prices are.

I have seen some on craigslist for decent price so might do that option I don't know yet.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Saturday dog food purchase

Today we went to the farmer's market Saya had a lot of fun meeting people and kids she met a little toddler she loved.

Farmer's market doesn't  allow dogs in the market, but it's OK if they're in the sidewalk which is fine by me she still gets to mee people who likes dogs.

A lot of distractions people, musicians, and so on. She did well during training watching me when asked, sit, and come when called. I didn't let her off leash I just told her to stay went to end of her leash then asked her to come and she came right away.

So sad they don't allow dogs, but I understand due to rude dog owners who bring their dog who don't behave well or are scared in the crowd.

Saya she does fine in crowds she follows me and when I'm getting stuff at the stall I have her sit and she stays sitting and won't bother people unless they show interest in her.
Saya waiting for me when I got stuff this was from another time though.
The other farmer's market it allows dogs, but it's on wednesday and mom works long hours during the week so we can't go then.

I'm fine with that Saya still enjoys it and it helps get her used to noise like music and people.
We went to butcher and I got her 10lbs of chickens hearts for $16 which is a good deal. Should last Saya for while. Yummy.
We also headed to a dog grooming place to check it out has some nice items like dog collars, leashes, harness and dog bathing stuff, brushes and even the honest kitchen.

I got the Love formula Saya tried the Keen formula and Love she seemed to like the Love formula more, but she ate both find.

Though I did screw up and added bit more water then the free sample asked for made it really soupy so probably filled her up. Good to be hydrated though. hehe
I still love raw diet I don't think she'll ever be off of it, but I thought the honest kitchen be nice for small snack and to put her joint supplements in. I enjoy raw and it's helped Saya a lot with her health.

Plus if we ever go camping it's make a nice meal. I'll probably add caned sardines with it for more yummy food too.

Here's a cute picture showing how tired Saya was.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Grass is green

Not much to post right now besides we finally got good amount of rain so our grass is now green instead of brown which is nice. Saya loves green grass more then yucky dry brown grass.
Saya being good and walking to me.
Sometimes I think Saya is one odd shiba especially since she sticks close to me in the yard.

Well she isn't close as an velcro dog like, but she stays in the yard really well and does well with her boundaries.

Only times she leaves it is to chase rabbit off the garden, but she returns once the rabbit gets into the high grass she hasn't had luck catching them yet.

My yard has no fences we plan to get chickens eventually and they'll have fence, but that's easier to fence up since it won't be the whole yard..

16acres is too much to fence up and even if we only fence the front and backyard it'd be way too much for us.
Though there is always talk about moving my mom not sure where we do like Madison WI, but that depends on their winters how harsh or hard to drive in it during winter..

She also wants move bit closer to Louisiana in case my brother has kids or whatever, but who knows where.. I hope it's in country and we have a lot of land like we are currently at. I love having this much land so peaceful.

My mom likes it here too, but she is fed up with work and our neighbor is a real jerkface.. He curses at me yells at me and my mom for walking our dogs on the road. I mean we aren't on your yard dumbass we have every right to walk our dogs..

I walk them in the trails, but I like walking along the neighborhood for something different or for a quick walk before we go somewhere.

He has a rat terrier which he allows off leash and gives it 0 exercise and training they just yell at her. Amy!!!  I mean all the dog probably think is her owner is barking with her..

She is the rude ill behaved dog while ours are friendly and walks well on leash..

His dogs even charges and snarls at my mom as she rides her bike to ride it along the countryside.. She used to chase cars, but no longer does it my guess she learned lesson and got bumped I dunno.
She has even ran into my yard while Bella was laying in the yard she was paying no attention to anyone just sleeping. >.<

I chased the dog off and yelled at it so far it hasn't come onto my yard again so I hope it learned it's lesson.

I really think there is something wrong with this dog because it been mean and aggressive or reactive either way since they got it as a 8week old puppy.

That doesn't seem right to me. I walked Bella when she was young and about Saya size and the little rat dog ran all away across owners field to get to me. I shielded my Bella of coarse and protected her and kept walking and blocking the dog eventually it stopped.

I don't want to make my blog some rant and negative type of thing, but this neighbor really makes me mad. I just don't get why he has to be so mean and rude.

I confronted him about way he treated me when he cursed at me I was calm friendly didn't have the dogs with me so no issue of him being afraid.. He goes yelling at me and being mean? I mean wtf how can you be that way I was being friendly wasn't loud or irrational with my talk and questions.

Any ways that was the first bad incident with him. He thinks Bella my mom's boxer is a guard dog! A guard dog? She wouldn't hurt a fly oh wait she chases flies.. well she wouldn't hurt a kid. she loves kids.

He also thinks Saya is a wild dog? WTF? Wild? She is far from it she loves people and kids she is bit snarky with strange dogs, but that's thanks to being attacked by two.
Saya does get along with dogs she knows and ones she had slow and good introductions with most owners hate that I want them to play right now! I'm like no can we take a walk together so one your dog isn't so hyper with introduction and two it helps Saya see the dog is friendly and she gets treated while walking with the dog..
Bella loves cats she is friendly with ours
He has never seen Saya eat her raw meals outside so not sure why he thinks she is a wild dog.. She does look primitive I guess compared to a lab or boxer..
Saya loves to try and get the kitty to play with her the cat doesn't play much, but he was one who started it by going on his back and pawing at Saya. lol

Anyways I only posted this because before going to Madison WI to get there for shiba picnic we walked the dogs along the neighborhood to get them tired before the 4 hour car ride or bit more not sure..

He yelled at me and my mom to get off his lawn or lane? I don't know it was hard to tell her sounded to mad and I got mad myself. I shouldn't have lost my cool, but we were on the road and we even were on the left of the road so we were not close to his land. He doesn't own the road each neighbor pays their dues for maintenance on the road so we all have right to walk on it.
Of coarse their dog was out there off leash and under no control by them. They continued to yell at Amy and get pissed at us.

Umm I'm not responsible for your dog's behavior sure I'm causing her to react, but that's her owner's fault for not socializing the dog when they got her.

She did her usual crap of barking, snarling, growling and charging at us she hasn't tried to hurt Saya lately, but she used to try to go behind Saya to go in for a bite. It never happened though I used my leg to block her. I didn't kick just used it to block plus she is so afraid of people she ran away from my leg without her being touched by it.

Who knows maybe she has been kicked or hit by her owners? The husband shows a lot of anger issues and is mean as heck. I have no clue why his wife likes him she is so nice and he's a troll. I guess as they say opposite attracts?

Sad thing this really upsetting my mom before she didn't want to move she loves the land 16acres is great! she loves hanging in the yard doing yard work or sitting in a chair reading a book.

So sad one neighbor has to ruin life for everyone. All our five other neighbor's are great their dogs are friendly and behaves and they also don't like the guy either they dread it if he goes to one of the neighbor meetings..

I enjoy allowing my dog's off leash in the yard both behave well in it and don't run off or cause much of an issue.

I never leave them off leash outside without me being around since we have no fence and never know they might do something..

Dogs don't seem to mind going in the house and they always get go back out when I go out too.

They get two or one walks a day and time outside depends on weather of coarse if too hot I don't want to overheat them though there is a lot of shaded are with the trees which the dogs know to go lay in if they get hot. Plus they always have tons of fresh water when outside even if it's just for 15minutes.
This guy makes me feel like this. lol Don't worry Saya was just playing she wasn't being mean she likes to play with me on couch a lot. hehe
Such a mouthy girl
She is mouthy, but she knows to not bite hard she learned as a puppy she can't do that.

We  did have a great time in Madison WI as usual and enjoyed the meet up It's just sad we had to leave for the meet up on such bad note. Ah well a happy shiba and boxer is all me and mom needed to get back on positive note. :)
Saya is so goofy!

I did write the event with neighbor and put it in neighbor folder. I figure if I keep note of each one and he gets worse I'll get cops or animal cops involved. I believe leash law applies in my area we are in country kinda, but I believe it applies here..

So I can at least get him on off leash dog off his property.. Need photo proof though that his dogs goes after us.
I do let my dogs off leash, but they're always in my yard and when I walk to the road to walk along neighborhood I have the dogs on leashes so I think I'm within legality on things.. Unless leash law includes dog being off leash in owners yard..

Ah well I'll figure things out as they go.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wet dog food mix

I decided to make up some wet dog food or whatever..

For Bella I plan to use it as a kibble topper. For Saya I'll use it to put her joint supplements in them.

She likes the green lipped mussel powder will lick it up, but the elk velvet antler stuff she doesn't like it so much there was couple times she ate it without it being covered, but I rather stick it in something and she gets it right away.
Bella's is on the left and Saya's is on the right. It looks kinda like caned dog food. hehe

Here's what I used for the meat stuff:
1 can of sardines with the water,
1 can of tuna drained of water,
3 cans of salmon drained of water,
1 beef heart,
4 2.24oz each of liver,
3 2.24oz each of beef kidney,
1 2.24oz of beef thymus
5 bags of cooked chopped turkey it had bits of turkey liver, heart, or gizzards in it too.
4 scrambled eggs boild eggs probably be fine too.
close up
Day before I had cooked up some sweet potatoes just few small slices, celery, carrots, green pepper, and zucchini. ground the veggies up then cooked red raspberries, blueberries, and peaches and ground the fruit up and mixed both the veggies and fruit together.

I also mixed the caned fish then. I'd probably would have done 1 caned sardines and 4 caned salmon instead of 3 caned salmon and 1 of tuna.. Tuna is more high in mercury, but The dogs don't get tuna at all pretty much so I don't think it'd hurt next time I'll be sure to get more salmon or sardines.

The veggies and fruit aren't needed I don't think, but I had a bunch of zucchini and other veggies so I took one of each and cut up and cooked to use for it.

Fun thing with this you can do it anyway you want dog allergic to turkey no need to add it sensitive to beef no need for it can just put turkey liver and whatever protein OK with or chicken liver etc.

Today I cooked the meat I used coconut oil to cook it so it wouldn't stick.

I cooked the heart, liver, kidneys, and thymus first and once the organs were soft enough I cut it on a plate and put back in the skillet to cook more.

I cooked it frozen so took a bit especially the heart since it was thicker then liver or thymus.

The heart probably weight 4oz or so maybe 5oz I forgot to weigh before cooking it.

Once everything was cooked through I put it all on a plate cut bigger items into small chunks and put the turkey in the pan to cook some and then put in our small cheap grinder we got it for free from my sister in law it's nothing fancy.
Once the organs was grounded I put it in big bowl and by then the turkey was thawed and ready to be grounded too I kept the liquid in the pan and put the eggs in the pan with the liquid and stired it as needed.

I mixed the cooked organs and turkey and then put the eggs in grinder once cooked. I then mixed the meat all together and then mixed in the meat into the veggie, fruit, and fish mix they each got same spoon fulls each time so they got about same amount of stuff.

Once each dogs stuff was thoroughly mixed in I rolled Saya's into balls and put them into a ziplock to freeze so I can take out easily.

The dog meat ball things weighed from .50oz, .60oz to 1.06oz or so.

I plan to use them as training treats and to put her elk velvet antler supplement in so she eats it fine.

I tested it with Saya this noon and took her out to potty and did some recall with it. She came right away as usual and even better she did it faster then she usually does.

Though as a training treat it's messy as can be. I probably could make it more like biscuit and added wheat flour or coconut flour and cook it in oven..

I don't mind the messiness I can use it in the front, back or on the trails so I can easily go in the house to wash my hands.
This is how I freeze them in the ziplock it's a bit more work, but it makes it easier to just grab a round bit of treat.. I do same with her raw meat, bone in items, and organs works great for me though takes a while especially if I have a lot of stuff to portion out. Luckily two big ziplock was good enough to fill all Saya's treats in.

There is a bit left over in her container, but I'll use it for yummy treat or training..

I might do same for Bella and make in bigger balls so I just need take out of freeze set in dog bowl and let it thaw then put kibble on top or let her eat it frozen for nice cool summer treat.
Ziplock is now full and sitting in up stairs freezer till it's frozen solid. I'll put it down in the chest freeze once done.
Left over stuff. I might put them into ball shape and freeze once the current ones are done freezing..

I'll rotate giving her plain Greek yogurt, egg, ground meat or this ball to give her joint supplement.
Saya such a good girl waiting for me to get done so she can taste test. She helped clean the dirty plate and big bowl. :)

I'm no do food expert so don't know how nutritionally balanced the stuff it I'll have to check nutrient data site to see.

I feel i should be fine to give as a yummy kibble topper or small snack or treat. If it was a meal I'd probably make it differently or not I feed things in variety so the dogs wouldn't get this for full week as a meal if I were to feed it..

The treats despite having heart, liver, kidney, and thymus in it plus caned fish smells pretty good!I think the coconut oil help with it. hehe

Oh yeah my 1gallon of coconut oil came today! I still have the quart of it left so I plan to use that up before opening the gallon. I might do is when the quart is gone I'll put coconut oil from the gallon into the quart jar so I don't have huge bucket in the kitchen.. Plus small jar is easier to handle.. hehe

I plan to give a little to Saya each day about 2 teaspoons daily.. She really loves the taste of it and eats it like it's candy. probably is it has a light coconut taste.

She also loves coconut flakes I have kind that is natural and unsweetened so safe for dogs.

The flakes don't seem to digest fully in dogs after few good rains coconut flakes is all that is left, but who knows they might digest it some.

She doesn't get the flakes that much just once a month or so for training.

I look forward to cook with coconut oil more then canola or olive. I think it'll make yummier food.

I cooked veggies, chicken and even a egg with it tastes good. Well the egg I dunno, but thought I'd give it a try.

This is the kind of coconut oil I have, but used one from walmart it was nice too. There are many different brands out there too.

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