Editor’s Note: Henrietta has kindly given us two copies of Dinner for Dogs so we can run a contest for Dogster readers. Enjoy the recipes below and then find out how to enter.
If your dog stops eating, it’s usually a sign that something’s up. I know how concerning this can be: When my Border Terrier, Lily, was a year old, she stopped eating altogether. She would run up to her bowl with her usual exuberance and then back away slowly. I was horrified! I tried different foods, but to no avail; she would seem enthusiastic until she smelled what was in the bowl and would then turn away and wander off, looking rather dejected.
I started cooking her chicken, rice, vegetables and apples, which I knew she loved, and she began to eat properly again. This was definitely good news all around, and I kept a copy of the recipes I made and turned them into a book.
Check out two recipes from the book, then enter to win a copy!
If you have a dog who seems to prefer bland food, this is a good recipe. It provides a balance of vegetables, carbohydrates and protein. If your dog is overweight or has an intolerance to fat, discard the skin of the chicken after it has been cooked. This is a good recipe for a sick dog, too.
Per 4 ounces (100 g): Calories: 400; protein: 20 percent; fat: 18 percent
These small liver cake treats are designed for dogs who turn their nose up at baked biscuit treats. I defy a dog to refuse these! They are bursting with really great ingredients, each of which has a specific nutritional purpose. This recipe has a two-stage cooking process to make sure the treats are properly cooked through.
Per 4 ounces (100 g): Calories: 390; protein: 30 percent; fat: 14 percent
Tip: I like to add the eggs whole as there’s lots of good nutrition in the shells: some natural calcium, as well as glucosamine, which is good for joints. Crush up the shells with your hands or a mortar and pestle so that the shell pieces are as small as possible, and add them to the food processor with the other ingredients.
Just leave us a comment below telling us how your dog likes to help you in the kitchen. We’ll pick our favorite answers next Wednesday, September 11, at noon PST, and we’ll contact the winners via email. You’ll have two days to respond or we’ll choose another winner. (Sorry, that’s just how it goes!)
Creating a Disqus profile and avatar just takes a minute and is a great way to participate in Dogster’s community of people who are passionate about dogs. Please note that if your Disqus account doesn’t contain a valid email address, you can’t win because we won’t be able to contact you. That’s not fun! So, pretty please, check your account.
Best of luck!
About the author: Henrietta Morrison is the founder of Lily’s Kitchen, voted the UK’s No. 1 pet food company for the last four years by the Good Shopping Guide. Her dog food is sold in hundreds of stores across the UK. Morrison believes that dogs should eat proper food, so she works with cooks, nutritionists, and vets to develop her recipes. Her border terrier, Lily, is her chief taster. Follow Lily’s Kitchen on Twitter, and click here to purchase Dinner for Dogs.