Treat your old friend (or even your young friend!) to some of our favorite recipes
OFSDS Auntie Stew
1/2 cup turmeric All amounts are approximate and fill a 22 quart crock pot/roaster right to the top when done, put all of these items in together.
18-20 lbs boneless chicken breasts and thighs (a mixture or whichever is on sale)
6 lbs whiting, dressed and headless, bones are ok, they will turn to mush when cooked
20oz chicken livers
20oz chicken gizzards
5 lbs carrots
4lbs frozen green beans
2 lb can 100% pumpkin
3 pounds apples
6-7 big sweet potatoes
Cook all of this together on about 250 degrees for 12 hours or more, when it is done I process it with a hand blender or you can do it in loads in a food processor.
A big tub (2 lb) plain low fat yogurt
2c 100% natural psyllium fiber – you can get it unflavored/unsweetened on Amazon. Do not use artificially sweetened.
1c coconut oil (best price on Amazon)
1/2 cup turmeric
You’ll end up with something very much the consistency of canned dog food but it’s so much better. It’s a great place to hide medications and the gang loves it. It freezes really well if you have too much for a few days. We give each dog a big spoonful on top of a good quality dry dog food at each meal.
scaled down auntie stew (for regular sized dog families)
All amounts are approximate. Put all of these items in a crock-pot together.
2 lbs boneless chicken breasts and thighs (a mixture or whichever is on sale)
1 lbs whiting or catfish
1/4 lb chicken livers and/or gizzards
1/2 lb carrots
1 12 oz box frozen green beans
1/2 cup pumpkin
1 small sweet potato
Cook all of this together in a crock pot for 12 hours or more, when it is done process it with a hand blender or you can do it in loads in a food processor.
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup psyllium fiber. Do not use artificially sweetened.
a heaping tablespoon of coconut oil
1 tbsp turmeric
Dried Sweet Potato Chews
You’ll love making this sweet potato dog chew recipe for your dog because sweet potatoes are loaded with beneficial antioxidants and nutrients. They are rich in Vitamin A, C and E, Vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B6, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Potassium. They also contain valuable anti-inflammatory nutrients, and are classified as an anti-diabetic food. They received this title because animal studies have found that sweet potatoes help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance.
2-3 Large Sweet Potatoes, washed thoroughly and dried
Preheat oven to 110° C (250° F)
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Cut off one side of the sweet potato lengthwise, as close to the edge as possible. Cutting the side of the potato first allows you to then turn the potato onto this flat surface that you have just created. Having a stable area to rest the potato will make it easier to cut the potato into slices. Don’t discard that first piece, it comes out just as yummy as the rest!
Cut the rest of the potato into slices, no smaller than 1/4″.
Place them on the prepared baking sheets.
Bake for 3 hours, turning over after 90 minutes.
(Baking for 3 hours results in a soft, but chewy dog treat. If your dog prefers more of a crunch, then bake for an additional 20-30 minutes).
When you take the sweet potatoes out of the oven, they may at first appear to be too soft. Let them cool completely on a wire rack before you decide whether or not to bake them longer. This is because they will continue to dry or harden while cooling.
Storing: Although these treats are dried, you will want to keep them in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. You can freeze them.
Tummy-Tempting Chicken Soup Cookies
1 c. ground high-quality dry dog food kibble
2 cups Bisquick baking mix
1 18.8 oz can Campbell’s Chunky Chicken Soup (I buy Roasted Chick w/Country Vegetables)
Preheat oven to 350.
Ground kibble in food processor or blender and grind to a coarse flour. Measure 1 c. after grinding.
Mix kibble, and remaining ingredients until well combined.
Drop by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheets.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Store in airtight container in refrigerator.
Makes about 50 to 60 bite-size treats.
My pups just love these! The chunks of veggies in them just add to them, I think.
Almost frosty paws
32 oz. vanilla yogurt
1 large mashed banana (or a large jar of baby food banana)
2 Tablespoons of peanut butter
2 Tablespoons of honey
Blend together and freeze in small Dixie Cups, plastic “take out” containers or an ice cube tray. If using Dixie Cups, just peel away the paper and put directly into their food bowl to serve. You can let them “warm up” for 10-15 min. before serving. Cats like them unfrozen!
Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary is a Forever Foster Home based Sanctuary in beautiful Mount Juliet TN, generally housing approximately 120 senior dogs at the Sanctuary and others in temporary and Forever Foster Homes. While providing lifetime homes for senior dogs, OFSDS strives to raise awareness of the joys and challenges of living with older dogs. We are a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization. We do not concern ourselves with the quantity of time that they have left, rather the quality of the life that we can provide them for that time.