It's true. I don't cook...but when Heather decided none of the ready-made dog foods tasted good enough anymore and stopped eating, you bet I started learning to cook right away. For her benefit, of course, not for mine. As someone who doesn't eat meat (how could I, self-proclaimed lover of animals, consider myself a true animal lover if I still ate them?) preparing boiled chicken and rice was a particularly grotesque - albeit admittedly relatively easy - experience that I'm not exactly looking forward to repeating. Luckily, the batch I made will last for a few servings.
|Hurry up, Scottie Mom - I'm hungry!|
|The chicken breast boiled in water for about an hour before I took it out and peeled the meat off the bones (and in my head I kept thinking, "Poor chicken. I'm so sorry!")|
|I then sliced the meat into smaller pieces Heather could eat easily.|
|Finally, I mixed in the rice. Ta-da!|
As I finished Heather's dinner preparations, I began to wonder if she would even touch the home-cooked meal. She hadn't eaten a full meal since the night before she was hospitalized. And if she still didn't eat even after this, what then? I took the bowl over to where she was sleeping on top of the air vent. And much to my surprise, one whiff of the chicken and rice was all that was needed to bring that appetite back to life. It took 30 seconds for Heather to finish her first bowl and she even followed me back to the kitchen, begging me for more. How could I refuse? I scooped a smaller second helping into the bowl and watched her enjoy it. I took this short video so you could see, too.
I was so relieved. Prior to this, the only things Heather showed interest in were those doggie blueberry muffins we've written about before and bread (no, I don't usually feed my dogs human food or table scraps but desperate times called for desperate measures and this Scottie Mom was determined to find something Heather would eat). Feel free to share recipes for (healthy!) meals you've whipped up for your dogs in the comments below. I have a feeling I'll be cooking again soon.