Friday, September 5, 2014

How to Make (Cheap and Healthy) Dog Food

We haven't fed our dog kibble in a long time. I was always intrigued with natural or home-made dog foods (particularly BARF or raw diets). Health benefits aside, the thought of throwing my puppy a bleeding chicken carcass while I wiped the blood and guts from her mouth seemed pretty cool to me. 

Then one day she got salmonella poisoning from a well-known and popular kibble brand, and my mind was made up. 

Over the next little while I'll be posting about my adventures feeding raw (Queen Rhodesia is quite particular in what she eats, how she eats, the size of the pieces she eats, and even the temperature of her meat. Not to mention how finicky her digestive system is), but today I will throw out a simple (well not really all that simple) recipe that is her crack cocaine of dog food:

DDF: Doctor Dog Food

First off, every dog is different and I'm not all about measuring and grams and pounds and all that jazz. I learned how to feed Rhodee by guess and check. If she ate it that was the first step. Then I'd see how she poos (too hard, too soft, ice cream, dark, super smelly, boney, frequency, etc etc). Then I'd see how much she pees. Then I'd do the physical checks (boxer/bulldog mixes are the ultimate in instantaneous physical changes. If I saw too much rib, she needed more food. Or she needed more fat. Or needed less bone and more meat). Then I'd see her fur. If it was dull and flaky, she needed more fish. Or eggs. Or olive oil. Or a combination of all three. 

Feeding a dog isn't a science, it's an art. Just like how all humans react differently to different foods, it takes time, effort, and persistence in finding what works for your dog (not just the breed, but your individual dog).

Here's one of my DDF recipes. I feed Rhodee about one pound of this plus two raw chicken leg quarters a day. She is a 57 pound solid and very active dog-athlete. This will feed her for about two weeks. 


8 or 9 cups of cooked rice: <$1
One beef liver (buy it from the butcher for cheaper than a grocery store): $2
Half a tub of plain yogurt (those 1L tubs): <$1
One can of tuna: $1
A bag of full-intact  sardines (about 8-9 fish): $3
7 cups (or more) of greens and other veggies (spinach and carrots): (use the stems etc. of what you don't eat: free)
4-5 tablespoons of ground flaxseed: pennies
One pound of ground beef: $5
3-4 pounds of chicken gizzards/hearts (these are pretty cheap since humans rarely eat chicken insides): $8
6 eggs: $1.50
Some olive oil: negligible 


Everything ends up in one pot. Cook (or raw - depending on your preference) the chicken, and the ground beef. Cook the rice. 

Blend the fish with the yogurt and the veggies to a nice (and smelly) paste. 

With all the other ingredients, throw in one big tub/pot and stir. 

And there you have it: your very own DDF for fewer than 50 bucks a month. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

White People and Their DNA (Destroy Niggers Attitude)

I haven’t written a *viewer discretion is advised* blog post on here for a while, so excuse the rust if my curse words don’t have the desired effect.
Man, there’s some real bullshit going on.
I’m going to sway briefly into what’s going on in Ferguson.  No sense getting into a summary since anyone and everyone who has eyeballs (or thumbs) has heard about the White cop killing the innocent Black boy (and yes, I don’t care what comes out about what lead to his shooting, but no one deserves to be shot in the head – multiple times – by a police officer.  Please refresh your Toronto memories to a non-Black victim named Sammy Yatim).
Unlike a lot of Wal-Martians, I’m not all that surprised with what happened.
That may seem like a very cold thing to say, but why am I going to be surprised when it snows in February?  Why am I going to be surprised that my dog’s shit smells like dog shit?
Why am I going to be surprised that White (men) people kill Black (men, women, and children) people all willy-nilly like we’re cockroaches?
This shit is in White people DNA (Destroy Niggers Attitude).
Historically, White people in the Americas (and throughout the world) have been conditioned to believe that they are better – ahem privileged – and subsequently have inculcated the belief that their existence on this Earth is the only one that matters.
Aboriginal Genocide
Aboriginal Genocide
Aboriginal Genocide
Aboriginal Genocide
Jim Crow
Aboriginal Genocide
(History has shown a flew blips on the radar when White people decided to turn on themselves – WWI and WWII.  However, particularly from WWII and beyond, the White folks have managed to use non-Whiteys to kill other non-Whiteys on their behalf.)
White people have been systemically killing Blacks and other racialized groups for eons.  When they don’t use guns, they use laws, or housing, or loans, or mortgages, or food, or drugs, or disease. 
Shit, you don’t think there isn’t a connection between the spread of Ebola in West Africa and Mike Brown? 
It’s time for me to put on my hoodie (Trayvon Martin), put up my hands (Mike Brown), walk down the street and whistle at a White women (Emmett Till).  What’s the worst thing that could happen?
Health Canada should slap health warnings on Black baby butts like they do with cigarette packs - being Black is a danger to your health.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Columbusing: Discovering Things For White People

Tiger Woods re-Columbused (Malcom Xed?) golf.  Seriously, how many people knew/cared about golf before Tiger came on the scene?  Ditto to female tennis and the Williams sisters.  Ditto to Black people and basketball (invented by a White Canadian).  Ditto to Nike.  Ditto to gold.