I used to make Puppy’s food because he couldn’t seem to tolerate dog food. I somehow forgot the reason that I was making his dog food, though, and had been feeding him bagged dog food mixed with canned because it was easier. He lost a LOT of condition over the summer and was scratching himself raw despite my using Advantage on him. D’OH! Then I remembered that the same thing had happened when he was on dog food before!
I use several recipes that are similar to this one. The one that Puppy is eating tonight had 3 lbs. mixed hearts and gizzards, 2 cups of white rice, 4 cups water, and a tsp. of garlic powder. I brought the water to a boil, added the rice, garlic powder, some salt, and 3 lbs. chicken gizzards and hearts, brought it back to a boil, then turned the heat down to very low until the rice was nice and soft.
Then SwampMan came into the kitchen, checked the pot of dog food, got a bowl, and helped himself to the gizzards, hearts, and rice. *sigh* He pronounced them very good. AFTER SwampMan raided the dog food, I added leftover sauteed fresh spinach to the pot.
If this were all the food Puppy got, it wouldn’t cover his nutritional needs. However, Puppy also gets raw bones (turkey necks, chicken backs, pigs feet), raw meat such as raw leg quarters, beef hearts and kidneys, etc., a 15-oz. can of jack mackeral once or twice per week and, of course, eggs and miscellaneous table scraps.