Post #461 We Rescue Dogs

March 7, 2016 at 10:24 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Post #461 We Rescue Dogs

I started rescuing dogs a long time ago.  I concentrated on mostly cocker spaniels because I always like Lady and The Tramp from Disney.  My first was a tiny little girl I named Shasta.  She and I stayed together for 15 years before she crossed the Rainbow Bridge.  It’s the hardest part of being a pet owner, letting go for the best interest of the pet.

Currently, we have two rescues.  We have Jack, black cocker spaniel/poodle mix, and Buddy, a black and white Boston Terrier who looks like he’s wearing a tuxedo.  We arrived in our little town with three rescue dogs.  Dusty, our big brown mellow surfer dude cocker spaniel crossed the Rainbow Bridge last July.  It was a rough time for us all.

Dusty was a stud dog at a puppy mill.  He spent his first five years in a cage.  When we got him, he was only starting his socialization process.  On the drive home from the adoption event, he sat in the back seat with Ex-wife and stared at the back of the seat.  He could only handle a small part of the world so he concentrated on that.  Due to his life at the puppy mill, he didn’t know a lot of things, so we consulted with our vet before we got him.  Her advice was to let Jack teach him to be a dog again.

Dusty learned fast but his learning was sporadic.  He learned to pee and poop outside almost immediately.  He never barked much, but did learn to run in the woods.  He learned to relax on car rides, even though once in while he’d stare at the back of the seat.  One thing that totally flummoxed him was stairs.  Going up the stairs was easy.  He balked at going down.  So he’d jump.  It was only a half-flight of stairs so the drop wasn’t large, but it was always a little disconcerting to see this little brown torpedo flying past the kitchen doorway as he launched himself.

He weighed about fifteen pounds when we got him and we were told to get his weight up.  Not a problem for us.  He turned fat and happy in about a month and stayed that way until his final illness.  He was a very picky eater.  He wouldn’t eat the same dog food more than four times in a row.  We could fool him by adding stuff to it, gravy, melted butter, a little cheese, but after a while he’d just say “Nope!  Not going to do it.”  And he’d go hungry for a day.  Then he’d start eating again with no problem.

That’s why his final illness took us by surprise.  He stopped eating and we thought it was his normal eating process.  But he never really started eating again.  By the time we noticed the growth, it was too late.  We made him comfortable, took him to the vet, and stayed with him to the end.  The working hypothesis is that the drugs the puppy mill gave him to keep him “studly” had an impact on his system and finally caused the tumor.

Dusty 04

The reason for this post is not make anyone sad.  We made the last half of his life a doggy heaven and he loved us unconditionally, as we did him.  But feeding a picky eater is hard and I was constantly looking for doggy recipes for him and the others.

The easiest is always rice.  Plain white rice, with chopped meat in it is best.  Dogs love it and it helps aid their digestion.  I use leftover chicken or hamburger and put a little dried dog food in it to make sure they get their proper nutrition.

I’ve also made homemade dog biscuits.  I made this recipe for Dusty just before the end to try to coax him to eat.  He ate a few of them, but he wasn’t really into it.

  • 2 1/2 cups flour and oats combo
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp beef or chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • Optional add ins: peanut butter, shredded cheese, bacon bits, hard boiled egg, small diced chicken, etc.

Heat oven to 350.  Dissolve bouillon in hot water in a large bowl, then add other ingredients forming a stiff dough.  Knead the dough for 5 minutes.  Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thick.  Cut into slices 1/2 inch wide and 2-3 inches long.  Twist them slightly and place on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake 30 minutes.  Cool completely.  Store in zip lock bags in fridge.

But the reason I got to thinking about Dusty is I found another dog food recipe that looked easy and good, and can actually feed people too.

  • 2 pounds hamburger
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 can kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup butternut squash, chopped
  • 1/2 cup peas
  • 1 1/2 cups rice (brown is preferred, but used what you got)
  • 4 cups water

Place it all in a crock pot and cook on high for 3-4 hours.  Stir to combine thoroughly.  Cool and serve to the dogs.  Or taste it and eat it yourself while it’s hot.  You might want to add your favorite herbs and spices if you’re eating it yourself.  Don’t put any herbs and spices in for the dogs, though.

Since I posted a picture of Dusty, here’s Jack and Buddy.

Jack 18

Buddy 11

We love rescuing dogs, and we typically rescue the older ones.  It means a lot of goodbyes, but it also means joy and happiness for them and for us.

And as always,


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