Chelsea – Pet Bichon Frise – Picky Eater – No More Canned Dog Food – On Strike – Food Processor to the Rescue – Homemade Dog Food –

You want me to eat what? Absurd!

You want me to eat what? Absurd!

Chelsea, our pet Bichon Frise, has an opinion about everything, especially food. She has declared war on conventional dog food. She won’t eat it unless she is at starvation’s door. I admit that this is a small exaggeration. She is rarely really hungry. She eats three times a day, because we do. She is insulted if we don’t offer her food at the same time we eat.

We listened to Chelsea’s consistent appeal for relief and purchased several cans of gluten-free dog food, just in case she may be allergic to wheat. She liked the gluten-free version at first, but she tolerated it only a short time and then refused it altogether.

I knew what to do. Chelsea likes people food, but we do not feed her table scraps. When we cook hamburgers or steaks (Steve cooks them on the gas grill outside), we prepare one for Chelsea. When I bake a chicken, I make her dog food out of the breast meat. It was time to prepare homemade dog food for Chelsea everyday.

What? Did you say Meatball and Pumpkin Feast? Grrr! Yummy!

What? Did you say Meatball and Pumpkin Feast? Grrr! Yummy!

Today I made her personal dog food feast from leftover meatballs. I added some canned pumpkin and a few drops of water to make my food processor produce the right consistency. This is her first time for meatball dog food. I hope she likes it. I checked the Internet and found that pumpkin is a healthy ingredient for her food.

Meatballs with pumpkinThe Process: I make her gluten-free homemade dog food from baked or boiled chicken. I add parsley or other greens for nutrition and rice for filler. I add chicken broth to add flavor and improve consistency. I chop it finely in my mini Cuisinart food processor. She LOVES her chicken dog food. I think she will like meatball/pumpkin dog food, too.

Pumpkin Pie without CrustSince I had to open a can of pumpkin for Chelsea, I used the rest of the can to make a pumpkin dessert for us. We will enjoy the sweet treat today from Chelsea’s leftover pumpkin.

Why is it that our pets rule our households? I guess we love them like they were family, and they are. I’d love to hear your pet stories.



About Carol Ann Ritchey

Life is good because God is good.
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6 Responses to Chelsea – Pet Bichon Frise – Picky Eater – No More Canned Dog Food – On Strike – Food Processor to the Rescue – Homemade Dog Food –

  1. jannatwrites says:

    My parents buy Dasani bottled water for their poodle to drink. Our pets aren’t so lucky… they rough it and drink the same water we do 🙂


    • Very funny, Janna. I had a friend that bought bottled water for her chihuahua. She simply said he liked it, and I could see that he did. She didn’t buy Dasani for him. Ha! I like Dasani, too. Thanks for visiting. Blessings to you…


  2. pattisj says:

    A former neighbor always cooked chicken for her dogs. I hope Chelsea likes the meatballs and pumpkin. That pumpkin dessert sounds appetizing. 🙂 Blessings to you!


    • You served a pumpkin dessert that didn’t have pie crust, if I remember correctly. Your pumpkin dessert without pie crust inspired me.

      Mostly I make Chelsea’s food from chicken breast. Yes! She liked meatballs and pumpkin!


  3. lesliepaints says:

    What I like about this story is that you took the time to investigate what was healthy for her to consume, which makes all the difference, as you already know….. These little dogs, yes, they have us wrapped around their desires! Ha! Chelsea is gorgeous!


    • Thanks for stopping by, Leslie.

      Chelsea was pleased as could be with her new dog food for a while. Now she wants something new. Tell me she’s not one of us. She is a people for sure. I had to share our chicken noodle soup with her. She must have carb cravings like I do. Ha! Blessings to you…


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