I work my butt off building Keep the Tail Wagging so that I don’t have to cook for our dogs. What’s funny is that if I were working so hard at blogging, I’d probably have more time to cook for the humans and the canines in our family. Huh.
My lack of time to cook doesn’t keep me from collecting cookbooks for dogs so I was stoked when I was offered a free copy of Dinner for Dogs.
Whenever I pick up a cookbook for dogs, I flip to see if it contains three things…
- Nutritional Details – learning about dog nutrition is a pain in the butt. There is so much information out there and, of course, it’s not for every dog so we have to figure out how to translate that information for our pack.
I used to post recipes on Keep the Tail Wagging and I stopped when people started asking me about nutritional breakdown of each recipe. I don’t know, but I do know that this is important and with dog parents become more aware of what their dogs need, it’s important to have that information.
- Dinner for Dogs provides nutritional details for each recipe.
- Tips on Food and How to Read Labels – I just started figuring out how to read dog food labels this year. The more I was learning, the more attractive raw dog food became (check out my other blog, Raw Dog Food Reviews). We tried to switch our cats to a better kibble and even to raw, they weren’t having it. They’re older so I figured what harm can their food do – then I read the label. They’re with the same brand, but a higher quality (more expensive – *sigh*) kibble and they love it.
- Dinner for Dogs has pages at the beginning introducing dog parents to the basics of nutrition, including information about a healthy diet, how to read a dog food label, calorie requirements for a healthy dog, and even what NOT to feed our dogs. Did you know that the feeding guidelines on many dog food bags is for an active dog – so if you have a couch potato who is gaining weight (this was Sydney), it may be because you’re unknowingly over feeding her? I learned this from SlimDoggy!
- Food for Different Situations – I’ve always known that certain foods are great for certain ailments or conditions, but never thought to apply this to dogs until I learned about the Yin and Yang of dog food (i.e. a hot dog – our Rodrigo – and a cold dog). Dinner for Dogs organizes their recipes in a way that makes it easier to find what we need – recovery recipes, treats, breakfast, daily dinners, and they even have a section that goes over herbal remedies.
I love the book and have been flipping through it off and on since I got it. The recipes are easy to follow and the book has inspired me to set aside 4 days a month to cook for our dogs. I’ll share my first recipe next month (maybe).
Do you have a cookbook for dogs that you love? Share share share!!