Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Dog Stew - AKA Poop Soup


Is it wrong to use the word poop in the title of a pseudo recipe post? Asking for a friend.

Gus has been going to acupuncture to address the major sway in his hindquarters. Whatever has caused this (we think a disk problem that is not unusual in pugs) has made him favor his front legs and lose a lot of muscle tone in his back legs. Acupuncture has helped him a lot, but it is fucking expensive. Acupuncture is not just the little needles in you - there's a food therapy component. We operate under the premise that food has energy. Depending on what's going on with your dog, certain foods may benefit them. You can read more here or consult an actual pet acupuncturist. I only play one on this blog and am not an expert by any stretch of the imagination. There are other facets to acupuncture and chi that I'm not covering here, but it's quite interesting and I urge you to look into it if you have an aging pet or one that seems to have issues that are not being solved in a traditional vet's office.

Anyway, in order to maximize the in office treatments, I've switched the dogs' diet, taking them off dry food entirely. The acupuncturist suggested Fresh Pet Vital Select grain free for food, to be served with dog stew. They also take a multi-vitamin supplement and get scrambled eggs - the protein is great for them. So they basically eat better than we do.

The burning question on your mind (if one can have burning questions about dog recipes) - why is it also called poop soup? A component of the stew is you - your love and good energy that you're cooking into it. And when I'm cooking it, surrounded by three small eager pugs, I sing to them about poop soup. It rhymes and it makes me laugh and they prance around while I'm singing it and it is a big love fest in the kitchen.

Before you think this is all hocus pocus, this acupuncturist is a certified vet. I sought her out after traditional meds from my vet didn't work. Acupuncture has helped my Gussie tremendously. We were at the vet last night and she couldn't get over the improvement. I love our current vet and I think she's tremendously smart and insightful. I also think there are limits to typical western medicine treatments for animals just like I think there are limits to western medicine treatments for humans. My regular vet agrees - she happens to be calling on my acupuncture vet because she's studying it and will be offering it as a service.

Ingredients would vary if you were using this for medicinal purposes. For straight up good for your dog purposes, this will do fine. You're looking for a 1:1 ratio of meat to veggies/fruit. There is no grain in here because my dogs don't need it, but if you are more comfortable with one you could add some oats. I vary the ingredients, but my basic recipe is...

Ingredients
1-2 pounds organic chicken or beef - cut very small
1/2 sweet potato, peeled and diced very fine
1/2 cup green beans, cut small
1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms, cut very small
1/2 cup organic blueberries (frozen2 okay)
1/4 cup spinach, cut small
1/4 cup parsley, cut very small
1.5 tbs coconut oil
Water to cover


Directions
Cook small pieces of meat in a pan or brown and drain if ground. Add veggies/fruit and coconut oil, then water to cover about half. Cook down until liquid reduces and veggies are cooked - about 20 minutes to a half hour.

I give 2-3 tablespoons of this to the dogs per day.
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Haikuesday
Poop Soup is catchy...
but not really edible. 
Okay, not at all. 
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Did I just post a recipe for dog stew? I did. Indeed. I did. 
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26 comments:

  1. We regularly make doggie stew. This weekend, it consisted of a turkey neck and carcass, some carrots, sweet potatoes, rice, something else (I can't remember). We boil, then simmer, then remove the bones. They love it. Our stew changes often, but good for me to keep in mind the 1:1 ratio.

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  2. Poop soup, I'm cracking up, lady!

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  4. Gussie was like a puppy after 2 treatments ! When Lori and I walked him it was amazing. His Chi is back. Insurance should cover those treatments for humans including Reiki and the like. Food is energy as is everything. Continued God/Goddess speed to Gussie, Geege, and Maisel. Love. Your. Momma

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  5. I am totally going to dig deeper in to that site and try out this poop soup for my doggies. I think maybe Gracie can benefit from it. And well you cant feed one without the other :) (sung with the married with children theme song in mind.)

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  6. I think it's hilarious that you named it poop soup because it rhymes, and I would totally be singing along while cooking too. So glad that Gussie seems to be improving with the different medicine techniques. Believe me I know how rough it is to have a pet going through something and not really know what it is.

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  7. I have some left over turkey and this sounds like a great way to make something good and healthy for my dog. He will love it! So interesting that the acupuncture is working for Gus, glad to hear that!

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  8. I sing poop soup too,
    when I pick it up in rain.
    rarely when I cook.

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  9. hahahaha poop soup! I'm going to make this for Hawkeye and Thor. Thor is 6 too, but he's a pug as well so I expect issues with him earlier than I do with Hawkeye. The fact that he's a chunker doesn't help either.

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  10. I so love natural things for dogs. So over looked in todays world of pills pills pills... even for animals
    I was glad to see that was blueberries - I thought it was olives in the picture & I was like, I thought that was bad for dogs :)

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  11. This looks delish and LOL at your name for it. I'm sure my husband would love it :-D

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  12. Poor Gus. But I'm glad you found alternatives. So do the other 2 pups have any current health issues? If not, are they all eating the same off dog food? Both my pups are in good "condition", but I've always wondered about the food we feed them, even though it's grain-free, dairy free, etc

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  13. Pinning - great information!!! Thank you, Steph!

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  14. So happy it is showing improvements in Gus. The name of the soup is hilarious! I have been serving Seamus grain free for awhile now because he was having allergies and biting his front paw. Diet really does make a difference.

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  15. Dobie has terrible arthritis and a heart murmur and Barkley had a leg injury early this year so their mobility is sometimes compromised. I don't know what that has to do with anything or why I shared it. Brain is broken. But they would devour this crap out of this (also, regular poop but that's neither here nor there). I think I should probably make it for them at some point.

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  16. Good to hear that acupuncture has been helping but I can only imagine the cost of having to go back repeatedly. Hopefully the treatments will slow down a bit as he gets better.

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  17. I'm not going to tell my pugs that your pugs get homecooked food. They would be so mad at me ha. That's great that the acupuncture is working! Rosie is started to get a litttttle hobbly lately so I will definitely look into it if she gets worse. We found out Bowie is allergic to who knows what, so he's now on medication and fancy prescription food. These pugs are lucky we're crazy pug ladies!

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  18. I'm surprised he sits still for that... JC would freak the fuck out!!!!! lol
    I mean, if people are allowed to say "DUMP cake" then I say "Poop soup" is alright lol

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  19. Where do they insert the acupuncture needles? All over or concentrated on the back/spine area?
    Would hydrotherapy help any?

    My boys send all their healing love and smooches to your boy xo

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  20. This is pretty awesome. I am going to have to give this one a shot for the girls!

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  21. so when you said 'A component of the stew is you' i was expecting you to say that's why it was called poop soup. haha. anyway. i don't care if anything is hocus pocus if it helps someone, and that includes a pet!

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  22. Acupuncture procedures are very effective than inactive medications for relieving post-treatment pain. Treatments with Mississauga acupuncturist take approximately 25 minutes, but again the acupuncture therapy can vary, depending on the patient's condition.

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  23. Thanks so much for sharing! Now if I can just convince my parents that Boomer can eat eggs for breakfast, we always thought they would give him gas or the runs lol!

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  24. Looks delicious. I have to try this. Thanks for sharing it!

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  25. Yes, you posted a recipe for dog soup but the title caught my eye and I am a new reader. So win win!! My Cocoa gets tummy issues so I am always educating myself about food for her. I totally think there are so many ways to heal and alternative therapies have lots to offer.

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  26. Great article. Keep sharing such a informative post.

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