I made the decision when Luna was a puppy that I wanted to adopt a home-cooking life style for her meals. It gave me the control I wanted in choosing only the freshest, human-quality ingredients that were suitable for my beautiful German Shepherd Luna without the worry of contamination from feeding raw. Like many other purebreds, Luna suffers from food sensitivities including grains, legumes, potatoes, fish, turkey, and dairy--so finding commercial dog foods that I trusted to contain only human-quality ingredients with foods suitable for Luna was nearly impossible. That's the reason I founded My Human "N" Me, Inc. I wanted to start a human-quality pet food company to help me supplement my home-cooking, while offering other pet parents in the world a higher quality food option for their pets.
I plan on launching My Human "N" Me, Inc. with a terrific line of limited ingredient, human-quality jerky. Treat time is very important to me and my dogs, so this was an ideal product to jump-start the company. It's perfect because homemade jerky takes hours to make in the oven, and this is one less thing that I have to home-cook now. But until My Human "N" Me launches a line of human-quality dinner options, I'll be home-cooking for my pups.
Tonight I tried a new recipe and my finicky dogs went absolutely wild for it . . . a delicious meaty "Mutt-Loaf" casserole, the recipe of which I wanted to share with the home-cookers out there. My intent was to add 5% liver (or about 2.4 ounces) to the recipe, but the store had none, so I'll have to wait to try that addition to the recipe. If you are new to home-cooking for your dog, don't be discouraged that I used organic produce and grass-fed meats. These foods are ideal but can be pricey and I don't always use them . . . unless it's a fruit or veggie with thin, edible skin. Thin skin fruits and veggies are permeable to pesticides . . . so try to go organic with those types of items if you can. If not, conventional home-cooked fresh foods are still a much better option for your dog than processed commercial foods and kibble.
Ingredients1 pound ground veal or lamb
2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
1 cup organic blueberries
1 cup organic kale
1 clove garlic (Yes, I know. Garlic is a controversial ingredient for dogs. But when reading the studies on garlic, it seemed to cause adverse effects in dogs only when fed in extremely high concentrations. I give my dog small amounts of garlic occasionally. Omit this ingredient if you're uncomfortable. Read the note below about suggested feeding amounts from Dr. Pitcairn's well-known book, "The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats.")
3 - 4 organic carrots
1/4 - 1/2 cup organic fresh parsley
3 pasture raised eggs
1.5 tsp Whole Bone Calcium ( I use Traditional Foods Market, Free-Range, Pasture-Fed Whole Bone Calcium Powder.) Check your calcium supplement for the recommended dosage.
In a food processor, (I used my small Ninja blender and it worked fine), pulse together the blueberries, kale, garlic, carrots, and parsley until you get a nicely chopped mixture. Add this mixture as well as the eggs and the calcium to the meat. Use your hands to knead all of the ingredients evenly together. Lightly oil the bottom of a large casserole dish with extra virgin olive oil to help prevent sticking, and bake until done. I baked my casserole at 350 for about 50 minutes. Timing will vary depending on your oven, your ingredients, the thickness and moisture of your casserole, etc. I prefer the casserole meat to be a tad pink on the inside. I served the casserole warm, and my pups simply loved it.
*Note about fresh garlic. Here are recommendations about safe feeding amounts from The Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats by Dr. Pitcairn. This is one source for your reference. Do your research. I always use less than the guidelines below.)
10 to 15 pounds: .5 clove
20 to 40 pounds: 1 clove
45 to 70 pounds: 2 cloves
75 to 90 pounds: 2.5 cloves
100 pounds +: 3 cloves