Howdy fur friends! Since we run a dog treat company, we often have people ask us what we feed our own dogs -- do they get to eat pupcakes every day?!
We believe that our pupcakes can be a healthy part of a dog's daily diet when fed in moderation (treats should not make up more than 10% of your dog's daily calories) so there's nothing wrong with a mini pupcake for dessert, or a nice slice of pupcake for a special celebration.
But, unfortunately for Bolin & Rosie, most of the time when we bake pupcakes we're taking them to events or Blue Dogwood Public Market for our Triangle friends to buy!
So, what do they eat?
We feed Bolin & Rosie the Chicken Meal & Brown Rice dog food from Pet Wants East Raleigh, and we love it! Pet Wants’ specially-crafted pet food formulas are made in small batches with fresh, natural ingredients enhanced with vitamins and minerals for a complete and balanced diet in every bowl. And, Pet Wants delivers our food to our home free of charge! With two hungry GSPs, we order a lot of food, so getting home delivery for free was a game changer.
(PS If you're in the Triangle area, you can get 10% off your first Pet Wants order using the exclusive On Point Pupcakes code OPPC at checkout!)
We also supplement Bolin & Rosie's grains with a homemade wet food that we make in the slow cooker. We add about 1/2 cup of this on top of their Pet Wants food and mix it all together in their slow feeder bowls. (Recipe at the bottom!)
In addition to pupcakes for treats, we also give them pig ears from Inherently Raw every 1-2 weeks. I don't want to be dramatic, but Bolin & Rosie love these pig ears more than they love me. When they see me get them out of the closet, they literally jump all over me, trying to get the pig ears out of my hands!
This food all sounds pretty good, but how do we keep them fit?
Luckily for Bo & Ro, Jackson and I are both runners, and we love to bring them along with us. Bolin is bigger and older (5.5 years), and we will run 2-5 miles at a time with him. Rosie is smaller and younger (2.5 years), so we typically just do 2-3 miles at a time with her. As the weather gets hotter, though, we shorten the mileage and bring lots of water for them to make sure they don't overheat!
One time, Bolin was SO excited to be on a run, he dragged me through a patch of wet concrete. Wow, did those construction workers laugh at us! I don't think I've ever run faster than those 2 miles home to wash off his paws and my legs. But, as you can tell from the photo, Bolin was happy as a clam.
We hope this peek into Bolin & Rosie's lives was interesting to you, and if you try out our slow cooker wet food recipe below, please let us know what your dogs think!
On Point Pupcakes Slow Cooker Dog Food Recipe
- 2-3 pounds ground turkey or beef (lower fat % is better)
- 1.5 cups brown rice
- 1 can corn, drained and rinsed
- 1 can peas, drained and rinsed
- 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can carrots, drained and rinsed
- 2-3 cups water
- Add all ingredients to your slow cooker and mix well, making sure to break up and mix in the meat well with the other ingredients.
- Cook on HIGH in your slow cooker for 3-4 hours, stirring once or twice every 1-2 hours. Cook until the liquid is absorbed and you have a fluffy, thick doggie stew.
- Cool and then place in containers for storage.
- Food will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months.
- (TIP: We typically put ours into 3-4 medium size plastic containers, putting 1 in the fridge and the rest in the freezer to thaw when we are ready. Using smaller containers makes it faster for the food to thaw.)
Serving size will vary based on your dog's size and breed. We are not pet nutritionists but we discussed this food with our veterinarian before feeding it to Bolin & Rosie. Please speak with your veterinarian or animal health professional before changing your dog's diet.