|This is a typical array of the range of dog food|
that goes into my canine cocktail.
Food gets donated to me all the time, from individuals, organizations, and businesses, and I really appreciate it. I feed 8-10 foster dogs at any given time and they consume about 40 pounds a week. Shown here are the bags of food that went into the canine cocktail that I mixed up this morning. Donated food varies widely in quality but I mix it together and come out with something pretty middle of the road and usable by most of the fosters. I don't like to feed food with a lot of dyes in it because I once had a scare when I saw a very red pile of dog poop and thought someone was bleeding. I can't feed a diet of strictly high-end, super nutritious, grain-free food, because not all dogs can tolerate it. I get specialty food for seniors and overweight dogs, and puppy food too. I can't depend on having a steady stream of a particular food so I don't want dogs getting used to that. What I can depend on is constant supply of a mixed diet, so that's what we use.
|I bought this at Tractor Supply.|
It holds about 200 pounds of mixed food.
|This was a great find on Craigslist.|
Waterproof and rodent-proof are essential.
|The mix is usually pretty consistent in quality|
because of the variety that goes into it. I save
some from the bottom of the barrel to mix in on
top of each new batch to make an easy transition.
|This metal locker is the best thing I ever |
brought home from the dump. It resides in the
shed and holds the three different dry foods
fed to our own dogs. It's dog-proof!