Author Archives: Helen

Recipe – Cooking For The Fur Kids: Polenta

Posted on: March 29th, 2014 by Helen

Polenta in trayMy latest tryout is Polenta and to my surprise both human and poodles were delighted, with licked plates each time. (Yes humans too). And most importantly for me it fits with the ‘easy peasy’ philosophy for fast, delicious and nutritious dinners. In case you didn’t know, Polenta is from maize (which is dried corn) and I used the instant version; cooking from scratch would be better but I don’t take 45mins to stir something through the week. I will try it sometime though.  Polenta is a northern Italian staple, and used in place of pasta frequently.

There is much talk on the internet about corn being bad for dogs, and this stems from the Petfood industry relying on cheap calories. (more…)

Recipe – Cooking For The Fur Kids: Meatballs

Posted on: March 17th, 2014 by Helen

Very Healthy Lamb Meatballs (for humans and dogs)IMG_1207

You may know by now that I like to feed my dogs basically what I am cooking for myself with appropriate modifications.

I think of it like feeding human kids, leave out the bits they don’t like, and keep it simpler. Of course I can do that because I rely on Wellbeing Essentials to be the bridge between my food and canine nutritional needs.

Recipe

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Gingers Story

Posted on: October 23rd, 2013 by Helen

GingerOur gorgeous dog Ginger is a 4 year old Bichoodle. She is the baby of the family, we have a 12 year old son and 10 year old daughter.  She is a real
sweetie and is adored by everyone she meets.  Many a Bichoodle has been purchased after meeting Ginger!!

From the day we bought her home, we wanted to do everything right so we diligently took her to puppy school, socialised her well, kept up her vaccinations, trained her, walked her, gave her lots of love and fed her what the vet recommended, a quality kibble.
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Choice

Posted on: September 25th, 2013 by Helen

Choice. We think we have it, are making it, but without knowledge, true choice is not possible.

That is what started me on this journey, to share my knowledge and learning about how and what we should feed these loving companions of ours and to offer dog lovers information so they could have a choice and make informed decisions.

It is accepted wisdom now, passed on from Hippocrates even, that you are what you eat, and this no less applies to us as it does to our dogs.  What we feed them matters, matters to their health and wellbeing, their vitality, absence of disease and sickness, and to their longevity.  What you feed them matters.

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‘Balanced and Complete’ – what does it mean?

Posted on: September 25th, 2013 by Helen

Part of advertising spin about why we need to feed our dogs commercially made pet food is because it is ‘balanced and complete’ and most vets will say (rightly) that dogs have different needs to humans and you can’t be sure that food you make will be ‘balanced and complete’.

Stepping back a bit, this concept comes from AFFCO (and other erstwhile bodies), the acronym stands for American Association of Feed Control Officials, the body that sets the standards for all livestock.

The first problem comes in that we no longer think of dogs as ‘livestock’.

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Heidi’s Story

Posted on: September 25th, 2013 by Helen

HeidiHeidi is a long-haired miniature daschund who is now 18 months old. She became part of our family in February 2012. Our lives are now intertwined with our baby dog and she comes everywhere with us. In a lot of ways made us a complete family and we adore her.

As a child growing up, our family always fed our dogs with freshly prepared food so it was natural that when we got a dog of our own we investigated the best opportunity to feed Heidi in a way that provided complete nutrition.

From day one we had some wonderful advice from Helen McNall on the importance of puppy nutrition. We started out with the Wellbeing Meals and included more of the wellbeing mix, but when they stopped we now we make our own meals on a weekly basis and freeze them. Variety is also part of what Heidi gets – important for her! (more…)

Scooter’s Story

Posted on: September 25th, 2013 by Helen

ScooterI came to Australia from France with two dogs and a cat in January 2000. They have all passed on since then, the last being my beautiful French puss who spent 19 years with me. It was time for another animal to join the household and we found Scooter’s photo on the notice board of the local store. His owners couldn’t control him. He was 11 months old, untrained and absolutely gorgeous. He quickly adapted to life “chez nous” and loves everybody and everything, although his order of preference is boy dogs, boy humans, girl dogs, girl humans and then all the rest. Scooter and my partner are inseparable. He is even mascot to a youth group in the region. He is now beautifully trained and is just the happiest dog in the world.

I feed Scooter real food for he same reasons I feed myself real human food. I wanted Scooter to be healthy, to be happy, to look stunning, which he does, and to live “forever”.
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Deb Perry

Posted on: September 25th, 2013 by Helen

FleurWith two standard poodles, the combination of Wellbeing Essentials with cooked mince and super-food vegies like broccoli and kumara works really well.  We add their big dog biscuits for extra calories and we find this is a great diet. Our puppy Fleur has gained 6″ and 5 kg in three months, and 6yo Mischka who has always been ‘chunky’ has actually fined down with this combination.

Also, their poos are fine, which is a big consideration with two big kids like this!

Deb Perry.  Leichhardt NSW

 

Carole Anne Priestley with Willow, Elmo and Milly

Posted on: September 25th, 2013 by Helen

MillyI have 2 Bernese mountain dogs; Willow who is 9yo and weighs in at 40kg and her young brother Elmo 2yo and 55kg.  Millie is our terrier rescue dog and is a tiny 6kgs and likes to kill snakes!

I cook up every weekend, a massive chef pot, chicken drumstick filleted, with vegetables that I have put through the Bamix.

Their favorite day is cook up day, because they get to lick the bowl, all the little bits left and the stock.  I love that part of it.  Elmo lies on the ground and licks the last morsel.

I feel like I am nurturing them with proper food, I feel it is important to nurture them and I get great delight out of it!

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