This little fellow is Henry, who came into our lives six years ago. We decided it was time for another dog and visited a few dog charities before we came across Henry. Those who say that a dog chooses you were right in this case. In my mind, we would come home with a little fluffy mutt but instead found myself captivated by Henry looking quietly at us. I definitely didn’t have a Staffie on the list. We looked at him, he looked at us and we decided we would see if we could take him for a walk. That was it, we were in love!
He is a very well behaved, gentle soul although like many Staffordshire Bull Terriers that have not been socialised when young, he isn’t that keen on other dogs. Over the years we have got him to a point where he is happy to walk past on the lead but he doesn’t enjoy other dogs too close.
When we first had him, we found he was very itchy with sore skin patches. With our vet, we worked out that he was gluten intolerant and have managed the situation since. To complicate matters, as he has got older and we think he is now ten, he has had a couple of bouts of pancreatitis so he is now on a gluten free, low fat diet.
I have found several recipes on the internet and below is my adaption that works for Henry.
Gluten free dog food recipe
2 large carrots
3 medium potatoes
125g frozen peas
125g brown rice
500g skinless chicken breast
- Peel and slice carrots and potatoes. Add to a pan together with the frozen peas and the brown rice.
- Cook for about 20-25 minutes until the carrots and potatoes are soft and the rice is cooked.
- In a separate pan, poach the chicken breasts in water until cooked (approximately 30 minutes).
- Mash the cooked vegetables and rice and leave to cool slightly.
- Chop the chicken breast into small chunks, add to the pan of mashed vegetables and stir to mix everything together.
- Spoon into containers.
Our dog has a medium mugful of food twice a day and this amount makes enough for around four days. I usually store two days supply in the fridge and freeze the rest.