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Buster's Breakfast

by Donna Somerlott
(Cabo San Lucas, BCS, Mexico)

Boxer with Chicken

Boxer with Chicken

Buster is a 90lb. boxer... cooking for him is a real challenge! He loves this one.


1 large double chicken breast, including skin and bones
5 carrots
1 small beet
1 small sweet potato
1/2 white onion
2 cloves garlic

Cover completely with water in a large soup pot and simmer about 40 minutes until everything is tender. Remove chicken to a very large bowl. Add vegetables to blender with enough extra water just to puree. Meanwhile, add

2 1/2 c. lentils
2 1/2 c. brown rice

to the stock remaining in the soup pot (there should be quite a bit). Bring to a boil, reduce heat to very low, cover well and allow to steam for about an hour.

Remove chicken and skin from bones and chop finely. Mix pureed vegetables and chicken in the large bowl, adding steamed lentil/rice mixture when done. Blend well, adding 1 c. frozen chopped spinach if desired. I also like to add 1/2 c. ground flax seed.

Buster eats about a quart of this a day, and is he ever big and shiny! His vets give him a double thumbs up.

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Garlic and Onion
by: Anonymous

I thought onion and garlic especially were very bad for dogs. My dog loves garlic but I stopped giving it to him. Is it actually okay?

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Busters breakfast
by: Anonymous

No onions and garlic. Very toxic to dogs.

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garlic
by: Anonymous

I use PURE garlic powder, organic, only ground organic garlic to my female Boxer everyday. Not ONE bug is ever on her, she shines and is very healthy. I never give her onions, but garlic yes

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Chocolate
by: cDog

As an emergency vet nurse I can say that I have seen the effects of chocolate toxicity many times over. Yes, you're correct in saying that it gives them tummy upsets and gastric symptoms but that is only a minor symptom. Depending on the dog's weight and the amount of and type of chocolate symptoms can progress to cardiac arrythmia, internal bleeding and seizures (leading to death). Chocolate is NEVER ok to give to dogs!

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Onions and garlic??
by: Anonymous

Aren't onions and garlic toxic for pets??

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Healthy dogs
by: Anonymous

I love this recipe. I have been cooking this minus the onions and garlic and my dogs love it. My boxer especially loves this. I added fresh organic spinach to this also. Onions and garlic are toxic so don't use them. I will never use store bought food again and am looking for a recipe for home cooked kibble as well.

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Healthy dogs
by: Anonymous

I love this recipe. I have been cooking this minus the onions and garlic and my dogs love it. My boxer especially loves this. I added fresh organic spinach to this also. Onions and garlic are toxic so don't use them. I will never use store bought food again and am looking for a recipe for home cooked kibble as well.

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Only the best for my kids
by: Anonymous

I made this recipe for my three dogs today, however I omitted the onions and garlic and I did add flaxseed. I gave all three dogs part of this foe dinner. Have to gradually wean them off their kibble. They all loved it and for dessert they had homemade peanut butter cookies. I started doing research because my 11 year old shih tzu was diagnosed with lymphoma which spread to his liver and spleen. I blame it on hard processed dog food so I now cook for them. I like this recipe and will alternate broccoli and green beans as well. Thanks for this recipe,

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Onoins no-no
by: Anonymous

great- except for the onions

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Onions are a no go, Garlic may be a perk
by: Anonymous

While onions are never advised for dogs, I have read that a few garlic cloves per week mixed into your dog's food actually prevents fleas from biting your pet! Though garlic and onions are in the same family, garlic does not contain the same chemical that causes anemia in dogs as do onions.

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No to Onions
by: Anonymous

It's a decent recipe, without the onions. I make a similar soup for my dogs. Cooked or raw you should never give our dogs onions.

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wondering...
by: Anonymous

You say he eats about a qt per day. My dog eats about the same of his food, and I am wondering how many servings this recipe makes?

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Onions? Big no-no
by: Dawn

Onions cause a specific type of anemia in dogs. However it may take quite a bit for your 90lb boxer to exhibit symptoms. What you feed your animal is up to you, but this is something that could cause some serious damage. Read more about onion toxicity here: http://www.jlhweb.net/Boxermap/onions.html

Mine is a 105lb boxer/mastiff mix. I think he would love your recipe, but I do believe I will omit the onions and possibly the garlic as well.

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Buster
by: Louise

What a beautiful Boxer!

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Onions?
by: Anonymous

No not ever. Ask Dr. Tillman.

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Onions & Garlic
by: Anonymous

So I hear, but I have always included both in my dogs' diets. Personally I like the natural antibiotic and other healing properties of garlic, and believe small amounts of onion provide valuable minerals.

I have also heard that chocolate is death to dogs. I had a setter snarf a pound of Whitman's samplers one fateful Christmas, and all it did was give her the chocolate nougat trots for a day... Whereas I agree that feeding dogs chocolate on purpose is a bad thing, I don't believe it is necessarily poisonous.

I continue to make Buster's Breakfast pretty much as above, occasionally adding oats, varying the veggies, substituting beef liver... my parrot waits eagerly for his portion every morning. The cats get a small spoonful too... everyone loves the stuff.

Whatever you choose to omit or add, it's a great thing to cook for your pets!

Enjoy!

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no onions
by: Anonymous

noo absolutely not...onions cause changes in blood circulation in dogs and garlic isnt a safe bet either

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