My Samoyed, as he grew out of puppyhood, refused to eat kibble (and even canned food) and would go days without eating or eating very little until he lost weight. Frustrated, I did some research and started giving him this homemade dog food twice a day. He is back to a normal weight, and is very happy! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Serve without bones; give separately as a treat as desired and use caution.


Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr
30 mins
1 hr 45 mins
18 cups


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard grease.

  • Place 6 cups water and brown rice into a stockpot. Add browned beef, bones, and rosemary; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low or low and let simmer, stirring occasionally to prevent burning, until rice is mushy, about 45 minutes. Add water if necessary to keep mixture a little thicker than a porridge-like consistency.

  • Meanwhile, place carrots, spinach, and eggs with their shells into an electric blender. Blend until completely pureed and no eggshells are intact.

  • Mix pumpkin and blended egg mixture in a bowl until combined. Remove meat mixture from heat and pour egg mixture into the pot to cook the eggs in hot contents, about 5 minutes. Let cool thoroughly before feeding to your dog, about 30 minutes.


Cook's Notes:

I feed my 60 pound dog 2 1/2 to 3 cups of food a day minus the bones. I will add about one bone a day to his food bowl. Feed less or more according to the dog weight and activity level.

You can also substitute other vegetables such as peas, celery, and sweet potatoes or add fruit such as apples, bananas, and blueberries. You can also use frozen or fresh vegetables, just be sure to puree them with a blender. I just find canned vegetables are easiest to store and use. My dog also loves a tablespoon or so of nonfat yogurt added to the top.

You can also mix in oatmeal or barley, but no wheat, soy, or corn. You can use any cut of beef, chicken, fish, or lamb, but be sure to cut them into bite-size pieces before boiling. You can get bones from a butcher, but be sure not to use chicken bones.

Nutrition Facts

846 calories; protein 43.4g; carbohydrates 107.4g; fat 26.6g; cholesterol 258.3mg; sodium 369.2mg. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
I had some freezer burned ground beef and was looking for dog food recipe to use it. This was perfect. I used shredded fresh carrots I had, a couple of apples, a can of green beans that he loves and everything else according to the recipe. I gave him a taste when it was done and he gives it 4 paws! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
My dog is extremely picky, has bad teeth so kibble is off the table, and doesn't like most canned dog foods either. Getting him to eat enough food has been a big cause of stress for me since we adopted him. Recently I learned that on top of this, his old "favorite" food is nutritionally incomplete, so I found this recipe. Before it would take hours of picking at his food to finish a meal, but with this recipe? He's OBSESSED, and so am I! He finishes eating in under a minute and his body language and mood seems revitalized, like his little body had been begging for nutrients and finally got what it needed. Honestly its a godsend, and I appreciate the peace of mind it gives me knowing he's getting good food I can trust and that he Loves it so much. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is my 1st time making this recipe. It was very easy to make and smells wonderful. I’m excited to let my pups try it for dinner tonight. Read More