Dinner for the Dogs

We all eat well in our house, and this includes our four-legged children as well.  I have not started cooking food for the cats yet, nor do I ever think I will, however, I do cook the wet food for our two Saint Bernards, Lucie and Vinnie.  Lucie and Vinnie eat just about as well as we do.   They get a wide variety of foods that include lots of proteins and fruits and vegetables that are dog friendly.  Sometimes they get rice, sometimes sweet potatoes, and sometimes regular potatoes.  I started making their wet food about 2 years ago.  It is much healthier for them and I know exactly what goes into their foods.  I don’t have to worry about them eating things that are bad for them because I am the one making their food; at least the foods I have control over.  Just like regular children, though, they are always going to try to push the limits and go for the taboo items.  Cooking their dog food is actually less expensive than buying their foods, because I know when I cook for them I am cooking them good quality, fresh foods.   Anyone who has pets knows that to purchase good quality foods is a bit pricey.  This week, Lucie and Vinnie are dining on some catfish, chicken, sweet potatoes rice and peas.  They’re not complaining, so I am assuming they like it.  They are such picky eaters, after all.  NOT!  Sometimes I make their dog treats too.  I will keep you posted the next time I make their treats.

Lucie and Vinnie are always ready to help out in the kitchen.  They make a very good clean-up crew too.  Whenever some crumbs or tidbits fall on the floor, they are more than willing to help clean things up in a split second or less.  But for some reason, they ALWAYS seem to know when I am cooking food for them.  They are even more eager and ready to help when it is for them.  I don’t know how they know when I am cooking for them vs. when I am cooking for us, but they do.  I have a little stuffed Saint I have named Fritzie, and she always comes in the kitchen to help out when I am making food for Lucie and Vinnie.  Maybe they have learned that when Fritzie comes into the kitchen Mommy is cooking for them.  Or maybe, they just have a sixth sense about these things.  I don’t know.  What I do know though, is that they are geniuses when it comes to food.

Fritzie is helping and Lucie is standing by very closely, just in case Mommy drops something.  She is being quite the lady.


Vinnie, on the other hand, has decided it is much faster to just help himself.  Lucie is about to do the same, but I caught her before she could join in on the counter surfing action.


Cooking everything up.  Catfish, chicken and sweet potatoes, with a little parsley and cinnamon, boiled in fish stock.  I mixed this in with rice and peas that I had cooked separately.  I also added a little milk and flour to thicken up the sauce, make it more like a gravy.


Lucie is giving me that look, saying “Mom, I’m hungry.  Hurry up with my dinner”.


Vinnie looks guilty.  Who knows what mischief he has been up to.   He is by the wine.  He is definitely his mother’s child.



Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

2 thoughts on “Dinner for the Dogs”

  1. Your dogs definitely made this post. But, I think it’s a great idea to cook for your animals. Like you said – you know what goes in there and you make it a quality meal. I’d be interested to see treats.

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