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The Frugal pet owner's gourmet

March 26th, 2005, 05:17 PM
My pets are on premium food, (Natural Balance) and they like it, however due to some unforeseen financial circumstances last week, they ran out of food and we opted to buy "grocery" dog food=("Pedigree-healthy vitality"-for about 1/3 the price)..

anyway..they are back on their normal cuisine, and as you can see, I do spoil my dogs, but am a cheapa$$ at heart, what can I do with the leftover dog food?
I dont want it going to waste, but no matter what i did wheteher i put egg, meat, wet food or yogurt, or whatever, my pets knew the difference, they hardly touched the stuff and had stickier poopies..

any suggestions? Im thinking of putting it in the food processor with peanut butter use it as Kong paste filling.
any other ideas with leftover nasty kibble? :yuck:

March 26th, 2005, 06:06 PM
you could always donate the leftover to a rescue or shelter....

March 26th, 2005, 06:15 PM
When my Lab passed away last April I tool his food and toys to the local HS, they were very thanksful. :)

March 26th, 2005, 06:17 PM
I bought a 50lb bag of food that my dogs ended up not likeing.. I taped it shut, and dropped it off at the local HS. They were grateful for it. :D

March 26th, 2005, 06:47 PM
agreeance here. I have had to drop off many opened bags of food at the local sheler... they appreciate any help

March 26th, 2005, 06:52 PM
Pigeons will eat anything.

March 26th, 2005, 07:43 PM
They won't even eat it if you mix it in with their regular food? That's what I always do, but if they won't eat it, I'd give it to the local rescue/shelter.

March 27th, 2005, 08:48 AM
If it's only a small bag and you do not want to go to HS,all kinds of birds will eat it....put it out in the morning and you'll see how fast it goes,2min tops!
Morning is best unless you are in to feeding coons,like me :D

March 27th, 2005, 09:24 AM
I know a farmer than feeds her peafowl a very cheap dog food... it is mostly grain afterall :-)


March 27th, 2005, 11:50 AM
"reward food" for behaving while on walks in lieu of cookies. I have opposite problem. My 19 lb. Eskimo opened the HUGE bag of human grade dog kibble while at groomer's - the only "flavour" he had not yet tasted. I usually buy the small bag - this is the size bag a person would buy with 2 Great Danes. And he opened it in 2 seconds - great teeth. So I have put max possible in airtight Rubbermaid Containers; have filled his "cookie jar" with the stuff and frozen the balance in 3 cup portions in freezer bags. Have to watch out for the mold that would develop if I defrosted too much at a time. He is going to get mighty tired of Whitefish and Potato - I am thinking of making a casserole for my husband. I even e-mailed the manufacturer asking if they had recipes - they don't. Too bad it has such a "fishy" smell to it - the Chicken A La Veg version does not. I refuse to toss this food - it is Fromm's - so he will just have to eat it and go without his wheat free Northern Biscuits. If the brand were cheaper, or he just didn't like it, I would have donated it to a shelter. Plan B - it is his birthday next week - birthday party with Whitefish for all.

March 27th, 2005, 11:40 PM
I don't know... If I had a bag of Pedigree and I had a bag of my dogs' normal food, I wouldn't let them touch the pedigree. Call me a snob, but I just don't want my dogs eating that stuff (they're highly allergic too...)... But shelter doggies who have nothing else to eat would be thrilled to have it.