Ok, sorry it's taken so long - my internet keep deciding I'm not cool enough to have online access. Fortunately my friends are relatively nice people who let me use theirs.
Anyhow, here is Socs's weekly feeding schedule. It varies slightly depending on what the store has and whether or not he has an allergy attack.
Normal week - he eats at 2:00 pm (I can't for the life of me get him to eat any earlier!) and then at 7:30.
He does sometimes get different combos of these depending on what is available, but I try to keep it regular.
For his first feeding, he gets 2 Bravo Beef patties (sometimes substituted with ground turkey or chicken) (together around 1lb) and 1 chicken breast (about 1.5-2 lbs) for meal 1 that around 2.5-3 lbs. He doesn't like beef much (weird), so I have to cover the beef patties with the chicken blood and drippings.
His second meal is 2 turkey necks (about 2-2.5 lbs together, we get the big ones) and usually a turkey wing or a chicken leg quarter (usually around 2-2.5 lbs). I give him some veggies at this meal because, I have no idea why - but they don't sit well if I give them at his first meal. He usually gets steamed carrots, unless they are fun chewies - then he gets raw ones - but they aren't as good for him so they're just for fun. He's a veggie thief - can't leave him alone in the kitchen with them - so he assorted veggies and fruits that are dog friendly (peas and pods, apples, strawberries, bananas, and occasionally cooked potatoes). They all, of course, are given in moderation with the majority of his diet being solid meat.
His treats are all pure meat unless I'm giving him a fruit or veggie as a treat. He gets chicken breast jerky, lamb lungs, 100% beef jerky (for dogs, not people - and it's the only beef-food he will voluntarily eat.) dehydrated chicken pieces.
Allergy attack days. My pup is allergic to just about everything - but the vet says that the symptoms aren't severe for him to want to do the tests
, so I have a special diet for him on his allergy days.
He has a very hard time digesting meat on those days - that's why I have the dry that I feed him. It's the Canidae dry (ocean fish, lamb) - it's the best that I can get near my town. I don't want him to be on solid kibble on those days - so I try to mix in a little of the beef patties. He would probably eat more if I didn't - but I don't want to do too much diet change. He also gets, instead of his normal treats, shark cartilage treats that he really likes. I sometimes mix in a little low fat yogurt with probiotics or a very small amount of honey to get him to eat the kibble-beef mixture; it seems to work without upsetting his stomach.
I don't feed him a lot of beef, pork, or lamb, because I cannot afford it. I live in a very expensive community and, being the unemployed college student that I am, I don't have all that much money coming in, and as it is - he and my rats get most of it, and my parents pay for the rest - as their dog eats raw too.
Of course, like most spoiled pups, he gets things that aren't that good for him - but he gets them sooooo infrequently that it doesn't affect him. He does get sugar-free all natural strawberry frozen yogurt after our walks when we go to a town about 45 mins away. We go maybe once a month or so - it's a very pit-friendly community so it's always nice to see him getting hugs form kids instead of shouting from concerned parents.
If you have any specific questions, let me know - I'm eager to hear what tips and alterations that are suggested.
-Thanks, and hopefully my internet will be working tomorrow!