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Molly's Food

For those of you interested in the nitty-gritty details of what Molly's eating, I'm providing the current recipe that we're giving her. We had been giving her slightly more than this recently, but she's reached her target weight of 43 pounds, so we've reduced it to the quantities shown below. It is working well for her to get this amount three times per day. Of course your dog's needs will vary, and it should be noted that this food is not "nutritionally complete."

We get our pork and beef marrow bones from our local Whole Foods, and always choose the highest "step" rating as possible. I try to buy the most humane, sustainable, healthy meat we can, both for the sake of our dog and for the animals that she's eating.
Course Dog Food
Cuisine Canine
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Calories 319 kcal
Author Andrew Wilder


For each meal

  • 3.5 ounces ground pork
  • 1.75 ounces organic pumpkin puree
  • 3.5 ounces beef bone broth
  • 1 teaspoon ground raw pumpkin seeds


Prep in batches

  1. To make a batch of pork: In large skillet, add approximately 2 to 3 pounds of ground pork. It works well to break it into "burger-sized" pieces, and just cook over medium heat for about 25 minutes - turning just once. Once cooked through, remove from pan and place on paper towels to absorb excess fat, and to cool. Once cool, add the pork to a food processor and pulverize into fine bits. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  2. Make the bone broth according to directions here, and store in glass jars in the refrigerator (can also freeze).
  3. Grind the pumpkin seeds in small batches in a spice grinder or powerful blender or food processor until reduced to a fine powder. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

For each meal

  1. Using a kitchen scale, mix together the pork, pumpkin, and bone broth.
  2. If ingredients are cold, warm in the microwave for about 30 seconds, to take the "edge" off the temperature (it should not be hot).
  3. Add the pumpkin seeds, and stir. (I don't like to microwave the pumpkin seeds, since they're supposed to be raw.)
  4. Serve!