Black Butte Retrievers

1 pound cheap hamburger (for high fat %)
1 1/3 cups Total cereal
1 1/2 cups uncooked oatmeal
1 raw egg
6 tablespoons wheat germ
1 package Knox unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons unsulphured molasses
Pinch of salt

I don't tend to measure this out, just make it BALANCED and you can't go wrong.


I just buy the rectangular ones with the blue lids from the dollar tree in a 3 pack. They stack nicely and don't need to seal too tightly, as it's for a doggy with slightly undiscerning taste buds. Mine definitely don't notice a little freezer burn here and there:)


Cook up a huge batch of white rice and use this as a base layer in your container of food.


I like to use a high fat beef from the grocery store. It's less expensive and usually comes in plastic wrapped logs in the refrigerated section. Beef is best in my opinion, but you can also use pork (limitedly), wild game meat, or even turkey (though I prefer higher fat for the dogs).


You can use lots of different kids of dog safe veggies, but I usually stick to what's easy, a big bag of frozen peas and carrots. No prep required, just pour over the rice frozen and put it right back in the freezer.


I love to throw some flax seed oil, salmon oil or coconut oil in with this meal. Just an easy way to get your pup to get their healthy oils in!

Gut Health

For some added tummy health, I always include a fat dollup of Pure Pumpkin Puree, no sugar or sweeteners added. You can feed this every day, even over dry food, with no issue.

Home-Made Treats

Just as easy as making their good, home-made dog treats are inexpensive, simple and much more healthy!

Coconut Oil, Peanut Butter Frozen Treats

Just as easy as it sounds.

  1. Combine organic coconut oil  and peanut butter (just eyeball it, we don't measure this one, but I go with more oil than PB) into microwave safe bowl
  2. Stir, melt some more, stir again and then pour into glass measuring cup (one with a pour spout is best).
  3. Now pour this into silicone baking molds. I set the mold on a plate or small baking pan, as they tend to want to bend an spill everywhere.
  4. Place this in the freezer, wait 30min to an hour and they are ready to go.
  5. Repeat process and make a huge batch.

These can be stored in the fridge and given daily.

10 pounds hamburger meat (the cheapest kind)
1 lg. box of Total cereal
1 lg. box oatmeal
1 jar of wheat germ
1 1/4 cup coconut oil
1 1/4 cup of unsulphured molasses
10 raw eggs AND shells
10 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
pinch of salt



 Dry Dog Food

Not all food is created equal, so please do your research before you buy. Here are some of our top picks!

Yes, even though we feed whole food to our dogs, we also supplement with dry kibble as needed.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

3 cups oats
½ cup peanut butter
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs


  1. Place the oatmeal into a food processor and pulse it until it's not so coarse, but it doesn't need to be fine as flour.
  2. Add oatmeal, pumpkin, peanut butter cinnamon baking powder and eggs to bowl on mixer and blend on medium until it's all mixed.
  3. Roll out with a little flour and cut with cookie cutters.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Cool on a rack until completely cooled.
  6. Place in airtight container to keep them fresh, or in the freezer. I keep them in the freezer, they don't freeze solid as there is little liquid.

Add additional flour as needed for rolling cookies out so they aren't so sticky. If you flour wax paper and roll the cookie out in between floured wax paper sheets they are easier to transfer to the baking sheets.
** these do not have preservatives so be sure to refrigerate or freeze them. (my dog like them out of the freezer just fine)

I've said it before and I'll say it again (generally speaking) English Golden's DO NOT struggle with over eating or obesity. In fact, it's just the opposite. Of coarse there are the rare tubby pups that seem to always hold weight well, but for the most part, these guys have a very high metabolism and often have to work to keep weight on. This is why I'm very open about the fact that I don't believe this breed is meant for 'running'. They deplete quickly and while long walks, hikes and light jogs are certainly healthy for them, long runs and marathons are far too much for this breed and can cause them to suffer front weight loss, joint pain, irregular muscle growth and so on...all of which can wind land your pup in surgery, even at a young age.


We have used this brand off and on through the years and once they came out with their 'grain free' line, we went back full time. This is a tried  and true brand and they have cornered the industry for many years!

Our revolutionary supplement system, Good 4 Life, includes 4 key ingredients. They work together to condition, repair and promote gut health in all animals-often improving health with the first feeding.

Satin Balls

Struggling to keep weight on your dog? These Satin/Fat Balls could be just what you need!


Our top pick, because our dogs ALWAYS pick this food when given the option, especially puppies. When Mama's wean early, we go to Royal Canine Whelping Mousse!

While all dogs have different nutritional requirements, some dogs have unique needs. Royal Canin has many different options to meet the special needs of your dog.

Step One:
Mix everything together in a big bowl. I recommend putting the dry ingredients first, then the oils, then the egg, then the meat. That way you don't have to wash your hands in between ingredients .

Step Two:
You can form them into balls like the name suggests. I prefer patties though because they are easier to stack in the freezer that way.

Step Three:
Put the patties into bags and freeze them. Since they are served raw you need to thaw them individually when you are ready to serve them.

Keep in mind that it doesn't take long for these baby's to kick in, so monitor their weight closely and I don't suggest serving these for more than a month or two at a time, unless your dog is still under weight.

At that point, I would suggest taking them to the vet for a fecal smear and make sure you're not combatting worms or other viral/bacterial issues.


The guys have high protein and fat levels, especially in the puppy line, which is just what they need. It rates pretty high on our list.

Superior animal protein sources and zero grains to optimize digestion and limit exposure to allergy triggers.

Wholesome nutrition made with high-quality proteins, superfoods and guaranteed probiotics.

Home-Made Dog Food

Making dog food at home is so easy and cost effective, it's silly not to try it. Yes it's a bit of extra work, but aren't are furry babies worth it? Besides, make a big batch once a month and just free it. Here's how: