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January 8th, 2010 · 14 Comments

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May I introduce to you Lily Louise Lilliputian Parrott Ashbrook?


Lily is because that’s the name that stuck when we tried it out.  It was the name confirmed by everyone in PetCo. when we were picking up her basic supplies.

Louise is for my recently deceased grandmother, whom I miss heartily, and who dearly loved dogs.

Lilliputian is because at 14 pounds, she’s a far smaller dog than I ever imagined getting.  Yet when we met her, I simply melted, and then my husband did, too.  She’s a rescue pup two days out of one of LA’s highest-kill-rate shelters–a stray whose long Cavalier King Charles fur was so dreadlocked that the rescue group had to cut her down to not much fur at all.  But it’ll grow, and with a good diet, her fur should be healthy and shiny, too.

She’s hard to photograph by herself because if you’re looking at her with the camera, she wants to be closer to you.  So she’s in motion, or she’s too close to photograph well. But that’s okay. I’d rather have her curled up with me than anywhere else.


Well, and wandering with me–we walked about four miles together today.  We’ll try out running when she’s fully healed from her recent spaying.

Do any of you make your own pet food? I’m thinking about doing it for Lily and our cats since Cavs tend to have medical issues that I think could be mitigated by the best food.

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  • 1 quinn // Jan 9, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Congratulations to all!

    I have many blurred photos of dog noses, from early days when there is no such thing as “please stay still while I take your picture” 🙂

    The most difficult part of making homemade dog and cat food – did both years ago to help with specific medical problems – was finding the best quality raw materials. Got plenty of advice on recipes from vets. It was before the internet (!), so there’s probably a vast amount of info out there now. Hopefully someone with recent experience will post more useful info for you.

    Hey Lily, welcome to blogland!!

  • 2 Ricki // Jan 9, 2010 at 10:03 am

    She’s adorable (and size doesn’t matter, right?) 😉

    I do make homemade food for The Girls on occasion. They love any meat (of course–they’re dogs). Most days, though, I just mix about 1 large sweet potato and a large apple (I buy the slightly bruised ones at the 1/2 price stand at the market) in the food processor, grind it up to mush, and then mix it in their food. That way, I feel they are at least getting something “real” and fresh each day (since buying an all-raw diet can get pretty expensive).

    Have fun with her–she’s a cutie! 🙂

  • 3 Fatinah // Jan 9, 2010 at 11:15 am

    congrats! she’s gorgeous….

  • 4 Renai // Jan 9, 2010 at 11:29 am

    What a darling!

    I make my cat her wet food, but also feed her high quality dry in the mornings. I’m afraid if I only fed her my homemade food that she’d be missing out on nutrients. I know that a lot of companies sell homemade/raw food add-ins that you just mix in with raw meat to make more of a balanced diet.

    Hers is a mix of ground lean beef, skin-on salmon (I work for a seafood company so it’s free for me), eggs, carrots, squash, and flax meal. Sometimes I’ll use different fish or veggies, but it’s usually the same basic idea. I freeze hers into ice cube trays and depending on her mood will either give it to her just thawed and raw, or if she’s being picky I’ll cook it halfway so it’s warm.

    There are tons of resources online and it seems like more and more vets are recommending a homemade or raw diet for pets.

  • 5 Cory // Jan 9, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    She’s adorable!

  • 6 Susan // Jan 9, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    I’ve been following your blog for a while. 🙂

    You might contact a King Charles Cavalier breeder and ask for a recommendation on what to feed her. My sister has a King Charles, and they feed him homemade food every day. It’s a mixture of brown rice, broccoli, some kind of meat, flax oil, and maybe something else. We’ve chatted about it in the past, and it didn’t sound like it took her a lot of time. She’s on the diet in part because at least her line of Cavs often had problems with wheat. I can’t remember the details but also this diet was supposed to help avoid some of the common problems with this breed.

  • 7 Anne // Jan 10, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    She’s adorable, and how wonderful that you rescued her after such a horrific experience. Given a healthy diet and exercise, she will be physically better in no time. Treated with kindness and love, she will love you right back and cherish her forever home.

  • 8 Hannah Handpainted // Jan 11, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Congrats dearie. She’s adorable.

    I hope her adjustment into your home improves!

    Lots o’ Hugs,

  • 9 Doc Manette // Jan 12, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    When my childhood dog too old and sick, the vet had my parents make her food: lean ground meat, rice and scrambled eggs.

    She is very sweet looking – the kids have a little toy poodle that hair just automatically mats up (I am constantly having to cut knots out). Sometimes I’ll have him so pretty and groomed/brushed then he gets into the pond and runs through the pasture chasing horses and sure enough – tangles/mats/ ugh!

  • 10 Carma // Jan 14, 2010 at 7:48 am

    She is darling. And I love her name.
    I second the comments of chatting with your vet and even getting into contact with a Cav group.
    There are some good brands of dog food out there and doing a mix of dog food and homemade food maybe a good idea.

    For the record, I give my Sadie girl a bit of plain yogurt about once a week. (I try for local or organic or Greek style since those usually don’t have corn syrup in them.) It seems to help her digestion.

  • 11 Katie // Jan 16, 2010 at 7:35 am

    She’s adorable!! Congrats on the new addition to your family :). I’m dying to adopt a dog, but I’m waiting until I have a regular schedule and move into a house with a yard (which should happen in the next year!).

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog, because I’m really enjoying yours, too!

  • 12 Mom & Rita // Jan 25, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    What an adorable dog! Rita and I are both animal lovers from way back and know the value of such a companion. Happy New Year and good health to all of you.

  • 13 Melissa Oglesbee // Apr 12, 2010 at 4:42 am

    Sally–there is a wonderful book called “Home-Prepared Diets for Dogs and Cats” by Donald Strombeck. In addition to tons of information on canine/feline nutrition, it has oodles of very simple recipes that are easy to make and nutritionally balanced (he also makes some adjustments for different life stages and/or disorders/diseases). He does recommend cooking the food, which can take some time, and there are several raw diets out there that can be excellent also. However, talk to your vet before giving your pooch raw meat–most can handle the bacteria that may be present (i.e. salmonella) but if your dog is already immunocompromised in some way it can mean big trouble. Also keep in mind that some things that seem like they would be good for our pets can be deadly (i.e. garlic), so don’t trust everything you read! I know you will do your research adequately, but there’s my advice for what it’s worth!

  • 14 M-Elle // May 22, 2010 at 10:35 am

    What a sweetheart! I feed my dogs a raw food diet. I buy fresh organic meat, ground up if I can get it, and then I juice my own veg mix. During the Spring and Summer my house is loaded down with fruits and veggies and there is always something that needs to be used up quick. The base is always something that is green, such as kale, romaine lettuce, red leaf lettuce, chard, etc. and then I’ll add some celery and whatever else I have (that they can eat). I also mix some of this in with my cats food. I will also cook up millet or buckwheat to mix in. This is really healthy for them (atleast that’s what my vet says) and it also helps lower the cost of their food. Baked sweet potato, squash, and yams are also added in to help regulate their bowels, but I don’t do this more than 2-3 times a week. For treats I give them cut up apples, bananas.

    My vet also suggested mixing in yogurt and pumpkin to help out with digestion and regularity, but again, the pumpkin can’t be done all the time because it will loose its effectiveness.

    All the best to you and your new friend!

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