Sam thanks all who expressed concern the other day and wants me to assure you that his remarks were premature. He has missed no meals in the absence of his Papa. In fact, his meals have been delicious. We are moving into the third week of cooking for him, because we could not find a kibble that agreed with his digestive system. We started with boiled chicken and rice, but the goal will be to achieve a more balanced diet over time.
And let's just say he gets to eat a lot more than I do.
I'm feeding him a ratio of 2 parts grain (just rice at the moment) to 1 part protein and 1 part vegetables/fruit. So far that has been chicken and carrots, except for this morning when he had butternut squash. Later in the week we're going to try oatmeal, since he likes mine, and it's usually okay for dogs who are sensitive or allergic.
We've also started adding fish oil (Grizzly brand salmon oil), and I guess he's going to need another fat source, too. But the key is to figure out what he can tolerate and not add too many things at once.
I need to say that a 109 pound dog eats a lot of food. And he is always ready for more. Tonight I gave him some yogurt, the plain kind with active cultures, which we hope will help his tummy. He loves yogurt, lapped it up and then surveyed the kitchen, following his nose to the spoon still holding traces of it.
I'm a little worried about being tied to the kitchen, but I will freeze some portions for him and that will help in the event of culinary emergencies/droughts.
It's kind of like having a giant baby, and although I can see it will be an effort, I'm also glad to have the tasks to do right now. The house always feels empty right after Pure Luck leaves, and we are still grieving for Molly, each of us.