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Bridgett
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« on: June 09, 2008, 08:26:43 AM »

Daisy and I are going on vacation next week.  For those of you who travel with home cooked dogs ( Wink) how do you keep their meals fresh? 

Just need tips!  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2008, 09:36:52 AM »

are you going to be at a hotel or house ?? or camping??

dry ice will keep it cold and fresh for a few days if driving..
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2008, 10:02:42 AM »

Daisy and I will be staying in a hotel for about a week.
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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2008, 11:35:58 AM »

I could probably find something she would eat, but do I trust the manufacturer's is the question.
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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2008, 12:04:13 PM »

Bridgett- If you freeze it before you go,take it in a cooler with ice or dry ice & the room has a fridge you are set.I only leave out 3-4 days at atime,but when I was away I left 6 days in the fridge & it was ok. I froze all but the 1st 2 days first,so they would defrost slowly. A backup canned or kibble that she used to eat would be smart just in case. I don't know where you are going but I have used the refridgerated fresh pet rolls in emergencies.  I don't know if where you will be has it available.Maybe you could look online & see what small pet stores are near your hotel & what they carry ? Worst case ,you could just order plain cooked chicken breast & steamed rice & veg & feed her that.
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2008, 12:43:11 PM »

I don't have a "home cooked dog", but I do know that lots of hotel rooms have refrigerators now.  You could look for one that has a fridge in every room.  Some hotel chains even offer a full kitchen with a regular size refrigerator complete with freezer.  I know the Residents Inn by Marriott is one of those chains.
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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2008, 03:13:35 PM »

Bridgett, I also homecook. I've done the same as others; freeze, carry on ice, and keep in refig in motel room. I have also taken a small microwave to heat up water as well as take the chill off of the cold food. In the case of "bfst" sometimes I've feed McD's egg mcmuffin (actually the healthiest thing on the menu, added my own oils) and my dog has never had a problem with it. At restaurants they will gladly give you plain rice, plain baked chicken breast, unseasoned vegtables, etc. Uncle Ben's has vacuum packed rice and I've used those. I believe it was Klondike who told me about the "rice cereal" that has worked and also Lundenberg brown rice cakes. In the grocery stores there are some frozen and jared baby foods of pureed veggies - just watch the sodium and sugar contents. I have friends who swear by the Honest Kitchen dried pouches of food for traveling but my dog has a sensitivity to alfalfa. I think they have one now with quinona in it. Even lunch meat is a possibility from the deli counter if it isn't high in salts. Another possibility is a canned dog food containing ingredients that you now feed, someone also told me to watch for veggie stews or no salt soups. (I've been worried about power failures here and what to keep for emergencies). If you use a canned dog food, I would try it out now though before traveling to make sure there are no tummy upsets. Daisy is going to love traveling even more, knowing the home cooking is coming along.

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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2008, 02:49:05 PM »

Sorry I haven't responded to all your great suggestions for Daisy.  The week before vacation and I am swamped here at work. ugh!

I have bought food, at least grilled chicken, from places like Wendy's so I can do that.  But I really don't want to leave her diet to chance while we are on vacation so I will take as much as I can with me.  Freezing batches I can do.  Need to find a dry ice store around here some where.  But the packages of Honest Kitchen sound like a good alternative.  I can just warm up water in the coffee pot to add to it.  And...definitely a back up of kibble. 

I don't want my little girl to starve you know.

Klondike,  Daisy is too well marbled right now.  I prefer a leaner meat.  Wink
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« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2008, 09:52:06 AM »

Daisy's trip went okay.  I just got her some Evo kibble and canned.  It was okay for the first few days but she didn't eat it the last day.  We got home and she started back on her chicken and rice and she has been one happy camper since then.

There is no looking back now!  Home cooked (even my hidious cooking) is her prefered diet now!
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« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2008, 10:13:20 AM »

Daisy's trip went okay.  I just got her some Evo kibble and canned.  It was okay for the first few days but she didn't eat it the last day.  We got home and she started back on her chicken and rice and she has been one happy camper since then.

There is no looking back now!  Home cooked (even my hidious cooking) is her prefered diet now!

Well Daisy says Mom is a great cook:)
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