Greyhound preferencesMost days, Drake, our greyhound, eats Pedigree canned dog food and IAMS kibbles, with an evening supplement of Pet-Tabs (vitamins) and Glucosamine Plus pills (made especially for dogs) from Trader Joe's which has made him a spry fellow again (he has arthritis in one leg from an accident in which his leg was broken). When he's under the weather or I just feel like spoiling him, I give him a variation on the wellness diet from the Greyhounds for Dummies book. I cook a pound of ground turkey or chicken in water with a package of Knorr instant gravy and 1/2 cup of rice, plop 4 eggs on top (he'll eat the recipe in 4 servings), then stir in yoghurt or cottage cheese. He loves it, and it's very therapeutic when his tummy is in an uproar.
Drake loves cheese, and we must be careful to put it out of his reach when preparing a tray for guests. I put out peanuts for the squirrels and scrub jays, and he got jealous of their fun and started eating peanuts. He even ate a bowl of sunflower seeds that were put out for the birds. He eschews just about all of the normal commercial dog treats except for some liver biscuits that a guest brought one night. Loves pig ears. When I was peeling fava beans one night outside in our bamboo room, I was eating the peels, and telling my husband how good they were. I put the bowl of peels down, and he ate them all. Perhaps his favorite treat is scrambled eggs.
Anyone who thinks dogs aren't picky eaters hasn't encountered a dog like Drake -- and he didn't become that way from being pampered by his adoptive parents. He refused to eat any dog food other than Pedigree or Authority from the time he came to our home. When a chicken is roasting in the oven, he periodically goes in the kitchen to enjoy the aroma. As a teenager, I had a beagle who would sit watching the oven when we were making pizza. He would wait patiently while the family enjoyed the pizza, and when we finished, my Dad would give him the last slice. What a happy little Dog he was then!