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It just feels as old as time because it’s the classic family rescues dog, dog rescues family tale, and it’s probably my favorite kind of story – always sure to draw tears. Athena is my best friend, and she has been a huge part of my 2016 New Year’s resolutions to be active. Four months in, I’m proud to say that we hike together at least 3-5 times a week, sometimes more, but never less. I also take her to the vet and my heart is warmed when she’s getting annual shots and then leaps into my arms – so happy to be together again. We’ve had her for two years since March. My husband, Cassidy, had been casually (or not casually) perusing photos of dogs in need of rescue and he fell in love with a young Husky/Basenji mix puppy who had been given a rough start to her life. Luckily through a wonderful rescue organization and foster family experience, he went to pick Athena up in Vermont one chilly morning in March, 2014. We thought he was at work. Both kids were sick. Cassidy suddenly pulled into the driveway, ran into the house, and called for me to get my camera to photograph a supposed dent on his car. There was no dent. He was not at work. Luckily I had my camera ready even though I had no idea what was about to change.
As Athena’s primary caregiver, especially during the week, choosing what to feed her is more than a grocery checklist – it’s an act of love. I picked her up the new DISH from Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® dry dog food when I was at Target recently.
Inspired by her very own kitchen, the DISH from Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® dry dog food line features whole ingredients you can see for a whole taste your dog will love. DISH from Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® treats your dog to flavors and ingredients your human family already knows and loves. We have DISH Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe with Veggies & Fruit.
Rachael Ray™ Nutrish®began making super-premium food and treats for dogs in 2007. With help from pet nutrition experts, she was inspired by recipes from her own kitchen. The brand was excited to grow into the world of cat food in 2014, because whether intended for dogs or cats, these wonderful pet food recipes are made with simple and wholesome ingredients, like real meal or fish. They do not contain any poultry by-product meal or fillers. Real U.S. farm raised beef or chicken is always the #1 ingredient, and you’ll never find any corn, wheat, soy, gluten, poultry-by-product meal, fillers, artificial preservatives, colors, or artificial flavors on the recipe label. What WILL you find? Whole ingredients you can see, like slow-roasted chicken, carrots, peas, potatoes and apples. DISH from Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® comes in DISH Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe with Veggies & Fruit and you can buy DISH Beef & Brown Rice Recipe with Veggies, Fruit & Chicken.
With Athena eating so well, it’s only fair that the humans of the family eat so well too, right? While we DON’T eat Athena’s food, I made up for it by making a Lemon Chicken Noodle Soup yesterday, as we all kicked some early spring colds.
What You Need:
Two options – either 6 cups of organic chicken broth OR from scratch:
(1 chicken, 1 onion, 2 carrots, 2 stalks celery, 6 sprigs parsley, 1 sprig thyme, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 2 bay leaves)
Juice of one lemon, with the option to use the zest too
1 bay leaf
1 cup of peeled and chopped carrots
2 stalks of celery, chopped
1 garlic clove, grated
2 cups of egg noodles (I used whole wheat)
2 cups of diced rotisserie chicken – I used white breast meat
1/3 cup of Parmesan cheese
1/4 chop of fresh parsley
Kosher salt for taste
What You Do:
1. If you choose to make your own chicken broth, place everything mentioned above in a large soup pot, cover with four inches of water, bring to a boil, reduce heat, simmer for one our, and then pull the meat off the chicken. Strain the solids from the broth and throw them away. I like to let the broth cool in the fridge overnight and skim off any fat before using.
2. In a large soup pot, bring the chicken broth (6 cups of store-bought or homemade), the lemon juice and optional zest, and bay leaf to a boil over medium high heat.
3. Add the chopped carrots and celery to the mixture and simmer for about ten minutes.
4. Add the two cups of egg noodles and cook for about five minutes. Stir.
5. Add the chopped chicken and heat it through – about 3-5 minutes.
6. Remove the bay leaf and discard.
7. Stir in the Parmesan cheese, the parsley, and the salt. Serve and enjoy!
Ready to make the switch with a coupon? Make sure you gradually introduce the food by incorporating it into your current dog food over the course of 7-10 days. Slowly replace your dog’s current food with DISH until it’s completely switched over.
Rachael’s personal proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue, which was created to help shelter pets in need. To date, she has donated over $10MM. This money has gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for these unfortunate animals.