Make No Bones About It
May 2, 2011 § 26 Comments
Make no bones about it, Maple has discovered a new found treat and can’t stop wagging her tail. I wouldn’t be surprised if Maple is drooling incessantly right this very minute as I type these words: raw beef marrow bone.
After much consideration, MM and I finally gained our confidence to introduce Maple to a raw chew treat. We have been thinking about it for some time now, but always ended up procrastinating. So, it was perfect timing when we went to Dempsey Village for dinner one evening and, low and behold, found a butcher shop right next to the restaurant.
Although I have seen the Huber’s Butchery signage on several occasions while passing by the area, I’m usually hit with a pang of guilt when I think about splurging on really expensive cuts of meat. That evening, however, my guilty conscience miraculously disappeared—we were going to check out the store whether our wallets agreed with us or not!
I was giddy and full of anticipation—who knew shopping for bones could be so exciting. Once we entered the store, my eyes zoned in on the counter displays, but there were no bones in sight. After checking with the staff, I learned that the only raw bones available were frozen pork ribs and frozen beef marrow bones. Seven dollars and sixty cents later, we went home happily swinging our shopping bag filled with frozen Australian beef marrow bones.
After defrosting and trimming some excess fat from one piece of bone, we were ready to rock and roll!
Maple knew something out-of-the-ordinary was about to unfold. Her nose kept twitching and her tongue made frequent appearances while she patiently sat and waited on her Towie for instructions.
At long last, the moment arrived…
But Maple wasn’t quite sure what to make of the bone.
A sniff here…
And a sniff there.
Finally, some teeth action!
And tongue action…
After thirty minutes of tentative gnawing followed by a full-on face-plant (Maple has no shame), we knew we had one very satisfied puppy.
Although it took a little while for Maple to get the hang of chewing on a raw bone, I think she eventually figured it out with her canine instincts. As beef marrow bones are known for their high fat content, we’ll be using them sparingly as a recreational treat rather than a regular chew. Maple wasn’t too pleased when we took away her prized possession, but we made it up to her with an off-leash run in the park. Shhh… we were secretly making Maple burn off those calories 😉
For newbies to raw beef marrow bones, here are some further details of our escapade:
The bone cut might have been a little too big for Maple’s liking. Maple’s a tiny gal and not an agressive chomper, so she might have faired better gnawing a bone on which she could wrap her jaws around. That’s something for us to remember the next time we do our shopping.
The raw beef marrow bones in this particular package came with no meat attached. Now that Maple has been introduced to the concept of ‘raw’, we’ll slowly upgrade to meatier bones.
Maple experienced one minor bout of diarrhea shortly after her raw bone treat, but I suppose this is something to be expected for a first-timer? Maple’s stool returned back to normal later that evening, which we found very reassuring.
Immediately after Maple’s thirty-minute session with the raw bone, I removed the bone and rinsed it under cold running water. I then patted it dry and wrapped it up to be stored in the freezer. I think we can safely have one more round with this bone before it’s time to toss it out.
Now that we have shaken off the jitter bugs that came with our first ever attempt at feeding a raw bone to Maple, we will continue our exploration into the world of raw foods. The sight of Maple enjoying her raw bone treat has given us all the more reason to do so, in my novice opinion 😀