Marsh Dog! Wild Nutria BiscuitsPosted: October 19, 2012
My friend the rooster (who really frightened me when he first appeared on my patio) and I would like to introduce you to Marsh Dog treats, made from wild nutria. If you’re not from South Louisiana, I will try to describe a nutria to you. Imagine a giant rat. Now picture a beaver. Now combine the two. Not pretty. In addition to being quite unattractive, they are also very destructive to our wetlands. Louisiana’s wetlands help protect our state from tropical storms and provide habitats for a multitude of animals.
The Advocate, our local newspaper, had an excellent article about Marsh Dog treats. You can click here to read the whole story. Here’s the condensed version: Veni Harlan and her brother, Hansel Harlan, received a grant last year from a group that funds creative ideas to help reduce the nutria population. I’d say making dog treats from nutria was a pretty creative idea! The treats are made from nutria that are trapped along the Louisiana coast. A federally funded program managed by the state pays the trappers $5 per nutria, and then the trappers can sell the nutria to people like the Harlans. It’s a win-win-win-win. The nutria are removed from the coast, which helps to save the wetlands. The trappers support themselves with the nutria that they trap and sell. The Harlan’s make treats. And lucky dogs like me get to eat those treats!
And let me just say, Veni and Hansel make some excellent wild nutria biscuits! Here’s a list of the ingredients: wild nutria meat, brown rice, brown rice flour, oat flour, sweet potatoes, fresh whole eggs, blackstrap molasses, garden parsley, and cayenne pepper (the treats are made in South Louisiana, so they have to include a little cayenne). All of the ingredients, with the exception of the flour, come from Louisiana.
If you’re not lucky enough to live near one of the great South Louisiana retailers that carries these delectable nutria biscuits, you can order from the Marsh Dog website. In addition to listing retailers and ordering information, the website is quite beautiful and filled with a lot of good information. It’s worth a visit.
Oh my. Writing about Marsh Dog biscuits has made me very hungry. Must run to the treat pantry. Bye for now.