Making Mardi Gras Merrier with Marsh Dog!

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Let me be the first–or, at the very least, the first dog–to wish you a Happy Mardi Gras! Today marks the end of almost two full months of carnival revelry, during which humans have indulged in king cakes, parades, beads and balls (the kind where they dance, not the kind that dogs chase and catch). All of that comes to an end at midnight tonight, but not before one more full day of fun, fun, fun.

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And I cannot think of a merrier way to celebrate Mardi Gras than by enjoying a little taste of Marsh Dog Wild Nutria Bark. If you’re not familiar with nutria (and really, unless you’re from South Louisiana, why would you be?), let me describe this very unpleasant little pest. Picture a large rat. Now picture a beaver. Now try to imagine a cross between the two. Told you they were unpleasant. But even worse than their appearance is the destruction that nutria inflict on Louisiana’s wetlands, which offer a natural defense against tropical storms and provide habitats for a multitude of animals. I wrote about Marsh Dog a little over a year ago when I first tried their Wild Nutria Biscuits. Let me just refresh your memory:

 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!

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A few weeks ago, my humans met Miss Veni at the LSU Vet School open house and she gave them a package of Wild Nutria Bark just for me. Wild Nutria Bark is made from nutria meat . . . that’s it . . . just dry roasted nutria meat and nothing else. No grains, no artificial flavors, no fillers, no preservatives, no added hormones, no colorings.

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And nutria meat is good for lucky dogs like me. Just look at this information from the Marsh Dog website:

    • Nutria has less fat and cholesterol than chicken or turkey
    • Nutria are vegetarian and consume a wide variety of plants, including rice and sugarcane. This is the
      reason nutria are a serious problem, but it’s also why the quality of meat is so excellent.
    • Nutria contain no artificial hormones. (There are six different kinds of steroid hormones that are currently approved by FDA for use in sheep and cattle—the two primary proteins used in dog food. They are stradiol, progesterone, testosterone, zeranol, trenbolone acetate, and melengestrol acetate.)
    • Nutria meat is naturally a bright red color. (Processed meats often contain sodium nitrite used both as a preservative and to color products red so they appear fresh. A diet high in sodium nitrites may lead to a health condition that inhibits red blood cells from transporting oxygen throughout the body.)
    • Dogs love the fresh, wild taste of nutria.

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I can definitely vouch for that last point. These treats are super, super good. I’ve never met Miss Veni, but I think I love her. She and her brother are making healthy, yummy treats for dogs; they’re helping the wetlands of South Louisiana; and they’re doing it all right here in my hometown of Baton Rouge. Please take a little time to check out the Marsh Dog website by clicking here. You’ll find the names and locations of retailers throughout Louisiana and information about how to order Marsh Dog products if you live outside of our state, plus you’ll learn a whole lot about Veni and Hansel, the wetlands, and more than you ever wanted to know about nutria.

Today, I’m participating in the Tasty Tuesday blog hop, hosted by Kol’s Notes and Sugar the Golden Retriever. You can click on the link below for more yummy recipes and tasty treats.

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42 Comments on “Making Mardi Gras Merrier with Marsh Dog!”

  1. Emma says:

    Happy Mardi Gras! Enjoy your Marsh Bark!

    • Thank you, Emma. We’re having Minnesota weather today (well, maybe not that bad 😉 ), so there’s not much to do other than sit inside and enjoy a little taste of nutria!

  2. Happy Mardi Gras! You look great in your Mardi Gras collar! Your Marsh Bark Jerky looks wonderful!

  3. Kuruk says:

    Miss Lee you look absolutely stunning and merry in your Mardi Gras attire! Woooowoooooo!

  4. fredrieka says:

    we have something similar here called No Grainers, I love them

  5. Oh Miss Harper Lee, your Mardi Gras costume is PERFECT!! We want to say Happy Mardi Gras to you and the humans you love and adore (or sometimes just tolerate)!
    We inadvertently stumbled into a huge Mardi Gras festival in Columbia, South Carolina this past Saturday. Seriously, we went to our regular place to walk and the streets were roped off with police cars and their blinking blue lights flashing and we were glad to see the people wearing their festive beads and walking toward a collection of tents.
    We Mardi Gras in Columbia, too!
    Girl, you know The Red Man would rock that party outfit you’re wearing today! 🙂

    • Wow, Red Man, who knew the fun folks in Columbia knew how to pass a good time (as we like to say) for Mardi Gras? My human mommy really loves a parade. Careful, she just might show up in Gamecock country next year. 😉 Alas, we are having freezing rain today, so there’s a bit of a damper on the festivities this year, but nothing a little adult beverage can’t take care of. We have to get a healthy dose of fun today because it all ends at midnight . . . or at least that’s what we tell everyone. 😉 Happy Mardi Gras!

  6. Rebekah says:

    Happy Mardi Gras!

  7. Olive says:

    Mmmm, looks so good! And your Mardi Gras bling is so festive! Have a great day!

  8. wow those treats look good
    retro rover

  9. Happy Mardi Gras Miss Harper Lee! I had no idea they were making treats from nutria! Your description of them was spot-on. I’ll just add those critters are huge!!! I am so happy to know they can be useful as dog treats! We will have to try them. LOL

    • A very Happy Mardi Gras to you, too! It is great that someone found something useful to do with nutria, and even better that that useful thing is making dog treats. 🙂 I just have to say that those people at Marsh Dog are some kind of creative!

  10. With those big choppers, in that giant mouth, those Nutria treats don’t stand a chance. They look pretty yummy and sound healthy, too.

    Love and licks,

  11. Very cool MHL!! Now in addition to Puppachino’s, will have to get Marsh Dogs for the Sun Dogs to try out. I LOVE your Mardi Gras outfit!

  12. cafall says:

    Happy Mardi Gras! We will have to try those treats.

    Monty and Harlow

  13. Ms. Harper, I see all those necklaces in the background – you naughty girl you!

  14. writetowag says:

    Happy Happy Mardi Gras!!!! Have a pawesome time lovely one!!!!

  15. pawedblog says:

    Aww Happy Mardi Gras!! You look so perfect in your outfit, the pups have their eye on it! Those treats look really tasty too and full of the good stuff!
    Hugs, Carrie (Myfie, Ellie and Millie) x

    • Thank you so much! The Marsh Dog treats really are very good, and good for you, too. Can you just imagine looking at a nutria and thinking, “We could make yummy dog treats out of those ugly things”? Those Marsh Dog people have some kind of vision. 🙂

  16. Nailah Bone says:

    Love that these treats are made with an invasive species! 🙂 We should do that with lion fish and pythons down here in Florida! XD

  17. I wonder what they taste like! Perhaps like chicken? Although I’d probably eat them no matter what they tasted like…

  18. Misaki says:

    I just love your outfit, you look perfect for Mardi gras!

  19. Great review and lovely photos. You are so happy and beautiful.

  20. 2browndawgs says:

    What an interesting way to use the meat. Lucky you!

  21. OhMelvin says:

    Ooooooooh, this looks very delish! May need to investigate!

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