Making Mardi Gras Merrier with Marsh Dog!Posted: March 4, 2014
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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