It turned out that our boys were gifted with a bag of Marsh Dog treats just as a thank you for being readers. Now, I have a vegan friend who shudders at all of the various body parts I feed to dogs; duck feet, trachea, bully sticks, lamb lung, oh the list goes on, but I have to admit, when I saw the word Nutria I felt a few shudders of my own running up and down my back. Did one of my favorite bloggers just send me a bag of river rat? Well, no.
|Various non-body part treats. (mostly)|
Nutria, an invasive species, are one of the biggest culprits of wetland loss in Louisiana and other US wetlands. These semi-aquatic, otter-like mammals are responsible for the destruction of approximately 100,000 acres of critical marsh habitat between 1993 to 2001. Like most invasive species, Nutria not only destroy habitat but also impact native species such as otter, muskrat, beaver, birds, crustaceans, and fish—all of whom rely on healthy wetlands. via.
|Nutria-noms? Yes, please.|
It also turns out that Nutria meat is very good for your dog. It has less fat and cholesterol than chicken or turkey, contain no artificial hormones, and while I could try to regurgitate what is already written on the Marsh Dog website, why not go see for yourself? From what I read, this is a very ethical company committed to making a product that is good for your dog and good for the environment. That's a-okay in my book.
So, we'd like to send a big Thank You to our friends at Oh My Dog! for their generous and highly unexpected gift. Nom-nom!