Thursday, April 7, 2011

Tastes Like Chicken

Well, apparently not! I recently found a local source for rabbit. I was hoping to feed rabbit once a week especially to Riley and Seven, but Seven will not eat it. What makes a very food motivated dog that eats chicken, turkey, pork, and beef as part of her raw food diet turn her nose up at rabbit? Is it really that offensive and different?

I love the idea of supporting a local farmer and friend that raises animals for meat in a way that is healthy and happy for the animals. They care very much about their farm animals' experience on earth. I cannot afford to feed it 100% of the time, but I love directing at least some of my dollars away from the factory farmed chicken I feed to the dogs everyday.  But Seven swears it is poison.
I also offered Reagan a bite and she would not touch it either. Travis shared their sentiments. Over the years, 3 out of my 10 greyhounds would not eat rabbit and I hear similar stories from folks with other dog breeds.  I wonder why that is. Just make sure your dog tries it and likes it before you stock your freezer.

23 comments:

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

How very peculiar! Putting aside the fact that they're Greyhounds, if they're happy to eat all those other meats raw, why not rabbit? Maybe you could try mincing some up and mixing it with one of the other meats also minced up? But I don't really think that would work:)

jet said...

hahah oh she looks and it and goes 'mm meat... wait... no... that's wrong!'

Cat said...

maybe they figure if they eat the rabbits, there won't be any left for coursing?

Tarmar said...

My greyhounds would eat rabbit from one source but not from another. As my whippet reached the advanced stages of heart failure, he started to refuse all rabbit. Weird. There is no accounting for taste!

Have you considered grinding it? Sometimes, they will eat it ground and then you can start giving them bigger and bigger chunks.

houndstooth said...

There must be something unusual about it! I guess it's more proof that dogs have tastes as unique as we humans. She definitely turned up her little nose at it, though! Spoken like a true Greyhound diva!

gyeong said...

Makes me wanta go get some rabbit, just to see which of my guys will turn their nose up.

Hiking Hounds said...

Zephyr and Astro have the same feeling about rabbit too. I bought a small package once and it was a definite "NO". Wouldn't touch it and looked at me like I was crazy for offering it. It's strange. I wonder if they would like it if it was cooked? They gave the same type of response to duck.

Sientay L said...

Rabbit probably has a gamy taste that the dogs may not like. I can't remember if I have ever had rabbit as a child, but I think it has a different taste,like venison which I do not like. Not every meat tastes like chicken:)

Cat said...

I've had rabbit as an adult and thought it tasted a lot like rich roasted chicken. Not very gamey, at least the one I had wasn't. Of course, I'm not equipped with a super nose that probably changes everything.

abravesfan63 said...

That's funny because they are the very dogs who would probably love CHASING a rabbit! lol

4-legged Wiums said...

she looks disgusted! haha!

LOVE her sleepy ear too, Arrow's does the exact same thing

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

I have thought about cooking it and using some for treats. Seven would probably eat that. She is pretty repulsed even just a small bite so I'm not sure grinding would entice her... plus too much work :-P. She can keep eating chicken backs.

Lindsay said...

Both my dogs are the same way! I picked a little up just to try it and see how it went. Bess took one sniff and refused to stick her nose any where near the food dish after that. Heffner eventually ate some of what I gave him, but refused the rest. Glad mine aren't the only weirdos!

Sam Burton said...

From a human perspective, domestic rabbit is not gamey, but it is slightly 'richer' than poultry.

I had a sleddog many years ago that would turn his nose up and any 'meat' product other than the cheapest canned dog food. He was a true junk food junkie. I'm just guessing that dogs have individual tastes just like we do.

Sam Burton said...

Just a thought, but most meats are aged, meaning a little decay has set in. Dogs in the wild eat rabbits warm with the blood and entrails being full of, well, what you would expect entrails to be full of...

If the rabbits are chilled and frozen immediately, perhaps they are too fresh and need to 'age' a little. Not sure, just thinking out loud.

Sandy ~~~ said...

Funny...my Creel can't eat the really fantastic, grain-free kibble I have that is, you guessed it, RABBIT. Funny huh? The animal they are supposed to chase wins out? (Well, they're still dead, but...)

Amy / Layla the Malamute said...

In their defense, rabbit tastes gross! I have tried it once. I used to breed/show rabbits and at a rabbit show they were selling rabbit jerky. Odd place for it (like selling horse meat at a race track), but I figured, I LOVE beef jerky, elk jerky, venison jerky, etc., why not give rabbit a try.

It was possibly the grossest thing I've ever tasted! It was slimy and just UGH so nasty.

I've never given it to the dogs - willingly. Layla found a litter of babies in the middle of the yard and thought it was the coolest buffet ever before I could see what she was doing.

But like I said - rabbit is one meat I would NEVER try again.

Apex Agility Greyhounds said...

Atta girl, Seven. She knows those cute lil bunnies aren't for eating... just chasing.

On the other hand, I got some free freeze dried rabbit ears from a supplier I get my other dried treats and chews from, so I gave them to Summit because I wouldn't want them to go to waste. He ate them. But he's terrified of bunnies.

Personally I would probably throw up if I ever ate rabbit by mistake. Rabbits are pets, not food. ;)

Yvonne said...

Just read what youve been up too....your amazing well done xx

IHateToast said...

i've had rattlesnake and rabbit sausage. it's delish. i don't know about buns on their own, though.

maybe your dog just loves irony.

Eliz said...

I've never given rabbit to my dog, but he did gnaw on the one he caught in the back yard quite a bit. I too try to get local meat and received a huge amount of venison, he wouldn't touch the stuff - I ended up giving it other friends with dogs.

jcp said...

Perhaps through hunting history hounds that chased/hunted rabbits for their owners, but did not consume the rabbits after they were caught, were more likely to survive and be bred. Are we genetically predisposed to like certain foods? hmmm...

Jemma the Chihuahua said...

Rabbit is loved by the furries in this household, both raw and cooked. Jemma actually gets it as one of her staple proteins (cooked) because of her food allergies and liver issues. It costs an arm and a leg to feed her! Luckily, she's a small dog. But I have heard of other dogs not liking rabbit.