Half a Raw Turkey Neck

Sunday was Thanksgiving Day for us Canadians, eh?

And this year, having a freezer and a large stockpot and a big enough roaster and E.g.’s parents to help eat, we bought a turkey.

I was about to cook the giblets when I remembered James Viscosi’s blog entry last year about giving raw turkey necks to their dogs. And, hey, their dogs are all alive and kicking, so why not try it with my own pupsters?

I broke the turkey neck in half, and called the furchildren outside to the patio. “Sit.”

Wow, a sit in one go.

Standing on the patio, Cai began to chew his piece of turkey neck. Fergus took his to the grass.

“Don’t do that, Fergus, it’ll get dirty. C’mere.” I set Fergus’s turkey neck on the patio.

Fergus moved it to the grass.

Cai stood on the patio, chewing.

Fergus moved his turkey neck to another spot on the grass.

Cai chewed.

Fergus rolled on his turkey neck.

Cai chewed.

Fergus made bizarre little puppy yips.

I was flabbergasted. Fergus is the big eater, and finishes his meals before you can pronounce the second b in “kibble”. But here he was, unsure of what to do with the first piece of raw meat ever given him.

Suddenly, a light went on in Fergus’s brain. This wasn’t a toy, it was food! Even better, it was his food! He rocketed all over the yard with his precious Thanksgiving treat, yipping, rolling, thoroughly coating the neck in his secret blend of seven soils and crispy leaf bits. Cai, having finished his meat, followed Fergus around, delicately sniffing each spot where the turkey neck had lain.

Here are some pictures. Enjoy!

Joy, joy, joy

Careen

Them's good sniffin's

Bliss

13 Responses to Half a Raw Turkey Neck

  1. livingisdetail says:

    Yum, turkey dinner and a gorgeous doggles reaction. It’s their happy dance. I have a slightly different one for chocolate bars. Happy Thanksgiving for Sunday.

  2. Seabrooke says:

    I just learned something new! I have a couple of frozen post-Thanksgiving sale turkeys in the freezer. Ordinarily I dispose of the neck, but I’m sure Raven would love it and it would be of much better use there than in the trash (though I don’t doubt some scavenger would pick it up at the dump). Loved Fergus’s reaction. 🙂

  3. Too funny! “This stuffie tastes like … meat!”

  4. Jayne says:

    My 2 furbabies would simply slink away from any turkey neck hoping it didn’t make eye contact with them 😉
    Lovely to see yours frolicked with their nommy goodies 😉

  5. S. Le says:

    Your pups are so cute! I didn’t know it was safe to give dogs poultry bones. Is it because neck bones are softer? Just wondering.

  6. Tony says:

    Great pics of them with their necks. Nothing like playing with your food

  7. lavenderbay says:

    I do food dances sometimes too, Livingisdetail, but I draw the line (as I suspect you do) at massaging my victuals into the lawn.

    The moment when the dogs each swallowed the last 4-inch piece at one go did make me a bit nervous, Seabrooke, but the only ill effects they suffered was one loose stool from Fergus the next day. I’m sure Raven would enjoy a turkey neck, too. I’ve found the link to James’s post if you want to see two minutes’ worth of video clips of Dennis, Tucker, and Trixie enjoying their treats.

    I wasn’t thinking of taking photos at all, James, until watching Fergus so long I just had to run for the camera. Thanks for the inspiration!

    I know of your featherbabies and skinbaby, Jayne, but can’t recall any furbabies; will have to pay more attention.

    The bones are softer, S. Le, because they’re raw. Cooking makes them harder and liable to splinter. I learned that piece of information in the half hour I spent on the ‘Net reading about the Raw Food diet. I saw some discussion of limb bones — can’t remember if they were wing or drumstick — as potentially harmful even if raw, so the neck is as much as I would dare give so far.

    Thanks, Tony! Yeah, dogs take “playing with one’s food” to a whole new height!

  8. Lacking a dog, I just put my turkey neck in the stock pot, but what fun I’m missing out on!

  9. lavenderbay says:

    Maybe it’s just as well, Barefootheart, considering that you receive visits from raw turkey necks with feathers and live turkeys still attached to them…

  10. I missed Wordless Wednesday.

  11. lavenderbay says:

    That’s funny, Barefootheart, so did I. 😉

  12. Artswebshow says:

    The joys of discovery.
    it must have been so gratifying to watch

  13. lavenderbay says:

    It really was, Richard. Having dogs is like having noisy young children who eat their supper without coaxing, enjoy fresh air and exercise, and never ask to borrow the car.

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