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Old 16-12-2005, 12:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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As recommended by Sarah at the GT on Saturday we payed a visit to our local butcher who gave us two beef shank bones for free!

Last night we gave Joey one and ....... wait for it .......... I got to watch an entire episode of Lost uninterrupted!

And he could have gone on for another good hour or so, so might attempt a film this weekend - imagine the possibility!

Just wondered if it was ok to give him a couple of these a week. Although I think the one he's on will last him a good few days.

Also can I give him them frozen so it soothes his teeth.

And (stupid question!) will he actually eat the bone? Or do I take it away before he gets that far?

I highly recommend these for teething pups!
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Old 16-12-2005, 12:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A whole episode!! Nic, if i had of known this secret tip when Leo was a younger pup i would have bought and started up my own butcher buisness :lol: lol
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I sometimes get Dan bones from the butcher but they are quite hard to get hold of sometimes and they tend to sell out, so if there are any I buy a couple and stick one in the freezer. He absolutely loves them and they keep him quiet for hours. Its quite difficult to drag him away from his to get him to go outside and then he rushes back. It keeps him occupied for hours, if not days! I think he was quite young when I first gave him one.

They sometimes get a bit smelly after a couple of days or so which is when I tend to take them. Some of them don't get smelly at all as he has had all the meaty bits off them and some he's still got MONTHS later! 8O He still comes back to them sometimes.

One thing, we do take them from him from time to time and give them back to him, as he growls a lot - we've worked out that it isn't being agressive or particularly protective - he comes dashing up to you, bone stuffed in his mouth, wagging his tail, but growling and shoving it at you! Its more of an excitement thing. But all the same, we make a conscious effort to take them away just after he has got it when he is still very excited to make sure he is not being too over protective with them. This may not be right but we like to know we can do it. He does growl but will give it up easily although I am a bit apprehensive about giving him bones when the children are around (they are my OH's children who come at weekends) and haven't done just as a precaution really.

I'm sure there are more expert opinions who will advise you about bones.
Bliss though! I gave one to Dan the other weekend when we were spending most of the day stripping walls - he just gnawed away happily all day Oh yes, I actually took this one straight from the freezer.
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Thanks you two!

I really feel liberated! He's just getting stuck into adolescence (20 weeks) and its like we've gone back in time a month and he needs constant attention again!

He really loved it, and then at bedtime I got OH to take it off him and put it in the freezer to save for next time. He did growl a bit (this is another new thing he's started doing - adolescence again I imagine!), but we weren't standing for any nonsense and just prised it out of his mouth, and he was fine afterwards. Went straight to bed without a peep!

Jill - I think we should put a notice on the LF homepage for all young pup owners to alert them to this wonderful discovery - kongs will be nothing compared!!!

Phillipa - I thought it smelt a bit meaty in his bed this morning. And I'm a vegetarian so I'm going to have to get over my squeamishness about them!
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I WANT ONE!!!!!!!! I did attempt to get lamb shank bone a few weks ago but couldnt get one - what other bones can I try??????
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Old 16-12-2005, 01:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I think a beef bone may be a bit hard to allow Joey to try and break up, but a lamb shank (complete with meat) would be ok, CJ and Cindy get those for meals sometimes, course the butcher won`t give you those unfortunately, but maybe if you tell him its for the dog you may get them a bit cheaper!.

It is a good idea as Philippa says to take it from him then give it back sometimes as well, just to show him that its actually your bone, but you chose to give it to him.
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I'm planning to march down to my local butchers today. :lol: Although, i'm the same, I'm also vegitarian so the smell almost makes me sick.
I think the worst smell of all though, has to be when you are making those liver treats, the smell and blood from the liver 8O I just plonk the liver into the sink and leave the cold tap running for 5 minuites then go back to it. lol :lol:
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Oh God - Jill I couldn't do that. Joey gets treats bought from the shops.

I even cringe when I have to cut up OH's chicken! :lol:

Vicky - I knew you'd want one!!! :lol:
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I think you ladies that are vegetarian are very brave to give your animals meat and bones, so many people turn them into vegetarians too and dogs just are`nt built that way, I take my hat off to you all
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Old 16-12-2005, 01:22 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks Mary - I would'nt have even considered feeding him anything but meat - thats what they were designed for!

And last night just shows that their natural diet (raw meat and bones) is really what they want more than any manufactured treats!
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