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We’re not playing hockey or soccer or even basketball though. We’re making tasty treats using game meat! Just what is game meat? It’s a term used to describe any number of tasty meats that aren’t usually raised domestically. In North America, that can mean elk, deer, pheasant, rabbit, moose and buffalo or bison, just to name a few. In other words, all my favourite meats.
We all love game at Casa de Kolchak.
It all started with the Daddy, who loves a nice buffalo burger. Then he got the Mama eating it. Once she did some research, she learn that game meat isn’t just tasty, it’s also genuinely good for you. Once she knew it was healthy? Well, I bet you can guess what happened next. Only the best for the dogs at Casa de Kolchak. Now, we eat lots of tasty game to.
Here’s why we love it:
Game meats are novel proteins. Since elk, venison, rabbit, bison etc. aren’t commonly used in dog foods, these proteins are less likely to trigger a reaction in an allergy prone pup. This is a big deal for my Felix, who used to be a big allergic mess.
It’s leaner. Wild caught game animals get a lot more exercise than their commercial counterparts. Even though meat sold in the US must legally be farmed, game meats tend to be raised on free-range farms where they get plenty of exercise. (Check the labels to be sure!) This extra exercise, combined with the fact that these animals aren’t commercially bred for rapid weight gain makes these meats leaner than the traditional options of beef, chicken or pork. It’s also lower in calories.
Strong meaty flavour. Lots of humans are split on whether the strong taste is a bonus or not, but pups everywhere agree – this strong meaty taste is fantastic! With a bold, assertive flavour that some compare almost to liver, I can’t imagine a dog that wouldn’t love it.
Seems like a great choice to us!
So we told the Mama to get her butt in the kitchen and make us some tasty treats! Our local organic market had a sale on bison (or buffalo, it’s essentially the same thing), so bison it is, eh! The Mama has been like, extra lazy lately, so she wanted a really simple treat that she could just mix up and bake.
Bison Bars Dog Treats
- 2 lbs. lean ground bison
- 1/2 cup grated carrot
- 1/2 cup grated zucchini
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1 cup puffed quinoa*
- 2 tbsp. flax seed meal + 6 tbsp. water, mixed together and set for 2 – 3 minutes**