Monday, June 20, 2016

"Trencher Fed" Was Mostly Garbage Dog Food

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Contrary to what some will tell you, dogs ate relatively little beef in the "good old days." Terriers, lurchers, and hounds were typically trencher fed, a "trencher" being a flat slab of bread that lined a wooden plate.

Trenchers were, for want of a better description, a kind of medieval "paper plate," and the uneaten bits of the trencher (along with gravy, grease, kitchen scraps, and unusable offal) were tossed out to the dogs to finish off.

In the "good old days," bones were boiled white for soup, hides were tanned, fat was turned into soap and lard, and every bit of the cow and pig was used, from intestines (sausage casings) and blood (pudding), to tails (soup), and brains (fried in butter).

Unidentified bits and pieces like snouts, udders and shin meat became sausage -- sold as bangers in one country, and shnitzels in another, and choritzos in a third.

The idea that dogs were commonly fed slabs of pure beef or uncooked poultry wings is a modern fantasy.

At best dogs were fed kitchens scraps, and these scraps were often heavy with salt and smoke (the most common preservatives prior to refrigeration) and therefore not particularly healthy.

The term "trencher fed," is often used in 19th Century literature to refer to the old hound management system in which hounds (and sometimes terriers) were kept by individual farmers at their home and then brought to a meet to form a pack with other hounds on a hunting day.

A "trencher fed pack," then, was a pack of dogs assembled on the day of the fox meet, and raised on a catch-as-catch-can diet of table scraps and kitchen waste.

Today, the most common food problem a dog is likely to face is that it is very likely to be overfed and given too many vitamins.

Modern foods are often calcium-rich and vitamin packed. The result, especially in large dogs, is very rapid growth which can exacerbate pre-existing tendencies to dysplasia.

Is the "natural" diet of the dog prime beef and chicken?


As I note in a previous post, entitled Feed Me Like a Wolf,

The preferred diet of the wolf is not cooked backstrap from the pride of the herd, but raw flesh ripped from the diseased rectum of a downer cow.

You want to know what the "natural diet" of a dog is?

It's garbage -- what Pariah dogs are eating right now, the world over.

1 comment:

Melissa Lobo said...

There are a lot of arguments concerning with what to feed your dog but which is really correct? For me, there is no exact answer. I have seen people who put their pooches in a vegetarian diet and they're doing well on that. On the contrary, I've witnessed how good is raw feeding because ever since I have moved to the neighborhood, most people are in raw feeding and they never had issues with it. I'm actually planning to raw feed my pooch but I am still researching some useful informations such as whether he will be fine with it or will he acquire some allergies. Vet consultation is, of course, a good thing to do first but it is sometimes better to ask people who have experience in it before resorting to the vet.