Treats for Sassy

This is Sassy, a blonde cocker spaniel that has as you can see never missed a meal.

With a full coat and she loves the snow!!  We have her sheared three or four times a year.

With a full coat and she loves the snow!! We have her sheared three or four times a year.

We’re trying to cut back on her food a little and I will honestly tell you she eats what we eat.  One of the benefits of having our own farm is being able to hunt on our own land.  We do love venison and use it in so many way but that’s another post.  The reason for this post is to tell you that one of the most nutritious and weight conscious things we feed  Sassy is our own homemade deer jerky with no seasoning or additives.

Finished jerky!  We freeze it as soon as it's completely dry and pull out what we need for a week of treats.

Finished jerky! We freeze it as soon as it’s completely dry and pull out what we need for a week of treats.

Hubby will take a shoulder of a deer and partially freeze it and then thinly slice it on his meat saw.  I then layer it in our dehydrator at 155* for about 6-7 hours until very dry and then pack it in ziploc freezer bags and pop it in the freezer.  Depending on the size of the deer, we usually get three gallon bags of dried jerky from each shoulder.

Our dehydrator is very easy to use and so easy to cleanup.

Our dehydrator is very easy to use and so easy to cleanup.

The drawers are deep and easy to fill.  Half a shoulder will fill it up.

The drawers are deep and easy to fill. Half a shoulder will fill it up.

Packaged and ready for the freezer or be eaten.

Packaged and ready for the freezer or be eaten.

My daughter takes three or four deer hams and has a jerky spice recipe she uses for their own use, not for the dog.

My daughter takes three or four deer hams and has a jerky spice recipe she uses for their own use, not for the dog.

Sassy is a pretty lucky and spoiled cocker spaniel!!  We love her to death!

Sassy is a pretty lucky and spoiled cocker spaniel!! We love her to death!

Sassy get a slice for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacktime, and bedtime, well, she wishes she got it that much but she does love it.

Sassy is our little girl!

Sassy is our little girl!

 

2 responses to “Treats for Sassy

  1. Rita
    That is one of the World’s worst spoilt cocker spaniels I have ever seen – your need to put this “Sassy” on a diet.
    Venison – I tried after a European trip where I confess I ate it in one of the Scandinavian countries I visited – well they can cook the meat perfectly – reindeer meat maybe??? Anyhow I loved the meal, then forgot about it for years. Deers for venison has only in the last 3 or more decades been introduced here, as best I recall, for meat.
    I have been told that Kangaroo and Wallaby meat is similar, but no way would I eat our National Animal – the Kangaroo. I would choke to death.
    Same with Emu meat, after all would you eat a Bald Eagle???

    Anyhow in the 1980’s late I was sharing my unit (separate rooms) with a female TV person ( she had a boy friend) – anyhow this dinner party idea came up – maybe a result of photo albums on travel, maybe a TV show. We decided we would prepare a Scandinavian night of venison – so out with so-called Cook books and the dinner party for about 20 was prepared. A total disaster – either we didn’t follow instructions or the venison was rotten to start with. That was the end of venison for me, and no doubt for her also. Hastily arranged Chinese horrible takeaways delivered were ordered.
    I think that was the last united attempt at “dinner parties” – still we had an open bar, so really nobody missed the meal – Chinese and Liquid sufficed.
    Funny I now wonder what Moira ended up doing – someone told me she went into the restaurant business – but I bet VENISON was never on the menu.

    No rain here yet but the humidity (3.15 pm Friday) is rapidly going down.
    Cheers
    Colin

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    • Aah, don’t be too hard on me now. She’s almost 11 years old and we’ve so enjoyed her. She’s having health issues and I’m going to spoil her all the rest of her life. She’s my cuddle bunny when we go to bed at night. She’s my protector and alarm when anyone come to the door. She’s my baby!! The rest of the dogs on the farm are hounds. She keeps the cats in line! AND, she tracks my deer if I don’t get a “true” kill.

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