I spent this evening cooking rabbit for my dog. We go back to training class tomorrow after the holiday break and because of her allergies and the food trial we have been using kibble for training but have nothing really “high value.” She used to love peanut butter, chicken, cheese, and hot dogs, all of which are currently off limits. I tried making little treats out of the canned version of the prescription food she is on, but they just fall apart and the canned food also doesn’t work well in a food tube- all the liquid squeezes out first somehow (the canned stuff is pretty dry and crumbly). So I checked with the vet and got the O.K. to give her actual rabbit meat. I had to track down a butcher that sold rabbit and then figure out how I was going to cook it and get the bones out of it (regardless of how I feel about feeding raw I felt like it had to be cooked for class so that I could handle things there without giving everyone salmonella).
Now, I am not a vegetarian but I am not a big meat eater. I hate cooking and my least favorite thing about cooking is handling raw meat. In my normal life, I won’t do it, I leave it to my husband. If he wants meat, he can cook it. For Pearl, I not only had to handle raw rabbit meat but I had to rip and chop it up, get rid of bones… ick it made my skin crawl. But for Pearl, I powered through it. I got out the bones, cooked it, and cut it up in treat size pieces.
Proud of my handiwork, I went to give her a piece to see how she liked it. I asked her to sit, offered her a piece of rabbit… and she spit it out. My dog, who will eat almost anything, wouldn’t eat the darn rabbit. Seriously!?!? Epic fail. I don’t get it. She loves the rabbit and potato kibble (well, she inhales it, as she has almost any food we have ever given her, so we assume she loves it). Apparently no one in this house thinks I am a good cook, even the dog.
So we are bringing kibble with us tomorrow after all. In the meantime, I am obsessively washing my hands because I am a germaphobe when it comes to raw meat and I can’t get the slimy feeling of rabbit meat off of them!