Unbagging the Cats 1

Unbagging the Cats 1

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Fat of the Land

This weekend puts us smack dab in the middle of deer season. And since I live in Backroads, that means my dogs have been living off the fat of the land. They feast on limbs and entrails strewn willy-nilly about the compound. That the offal might be found on our contiguous twenty acres bothers me a bit. For we have given nobody permission to hunt upon our land except one neighbor. But the country cur knows no boundaries. Skins and hocks and back-leg-elbows abound along our gravel road and the blacktop county road.

Earlier in the week, we caught Tank the beagle and Ann the black shepherd gnawing away with gusto on a heart-lungs combo. The Pony jumped out of the car to ascertain whether the canine treat was permissible blood-and-guts, or clandestine carnage, such as a chicken carcass. He gave the A-OK, and we left them to enjoy their repulsive repast.

This morning, Hick stated that he'd seen the dogs dragging something deerish through the front yard. And that he'd had to toss a hind leg off the back porch. I filled him in on the heart-lungs entree. Hick was beside himself. "I would have eaten that! They're butchering all over the place, and just leaving it."

"You would have eaten a heart and lungs?"

"Well, the heart. Not the lungs."

"Out of the front yard? Not knowing how old it was?"

"No. Not out of the front yard. But I would have eaten the heart. It's good."

"When and where have you been eating deer heart?"

"That wild man guy on TV eats it. And I used to eat chicken hearts all the time."

"It's tough. You have to slice it really thin. Because it's a muscle."

"The chicken hearts were tender."

"They're a lot smaller. And they're probably slow-cooked."

"Anyway. I'd have eaten a deer heart."

"Sorry I didn't wrestle it away from the dogs for you."


Linda O'Connell said...

So, I guess your husband isn't particular about his meals.

When I lived in Alaska forty-two years ago, our mutt brought home a hunk of butchered moose leg, so I went out with my dull kitchen knife, sliced a piece of fur off and sent it home (untanned) to my mother and said, "Make a key chain." Yikes!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Roadkill, anyone? It is really hard to make me queasy, but the heart/lung entree did the trick.

Val Thevictorian said...

Not so much. He doesn't like soup juice or soggy things. Other than that, he's kind of like a goat.

And to think, if you had easy access to moose legs today, you would be making some kick-butt crafts for your tiny students!

Well, you must have seen such a thing before, and a vivid picture sprang to mind!

Bailey @OverYonderLit said...

Our dogs were never that lucky. We used the leftover deer bits to bait coyotes when we lived in Mississippi. These days the dogs have to make do with pecans and bird seed. No carcasses for them.

Val Thevictorian said...

Pecans and bird seed? That's not enough to keep a bird alive! And please don't tell me you pronounce it PEE-CANs. Here in Backroads, Missouri, we call them by their proper name: PUH-CONS.