One of the great pleasures of living in France is the access to excellent butcher shops. And one of the great things about butcher shops is access to good quality bones for your dog. At the end of June, we finally remembered to ask the butcher if he had a bone for a large dog. The following series of photos shows Spencer enthralled by his first authentic marrow bone. He still chews on it almost daily and is eagerly awaiting the butcher’s return from vacation so her can have a new one.
The first sign that he values something we give him is that he immediately “hides” it in his cage. He will eventually take it out and use it or invite us to play with it. We respect the hiding stage, especially since we prefer him hiding stuff in his cage to burying it in the garden, which is what he did at first. Rawhide bones covered in dirt are kind of yucky, at least to humans.
His first strategy was getting down on the same level as the bone.
Before we knew it, he was outside and had figured out how to hold the bone with his paws to optimize chewing. We left him out in the yard while we went to see the progress neighbors were making with a project. Normally, he’d bark when we left. We’re not even sure he noticed we were gone!