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Dog Chews #4: From Stinky to Scratchy

Dog Chews 4, ink and watercolor, 5x7 in
Dog Chews 4, ink and watercolor, 5×7 in

Sorry if you’re tired of dog chew posts…only two more to go after this and then back to more savory subjects. The only one of the above chews that met with any success was the hideously smelly “low odor” braided bully stick at the top. After chewing for a while the braided sections separated and I saved the other two pieces for later. But even with the door open and the air cleaner blowing freshly filtered air on me, the smell was disgusting.

My son recommended antlers for a long-lasting chew but his dog, a Pit mix is a heartier chewer and gives the antlers a good workout. (They also gave her teeth a good workout–she just had to have a cracked tooth removed for several hundred dollars.) Millie couldn’t make a dent in the very hard deer antler. She quickly scraped the marrow (?) out of the split-lengthwise (very expensive) elk antler and then had no interest in it after that first hour of chewing. 

The last bit at the bottom is a white rawhide chew called “Digest-Eeze,”  to be more digestible than plain rawhide, though still no more nutritious than eating your shoes or wallet would be (and these dogs chews are definitely eating my wallet!!!)

Millie was mildly interested in the rawhide; she chewed it for a few minutes and then buried it in the yard. When I gave her one in the house she buried it between the sofa cushions. She dug the one in the yard up a couple weeks later and chewed it enthusiastically. Maybe she thinks they need to ripen before eating? 

2 replies on “Dog Chews #4: From Stinky to Scratchy”

Degas always buries the rawhide albeit for times ranging from a few minutes to hours, but luckily never days. She’s currently removing another plant from the garden.

Love your sketches – almost forgot to say, sorry.


We have the same problem with garden plants, especially ones in my tenant’s planters. She likes to dig in the vegetable garden since my tenant started burying food scraps like banana peels and egg shells in the dirt (to encourage worms). Millie likes to chew up her small plastic planter pots too.

She has her own fenced-in area on the side of the house where she can’t destruct things and sits peacefully on the porch watching and sniffing the world, but when we’re in the studio it opens to the backyard where there are many enticing diversions for naughty dogs. Hence my attempt to keep her busy with tasty chew treats.

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