So I bought some pigs' ears to dehydrate and make into recreational chews for Basil. The store bought ones are usually way too expensive and are filled with preservatives and other nasty additives that I don't need to be feeding my dog. Plus, seriously, for the price of one pig ear at the pet store, I can buy like 5 raw ones to dehydrate myself.
However, I can definitely see how convenience might play a role in most people's decision to just go ahead and buy the pre-dried, lol! Raw pigs' ears are GROSS. They're covered in these weird little hairs, and you can see all of the scabs and such that they had when they were alive. I thought the number tattoos were pretty cool, though XD But the worst part HAS to be the flippin' ear wax. I open up the folds of the ear, and I see this huge, smelly, brownish yellow, papery mass. It was disgusting. Maybe I just have a personal problem with ear wax, I don't know. But this was really gross. Anyways, the running water wouldn't wash it off, so I had to pick it off with my fingers!! Omg, it was horrible. Anyways, after I get all the ear wax off and dry it off, I go to put it in the dehydrator. Then I discovered... pigs' ears smell gross =C It wasn't a rotten smell, just a very unpleasant smell. It reminded me of a mixture of raw turkey smell and dirty farm animals smell, lol! It had a lot of kick to it. At least it isn't nearly as bad a chicken livers, though. Like liver, though, I soon realize that my apartment is going to be filled with stinky pig ear smell =C So I ran around dabbing vanilla extract on a few of my light bulbs, and that sort of helped. Too bad these are going to take forever to dry, though =C
It wasn't all bad, though =3 I feel like I got my money's worth, because they included a lot of cheek meat, lol! I thought it was just so neat looking X3 One piece had so much cheek meat on it, it even had a little tongue! My boyfriend and I were standing there trying to figure out what the tongue was, and when we figured it out we were like "Hey let's cut this off and give it to Basil!!" XD Seriously, when I handed him that tongue, he suddenly had the biggest, roundest, sparkliest eyes ever. He looked like an anime dog, he was so happy. It was adorable. And the whole time I was washing and drying pigs' ears to put in the dehydrator, Basil laid at the entrance of the kitchen giving me HUGE puppy dog eyes. I'm so glad that I get to make healthy, safe, and very cheap recreational chews for Basil to gnaw on.
And wait, before you call me crazy, I'm not the only one who makes their own dehydrated treats for their dogs. There are lots of others like me who are conscious about their dogs' health and save money without risking buying dangerous or unhealthy chews like rawhide and those other compressed, chemical-filled fake treats. Mostly these are people I find on the dog forums X3 Plus, I think it's pretty fun making my own treats =D
BTW, my boyfriend informed me that sometimes people will eat pigs' ears. Is this true!? D= I seriously cannot imagine why on earth someone would want to eat a flippin' pig's ear.