Dang Dog ate my Burns Night supper!
January 28, 2012 9:45am CST
An apology to my kids - it isn't them cleaning me out of vittles. I'm constantly telling my 4 kids off for always eating everything I cook, going back for seconds and thirds so there's never a "leftovers" day in my house.BUT I've also got a Dalmatian pup of 15 months - yep, they stay puppies till they're at least 18 months apparently - and I'm very aware of the rights and wrongs of feeding him. Plus I DO try to teach him right from wrong. Dallies are prone to kidney stones and other health issues, so I ALWAYS check I'm feeding him the right food. But - why do I bother???????? We're not Scots, but we do like a good haggis. So on Burns Night I bought the biggest one I could find - don't grimace, it was even in its natural skin, look it up - and we all settled doon for our helping of "Great chieftain o' the pudding-race" with bashed neeps and tatties, and a wee dram of Scotland's finest brew (except the 13-year old. She had Irn Brew.) Came to seconds. Of food, that is. Went out to refill - all the veggies are there, but of the haggis - of which a sizeable amount was left - not a trace. I searched in vain but even the casing (I won't go into details, look it up) had vanished. "KIDS!!!" I yelled. "Which of you wee piglets has finished off the Burns Nicht supper?" At which point Frodo the Dallie slunk off upstairs, tail between his legs, to hide somewhere. On the floor we found the last crumbs o' oor "warm-reekin', rich" supper - which had become a dog's dinner, entrails and all. He proved his guilt by attempting to drink out the toilet - which he NEVER does normally. Later, we watched him attempt to swipe a plate of sausages, and saw how he does it. He uses his paws like fingers, and has a VERY long reach. He's also worked out how to open the double concertina door to the kitchen, which we installed to make it HARDER for him to get in the kitchen. We didn't realise he was even able to REACH the work surface - and he knows not to. So he does it behind our backs. We thought the worst peril was him getting second degree burns. Which he did in a funny sort of way. My son cooked the haggis - and he's studying English drama and literature at uni. Will my hound dog ever reach his 2nd birthday, I wonder?!
• Cambridge, England
28 Jan 12
Your dog has taste. He clearly "wants nae skinking ware, That jaups in luggies". Let's hope that the oatmeal doesn't give him a tummy upset and make him, like "auld Guidman, maist like to rive" ... or, at least, that he hums "Bethankit" afterwards! If he uses his paws like fingers, then be careful he doesn't learn the use of a dirk! "But mark Sir Frodo, haggis-fed, The trembling earth resounds his tread, Clap in his walie nieve a blade, He'll mak it whissle; An' legs, an' arms, an' heads will sned, Like taps o' thrissle." I also had haggis yesterday (I know ... a little late) and very good it was too (from Waitrose, I believe). We followed it with Cranachan (which I made with raspberries from Spain) and Atholl Brose, which I had never made before but, because I had the oatmeal and the whisky on hand, decided to try. If I had used more honey and double cream, it might have been better but it went well with coffee, nevertheless.
31 Jan 12
Och, Ool, ye put me to shame! Anyhoo, ye only need the cream if ye run out of whisky. Easy done, I grant ye. Lidl's had an excellent single malt which I partook of yesterday. Meanwhile, Sir Frodo is sulking at his "Winalot gravy chunks" and eyeing up the fitness trampoline. Oh - and he's worked out how to get the freezer open too. A real Highland Terror!
28 Jan 12
nice to see your pup has a cordon blu appriation of food. being a true scotsman myself it is nice to see people enjoying haggis. a good spicy well made butchers haggis is a treat indeed! in my younger days my grandfather Angus Murdo McDiddy used to take me haggis shooting up the hills and round by loch serendipity, a loch filled with natural irn bru fed from the iron hills above. before we went to bed grandfather would give us a whisky milkshake to help us sleep. those were the days
28 Jan 12
Ach - and you know what, you keep that leftover haggis in the fridge for long enough, those hairs grow straight back on. But do the wee bairns even BELIEVE there's such a creature? They say, where's the bones then? I say BURNS, wee lassie, it's spelt Burns!
• Garden Grove, California
28 Jan 12
thanksJazzsue for making me laugh. I was feeling a little down and reading this discussion had me laughing and grinning too. I am an American but my great great grand parents came from Scotland and Ireland. lol. But if only they would not put the haggis in the cows stomach I could stomach it I think lo. I can just see that really clever puppy reaching out with his paws and snitching the left over haggis. No doubt of course that he ate it with the leftover crumbs to prove it. Some smart dog that one. a Dalmatian and they always look so innocent those big brown eyes looking at you. Who me?" I would never do such a thing. oh right. Have fun but lock the kitchen door. Maybe you could write the best seller The Dallie and I one never knows. ha ha
31 Jan 12
The recipe says a sheep's stomach - though I guess the bigger ones might be cow - plus all the other innards we would normally put in dog food. I didn't want to put anyone off by going into detail! Then again, like porridge it's nutritious. Certainly very tasty. I don't think Frodo came to too much harm - and like you say, he was so sneaky at it! I generally know when he's making a beeline for the kitchen, but he "has his ways" to put me off the scent. I can hear him drinking his water, then it all goes quiet. Too quiet. . He used to bark to get my attention when something tasty had been left to cool - now, it's the one time when he's silent! If it wasn't for the fact he ate the sheep's stomach it was cooked in as well, I'd still be blaming the kids for being greedy bairns to this day. And I'm seriously thinking of having a "Frodo blog" - where he can write his day-to-day thoughts on us humans, plus relate what he gets up to. After all, Dean Koontz did it - mind you, his retriever didn't take up quite as much of his time. Or his food.
• Holiday, Florida
28 Jan 12
omg, thats so funny and yes i will have to look it up. since my dad had some scotch in him and i find this interesting. Dogs are way to smart arent they
31 Jan 12
I was worried because it's got a lot of offal - heart, liver, unmentionables etc - which apparently is bad for Dallies. But Frodo, if anything, seems more bright and bouncy than ever! But seriously, no-one of a delicate disposition should EVER look up the recipe for haggis. Amazingly, the dog later did something in the garden which looked remarkably like his (purloined) supper.
29 Jan 12
Hey there jazzsue58, I am a proud dog owner,lover and care boss, i love all my dogs and i will not see them get hurt, but there are times that they do not follow instructions and they obviously don't understand but they are not humans so you make them understand in there language, so what do i do i watched Cesar Milan or the dog whisperer, he is great in dealing with dogs putting them in the rightful place in the family and avoiding this kinds of matters so try it.
31 Jan 12
Hmmm - I gave up on Cesar when: a) All his "successes" seemed to revolve around little dogs. b) When he did get a bigger mutt that was a bit of a handful, it ended up in a muzzle and anti-bark collar! Dogs are like kids - you have to have eyes in the back of your head the whole time. Plus a measuring stick to check how much they spring up in size over a short period . Say, between lunch and supper time.