@sanjibasenji said in Brain Games for a Basenji?:
If I could find a real bone that wasn't a greasy mess...
My butcher gives me one or sometimes two huge rump bones for the dogs every Friday. I remove all the fat I possible can and render that down as dripping with an onion and some salt. Then I saw the bones up into more manageable sized pieces.
There is no mess - the fat on the bones is sometimes pretty dry, depending on if he boned the animal out yesterday, this morning, or 3-4 days ago.
You need a '24' (very fine) bladed hacksaw to get through the bones and it is hard work but it can be done and the end result is perfect teeth, even in very old dogs, although the kitchen looks like a grave-robber has been busy, as the dogs are loathe to part with even the oldest relic.
When finally I manage to take the oldest specimens away, they go on the bonfire in the garden and once they have been through several fires (this is a big garden and we need one most weeks) they crush into powder with the back of a spade and go onto the compost heap - bonemeal ! Great for the garden - so there is no waste at all.
I'm sure you can find a willing butcher, after all, he has to get rid of the bones somehow.