Dogs will eat almost anything. Marj once unloaded Maddie from the car after a walk only to find that Maddie had brought home a rotten rat corpse with her. Marj can comment on how long it took her to get the smell out of her car!
Our first dog, Barney, was a purebred black Lab. He wouldn't eat raw chicken or beef if we offered it to him but if something had been decaying for weeks and weeks, he thought it was a delicacy. One winter Steve caught him gnawing on a frozen squirrel corpse. Being a well-bred hunting dog (in the genetic, not the etiquette sense), he invariably tracked down the corpse, no matter how far Steve flung it away.
Even burying it couldn't rid us of Barney's disgustingly odious 'chew' toy. Finally I poked a hole in the ice and shoved it into the pond. A few days later, the kids and I were out skating when I noticed Barney poking at the ice. Sure enough, he had gnawed/dug his way through and was hauling the squirrel out for another round of lab-lovin'!
Tasha isn't quite as persistent, though I've shared previously how it's a very bad sign when she leaves the path. This means she's scented something disgusting in the brush and is off to dine on it.
Sometimes it's just too easy for her, like yesterday. Sitting right in the middle of the path was a huge pile of horse manure. Usually I take a big stick and sweep it off the path (so I don't have to keep stepping around it) but I just wasn't inclined. Sure enough, Tasha came lumbering along behind me, stopped, and opened her mouth to dine.
"NO!" I yelled with violent disgust.
Even a couple years ago, she would have grabbed a mouthful and dashed away where she could eat in peace. But she just gave me a mournful look and walked around the clump.
On the way back, she was ahead of me on the path. That's her usual strategy for getting away with something she knows is wrong. I was about to holler and scream (she's almost stone-deaf...I've got to be ridiculous about it) when I saw her sidestep the horse poop and just keep going.
Wow, I thought. If only I could learn to obey my Master's voice so quickly.