The dogs like to bury their meat when they are full and there are left overs. Aside from preserving it, burying it does several other things: it keeps the flies off of it. It is disgusting, but in the heat of the summer, the blue fly eggs can be so thick on the meat, that it looks like snow. Yeach! It keeps it hidden from the aerial predators, like Magpies, crows, and ravens. These birds circle the farm on the watch for scraps to come and steal. When the food is hidden in the dirt, it is hard for the predators to spot it. It keeps the scent down so the coyotes and other external unwelcome animals do not come looking for the fresh meat. I am sure there are other benefits, like eating a little minerals in the dirt and so on, but I cannot help but wonder if it tastes any better when they dig it up again. That I will never know!
Fluffy writes daily about the experiences on the farm and with the bed and breakfast patrons.