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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Wild nutria dog biscuits hit local markets

Wild nutria dog biscuits hit local markets

Louisiana-made nutria biscuits, made by Marsh Dog, are now available locally in Thibodaux and Houma and are great Christmas gifts for your dogs according to brother/sister founders, Hansel and Veni Harlan.

The biscuits provide dog owners a healthy alternative treat that not only tastes good but also helps protect Louisiana’s coastal wetlands.

Louisiana’s wetlands are a national treasure. They sustain one of the world’s most bountiful fisheries, provide essential habitat for over five million waterfowl, and protect our communities from storms. But each year Louisiana loses over 25 square miles of coastland to erosion. And nutria significantly contributes to this alarming problem by devouring critical marsh vegetation.

To combat this problem, Louisiana spends millions of dollars each year to reduce their population and address the damage that they cause. But nutria is an invasive species with no natural predators and very high reproductive rates. And because of this the state will continue to have to spend substantial monies on the problem each year—monies that could otherwise be spent addressing other urgent coastal issues.

Seeing this problem, Hansel Harlan, an attorney, and Veni Harlan, a graphic designer, came up with the idea of using the high-quality nutria meat in dog biscuits. With that idea and a grant from The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Marsh Dog was born.

Marsh Dog’s premier artisanal product “Barataria Bites” is named after the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary, which, notably, is the fastest disappearing landmass in the world. Nutria used by Marsh Dog are harvested from this estuary. The all-natural biscuits are made entirely in Baton Rouge using Louisiana-grown ingredients such as brown rice, whole eggs, and sweet potatoes. The biscuits contain no corn, wheat, soy, chemicals, artificial colorings or preservatives, or other additives, and are packaged in recyclable bags.

Marsh Dog treats are available at Thibodaux Feed and Seed, 896 Bayou Road (Hwy. 308 at Tiger Drive), Waggin’ Tails, 209 Bayou Garden Boulevard, and Pet Express, 1415 West Tunnel Boulevard in Houma.

Marsh Dog biscuits are not only the perfect gift for your dog, but a way of showing that you support a locally made product and Louisiana wetlands. No other dog product on the market does more for our state.

For more information, visit or contact Veni Harlan at 225-381-8364 or