Monday, August 6, 2012

Puppy Water

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At first I thought it was a joke when I read a recipe for “The Puppy Water” in a recipe collection compiled by one Mary Doggett in 1682. “Take one Young fatt puppy and put him into a flatt Still Quartered Gutts and all ye Skin upon him”, then distill it along with buttermilk, white wine, pared lemons, herbs, camphire, venus turpentine, red rosewater, fasting spittle, and eighteen pippins.

Although Mary Doggett’s recipe does not specify purpose, puppy water was a facial treatment – as immortalized by Jonathan Swift in his poem, “The Lady’s Dressing Room” (1732):
There Night-gloves made of Tripsy’s Hide,
Bequeath’d by Tripsy when she dy’d,
With Puppy Water, Beauty’s Help
Distill’d from Tripsy‘s darling Whelp.
Swift also, however, refers to another canine usage: gloves made from dog’s hide. As noted in Nicholas Culpeper’s Pharmacopoeia Londinensis (1718), “little puppy dogs” (and various other animals, such as hedge-hogs, snails, foxes, moles, frogs, or earthworms) “may be made beneficial to your sick bodies”. Robert James’s entry for “Canis” in his Medicinal Dictionary (1743-5) explained that Europeans “generally abstain from Dogs Flesh, till Necessity… obliges them to use it.” But use it they did: the flesh, fat, skin and excrement could all be incorporated into medicines recommended even by renowned medical practitioners.
Not quite what I was looking for:



I think it was National Lampoon's Terrier Water that was "sparkling water from the center of the dog."

6 comments:

mikey said...

This is just silly. Dog is pretty good. A little chewy and sinewy, but quite flavorful. I'd actually go with a slow braise, but hot and fast in the wok is how it's experienced...

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Bark pr0n?

I shoulda suspected.
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wiley said...

Can't believe this is the first time you've heard of puppy water.

William Way said...

Doctors used to make puppy water. I dated a doctor once, long ago. I never will again. Making puppy water is one of the less twisted things they're into. I'd rather have sex with a cop than with yet another doctor, let me tell you...

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Next thing you know, they'll be selling poopy water...
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bbkf said...

Next thing you know, they'll be selling poopy water...

it always comes back tot he shitmoat with you, doesn't it...