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FORGET Bones

Homemade treats are the new "IT" reward

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As the saying goes, “Every dog has its day,” and I am willing to bet that all dogs would agree this is one of them. February 23rd is celebrated as National Dog Biscuit Day, and who can truly appreciate this day more than dogs?

Nobody seems to know the origins of this day, but every canine in the world agrees that one of the best ways to celebrate is with a belly full of treats–no tricks, begs, or high-fives required.

Dog biscuits, or dog bread as they were once known, have been a part of human-canine history for centuries although earlier versions were quite different from today’s variety. Those biscuits were usually moldy, stale, or rock hard; pretty ruff, right?

Nowadays, dog treats clean teeth, hide pills, and provide nutritional supplements—and are still the number one way to reward a good dog. Even though they come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and flavors, not all dog treats are nutritionally equal.

These days, local bakers and pet parents, like Rebecca Miller, are busy on Google and on the stovetop, researching recipes online and tweaking them especially for dogs. That means super-healthy and hearty baked treats, chews and other goodies to nibble. And who better to try these nutritious bites than the inspirations behind her creations. Let’s get the scoop on Barked Goods from its four-legged founders:
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MEET THE SNACK PACK
We’re Jack, Riley, and Minnie-and our mom makes dog treats with wholesome and organic ingredients. Our dog treats are handmade, baked and bagged right here in our kitchen. The smell of freshly baked goodies really gets our tails wagging! It all began one day when our human decided that rather than buying dog treats with ingredients she couldn’t pronounce, she would buy natural foods and make them from scratch. The rest, as they say, is history. We’re lucky enough to taste-test the recipes and let’s just say they are chock full of the flavors that dogs are wild about.

As the eldest in the pack, I am partial to peanut butter bites. They are a little bit softer and easier to eat. Just because I’m getting a little long in the tooth doesn’t mean I can’t treat myself every now and then. The coconut macaroons with flaxseed and coconut oil give Riley what she craves. It’s good for itchy, dry skin and helps keep her skin and coat healthy.  Minnie eats pretty much anything, but her go-to goodie is sweet potato blueberry bones. The crunch packs a flavorful punch-and keeps her regular.

With these ears, I can hear a bag of chips being opened a mile away, so it’s obvious that I’ve had my fair share of snacks. These are by far some of the tastiest treats in town–paws down!

Why give a dog a bone, when you can give an apple, biscotti, a pumpkin bite, or a peanut butter cookie? Homemade treats are a surefire way to get wholesome, healthy ingredients and show your pooch a little love.  

With all these sinful-sounding snacks to spoil your pet, let’s be quick to remember that treats should be given in moderation.

Visit Barked Goods at barkedgoods.com.
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Davi the dachshund is so good, he deserves treats for breakfast, lunch and dinner … he puppy swears!

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