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Ways To Include Your Dog On Your Wedding Day

Kari Kalway

On one of the most special days of your life, it’s only natural to want to be surrounded by your most meaningful relationships. For pet owners, that includes your dog. What are the best ways to give your furry friend a place in the wedding ceremony and other events? Further, if you involve your dog in the wedding, how can you make sure the day runs smoothly?

To help answer these questions, here are some suggestions for planning a wedding that includes your furry best friend.

How to Incorporate Your Pup

In a time when millennials make up the majority of pet owners, there is an increasing number of ideas for including pets in weddings. Here are a few suggestions: 

  • Save the dates. Why not incorporate a dog theme into your wedding, starting from the save the dates? Take photos with your dogs or include your dog in the design.

  • Member of the bridal party. Dogs are called man’s best friend for a good reason. For many people, your dog becomes as close as any other companion. If this is true for you, you may want to have your pet stand with you at the altar along with other members of the bridal party.

  • Place cards. Make your place cards a little more fun by incorporating a picture or drawing of your dog on each one.

  • Ring bearer. Give your dog a custom collar with a ring holder — or a ribbon tied to the rings — and let them walk the jewelry down the aisle with someone from your bridal party.

  • Place of honor. In place of a formal part in the ceremony, your dog could also have a more restrained role as a guest of honor in the front row with someone they know.

Tips to Make the Day Run Smoothly

The potential for joy on your wedding day only increases when involving your pet. The key, however, is making sure your plans for your pup are well-executed. Keep the following tips in mind:

  • Take your dog’s personality into account. Some dogs love crowds; others are terrified by them. Consider how your animal might react to the day’s events.

  • Find someone to be your dog’s guardian. No matter how attached you are to your pup, you will likely have a hard time watching them throughout your wedding day. You have vows to recite, a cake to cut, guests to thank, etc. Instead of wondering and worrying about your dog during the festivities, make it someone else’s job. Assign an individual to be your dog’s guardian throughout the events of the day. He or she can make sure your canine is fed, walked, and otherwise cared for properly, so you are free to enjoy the festivities.

  • Communicate to your venue and guests. Make sure your venue allows pets and talk to vendors and the bridal party about how your dog will be involved. Likewise, let guests know ahead of time that your dog will be present — in case anyone with animal anxieties or allergies wants to plan for how to deal with it.

  • Choose a wedding outfit. Whatever role your dog plays on the wedding day, get them dressed for the occasion with a dog-shaped tux or tutu that’s wedding-ready.

Your loyal pet has been there for you through good times and bad. Now you can include them in celebrations that you will remember forever. Use the tips above to get inspired by how to make your wedding a dog-friendly event that is fun for everybody.

Author bio: Stephanie N. Blahut is Director of Digital Marketing and Technology for Figo Pet Insurance. Figo is committed to helping pets, and their families enjoy their lives together by fusing innovative technology — the first-of-its-kind Figo Pet Cloud — and the industry’s best pet insurance plans.

Photography by Salt to Clay Photography

How-To Guide: Puppy Pawties!

Kari Kalway

You know we love to party! And now Seattle knows too. We are so honored to be featured in both the Seattle Met and Seattle PI articles. Did you get a chance to check them out?

Seattle Met - How to Throw a Birthday Party...for Your Dog

In an article highlighting the top places to throw a birthday party for your dog, they describe our Cakes and treats by the dozen, including the Cannoli. We would love to cater your next puppy party! 

Dog Food

No, not the organic, grain-free, nutrient-rich kibble stuff. We’re talking treats in cake form. Puddles Barkery ( makes custom-designed cakes or mini pupcakes, even dog cannoli by the dozen.


Seattle PI - Pawtys and Pupcakes: Seattle's Pet-Friendly Bakeries

This article focuses on the local pet-friendly bakeries. They feature our West Seattle retailer, Good Dog, and talk about our healthy ingredients. Did you know we use unsweetened applesauce in place of oil to make our treats healthier? All the pawrents of Seattle love this, while their pets appreciate our picky taste tester's stamp of approval. 

Tucked inside Good Dog’s new location along Delridge Way SW, Puddles Barkery bakes up chewy cream-filled cannolis and blueberry pupcakes. Focusing on fresh treats with high-quality ingredients, you can find their retailers all around Seattle, even if you’re not anywhere near the southern side of the city. They also bake up hand-decorated cakes for your next paw-ty, made safe for your schnauzer with unsweetened applesauce and chicken broth.

Hiking with Wheels

Kari Kalway

In March, our Siberian Husky, Kora, tore her CCL in her rear left leg. This is the dog equivalent of a human ACL ligament. Thanks to the excellent work of Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle, Kora’s TPLO surgery was a success. But that was just the beginning of her recovery journey.

As her medication wore off, Kora got restless. For a successful recovery, she needed to be kept in a small space, she wasn’t allowed to climb stairs, and she was limited to the amount of walking time. This was hard for us; especially since Kora is used to her routine. Our “mommy and me” walks every morning around the neighborhood are just as important to Kora as they are to me.

That is why we decided to invest in the stroller. Once the stroller arrived, we resumed our 20-40 minute morning walks, and Kora could join us for longer treks outside the house. She would start out walking, progressing from 5 to 10 to 15 minutes and so on. Once she reached her maximum walking time, she went into the stroller, so I could finish the walk.

Kora became much happier when she could leave her room and explore the world around her, even if it was just with her nose. The improvement of her mood made her recovery easier on all of us. With the ability to go on longer walks, I searched for some ADA accessible hikes to get us both into the woods.

Dogs on Wheels

Our first hike was Padilla Bay near Mt Vernon in April. The trail is a wide, gravel path that winds along the river, through farmland with a beautiful view of the Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. At this point, her maximum walking time was only 15 minutes. While Kora did protest the ride in the stroller, I think she enjoyed the ride in her stroller more than she would ever admit. I recommend starting at the trailhead location that the Washington Trails Association ( designates. It begins in the trees, closer to the water than the 2nd trailhead.

A Flower Hike

In May, we checked out the Washington Park Arboretum in Seattle. The Rhododendrons were in full bloom. The paved trails were worked well when Kora was in her stroller. While she was walking for the first 40 minutes, we took some of the dirt trails and pushed the empty stroller. We would have run into a few issues had she been in the stroller when the path narrowed or when there were a few steps.

A Beach Hike

We decided to take a trip to the coast while my Mom visiting. We found the Westport Light Trail hike on the beach. At this point, Kora was able to walk for 50 minutes. We decided to begin our walk on the sand so we could play on the beach. It was a beautiful breezy day, and Kora enjoyed playing in the waves. We got to the end of the beach in time for a break, and then it was Kora’s turn to ride in the stroller. We walked up the sand dune trail to the second parking lot to access the paved trail. This trail has scenic lookouts and strategically placed benches.

Hike on the Puget Sound

The Chambers Bay Loop, a paved trail around the golf course, was a lovely hike. We started our trek heading West on the upper trail. Kora walked for 55 minutes. By that time, we had reached a pleasant resting place on the bridge to the beach. From there, Kora was in the stroller, and we walked through the golf course area “at our own risk.” The end of this part of the trail looked out over the Puget Sound. We took a lunch break on the bench before heading up the trail. It was quite the workout walking up the steep hills with Kora in the stroller. However, I was thankful we went this direction since the hilly part of the walk was through the trees. The shade made the climb a little easier.

Into the Woods on the Train Trial

Iron Goat Trail follows part of the original supply train route through the Cascade Mountains. It is a beautiful, shaded trail in the woods with viewpoints of the surrounding mountains, little history lessons of the railroad, and preserved sections of the old railroad tunnels. With the tunnel and viewpoint breaks in between, Kora walked for 1 hour. We hiked another 30 minutes to get to the other trailhead with the train car, then we turned around and enjoyed the trek back to the car.

Three New Retail Partners!

Kari Kalway

Hollywood Hills Animal Hospital

Kora and I met Kelsey and Shyanne from Hollywood Hills Animal Hospital at DogFest in South Lake Union in May, and we donated a few treats for their Furry 5K booth drawing. They are dedicated to all their fluffy clients, and they loved our preservative-free treats! (Even the staff had the chance to taste test our treats.)

Hollywood Hill Animal Hospital has been caring for dogs and cats since 1994 in Woodinville. They pride themselves on recognizing that every pets' needs are different and that a quality client-veterinarian relationship is crucial to effective veterinary care. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and always happy to help with any questions that arise. Of course, their favorite part of the job is giving love and snuggles to your furry family members!

They have a treat fridge carrying our Mini Pupcakes and single Cannolo to our biscuit treat Smalls and Duo Packs in our Bakin' Bites and Milo & Oats. You can also place your order online and choose to pick up your custom Puddles Cake or other full-size treats within 3 days.

West Seattle

Good Dog, a dog daycare and boarding facility, reopened in their new West Seattle location off of Delridge Way SW. They provide the local dogs with 24-hour service, including kennel-free boarding. Each dedicated staff member serves the dogs with love and care. Plus, Madoc is an excellent mascot who loves to play with all his daycare friends too. I met almost all of the staff (and Madoc) at their Grand Reopening at the new location in June. 

When your West Seattle pup needs a treat, place your order online, and choose Good Dog to pick up your custom Puddles Cake or any of our pet treats within 1-2 days!

West Queen Anne

Downtown Dog Lounge is a staple in the Seattle dog community with daycare and boarding. They also offer training, grooming, and local dog treat options for your pup.

Stop by their location and ask for our Bakin' Bites, Milo & Oats and Cannoli, or place your order online and choose Downtown Dog Lounge as your pick up location for any of our preservative-free pet treats.

It's Pride Month!

Kari Kalway

We celebrate because every person, every dog, every cat, every animal from bunnies to horses, deserves love. So why not have some fun with a mystical creature? These Unicorn Duos are the perfect gift to show your friends (and their dogs) that you love them! 

You are essential to our community, and we are happy you are here! We will have the Unicorn Duos at our events as well. Come out to support your dog community and us.

Wallingford Farmer's Market, here we come!

Kari Kalway

Spring is here and Farmer's Market season is coming soon. We are excited to be a part of the Wednesday Markets from 3pm-7pm in Wallingford this year. As an extra special treat for our fur-riends, we will offer loyalty punch cards to our booth during the Market! When you shop at our booth during the Wallingford Farmer's Market five times, you will earn a FREE DUO on your next visit!

It's hard work to find all the best dog events around Seattle and the surrounding area. We hope you will come to visit Kora and I this summer at many of these wonderful events.


When you're wondering around the city this summer, don't forget to stop by our retailers for a Puddles treat!

  • Capital Hill - Down Pour Coffee Bar

  • Magnolia / Discovery Park - Gigglechops Dog Wash

  • Northgate - Great Dog

  • Kirkland - Pickles Playland

  • Monroe - Camp Bow Wow

  • Redmond / Marymoor Park - Traci's Organic Paws Shoppe AND Down Pour Coffee Bar

  • South Lake Union - The Barking Lounge (only online order pick ups)

Environmental Etiquette: Pick up the Poop

Kari Kalway

While there are times that you might miss your pup’s intimate pooping moment, it is best to watch where they decide to go. Not only are you doing your part to keep our parks and sidewalks clean, but you are also helping the environment. Pet waste is NOT a fertilizer. It can even contain diseases like E.coli or roundworms that can be spread to both pets and humans.

So what happens to pet poop that is left on the ground? First of all, it doesn’t stay there. When it rains in the cities, the waste gets transported to the nearest storm drain and then out into our waterways. The water quality in our local streams and lakes can be contaminated by the organisms living in pet waste. This is especially true for urban areas. Kirkland, WA has provided some tips to help keep the city clean since over 20,000 dogs are living in the city limits. Imagine how much poop the dog population of Seattle could make - that would be a lot of waste in the water if we don’t band together to keep our neighborhoods clean.

Dog poop is also a concern in our wild areas. Kora and I love to go hiking and explore the wild side of Washington state. We follow the Leave No Trace policy to ensure that her waste does not negatively affect the natural ecosystem. While wild animals eat the local vegetation and then add value to the area by leaving their waste, pet waste does not have the same benefits. According to the Leave No Trace article, “Across the US, 83 million pet dogs produce 10.6 million tons (that's 21,200,000,000 pounds) of poop every year, each pound adding excess nutrients to the ecosystem if the waste isn't disposed of properly.” That’s a lot of outside influence on the environment.

We encourage you to be environmentally conscious when you pick up the poop!

Blueberry Cheddar - Our 2019 Mini Pupcake Flavor

Kari Kalway

Do you remember your last hiking trip in the late summer when your dog was very interested in those bushes on the side of a mountain…? Turns out, they are wild blueberries! Our pup, Kora, absolutely loves the wild blueberries. She is usually the first one to notice they are in season - and, luckily, she will take a break from hiking to munch on the tasty snacks so we can have a few ourselves. 

This story of hiking adventures and tasty little snacks was part of our inspiration for our newest Mini Pupcakes recipe. Say hello to our Blueberry Cheddar recipe! It’s been tested and Kora-approved.

While we are not using the mountain-side blueberries in our story, even the locally sourced blueberries we use provide a delicious antioxidant and extra fiber for your pup. We started our new recipe with the gluten-free rice flour that your pups love in our other pupcakes flavors and added the blueberries, water, eggs, unsweetened applesauce and the baking powder to make them fluffy.

From there it was up to our taste-tester extraordinaire, Kora, to choose the second flavorful ingredient. We started with bananas, but that idea was shot down immediately. Kora wouldn’t even try eating it - a thorough sniff investigation and she turned away. Well, we learned that Kora doesn’t like bananas, so we had to try another angle.

Since our Carrot & Cheddar recipe has been a winner from the start, we decided to try the cheddar with the blueberries. We were delighted to see that the yellow cheddar contrasts nicely with the purple color of the blueberry batter. Plus, Kora liked the smell and taste of this one the best!

Click the link to order your own box to try and tell us what your pup thinks of the new flavor!

Kora says "Not the head!"

Kari Kalway

You see a beautiful, fluffy dog and what is your first instinct? I need to pet her... on her head?  Kora is very aware that she does not want her head touched, unless it's by someone she knows, then she might tolerate it.

Luckily, Kora's first reaction to a head-pet attempt is the dodge-and-weave technique. She simply moves her head down and around so that it is out of reach of the head-petter. This tends to surprise folks, as they expect that all dogs like to be pet on the head. Just know that this fluffy head will move out of your way if you attempt to pet it.

Instead, go for a hand sniff and a trick - one of her specialties is the high-five.

Thankful for your support in 2018!

Kari Kalway

Wow - what a year of growth for Puddles Barkery! We owe it all to you, our community, and to all the retailers we partnered with this past year. A special thank you for all your support!

The Barking Lounge  in South Lake Union, Seattle has been a pick up location for our online store since summer of 2017. They have seen a lot of birthday cakes this year!Not only are they a phenomenal doggie daycare, they have helped find homes for dozens of dogs (from Tragic to Magic) this year and we have donated a handful of cakes to help these dogs (and their new families) celebrate! (PS, Thank you to all those heroes who adopted a dog from The Barking Lounge this year. If you didn't ordered your adoption cake yet, it's not too late! Feel free to use your cake coupon code to order a holiday cake or celebrate your Gotcha Day in 2019!)

Gigglechops Dog Wash in Magnolia, Seattle has been partnering with us to sell small packs of treats and be a pick up location since they opened in December of 2017. They have an amazing community mission "Dogs Helping People Help Dogs." They provide a career opportunity for those in our community with special needs through a structured work environment at this self-service dog wash. We hope you will support them in the coming year as well.

Great Dog in Northgate, Seattle joined our community in May 2018 as a retailer and pick up location. They have seen a lot of birthday cake picks this year.

Pickles Playland in Kirkland, WA became our first retailer on the east side of Lake Washington in July 2018. We will continue participating in their member events through 2019.

We met Traci’s Organic Paws Shoppe in Redmond, WA at the Wag Love Live event this summer where we supported canine cancer research. They started carrying our treats and became a pick up location in October 2018.

This December we also partnered up with our first coffee shop, Down Pour Coffee Bar in Capital Hill, Seattle and Redmond, WA. They are so excited to offer delicious treats to their customer's dogs. 

Our newest partner in paws is Camp Bow Wow in Monroe, WA. They are excited to be carrying our Puddles Cakes and many of our single-serving treats.

We can't wait to see everyone at all the Seattle-area events next year (listed on our calendar and Facebook page). We would love to hear from you if you have any questions or would like us to attend one of your own events. Thank you for sharing your positive #PuddlesPup stories with your friends (reviews can be given on Facebook or Yelp). We are ready to continue growing in 2019 to make sure every dog can have delicious treats that make them happy!

Local View - Seattle Dog Artist, Lauren with All Dog Kind

Kari Kalway

We would like to introduce you to Lauren, our local Artist and owner of All Dog Kind. She and her fur-family, Jack (14), Sophie (12) and Gus (2), live in Seattle. Her artistry features dog sketches and handmade dog accessories. Part of All Dog Kind’s mission includes supporting animal rescues, giving 20% of profits to local shelters an animal non-profits on a quarterly basis. Visit the AllDogKind Etsy shop to check out each of the furry pups in Lauren’s collection and to find all her handmade dog accessories. Follow their Instagram and Facebook pages (@alldogkind) to stay tuned on the exciting adventures of Lauren, her pup and to watch her business grow!

Thank you for taking the time to talk to me and share your story with our Puddles Barkery friends. My first question, how did you meet each of the All Dog Kind dogs?

I like this question because, in a lot of ways, it gets to the origin story of All Dog Kind. When you look at our Etsy shop or if you browse through my booth at an event, you’re going to see all the dogs that I know very well. I know all of their names; their little personality quirks. I met them through dog walking, through my family and friends and, of course, three are my own - Jack, Sophie and Gus. This is what makes these [dog] portraits special. It’s the reason they are being featured. Each of the dog pins and stickers have become little good-luck charms, since they represent the dogs in my life. At least that is what I hope people are getting from them. A lot of pet owners see their dogs in these portraits as well.

To continue this question, how did you meet Jack, Sophie and Gus specifically?

Jack I found when I was in college and when I had no business in adopting a dog. One weekend, my parents were in town and we visited our usual sandwich shop. Next door to the shop, there was a Petco or Petsmart that was having an adoption event in front of the store. 

After we finished lunch, we walked by the adoption event and I saw Jack. He was in a kennel; he was very sad looking and so skinny, so I asked about him. I asked if I could try and walk him and they said, “You know, I’m sorry, he’s been through a lot. He’s probably not going to walk on a leash with you.” But he did. I just knew that he was my dog. What was really surprising was that my parents were okay with this. <laughter> But in hindsight, my dad has explained that, of course he wanted his daughter who went off to college to have a large dog with her. I have had Jack for 12 years and he is 14 years old now. 

A year and some change later, my best friend found Sophie by a dumpster in a college apartment complex area. He called me in a panic because he had no idea what to do with that tiny puppy. She was so small that her butt fit in the palm of my hand; and she was really cute. We took her to the vet with the intentions of getting her checked out and then being responsible and sending her to a good animal rescue to find her a home. But is was too late, I had fallen in love with her. And then I was in college with TWO dogs. It was just two dogs for a very long time.

About 10 months ago, my husband, Justin, and I were visiting the new Seattle Humane building that is  two doors down from his workplace in Bellevue. I went there with the intention of taking some pictures of the dogs that need homes. I thought I'd draw them and then post them on social media to practice drawing and help these dogs get exposure. The last dog that we saw in the large dog run was Gus. I think the words, “Oh crap” came out of my mouth when I saw him. It was like I just knew; in a subconscious way that you don’t fully understand or become aware of until you’re telling the story afterwards. While, in general, people have no business having three dogs in a city, we are really happy and we make it work for us. I’m also really glad because Jack is 14 and Gus is so young, I hope Jack can rub off on Gus a little bit. 

What inspired you to turn your dog drawings into a business?

I was at this point in my life where I had been working remotely for a while. This ended up being a good transition. I realized that is was time for me to shift careers and find a new job. So I decided to hit pause, quit my job, and take a year sabbatical to figure things out. The grand plan was to simply take time to enjoy my family and friends - a rare opportunity. I had been dog walking during my lunch breaks while I was working remotely, so once I quit my job I ramped that up just to stay busy and be productive. I started getting to know all of these dogs and, in a lot of ways, becoming friends with them. As far back as I can remember, I had always been - I think “doodling” is the right word. It started with our family dog of 18 years, a mini schnauzer. Then I started doodling Jack and Sophie. I would use these doodles to sign greeting cards and these two things [dog walking and doodling] sort of bumped into each other. I drew my family's dog and my dogs because I knew them so well and it was fun to capture them in this way. Bonding with these other dogs, it seemed natural to want to draw these new dog friends that I was making. Pretty soon I scraped something together with the intention of it being a fun project. I made an Etsy store. Then one day I thought to myself, “if I’m really going to do this, I just need to do it for real." The next day, I filed the LLC paperwork. It’s been a big transition from my previous career, but in the best way possible. There are a lot of things I want to grow and improve, but I’m also really excited to see my passion project continue to grow and become what it is meant to be. 

What is your “dream big” vision for your company?

The company started unofficially back in November (2017) and it officially became a business in June (2018). In a lot of ways I feel like I’m still just getting started; but my core mission is to create things I love for other people and their dogs to enjoy. It may take many forms in the future, but if I’m loving what I’m making and I’m proud of it, then that's a win. Creating and selling these products and goods with the intention to bring and create joy. 

The other crucial puzzle piece is that I’m donating 20% of the profits to animal rescues and animal non-profits. I feel like that is such a motivator for me to grow, because the more I improve and grow, the bigger of an impact and the more good that can come as a consequence of this business. If I have to choose a concrete manifestation of growth, it would be wonderful for the items from my Etsy store to be featured in local pet supply stores. We are fortunate that there are so many pet supply stores around here that want to create and do good and also focus on funding and sponsoring animal rescues. In the meantime, it’s been a lot of fun to take these products to events and interact with people. It’s been the best way to receive feedback and to make sure people know about the work that I’m doing. 

What are your current products and your short-term goals for your company?

I just launched a Dog Party Kit. It’s intended to include everything you need to celebrate a dog in your life. You can customize the party size: it could be for just your dog, to take wonderful photos of them celebrating, or you can invite dogs and people friends over and have a larger party. The Kit includes a handmade, custom-sized party bandana and crown for the honorary dog of the party. It’s been fun to make and have my dogs test these crowns. One of my focuses for these crowns or hats is that they are comfortable and that the dog doesn’t hate wearing it. The crown is made out of felt, so it can get squished and the dog can shake its head and it doesn’t fall apart. The party guests get a gift bag that includes a dog party hat, sticker sheets and a pin to wear, and a tassel garland that makes a pretty backdrop for dog party photos.  

The foundation of this business was built on the Custom Portrait Pack. The customer sends me some photos of their dog and I draft a portrait of the pup. When you’re happy with the portrait, I turn the portrait into a lapel pin, a pack of 5 vinyl stickers, and the portrait is matted and framed. This is a lot of fun because it goes back to the original focus of trying to capture the personality of someone’s pet. I would say the majority of the people purchasing the portrait package are using it as a gift. A lot of customers have said “I don’t know what to get this person, but I know that they love their dog and this is wonderful."

I make the bandanas by hand and the pins and stickers are made from the portraits of my dog friends.

For my short-term goals, I have Mini Kits coming out for Halloween and the holidays. With any luck, I’ll be able to pull off a Thanksgiving one this year. They include a dog hat - made out of felt that can be squished, etc. - and stickers to keep the kit at a lower price point so someone can splurge for the holidays. <Definitely, because everyone wants to share a fun picture of their dog dressed up for the holidays.> For the Thanksgiving version, I envision a pumpkin pie hat. Seeing pictures of dogs wearing a slice of pumpkin pie on their heads sounds wonderful.

How do you choose which pups will be a permanent part of your collection?

I really like this question, because nobody has asked this before. I have 16-18 dogs currently in my permanent collection. It’s important to me that I know those dogs, their story and their personality. I don’t just want to have a dog in my collection because it’s a certain breed or it’s adorable - which many of them are. I want them to be a representation of my dog friends; I care about these dogs and, like I said before, if you buy this pin or sticker it’s like a little good luck charm that you take out into the world. Then the customers can share how they contributed to the animal rescues as well.

Kora is going to be the newest inductee to the permanent collection. I know Kora; I feel like we are friends now. We have been to a lot of events together. I know her personality, she’s a part of my life and it feels very natural. My intention is that all of these dogs are my friends and a part of my life and I want to share them with the world. 

What has been your best experience and most challenging experience you have encountered since you created this business?

The best experience is the feedback that I’ve been receiving at the events. It is so vulnerable to love and create something and then put it out into the world for people to assess and judge. It feels like you are putting a part of yourself out there. To have people be warm, positive, welcoming and even excited about what I’m doing has been amazing.

The most difficult and challenging, I think anyone who has ever started a small business can relate to the fact that you have to wear every hat. <laughs> The magical perception of what I do is that I just doodle dogs all day. When really: I walk dogs to bring in money for my family; I have to make sure all the legal and tax stuff is correct; Monitor the finances; be a social media marketer. Even though it’s a lot, it’s also meant that I’ve needed to grab skills from my previous career and apply them.And I need to learn new skills on the fly. 

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These were all the questions that I had; are there any questions you would like to answer about you or your business? Or any thoughts you’d like to share about your venture?

One anecdote that I didn’t mention yet: I remember just getting started at in the dog business world and I met Marika [with Dirtie Dog Photography, a Seattle pet photographer] and then, I’m so grateful that she introduced me to you, and having this realization that there were all these other women out there that were making it happen, making it work, following their dreams and being bad asses. <laughter> It was so encouraging and so wonderful to see both of you years into your businesses. And to have you guys be so welcoming. Whenever you’re new at something, you’re going to meet the good and the bad in that field. You’re going to meet the people who don’t want to share and don’t want to encourage. When you’re really lucky you find people that are willing to do those things. I feel like I have been really lucky. [This community] has made me feel like, yeah, I am doing the right thing. I found good people; I’m very happy. All of these seem to be signs to keep going. I think that it is special that in this field that you and I are in [pet businesses], that there are so many women killing it. That’s been a big change from my previous career [chemical engineering] to now, and one that I have really enjoyed.

Kirkland pups celebrate - we are expanding!

Kari Kalway

Have you heard that Pickles Playland is our newest partner and retailer?

It all started with an email: Nikki (pictured in bottom right photo), the owner of Pickles Playland, had reached out to a few local dog vendors, including us, to see who might be interested in partnering with a membership lounge and small dog daycare in Kirkland. We chatted with her about our products and each company’s vision and found that we are a good fit for their customers. Then we met at a Kirkland dog event one hot, summer’s day in July to get the partnership started! 

Nikki has a great love for dogs, especially her precious pit bull, Pickles (pictured above with Kora), who was not supposed to make it through his first year of life. Now, at three years-old, Pickles is the face of the business just to show that with love, all dogs have the chance to be successful and live happy puppy lives. 

Pickles Playland has small-dog daycare during the week and they open their lounge space to all dog sizes on the weekends. They pride themselves on teaching healthy group-interaction behaviors your pup will take with them to other group situations. Each staff member has dog First Aid and CPR training as well as continuous dog behavioral training. 

With your membership to Pickles Playland, you can also look forward to fun hosted-events from Doga Yoga to Beer/Wine events to holiday-themed events. These special events you can enjoy with your pup may be free or have a discount to attend with your membership. Looking to host your own dog event? Their lounge area can be reserved for events and check out our Cakes, Mini Pupcakes, Cannolis and other treats by the dozen to cater for you.

Feel free to drop in for a single Puddles Barker treat, or you can place your order online and pick it up from Pickles Playland for a small delivery fee, $4.49. Please place your order to allow 72 hours before your expected delivery. We look forward to serving all the Kirkland pups and our continued partnership with this quality company.

Celebrate with us; we are growing!

Kari Kalway

Where can I find Puddles Barkery treats?

First, a HUGE thank you to all our supporters and loyal customers. It makes us so happy to bring delicious and nutritious treats to your pups (and kitties too). I can't describe the joy experienced when our local community supports small businesses, like us, in following their dreams and creating something special for the world.

We are excited to announce that Skagit River Brewery in Mount Vernon is now carrying our Bakin' Bites Duos. Stop by their patio to chill with your pup, your friends, a beer and some Puddles Barkery treats too. We are continuing our collaboration with Skagit River Brewery by updating some of our recipes to include their spent grain. Mike and his staff is very supportive and excited to bring handmade treats to their customers.

If you're looking for some goodies in Northgate (Seattle), look no further than Great Dog. They provide doggie daycare and boarding, quality training for you and your pup, a pet supply store and a coffee shop right next door! They currently carry Bakin' Bites, Milo & Oats, Mini Pupcakes and Cannoli. They are also a pick up location for your online orders (generally ready within 48 hours).

Next stop, Magnolia (Seattle)! After a fun day exploring Discovery Park, take your pup to Gigglechops Dog Wash to get cleaned up and find a little treat to top off the day. They carry single Mini Pupcakes and Cannoli as well as small packs of Bakin' Bites and Milo & Oats. You can also pick up your online orders here.

In South Lake Union, you can pick up your online orders at The Barking Lounge (generally ready within 48 hours). Not only does The Barking Lounge provide exceptional doggie daycare and boarding, but they also partner with Tragic to Magic to help get dogs adopted into the right home. Each adopter is gifted with a Puddles Cake to celebrate!

We will also be traveling around the Seattle area all summer long to all the fabulous dog events. We hope you can stop by and say hi when we are in your neck of the woods. See you soon!

Summer Dog Events

July 4 from 9am-12pm - Four on the 4th Dog Jog and Walk at Ashwood Park in Bellevue

July 13 from 3pm-7pm - Pet-a-Palooza at the Juanita Friday Market in Kirkland

July 14 from 10am-2pm - Pet Parade in Lake Forest Park

July 19 from 11am-2pm - Starbucks Summer Pet Fair at the Starbucks Headquarters in SODO

July 21 from 8am-11:30am - Dog Days of Summer 5K at Magnuson Park

August 3 from 11am-2pm - Starbucks Summer Pet Fair at the Starbucks Headquarters in SODO

August 11 from 10am-4pm - Mutt Strut Everett Community event

August 16 from 11am-2pm - Starbucks Summer Pet Fair at the Starbucks Headquarters in SODO

August 29 from 11am-2pm - Starbucks Summer Pet Fair at the Starbucks Headquarters in SODO

Baking is Chemistry in its most Delicious Form

Kari Kalway

To bake healthy, tasty dog treats, we put 6-8 seemingly random ingredients together and voila - gourmet dog treat! The truth is each ingredient has a purpose. Let’s deconstruct our Bakin’ Bites to show you:

Photo by Kai Pilger on Unsplash

Whole wheat flour: This is the base of our biscuit recipe. It doesn’t start out as a solid component, but it transforms into the base because of the other ingredients that change the flour's physical properties. 

Photo by Imani on Unsplash

Chicken broth and water: These wet ingredients are the moisture agent. They make the flour’s composition change so that the ingredients, with the additional of the fat-agent (applesauce), will bind together. The chicken broth also provides protein, collagen (for joint health) and many vitamins and minerals as well as well as a delicious flavor. 

Pumpkin seeds: When we first created the Bakin’ Bites recipe, we used cornmeal to add a course texture to the treats. We wanted to find an ingredient that would help create the proper texture for the treats and provide more health benefits. Since our Milo & Oats was already using oatmeal for texture, we tried chai seed and pumpkin seeds. Ground pumpkin seeds were the preferred choice for Kora as well as our other dog taste testers. This protein-rich ingredient may also help reduce joint inflammation caused by arthritis. 

Photo by Nonki Azariah on Unsplash

Unsweetened applesauce: Since applesauce is high in fiber and low in sugar, it makes a healthy substitute for melted butter or vegetable oil in baked goods. The purpose of the fat-agent is to form a rubbery texture by preventing the flour protein from completely mixing with the wet ingredients. 

Photo by Casey DeViese on Unsplash

Bacon: While it is a high-fat protein, it is also very flavorful. We use a small amount (the last ingredient on the list) to create the flavor dogs love without sacrificing the healthy qualities of the treat.

Mini Story Session Drawing: June Events Promotion

Kari Kalway

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with Dirtie Dog Photography to provide a one Mini Story Session with your pet ($675 retail value) to one lucky drawing winner who attends our June events. Dirtie Dog Photography specializes in capturing the story of animals for the people who love them.

To obtain each drawing entry: 

  • Attend a June event
  • Make a purchase at the Puddles Barkery booth
  • and sign up for our email lists (Puddles Barkery and Dirtie Dog Photography).

We are attending four doggie events in June which means you have four opportunities to gain entries for the drawing.

June 9 from 1pm-5pm - Grapes, Paws and Hops Festival at Marymoor Park, Redmond

June 16 from 10am-4pm - Morgan Junction Community Festival in West Seattle

June 21 from 11am-2pm - Starbucks Pet Fair with Emerald City Pet Rescue at Starbucks Headquarters in SODO

June 23 from 11am-2pm - Bow Wow Meow Luau Adoption event at Marymoor Park, Redmond

Great Dog Partnership!

Kari Kalway

Thank you for welcoming us into your location!

On Monday this week, we brought Great Dog's first order of Puddles Barkery treats to their store in Northgate (11333 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, 98125). Kora and I introduced ourselves to Leslie and the amazing staff. We also met a few pups who were headed home after a fun day of daycare.

Great Dog carries Bakin' Bites and Milo & Oats as well as single-serving sized Mini Pupcakes and Cannoli. You can also order treats online, like our custom Puddles Cakes, and pick them up from Great Dog within 48 hours. 

Since 2001, Great Dog's mission has been to enrich the lives of dogs and the people who love them. We are excited to bring tasty, healthy dog treats to Great Dog and the Northgate community. We hope you will check them out - tell them that Kora sent you!

Local View: Author, Illustrator and Dog Mom, Alice Hanh

Kari Kalway

We would like to introduce you to Alice and her dog, Bear. Alice is in the process of writing a children’s book about dog adoption. Her book will feature many adoption stories from around the world, including some Washington dogs like our friend, @Dolly.the.Chi. Please enjoy reading about Alice and her book. If this endeavor speaks to you, you can donate to her GoFundMe page to help cover the publishing costs and put this book on children’s bookshelves everywhere. You can also contact her through email at, Instagram @bearnosebest, or follow her on Facebook, /bearnosebest

How Alice met Bear:
While Alice was healing from the heart break of losing her first dog after 14 years together, she wasn’t convinced that she wanted to go through the heart break of loving and losing another dog. But after two years it hit her, she is a dog person and she will always need that kind of love in her life. 

Alice started searching for her new companion online with Pet Finder and other rescue websites and by visiting shelters. Then she spotted Rex, an adorable golden retriever, on PAWS’s website. She went to go visit him, but he was already on hold for another family. That day she hung out at the shelter for another hour and went through all the dogs over and over again. She kept going back to Rex, until she saw this small, black dog sitting all by himself right next to Rex. Alice was surprised that she hadn’t noticed him until then. She offered him a treat and found that he was very gentle and cautious. He seemed like such a sweet boy and she felt the need to check him out. After she went though the application process and was approved, she met him in the back area of PAWS. He was loving and trying to snuggle, but also he wanted to play and kept bringing a ball to her. After that experience, he stole her heart. The little black dog was 6 months old and not especially cute at the time, but she couldn’t stop thinking about him while she waited a day to make the decision. Bear was the one, and he sealed it with a lick on Alice's hand the next day when she came to adopt him. 

What inspired her to write a children’s book?
Growing up, she was most interested in sitting and writing stories, drawing or making cards and stationery. Writing came more naturally than other subjects in school so she decided to study journalism in school. Writing a book was something that she had always wanted to do but, until now, she had never thought that it was realistic to follow that passion. 

How does the publication process work?
This process was foreign to Alice when she started. After reading a bunch of publishing books and  researching the subject of publishing children’s book, she decided that self-publishing seemed to be the easiest option in this day and age because the bulk of the responsibilities lands on the author. The author fronts the publishing costs and has control over most of the decisions for the writing, editing and release process. Another benefit of the self-publishing route is that the timeline for release generally is shorter since there are less approval points. 

What is the current timeline for the book?
April- Alice has focused on writing the story this month. There will be two parts to the book, the main story line and the dog biographies at the end of the book.

May and June- Illustrations will be created to match the pictures with the main story.

June and July-  She will shift her focus to editing the “true stories,” the biography stories she collected from all over the world. 

August and September- She will be trading drafts back and forth with her editor. 

October- Her goal is to have the book ready for publication. 

February through April 2019 - The publication process generally takes 4-6 months before the book is released. Stay tuned for more information about a launching party in early spring 2019!

How many dog adoption stories will be in the book and which areas of the world are included?
When Alice started on this journey of collecting adoption stories for her book, she expected that it would take one to two months to collect enough stories. Instead, she was overwhelmed by the positive response to her request for adoption stories. After only a week and a half, she had received 52 stories from dog lovers from around the world. 

The 22 stories included in the book come from South Korea, Bermuda, Australia, Iran, Mexico, and the USA. Ten of these stories are from our own corner of the world in Western Washington State.

How did she choose the stories that will be featured in the book?
It was very difficult to trim down the number of stories to include in the book. To help her make the decision, she printed all the stories and dog pictures she had received and posted them on the wall to make the Wall of 50. She read through each of the stories 2-3 times and categorized them to find the balance for the book. The comparisons were made in a few differing categories: by the dog’s breed or physical traits, where they are from, the dog’s personality change from before and after adoption, the reason they were at the shelter to begin with or if it was an educational story to help inform future adopters. Alice’s main goal was to choose outstanding stories that were relatable and most representative of adoption stories around the world. 

What has been her favorite experience and most challenging experience she has encountered since she started this project?
The best part about committing to write a children’s book about dog adoption has been the dog community support. It took her by surprised that so many people wanted to support her goal. Meeting the people who love dogs, their community and rescues inspiring. Working with the rescue community is the most fun, because those people have a exceptional hearts. 

Alice is now in the most challenging part of the process; sitting down to write on her own timeline. So far is has been on other people’s timelines, collecting the stories, but now it’s up to her to sit down and use her brain to create the story. The best way to support her now is to ask her where she is on her book to help keep her motivated. 

New Treat: Veggie Pot Pie Mini Pupcakes

Kari Kalway

It’s official! Today we are launching our new treat flavor, the Veggie Pot Pie Mini Pupcakes.

In this new flavor, we decided to feature two healthy vegetables for dogs. Carrots and green beans. Both of these tasty veggies are a good source of fiber and they are low in calories. Fiber promotes the feeling of being full and it is good for your dog’s digestive system. To promote healthy eyes, skin and coat, you can thank Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene in the carrots. Green beans have a high amount of iron and vitamins. The minerals that promote the absorption of bone-supportive and connective tissue-supportive nutrients can be found in green beans as well.

Coconut oil and unsweetened applesauce are the fat agents in baking recipes that make the pupcakes fluffy by capturing the air in the pastry as it rises during the baking process. To add a special zest to this new flavor of Mini Pupcake, we are using coconut oil in place of our usual applesauce. (Kora approved the coconut oil for taste!) In moderation, like the small amount in our treats, the benefits of coconut oil for dogs includes anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties from the Lauric Acid and it acts as a beauty agent to make your dog’s coat shiny and soft. Bonus - it may help minimize the doggy odors.

Behind the Scenes of Making a New Treat (Part 4)

Kari Kalway

The Final Steps: Photos, Marketing and Sharing

Step Seven: Photography and Marketing

Now it’s time for the fun! The Puddles Barkery team shoots and edits all our own photographs for the website and our marketing platforms. For the treat photos, we will need some close ups of the new treat, some with the packaging, using props (like whole carrots and green beans), and more! What are a few of your favorite photos from our website?

The new treat will be added to the Handmade Treats page on our website with pricing, photographs and a description. We will also start to promote the new flavor on our social media platforms. Have you seen us? Visit our Instagram and Twitter feed @PuddlesBarkery and follow us on Facebook to be the first to know about all the dog events we will be at around the Seattle area. Our taste-tester, Kora, also has her own Instagram page for our Pacific Northwest adventures @KoraPupTheHusky.

Step Eight: Share the love!

Once the new flavor is set up on our website and Square platform, they will be ready for us to share this new treat with all our fans. We can’t wait!

Update on the current treat process

We have now received the nutrition information from the Guaranteed Analysis. We will be submitting the flavor for Washington registration, creating the labels, taking the photos, setting up the online and in-person purchase platforms and then we will announce the new flavor! Thanks for waiting, everyone.

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Behind the Scenes of Making a New Treat (Part 3)

Kari Kalway

We know you are dying to know what the new flavor will be... so here is the next clue! During our second round of treat testing, we received the stamp of approval from Kora! 

  • She was very pleased with the addition of coconut oil to the treat. Yum!

  • She preferred the version with green beans best. 

  • On the comparative test, she initially chose the carrot and cheddar flavor over the New Treat. However, she chose the New Treat first when tested a second time. 

New Treat flavor hint: The ingredients include rice flour, chicken broth, carrots, green beans, egg, coconut oil and baking powder. What would you call this new flavor? On to the next steps...

Step Five: Washington State Registration

For each new treat that is ready to be sold, we send the label information to the Department of Agriculture for Washington State. This process includes:

  1. Reviewing the label to ensure it follows the AAFCO  (the Association of American Feed Control Officials) regulations for the ingredient list.
  2. Checking the treat name and description to ensure that it follows state rules. Did you know that to include a meat name in the treat name without modifiers, that type of meat must make up 95% of the ingredient list?
  3. Review the Guaranteed Analysis information and contact information on the label.

After the label is reviewed, we receive the Pet Food Registration Certificate for the treats. This registration must be renewed every two years for each treat.

Step Six: Product Design

For this part of the process, we selected the recyclable packaging from PacknWood for eco-friendly packaging. It is important to our company to be environmentally conscience. 

We will also provide Working Wonders LLC in Queen Anne, Seattle with the label content. Their team creates the layout and ingredient pictures for the new labels. Supporting local businesses is important to our mission.

Once the design is approved, the labels and the packaging are purchased as needed.