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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 bearnosebest@gmail.com, 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.

Behind the Scenes of Making a New Treat (Part 2)

Kari Kalway

More Testing and Guaranteed Analysis Steps, but first...

The Results of Step Two:

Kora decided that she preferred Version 1 of the New Treat that had chicken broth instead of water. She wasn’t as excited about the New Treat as some of the existing treats. We will be doing further testing with two different vegetable combinations to get Kora’s stamp of approval. She is the perfect taste-tester, picky girl…

Step Three: More Testing

After receiving Kora’s stamp of approval, we will continue to test the recipe on other dogs. While it isn’t required that every dog likes the treat, we do like to have a large percentage enjoy the treat and come back for more. Plus, the dogs love testing treats! 

Step Four: Guaranteed Analysis

After perfecting the recipe, we send treat samples to to be analyzed for its nutritional value by OMIC USA Inc. in Portland, OR. Why is this step important? We need to know the nutrition value of the treats to share with customers on the treat's label. Many states, including Washington State, follow the pet food regulation standards created by AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials). The nutrients required for each dog treat label are

    1. Crude protein
    2. Crude Fat
    3. Crude Fiber
    4. Moisture

    Behind the Scenes of Making a New Treat (Part 1)

    Kari Kalway

    Time to pay attention to the woman behind the curtain...

    Have you ever wondered about the process behind creating your pup's favorite treats? It may surprise you, but it is much more complex then just mixing up a new batch. We hope you enjoy our blog series focused on revealing the Eight Steps in creating a new Puddles Barkery dog treat. 

    Step One: Research

    There are a vast amount of online recipes for dog treats and human dishes alike. We start by picking a theme for the next flavor. Each dog treat recipe fitting the theme of our new treat is evaluated for healthy ingredients and the benefits of each ingredient in a dog's diet. We also will add our own take to an existing recipe, like switching out the vegetable oil for applesauce or coconut oil. 

    We are happy to announce that we have found the theme for our next Puddles Barkery treat flavor (Stay tuned for the product reveal in an upcoming blog) and will start Step Two this week!

    Step Two: Taste Testing

    Lucky girl, Kora is our official taste-tester. We start by making 2-3 versions of the new recipe to see if Kora likes the treat. Lucky for us, Kora is very particular about her treats. She determines which version is the best recipe. She will also be happy to let us know if we need to go back to the drawing board and repeat Step One.

    Welcome Gigglechops Dog Wash!

    Kari Kalway

    On December 23rd, we begin our partnership with Gigglechops Dog Wash in Magnolia, Seattle. They share our passion for dogs and helping our community. Their mission is: Dogs helping people help dogs. By becoming a positive employment opportunity to dog-lovers with special needs, they are taking care of their local community and all the dogs around Seattle.

    Did you know that the name Gigglechops is a nickname for their dog, Winston?Explore that and more about their business on their website (https://gigglechopsdogwash.com) and visit their store location at 2809 Thorndyke Ave W, Seattle.

    Keep an eye on our social media for more information for their Grand Opening in January. They will have select Puddles Barkery treats and also be a pick up location for online orders. We are excited to work with them to help our community and each dirty pup in Seattle!

    Handmade Dog Treats in 5 Steps

    Kari Kalway

    Step One - Measure Six Ingredients

    Each of our recipes features

    • a short ingredient list to keep the treats simple to better understand what we are feeding our pups.

    • whole food ingredients that you could find in your own pantry.
    • no preservatives. Humans don't need extra salt or sugar in their diets and neither do our furry family members.

    For the Bakin’ Bites - whole wheat flour, chicken broth, water, ground corn, unsweetened applesauce, and bacon.

    Step Two - Mix It Up

    It's amazing to watch chemistry in action!

    Step Three - Prepare to Chill

    It works best to flatten and chill the dough before cutting. Chilled dough can be less sticky and flattening the dough can making rolling it out easier after it has chilled.

    Step Four - Cut the Biscuits

    You guessed it; this part is the most time consuming. Luckily, we have a multi-cutter to help us be more efficient. 

    Step Five - Bake and Package

    We use a convection oven to bake the treats. They are cooled in the refrigerator. Finally, we package the goodies.

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    Treat Spotlight: Mini Pupcakes

    Kari Kalway

    What do you think of when you say "happy birthday?" Cake!!! What is a birthday with that fluffy dessert? Cake is everywhere. It is disguised as muffins, bagels and bite-sized cupcakes. If humans can enjoy these fancy treats, why can't our pups?

    That was part of our thought process when we created our Mini Pupcakes. Since dogs do not need sugar or salt in their diet, we wanted to make these soft treats just as tasty (for dogs) and as fancy as one of our own human cupcakes. Keeping the ingredient list short and healthy, we found a recipe that looks and tastes fabulous for our furry friends. These gluten-free treats are made up of rice flour, chicken broth (or water by request), local carrots, cheddar cheese, local eggs, unsweetened applesauce and baking power for fluffiness. 

    Kora gives her stamp of approval to the carrot and cheddar recipe. We look forward to creating additional flavors to share with your pups in the future too. 

    Dog Adventure Pack

    Kari Kalway

    When preparing for a hike, you pack food, water, extra layers, a first aid kit, and other essentials in your backpack. But what about your dog?

    Kora was fond of her sporty and functional blue Banzai pack from WolfPacks.com right from the start. She knows that it is time for a serious hike when her pack is on. The pack has reflectors, rub-resistant straps and they have a great repair policy. Kora decided to chew on the buckle and under-body strap, so we mailed the pack to WolfPacks.com, paid for shipping and supplies and they made the repairs before shipping it back to us. Good as new (except for the mud from our hikes).

    For your pup's safety, it is recommended that dogs only carry up to a quarter of their body weight. Start out small and gradually increase the load as your pup gets becomes familiar hiking with a pack. Kora progressed from carrying just her treats, to her treats and her folding water bowl, and then we added a small amount of her water.

    What is the best part about having a dog pack? As her two-legged hiking partners, the best part of her pack from our perspective is that she will always carry her poop bags back to the trailhead. She is also a willing helper to pack trash out, whether it’s our own or something we find along the way. Keep the trails beautiful!

    Dog Dreams for Cats

    Kari Kalway

    Do you make treats for cats? We love getting this question at our events. Cats can be tricky to treat.

    Fun Fact: While humans have over 10,000 taste buds, dogs have less than 2,000 and cats have under 500. This could be one reason cats are harder treat than dogs. However, in our quest for knowledge and to connect with cat owners, we have asked them to try our Milo & Oats treats. Here is some of their feed back. We hope you enjoy their stories as much as we did!

    I gave the treats to my friend for her pets. While her dog liked the treat, her two cats LOVED these treats. Karen

    My cat 1/2 enjoyed it. Although she didn't eat it, she licked it for 5mins then happily batted it around the floor for a long time. Lucy 

    Cat One took the sample and played with it for 30 minutes, Cat Two sniffed it and then could not be bothered, Cat Three pounced on the treat and ate it. From the Seattle Pet Expo

    Nova (cat) spent a lot of time trying to get into the box [of dog treats] and Lucy (dog) wasn’t having it because that’s where the smell is! Steph

    A tale of a dog and two cats: Izzy (dog) loved the Bakin' Bites! Tank (cat), not so much... Kenny (cat) was curious, but cautious. But he ate it anyway. Payton

    Please share your cat-verses-treats stories!

    Find our treats! Silverdale and Seattle

    Kari Kalway

    We are very excited for our partnerships with two dog-centered businesses in Silverdale, WA and Seattle, WA.

     

    Silverdale Pet Grooming is focused on providing the best grooming experience and healthy options for dogs. They also share our value of supporting local businesses. Our healthy, soft treats will be shared with all their furry clients starting on August 20th.

     

     

    The Barking Lounge is an official Pick Up location for online treat orders from our website. Kora, our spokes-husky, loves to play at The Barking Lounge and we admire their partnership with Tragic to Magic Foundation, a company rescuing dogs from kill shelters in the southern USA and Mexico. The Barking Lounge fosters 2-3 dogs while they search for the pup's forever home. In celebration of each adoption, Puddles Barkery is giving a free Cake to the family who adopts one of these foster pups.  

    Bandana: Just Fashion or Functional?

    Kari Kalway

    Are you a crazy dog mom or dad? Yep, so are we! We love the grand array of colored bandanas can add just the right touch to our pup’s fashion style. While our pup is not a fan of full costumes, some dogs love them.

    Did you know that these stylish bandanas can be used to make your dog more comfortable as well? Our pup, Kora, always wears a bandana when we get ready to go. Whether it is for a hike or just a trip to the dog park, she knows that something fun is in store. However, it has a functional role to play: a wet bandana can help keep your pup cool on a hot day or during a hot hike. Much like humans, the moisture in the bandana will transfer to your dog’s skin and help cool them during their adventures.

    Hiking - View Edition

    Kari Kalway

    I think I can, I think I can… As your pup pulls you up one, two, three switchbacks, you may wonder if the view will be worth the trek. Here are a few of our favorite hikes with fantastic views on a clear summer day.

    Mount Pilchuk - On a clear day, you can see Seattle, Mt St Helens and many other majestic peaks from this lookout. There is a rock scramble and a ladder to get to the lookout, but the views around the base of the scramble are well worth the trek on their own. If you're climbing with friends, take turns doing the scramble as your pup may not be prepared for it. 

    Rattlesnake Ridge - This is a very popular hike near the Seattle area and for good reason. While it is a steep trek with 2100 feet of elevation gain, it's also only 4 miles round trip. Plan on spending 2-4 hours for this hike depending on your pace. Even with clouds rolling along the top of this ridge, the views are great. You can see a blue-green lake and the Cascade mountain range. 

    Poo Poo Point - While the view of Issaquah is pretty neat, it’s the view of the para-gliders that makes this view spectacular. It is a beautiful hike to a false peak and the main peak. From the false peak you can watch the para-gliders soar or stop by the main peak to see them take off! 

    Poo Poo Point false peak view

    Why are (Other) Dog Biscuits Hard?

    Kari Kalway

    Call it chemistry, because it’s true. The primary element that makes food soft is moisture. There is a careful balancing act as the amount of moisture also effects the shelf-stability of food. Soft foods are more perishable than dried-out foods. We believe a softer treat is worth the trade off. What does your pup think? 

    To make a softer treat, we start with whole food ingredients. The baking process dries the treats, removing some of the moisture. After the treats are done baking, they are dried for a short time. Once the treats are cooled, they can be packaged and made ready for your refrigerator until your pup's next adventure.

    What is the SeaTac Pet-Con?

    Kari Kalway

    Think of a magical place where all the Seattle pups and their furry (or non-furry) friends can get together to experience an agility course, try the Diving Dock, watch a cat show, meet pet artists, and sample lots of new treats: that is the Seattle Pet-Con!

    It comes to town June 24th and 25th! Mark your calendars for this fun event and a day full of animals of all shapes and sizes at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Pullayup. We would love to meet you and your pup there. Who knows, maybe they will find their new favorite treat from us! Find more information on our events page or on their official site.

    Gluten-free Dog Treats?

    Kari Kalway

    Wheat allergies have become increasingly common in dogs. Some breeds are predisposed to food allergies, whether it's wheat or another base ingredient in dog food.  

    Can I do anything to prevent allergies? Similar to human diets, diversity in your dog's diet can help prevent the development of food allergies. We rotate the main protein 3-4 times a year to introduce her to different types of proteins.

    Are you concerned that your dog has a food allergy? Keep an eye out for excessive licking or scratching near our pup's bottom. Your vet can also help you structure your pup's diet to test for allergies.

    Catch and Release Training

    Kari Kalway

    Not all dogs are always treat motivated. This can create training challenges, like we faced with Kora. Our Husky is highly independent and she is also rather picky when it comes to treats. Because of this, plus her occasional lack of interest in treats, training is more difficult. One of the most helpful training techniques we learned from Heather with Ahimsa Dog Training was the Catch and Release. We used this technique, paired with her drive for exploration, to improve her recall. 

    At the beginning of the training, we made a 10 foot leash to allow her more room to explore when she was following our directions. She would get less room to rove when she wasn't...

    Next, we moved to the dog park. This highly distracting environment was a great place to practice calling her, having her come to us, "catching" her, praising her for coming and then releasing her to go play! While she still is independent, she has become infinitely better at recall.