Thursday, March 3, 2016

It's Going To Happen. Yes. It. Is.

Yesterday I mentioned that Lisa had a brilliant idea that I was going to run with. We had discussed it over dinner. On the overnight, I thought a great deal about it, as I do with so many other things, and made the decision. Yes. It's going to happen. After spending many years baking dog treats, and with over 30 years of baking experience, why not.

During the mental deliberation that went on in my head, I thought back to a few years ago when we had tried a store bought treat. A reputable human had their name tied to these treats. Only a few ingredients. We don't add meat to any of our biscuits. I thought this would be a nice meat alternative for our only child at the time, Coco.

We had purchased a few bags prior. He liked them. As a picky eater, we were thrilled. Aside from his homemade meals and treats, we finally had a presumably safe alternative meat treat.


One morning, I opened a new bag. I was occupied with something else while ripping open the package. I took a good sniff, as I always did before offering him a treat. I sniffed before I inspected the contents. My nose burned. I looked in the bag.

This is what I discovered. I had just inhaled a bag of moldy treats. My nose continued to burn. My eyes watered. I yelled, "ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!" Lisa rushed from the office to the kitchen.

"What's the matter? Are you okay?"

I handed her the bag.

"Look. Look at this shit. My nose is burning."

Lisa looked in the bag. She was as pissed as I was.

Once the burning sensation wore off, I poured the treats onto a plate. I was shocked. I immediately looked online to see if there was any other complaints about this particular brand of treat. Yes. A lot of them. I contacted customer service.

The following day, Lisa and I went to the store where we had purchased the treats and told them they needed to take them off of the shelves. The manager opened a bag or two. They were discolored. Something was wrong. They refunded our money and took them off the shelf.

After doing a little research, I contacted customer service. Like with most customer complaints, they were less than helpful. They stated the moldy treats was due to an issue beyond their control and offered a refund. I had already received a refund from the store. I didn't want another refund. I wasn't the first one to open a bag of these treats and discover mold. I wanted them to do a recall.

That didn't happen.

Since then, we haven't purchased store bought treats. Aside from the homemade treats we make, our kids get lean meat, raw veggies and fruit for snack. Combine that with their homemade meals, we no longer have to worry about pet food recalls and tainted treats.

Within the next week or so, I'm going to be adding a page that will include my recipes for homemade dog treats. These are recipes I have created myself. They're simple and delicious. Yes, I said delicious. We eat dog treats too. If they're not palatable to our human tongue, I start over. I'm not going to feed our kids treats that we wouldn't eat.

My goal is to inspire pet parents to make their own dog treats. If you can whip up a batch of cookies, you can make dog treats. You don't need fancy cookie cutters or specialty "dog biscuit" appliances. All the ingredients go into one bowl. Mix. Roll. Cut. Bake. Or, you can skip the roll and cut process and flatted small pieces of dough by hand.

I am super excited to begin this new adventure for this blog site. I've already reached out to a few pet parents in hopes they'd like to be on our taste testing panel. They've happily agreed.

It's going to happen! Stay tuned....

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