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Tacitly Yours

Baking is for the dogs

A recent weekend trip opened my eyes to something I hadn't realized before. My husband and I really are crazy.

We found ourselves driving up and down the streets of Seattle, not in search of a unique espresso shop or an upscale boutique clothing store. Instead, we were looking for a dog bakery we had seen during one our previous trips to the big city.

First we both thought the store was located in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square. After driving up and down the street peering out our windows for anything that vaguely resembled a dog bakery, we parked the car and started walking. We walked up and down the streets that surround Pioneer Square, straining our eyes to find any hint of the specialty store.

After having no luck, we got back in the car and decided that our dog would just have to go without. We instead turned our attention to Pike Place Market, taking in the fresh fish, colorful floral bouquets and beautifully arranged produce. But within 20 minutes of our arrival, we found ourselves looking through a public phone book located in the lower level of the market.

We just couldn't let it go. We knew we had seen a dog bakery and we weren't leaving Seattle until our dog had some fresh baked goods for herself.

After thumbing through the yellow pages and finding nearly two columns of dog bakeries in the Seattle area, we managed to find the one we were looking for.

We still don't know how we could have mistaken Pioneer Square for the bakery's real location, just a few doors down from the Seattle art museum.

Walking through the doors of the dog bakery we realized that although we are crazy about our dog, we are nowhere near as crazy as a lot of people. The neat little shop had everything from all natural dog biscuits to unique play things and even doggie birthday cakes. We purchased a couple of dog biscotti, two puppermint patties and a dog toy for Maggie before we were able to tear ourselves away.

As we walked back to the car with our very chic shopping bag full of doggie bakery treats we laughed to ourselves, thinking that we must be crazy to drive all the way to Seattle to spend the day hunting down a dog bakery so our little mutt wouldn't be upset that we left her alone at home.

But that wasn't the end of the insanity. Now that we are back in the Lower Valley and our bakery treats have long since been gobbled up, I started doing something I never thought possible. I am making my dog her own treats.

At first I thought it would be a one time treat for her. I hopped on the internet and found a few recipes. Then I spent a couple of days tracking down all of the natural ingredients, but after I saw my dog's eyes light up when she saw that I was making the carob chip cookies just for her - I can't stop.

To date I have made nearly 60 carob chip cookies and another batch of more than 50 cookies for our one dog. The only reason I keep baking is because Maggie has started choosing my dog cookies over her usual favorite treats.

So there you have it. I am officially crazy. Well, at least when it comes to my dog.

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