Saturday, July 25, 2009

Coming Soon!

We are just thrilled with the anticipation of bringing handmade, all natural, allergen free dog treats to our customers via Internet shopping. We are dedicated to creating wholesome, healthy treats for our canine customers. As we prepare for our mid September Internet grand opening, we hope that you enjoy reading our blog.

About Our Ingredients

You won’t find any wheat, gluten, soy, corn, dairy, eggs, meats, yeast, added salt, sugar, artificial coloring or preservatives in Dugan’s Barkery treats. What you will find in Dugans Barkery treats are ingredients selected for their wholesomeness and the value they will bring to your canine family member. That being said, please keep in mind that Dugan’s Barkery Treats are designed solely to give your deserving canine yummy treats and not meant for vitamin supplements or medicinal purposes. Here we present a list of those ingredients and why we chose them:

Organic Pumpkin: A great source of beta-carotene and other beneficial antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins C, E and K. Pumpkin is said to helpful in relieving diarrhea or constipation and is useful in digestive health maintenance.

Organic Sweet Potato: Also loaded with beta-carotene and other beneficial antioxidants, plus, vitamins C and b-complex and iron. Sweet potatoes also contain bone and teeth strengthening calcium. They are a good source of fiber and are easy to digest.

Organic Blueberries: A good source of Vitamin C and E, these little berries are also high in anti-oxidants and can aid in lowering levels of cholesterol and preventing urinary tract infections.

Organic Flax seed Meal: Provides plenty of omega 3 fatty acids and cholesterol lowering fiber. It is said that diabetic dogs could benefit from flax seed meal’s ability to help stabilize blood sugar levels.

Organic Unsulphured Molasses: Not only is Molasses a tasty sweetener for our dog treats, but it is a great source of calcium, usable iron and several trace minerals.

Organic Agave Nectar: Not only does this nectar have the lowest glycemic value of any sweetener, but it may also aid in the absorption of isoflavones, calcium and magnesium. It is said to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

Organic Garbanzo Bean Flour: A great non-meat source of protein, garbanzo beans are low-fat and provide several minerals. Because garbanzo beans are a good source of fiber, they may help with lowering cholesterol levels and are said to of help with blood sugar levels.

Organic Quinoa Flour: Called “chesiya mama” (the mother grain), by the ancient Inca Indians, quinoa flour contains 8 essential amino acids and is a complete protein.

Organic Brown Rice Flour: Brown Rice flour is high in protein, but with a lower glycemic index than white rice, brown rice can help keep the blood sugar levels stable. Additionally, because of the bran remaining with the brown rice, this flour has a higher level of iron, fiber and B vitamins.

Tapioca Flour: This flour is made from starch extracted from the root of Cassava and is also totally gluten free. Because our recipes do not use eggs or dairy, tapioca flour helps hold the other ingredients together.

Ground Ginger: Besides tasting great, Ginger aids digestion and helps relieve indigestion, gas pains, diarrhea, nausea and stomach cramping. It is also said to help as a natural pest repellent.

Ground Cinnamon: Cinnamon is said to aid in the normalization of blood sugar and increase the availability of insulin in the body. Cinnamon is also used by herbalists for treating urinary tract infections, combating intestinal gas and even the common cold.

Ground Cloves: This little spice contains many anti-oxidant properties and is said to aid in the elimination of intestinal parasites.

A Little History on Dugan's Barkery

Our Barkery is named after Dugan, our loyal and loving family member for 15 years. She was a cute terrier puppy when she joined our family in 1991. We loved her little personality and always knew where we stood with her. If she was happy about something (usually going for a walk or getting a treat), Dugan would do a little “hoppy dog” dance. If she was mad at us for some reason, she would lay down with her back to us, give us “the look” then turn her head away and snort. When Dugan went over the Rainbow Bridge in May 2006, we vowed that, when we were ready to follow our dream of owning a dog related business, we would name it after her.

Since Dugan’s journey, 3 more dogs joined our family. We adopted Digby, a border terrier, from a rescue center in 2006; Prinnie an American Eskimo, from our local shelter in at the end of 2007 and Duncan, a terrier mix, also from our local shelter, in April 2009. Each, with their own unique personality, has enriched our lives in countless ways.

Duncan is our reason for choosing to hand make all natural treats with organic ingredients. He came to us itching and scratching and we thought that maybe it was from dirt and bug bites from the shelter, nothing a good bath wouldn't fix. Well, he continued to itch and scratch and a few days later he broke out with sores all around his mouth along with other nasty symptoms. We took him to the vet and learned that he had food allergies. Though there was dog food specifically for allergic dogs, we had a horrible time finding any treats he could safely eat. There was a whole host of foods that Duncan couldn't’t eat without starting the vicious itching and scratching cycle all over again. We discovered that there are many treats currently on the market that claim to be allergen free, but in reading the labels, we realized that they all had one or more items that our little dog couldn't eat. So we researched ingredients from which we could make dog treats that he and our other 2 dogs could enjoy and came up with some recipes that really worked. Now, when the mixer and cookie sheets come out, Prinnie, our Eskie, does little happy circles and our two terriers sit by the kitchen door licking their chops. All three of our canine family members can enjoy the same treats once again without Duncan having an allergic reaction. After talking with our vet and several friends and family, we were shocked to learn that dogs can suffer from food allergies just as do people and many of their human family members were experiencing the same frustrations as us in finding treats for these dogs. Thus, the idea for Dugan's Barkery.

Thank you for visiting our blog and please be sure to check back from time to time as we add more tidbits.