‘Tis the season to gift your best friend and your best friends friends. Check out one of these local businesses for the perfect treats for Fido and Spot. And don’t forget Decatur dog bakery Taj Ma-Hound, which serves up cookies and other treats for pups in Decatur.
Big Daddy Dog Biscuits
Big Daddy Dog Biscuits are go-to dog treats all year ‘round, but for the holidays, founder Lauren Janis has dreamed up a few special treats. She’s baked gluten-free Bundt cakes made with organic pumpkin, cranberry and cinnamon. And she’s filled sweet little jars with charcoal dinner mints.
They’re packaged with baker’s twine so you can hang them from your Christmas tree. She likes to call these mints the “best coal your dog can receive.” They’re made with activated charcoal to help with digestion and parsley and mint to give your pup fresh breath.
$6 per Bundt cake, $6 per dinner mint ornament or $15 for 3. Available at the Big Daddy Biscuit booth at the Marietta Square Farmers Market, 65 Church Street, Marietta, or pre-ordered through email@example.com for other delivery options.
CityDog Market in Brookhaven and Avondale Estates offers locally made, gluten-free, grain-free treats made in Georgia. There are beef, chicken, duck, sweet potato and two different kinds of chicken treats. Their best-selling biscuits - Bacon Bones and Belly Rub Bones - aren’t made in Georgia, but they fly out the door. The shops carry a wide range of healthy pet food as well and you can bring your pup in for a holiday bath in the self-service dog wash. Need a class in obedience as a holiday gift? They can take care of that, too, with classes in their Brookhaven shop.
Holy Cow Beef and Smart Duck Jerky, $1.49 per slice, $14.99 per bag; Cluckers Chicken Stix, $1 per stick, $19.99 per bag; City Chicken Strips, $14.99 per small bag, $29.99 per large bag; Sweet Taters, $13.99 per bag; Better Than a Belly Rub Bones, $8.99 per bag and Bacon Bones, $8.99 per bag. Available at CityDog (CQ) Market Brookhaven, 4244 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, 404-816-8050,and CityDog Market Avondale, 678-948-8482. http://www.citydogmarket.com/
Need a break in your holiday shopping? Stop at Ponce City Market’s City Winery and treat your sweet pup to a bowl of non-alcoholic pet “wine” from Apollo Peak Pet Wines in Golden, Colorado. There’s ZinfanTail, CharDOGnay, Malbark and Doggy Mary. City Winery is so dog-friendly they have a Canine Cuisine menu to accompany the wine. So while you’re enjoying your restorative glass of wine on the patio, your pup can also munch on Pup-tite Steak & Eggs (grassfed beef, two scrambled eggs) or the Bone Appetit (three strips of crispy bacon).
Pet wine $10 per bottle. Available at City Winery, 650 North Avenue, Atlanta. 404-946-3791. http://citywinery.com/atlanta.
Dog City Bakery
The folks at Dog City Bakery bake their dog treats right at their Marietta shop using human-grade ingredients. For the holidays, there are loads of hand-decorated snowmen and snowflakes and candy canes galore. The frosting is yogurt-based and made especially for dogs.
Your pup, on her leash, is welcome to come in the store and sniff out her favorites. The shop specializes in premium foods, treats and toys for both dogs and cats, so you’re sure to find a few stocking stuffers, a new pet bed or a darling holiday outfit for your dogs and cats.
$17.99 per pound. Available at Dog City Bakery, 4369 Roswell Road, Marietta, 770-971-5200, and 6309 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs, 404-257-0052. http://mydogcity.com/
Lots of Licks Pet Treats
Shannon Molasso of Lots of Licks Pet Treats in Canton has been busy baking holiday cookies for your favorite dog. Gingerbread men, Christmas stockings and trees, and snowmen are just a few of the special treats available now.
All are wheat-free, dairy-free and preservative-free. When she’s not baking for the holidays, she has a whole range of special dog treats available.
Our furry children loved her Blueberry Yummies but she also bakes doggie donuts, grain-free peanut butter bites made with coconut flour, Peanut Butter Oatmeal Bites, Pumpkin Treats, and Blueberry Gummies loaded with vitamins and antioxidants. She bakes “pup” cakes and will even make your fur baby a birthday cake and deliver it at no extra charge.
Treats are $7.99 per 7-ounce bag, $11.99 per 1-pound bag. Available at http://www.lolpettreats.com/.
Paw Prints Treats
Kate Bunting and Alyssa Gentry started Paw Prints Treats when they felt stymied in their search for natural and healthy treats for their three dogs. Now they bake treats for their dogs and ours in their Marietta kitchen. All their treats are made five ingredients or less and all with ingredients you would recognize. Their baked treats include peanut butter and banana trees made with oat flour, banana and natural peanut butter and gingerbread stocking cookies made with oat flour, cinnamon, ginger and honey. The icing is made from yogurt. Their Turkey Dinner Sweet Potato chews are sliced sweet potatoes dehydrated with turkey bone broth. Our pups love them all.
Peanut butter trees and gingerbread cookies are $1 per treat. Bags of bone-shaped peanut butter banana treats are available for $8.50. Sweet potato chews are $1.50 each or $8 per bag. Available during the market season at the Roswell and Sandy Springs farmers markets and online at http://www.pawprintsdogtreats.com/.
Wonder Dog Bakery
Jennifer Scott and Michele Sorkin bake pet treats all year in their Hiram and Kennesaw kitchens. They use only ingredients from USA sources and add Vitamin E oil to their treats which serves as a natural preservative. They say each batch of treats has a 9-month shelf life, but our pups have certainly never let any stay around that long.
There’s nothing in these treats you wouldn’t eat yourself, and the bakers say they’ve tried them all and that they’re quite yummy. Consider making a holiday gift of their “Wonder Dogs of Woodstock” 2019 calendar featuring the dogs that visit them at the seasonal Woodstock Farm Fresh Market. Part of the proceeds goes to Mostly Mutts Rescue in Kennesaw.
$7.99 per 4-ounce bag, $10.99 per 8-ounce bag. $6.99 for sample bags with some of each of their six flavors. Custom gift bags available for $34.99 including three 4-ounce bags of treats, a toy and a bandana saying “I’m a Wonder Dog.” Available at https://www.wonderdogbakery.net/ and at Dean’s Store, 8588 Main Street, Woodstock, and Cupcakelicious, 8654 Main Street, Woodstock. 678-838-9663.