Farmer’s Market vendor offers healthy snacks to SPCA dogs

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Jordan and Janie Denton are seen at a recent Prince Albert Farmer’s Market with a pile of dog treats people have purchased at a discounted price for the Prince Albert SPCA. 

When little Chiclet got sick, owner Janie Denton found that the treats she was plying the Pomeranian-chihuahua cross with were not helping matters.

 

Standing back for a moment to re-evaluate things, she stopped giving young Chiclet treats and her “first baby” started getting better.

The research that she did convinced her that corporate treats weren’t the answer for her pet.

“I didn’t want my dogs eating garbage,” she concluded, pointing out that some companies recalled products and that there were alleged cases of re-labelling expired food.

Dog cookies became her area of focus, with the dog owner cooking up batches of treats that her son Jordan insists are safe enough for human consumption -- though, it’s unlikely a human is as interested in a strong liver flavour in their after-dinner dessert.

As Denton’s research continued, so did her resolve to help other dogs.

“I started thinking about different diets for different dogs, because there are gluten-free dogs, there are protein-free dogs, skin and coat issues, so I just started developing different cookies for different dogs.”

Denton’s Doggy Delicacies is the latest addition to the Prince Albert Farmer’s Market -- a venue that Denton said has been doing the brand new family business well.

I started thinking about different diets for different dogs, because there are gluten-free dogs, there are protein-free dogs, skin and coat issues, so I just started developing different cookies for different dogs. Janie Denton

However, their dog treats aren’t the most popular item at their small tented booth.

It’s their natural mosquito repellent.

Made of apple cider vinegar and essential oils, the spray is safe for use on animals as well as humans.

“I wanted something that wasn’t going to harm them,” Denton explained. “I didn’t want anything with chemicals on them.”

All of Denton’s three dogs -- Chiclet, Peanut (pug chihuahua) and Pepper (shih Tzu-bichon) -- are from the Prince Albert SPCA.

SPCA staff found Peanut when she was only two pounds and three ounces. She’s now “a chunky little thing” at more than seven pounds, Denton said. 

To give back to the organization that gave so much for her dogs and countless others, Denton is offering a discounted price for dog cookies as a donation to the Prince Albert SPCA.

It’s a tiny way to help the organization, whose fuzzy residents Denton wants to help out as much as she can. 

“I can’t take them all home, but I can give them a healthy treat.”

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