Happy Easter!!

This was a first for me..…...

I made Easter baskets for the girls.  I felt kind of silly. I was so excited. More excited than is normal probably. But…..it was so worth it! It was such a fun weekend!

It started with an Easter egg hunt. My friend, Kara, helped me to put small treats in plastic eggs. I thought, "No way, the girls will not be able to figure it out."
Stupid me. Molly is smart enough to lure me away from my sandwich long enough to snatch it, of course she is smart enough to pop open a plastic egg!
I highly recommend it! It was so fun!!

Then Sunday morning, the girls tackled their Easter baskets. 

I didn't want a typical basket, so I found these at Hobby Lobby = perfection.

I filled some plastic eggs with some small blueberry treats, just like our Easter egg hunt.

Then of course, I thought the girls needed their own chocolate Easter bunny!! So these are our carob/peanut butter dog treat recipe and I shaped them into a "chocolate bunny".

The girls love "babies" (aka, stuffed animals they carry around for days). So I had to include this cute little "ducky" I found :)  Then, to top it all off, one of our Easter bunny dog treats. I am particularly proud of these bunnies because they are simple and easy but extraordinarily cute!

Molly was first. She needed no prompting.

Eggs were first…then the chocolate bunny!

Then her baby!!

Then it was time to sit back and watch Lucy.

Belly, is very cautious…it took Molly about 2 minutes to get through her basket. It took Lucy about 10 minutes. Every time she took a treat out of her basket, she had to take it to her bed and eat it, then return to her basket. 

Slobbery ducky.

Lucy won best photo of the day. I have to be honest, she is not the most photogenic of doggies so I am extremely proud that this picture was snapped and she finally gets to win most photogenic!! 

It was a great day! I will definitely be continuing this tradition every year now! 

New Goal- Monthly Doggie Treat Donations

I love supplying treats as donations! I have been able to do it a few times and I'm always disappointed when for whatever reason, I am not capable of sending treats and have to turn someone down. I just want to be able to do it all, all the time.

So I have come up with a plan. I've decided to come up with a quality person or organization each month to send a donation of treats to.

Last month, I sent treats to some of my Instagram friends. I love how you can be friends with someone when you have not actually met in person.
You may be familiar with them. I found them on The Huffington Post as the "new Instagram star!" 
His name is Cole, and his parents adopted him from a kennel where he was just a few weeks old and born with no front legs. They call them "nubs" ;)

He is just a great example of resilience and his parents are the perfect example of belief and faith even when they knew it would be a tough and most likely expensive road ahead with this little fellow. 
I highly encourage you to follow them on Instagram. Every post will brighten your day and you will quickly become one of Cole's biggest fans! I find myself cheering him on when he goes to therapy or accomplishes a "first time" event (like standing on his back legs).

All this to say...I was so impressed by them I contacted Cole's mommy about sending some treats to Cole and their other doggie, KeKe.

Here is the Instagram she posted when they recieved the treats. ❤️❤️❤️ I highly recommend following KeKe and Cole on their Instagram here.

This is when I decided, instead of just randomly saying yes to donations, I want to choose a specific person or organization that means something to me and be able to take time and appreciate their work and share it with you!

This month I chose Operation Paws for Homes. OPH rescues all dogs of all breeds and ages from high kill shelters and finds fosters homes for them, which is honestly so much better than purely having a shelter to take them too! A foster family provides an amount of love and attention that simply can't be matched. It is run by volunteers and is 100% donor funded. I love this idea and think it is something I would love pursuing in my local area as it is something I am seriously passionate about. I wish I could take in every stray and every shelter animal I find.
They contacted me on Etsy about providing them with some treats to donate and I am so glad I did. And now that I have, I look forward to helping them out more in the future. Keep up with them on their Facebook page.

I have so many ideas and so many hopes for Treat Dreams and what I could be able to do to help I can't wait to see what the future holds and what possibilities are in store!

If you have an organization or deserving person/dog let me know and I would love to find out more about them to send them some goodies!!

Gourmet Easter Dog Treats: The Easter Bunny has definitely delivered!

So the Easter Bunny came by our house early this year and I must say, he didn't disappoint! He left us some very tasty and adorable (might I add) Easter doggie treats.

Some of them use the all natural, grain-free pumpkin recipe that has garbanzo flour so that all doggies, even those with wheat allergies will be able to enjoy them!

But then the others are made with rice flour and are either carob/peanut butter, cheese, or blueberry! Talk about selection!

So check 'em out!
These are our grain-free pumpkin treats. I am working on grain-free peanut butter treats but haven't gotten there quite yet. These are super delicious though! And they smell incredible!

Grain-free is such a good choice. We are working on going grain-free with everything we give our dogs.

These are gluten-free but not grain-free. These are made with rice flour.
Even dogs want a chocolate bunny on Easter!!

They are our carob and peanut butter bunnies. These smell like you are cooking Reese's in your kitchen!

These are also gluten-free and made with rice flour. We call them "parmesan puffs". We have these all year round but I included them because they definitely look "Easter"y! But beware, if you buy these, you will crave garlic and cheese so badly, you'll have to have Italian for dinner :)

Check out all these and more at www.treatdreamsthedogbakery.com