The Canine Cookie Catering Caper

Who doesn't love a great cookie?  However, sometimes those home-made sweet treats just go to the dogs. 

In this case, that's actually a good thing.

Blog dog treat hands

These crunchy cookies look good enough for humans and they are safe enough for two-legged consumers, but these goodies were made specifically for four four-legged friends.

These treats were part of a school project in volunteerism for Jordy's class.

Blog dog treats cookie

Jordy initially wanted to do some volunteer dog walking at our local animal shelter but he was not old enough to meet the dog handling requirement.  So he decided to donate home-made doggie treats.  

Since we couldn't find any doggie treat recipes in my extensive cookbook collection  we just Googled the topic. 

Blog dog treats google

Jordy insisted on preparing everything himself.

I think this is a great project for any youngster to tackle and a perfect exercise in volunteerism.

Blog dog treats mixing

In every recipe there's always at least one ingredient that stands out to every cook.  In this case, that ingredient was honey.

Jordy stole his fair share of honey-tastings too. 

Blog dog treats tasting

This project didn't take much time to pull together.

Of course, you don't have to wait for a school assignment to try this at home.  Check with your local shelter organization because many of them welcome treat donations for their furry residents.

Blog dog treats rolling

Ok, everything is all rolled out.  Looks good to me.

Time to pop these treats into the oven. 

Blog dog treats tray

You may already be familiar with my mantra about presentation being as important as content.  I really try to drive that concept home to my kids even when it applies to treats for dogs.

With that in mind, we decided to dress up the treats with handmade tags similar to my banana bread recipe cards that I featured here last year.

Blog dog treats press2

We pulled out my trusty die cutter for that part of the project.  This tool uses cardstock, pressure and an image on a metal plate to create a fun die cut.

There are loads of die cut images available to suit any theme or project.

Blog dog treats press

These cute doggie shapes are a perfect addition to the tags. 

Keep working Jordy, you're not done yet.  We only need about 4 dozen of these canine cardstock cutouts.

Blog dog treats cutouts

I printed Jordy's slogan multiple times onto textured cardstock.  We then cut the slogan out in strips and glued them to these white pre-cut tags.

Jordy used a "woof woof" rubber stamp to add some whimsy and then glued the doggie image onto the tag.

Oops, no apostrophe for this particular font software.  No problem, we can add that by hand.   

Blog dog treats tag

Jordy insisted on including the ingredient list on the back of each tag.  He said just in case any dog had an allergy the new owners would definitely want to know what was in the treat. 

As you can see, nothing but good old wholesome ingredients included in these cookies.

Blog dog treats ingredients

We put two treats per plastic baggie and then attached the tag to each bag using a matching brown satin ribbon.

I think this makes for another great looking presentation.  

Blog dog treats box


One look at Jordy's smile and you can see how excited he was to deliver his homemade goods to our local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

Blog dog treats spca

The workers at the shelter were definitely smitten with Jordy and his volunteer effort.  They were quick to compliment him on his treats and packaging which turned out beautifully.  

Blog dog treats box2

While the SPCA employees were impressed, Jordy had a chance to see for himself how his treats rated with his target audience-the dogs.

We had a big bag of extra treats with us and we walked through the shelter so Jordy could actually hand-feed some of the pets. 

It's not an overstatement to say that Jordy was definitely the most popular visitor to the SPCA that day.

Blog dog treats cage

We discussed the visit on the way home and Jordy said he thought the dogs would be happier eating his treats and it would show on their faces. 

He added that he thought that a happier-looking dog may have a better chance of being adopted by a loving family.  

I certainly like Jordy's rationale. 

Blog dog treat deck

I think this school project illustrates how creativity can be interjected into any assignment at hand. 

More importantly, this was a good lesson for Jordy in the value of volunteerism and a reminder that little acts of kindness can go a long way even when the beneficiaries are furry and four-legged.

I'd say Jordy's canine catering cookie caper was a huge success. 

Woof, woof! ā™„

  • Robin Clevenger

    Jordy rocks! What a neat project. You never fail to amaze me. Your blogging skills are top shelf! I stalk your blog waiting for the next post. When do we get to see your sewing/craft room. Maybe the next issue of where women create. Thank you for sharing. Robin

  • Betty @ She's Sew Pretty

    What a wonderful way to do something special for the animal shelter! Those treats do sound good enough for humans too! LOL
    Talk about googling something-I typed scalloped quilt border and your blog came up. I never found the border but it was nice to revisit your blog!!

  • Deb

    What a beautiful post! Well done Jordy ā™„

  • Diana P.

    Now this is the kind of post that brings a smile to my face. Your son is adorable and I love what he did since he couldnt be a dog walker yet.

  • Jane

    This post has just made me so happy. And when I read it to my 2 dogs(former shelter dogs), it made them very happy also! Jordy seems like the kind of young man who will continue to make the world a better place.

  • Thimbleanna

    What a fun post! Jordy is cute as can be — it looks like he had a great time with his project. Love those cute little dog tags too!!!

  • Anne

    As an owner of a rescue dog, tell Jordy that our dog would be all smiles with his baking effort! What a great gift he gave!

  • Karen's Garden Cottage

    This is one of the most wonderful things I have ever seen. And your son is absolutely precious and is such a sensitive soul. I enjoy your blog every time I visit.
    Love, Karen

  • Ruth

    Jordy did a great job!! And I’m sure it made for happier dogs too.

  • Sheila (TCW)

    Awwww. That is so sweet! I’ll bet the critters just loved those love-filled treats! Jordy is a little doll. Both of your children are.

  • renaissance costume

    I admire you as a mom lisa.. Jordy is also great.. he is such a cute kid.. good luck to both of you,. God Bless

  • Jen R

    You’re such a good mom Lisa! Jordy is adorable and what a great idea!

  • Judith Norman

    Aw, such a sweet post. Go, Jordy! When I was 13, I did my confirmation duty at an animal shelter. One question: how did you make it home without a puppy? (smile)

  • Kiki The Flying Grandmother

    Congratulations to Jordy! What lucky dogs! Your going to make a great business man!

  • theartistshouse

    I would agree, huge success. What a great project, truly, and this from both a mother’s perspective and a teacher’s perspective.

  • Sew Create It - Jane

    How fantastic! I love the little dog tags! I’m sure any dog would love a treat that was made with such loving hands!

  • SuzK

    Yea Jordy! What a great idea. I’m sure those dogs did have happier faces because of all your hard work!

  • QueenPam

    Yey Jordy! I love this idea. QP

  • [email protected]

    What a fun idea. I bet he was so proud of himself and so was his Momma! My daughter has wanted to be a volunteer for the ASPCA I think this is a great way to do that.

  • Vicki

    Hi Mr. Jordy. What a cool idea. I think you will be running your own business in no time! Hello to your mom.

  • Ruth

    I read your blog regularly and but don’t comment often. Definitely HAD to on this one…what a great job Jordy!

  • Genevive

    this blog entry is so cute! really made my otherwise very down day…. u lift me up Lisa… have been a follower a long time but first time to comment…
    love from Singapore…

  • Lisa

    Well done Jordy on a great effort! Your cookies looked delicious and were packaged beautifully!

  • Summer

    I loved what he said at the end! So heart-warming šŸ™‚

  • Diane

    Hi Lisa
    What a nice way to develop a school project into something special like what you and Jordy did. I love all the details with the tags and the bags. I especially love the last picture of Jordy smiling holding his creations. He deserves an A+.

  • Sarah Sarniak

    What a really sweet act of kindness.

  • Berta

    Good Job Jordy! Both my doggies are shelter dogs so I know they need some special care and treats! You doggie cookies look good enough for people treats šŸ™‚ Great post Lisa!

  • Karla

    That is wonderful! Yay Jordy! The dogs must have been so very happy.

  • Allie

    Oh Lisa what a fine young man you’re raising!!! This post really touched my heart. I LOVE the packaging and the treats sound good enough for me to eat, lol! You are such a blessing!

  • Stephanie

    Good job for Jordy! A very thoughtful young man. We adopted our Abby from the animal shelter in October. I’m sure those critters would have loved a special treat.

  • Adrienne

    Awwww how awesome is this!!!!!!!!

  • Pat

    Congratulations to Jordy…lucky pooches..As a career teacher I think you should be commended. Keep going and think of other ways to expand your business.hhmmmmm.

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