Hi there! In case you haven't met me yet, I'm a bichon frisé puppy named SteveBaxter. I came to live with my Mommie and Daddy on Superbowl Sunday of 2018. They had a big party for me and I immediately felt right at home. I got to sleep on their bed the first night I was home and have slept there every night since! Since I am an early riser, Mommie and Daddy had to start getting up early, too. Mommie and her friend, Paige, would drink coffee and play with me on the floor and feed me frozen green beans and peanut butter while Daddy taught me how to fetch a ball and let me chase him around the house.
When I was about 12 weeks old, I had a scary accident and spent 3 days in the puppy ICU. Mommie and Daddy and their family and friends sent out SO many get well wishes and positive intentions to me while I was sick; between that and the expert loving care I got from my vet doctors and techs, I made a full recovery and came home, good as new! After I came home, Mommie continued giving me boiled chicken like I was getting in puppy ICU. I think she wanted to make sure I was getting enough good stuff to eat so I would keep healing. Then, she started making me all sorts of different treats, using things she already knew I liked, like green beans and blueberries and peanut butter.
Soon, Mommie and Daddy realized that I preferred Mommie's treats to the ones they'd bought me at the store. They would hide the storebought treats and the ones Mommie made under these little white teacups and every single time, I picked Mommie's. So, Mommie decided maybe other puppies and dogs might like them, too. And that's how Outta My Kitchen! came to be. Mommie tells me that when she was a young mom with young kids and dogs underfoot, she was always having to shoo them out of her kitchen. Now, her kids are grown and there's just me and Daddy. But, boy oh boy, there are treats galore coming outta her kitchen. Funny how that all worked out, huh?
Have you ever been to a cafeteria? I hear they are wonderful places where humans feast on all kinds of good smelling and tasting foods, usually a protein, like meat or fish, and 3 veggies, like green beans, black-eyed peas, sweet potatoes and peas & carrots. Mommie tells me that her treats are based on the idea of the cafeteria "meat & three," only she uses foods that are organic or sustainably produced. She's weird like that. Mommie also wanted her treats to have layers of flavor all in one bite, kind of like that special gum from Willy Wonka where you get to taste a 3 course meal with each chew. I love watching her make my treats as much as I like eating them! She mixes up freshly cooked meat, fish or sprouted chickpeas with sprouted brown rice and yummy fruits and veggies and then dehydrates them until they're nice and crispy. Mommie calls them "hound hors d'oeuvres," but I think that's just a fancy word for dog treats. Don't tell Mom, but even my human brothers like them :-)
In short, getting Outta My Kitchen! up and running has been a real educational process for my Mommie. A couple of months ago, she would never have envisioned herself cooking up dog treats, much less having a new puppy! Life is funny like that: you never know exactly what it has in store for you. And soon, Mommie's handcrafted dog treats will be at a store near you!