Hounded For My Pup­cakes

What started as a bark­ing mad idea soon turned into a suc­cess­ful busi­ness for Emily...

Pick Me Up! Special - - Front Page - Emily Wadsworth, 37, Spald­ing, Lincs

Open­ing the oven, the scent of freshly baked bis­cuits filled the air. It wasn’t long be­fore I heard a pit­ter-pat­ter of feet on the kitchen floor. My taste tester had ar­rived.

Look­ing down at his ea­ger lit­tle face, I couldn’t re­sist it.

‘OK, just one treat. You don’t want to spoil your ap­petite,’ I laughed, hand­ing him a bis­cuit.

Pant­ing and wag­ging his tail, he soon scoffed the whole lot.

Minty, my choco­late Labrador, re­ally loved my baked treats – and bis­cuits were his real favourite.

But these were no or­di­nary bic­cies – they were ba­con-and­cheese flavour.

Made with dog-friendly in­gre­di­ents, they were per­fect for my dis­cern­ing pup!

When he wagged his tail for more, I knew they’d got his woof of ap­proval.

It’s not just Minty who’s bark­ing for my treats, though.

I cater to a whole host of furry four­legged cus­tomers.

Since I set up the Ca­nine Cup­cake Kitchen in 2014, my pup­cakes have sold like, well, hot cakes!

I started bak­ing four years ago, af­ter hav­ing my daugh­ter, Phoebe, who’s now 3.

A full-time mum to her and my son, Noah, now 8, I took up cake dec­o­rat­ing to earn a bit of ex­tra cash.

I loved whip­ping up tasty treats, too.

Cakes, bis­cuits, brown­ies…

‘I’ll lick the bowl,’ Noah would of­fer.

Then, last Septem­ber, I set up a cake stall at a local dog show.

And, of course, I didn’t want any hounds who were go­ing to the show to go with­out a lit­tle some­thing, ei­ther.

So I found a recipe on­line for dog bis­cuits and whipped up a big batch. And they went down a treat! ‘You should make a busi­ness out of your doggy cakes,’ one woman sug­gested to me.

She must be bark­ing… I thought at first.

But, over the next few days, I found I couldn’t stop think­ing about her sug­ges­tion.

‘I’ve got noth­ing to lose,’ I said to my part­ner, Wil­liam, 27.

So I found more dog-friendly

I was so dog­gone happy my ca­nine cakes were pop­u­lar!

recipes on­line and be­gan bak­ing dif­fer­ent treats – chicken-flavoured cakes, ba­con-and-cheese bis­cuits, car­rot-and­co­conut cook­ies… ‘They don’t smell like choco­late cakes,’ Noah said, sound­ing unim­pressed. Minty was more than happy to give them a try, though. ‘You can be my chief taste tester,’ I told him. If he turned his snout up, I knew the treats were no good. But when he gob­bled them up, I knew I was onto a win­ner. Next, I set up a Face­book page, ready to sell the treats on­line. Within days, or­ders were flood­ing in. ‘It’s re­ally tak­ing off,’ I laughed to Wil­liam, in shock. Soon, I was bak­ing dog treats every day to keep up with demand. My puppy loves your chicken and ba­con cakes, one woman e-mailed me. Can you bake a car­rot cake for my dog’s birth­day please? an­other owner asked. I was so dog­gone happy that my ca­nine cakes were pop­u­lar! Over the next few months, I be­gan ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent flavours and recipes.

In time, I con­cocted some ba­con-flavoured pup-corn.

And, of course, Minty was the first to try it. Lick­ing his lips, he scoffed the lot.

With Minty’s ap­proval, I be­gan sell­ing bags of pup-corn to my cus­tomers.

He loved be­ing the first to try all of my pooch-friendly treats and was a bril­liant judge.

‘What would I do with­out you,’ I grinned, mak­ing a big fuss of my lovely hound. But, sadly, in Septem­ber last year, Minty passed away from old age. I was lost with­out my kitchen buddy, but knew Minty wouldn’t have wanted me to stop bak­ing.

So, for Hal­loween, I cooked some sweet potato ghosts, with Phoebe help­ing me out.

Then, that Oc­to­ber, Wil­liam and I adopted a pup from Cen­tral Ger­man Shep­herd Res­cue.

Saxon quickly set­tled in. And, while he’ll never re­place Minty, he’s now my kitchen ap­pren­tice.

He’s more fussy than our Minty ever was. He’ll have a sniff and lick be­fore he tucks in. And he soon lets me know if he’s not sat­is­fied.

Now I’m work­ing on turkeyand-cran­berry cookie canes for the fes­tive sea­son.

I still can’t be­lieve how well my cakes are sell­ing – seems dogs just woof them down!

Within days, or­ders were flood­ing in

An­other sat­is­fied cus­tomer!

IS THIS THE GREAT BRI­TISH BARK 0FF? Minty was my top taste tester

This one takes the bis­cuit!

Sax­onõs my new ap­pren­tice!

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