Name that Flavor!

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One of the most common questions we get from our many, many customers is:

Q: How can I tell which flavor I’m feeding my dog without tasting the treat myself? *

A: The simplest way to tell which flavor you’re feeding your dog is to read the label on the package of My Doggy Soft-Baked Cookies. Eight times out of ten, that’s all you’ll need to do. The flavor is printed on the front, and the ingredients are listed on the back.  If the package says Multi Pac or Holiday Mix, then the answer is not quite as simple, but we’ll give you some clues.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, let’s start with one.  With a little bit of everything in these two variety packs, you’ll obviously be very interested in knowing which cookie is which. Your dog’s not going to dislike any of them — if he did, we wouldn’t be in business very long (and we are approaching our twentieth birthday or anniversary, for what that’s worth) — but he may crave one or more of the various flavors more than others. That is (or those are) the one(s) you’ll want to order in larger quantity next time.

The first clue to narrowing down a cookie’s identity is its color. The honey-based cookies (Apple Honey, Cran-Apple, Honey Sesame, and Natural Smoked Soy & Honey) all tend to be light. The molasses-based cookies (Carrot Oatmeal Ginger, Cheesy, Peanut Butter, and Pumpkin Carob), on the other hand are darker. Since our products are so chock full of  their key ingredients, once you’ve categorized your cookie by color, all you have to do next is to pick out the pieces — and they should be plentiful.

Here are some clues to look for in the light, honey flavored cookies: the apples in the Apple Honey cookies turn into golden brown chunks; the cranberries in the Cran-Apple cookies show up as great red spots; the sesame seeds give the Honey Sesame cookies away; and, although the process of elimination is already good enough to identify them, the Natural Smoked Soy & Honey cookies have little bacon-esque bits that are usually easy to see. (Better yet, these last bits not only look like bacon, but they taste like bacon, as well. So, you’d better look quick, because you won’t see them for long before they’re long gone down your dog’s gullet.)

Here are some clues to help you identify molasses-flavored cookies. Oats in the Carrot Oatmeal Ginger cookies are a giveaway; the cottage cheese in the Cheesy cookies melts during the baking process and produces a very smooth looking treat; there’s parsley in the Peanut Butter cookies, so look for traces of green beforehand (or enjoy your dog’s fresh breath afterward); and, the carob chips (NOT chocolate chips!!) make the Pumpkin Carob cookies unmistakable.

* To taste or not to taste? Now, that is an interesting question. Having mommy and/or daddy be the “royal taster” for their precious pooches is an interesting concept. We’ll deal with that in another post.

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