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I had fallen in love with the look of these cookies at Global Pet Expo 2011 but each time I went by their booth they were either swamped with people or the owner and creator of the brand was not there. This year at BlogPaws 2012 as I was walking the Floor on the last day as exhibitors were packing up from a long event I happened to walk right past the booth and did a double take at all o the beautiful cookies. I stopped to say hello and the owner was there and not busy so we started talking. I found out that the cookies are her mother’s recipes. And how cool is this the chief product tester and quality assurance officer is a Cavalier! I even got to see a picture of the little one that one of the employees took while and sent via text message to her phone while she was at Global.
Since they were breaking down and packing up all of the cookies and she had mentioned that they would rather sell them then pack them back up and ship them home since they have to pack them so carefully so the cookies don’t break in transit. I asked if I could buy a box to bring home to the girls (except for a very few samples of things I didn’t take much home with me for them) and she said I could have them if we would be willing to write up a review and tell her what we thought. Of course I would and well she just kept piling on the boxes. Now I would have loved to take them all home but due to needing to pack it all into my suitcase I couldn’t take it all and so we agreed that I would take some home and then do a giveaway so a lucky winner could try them as well.
Here are our thoughts as well as the thoughts of some helpers who I asked for opinions on things. These cookies literally smell good enough to eat. The ingredients are all sourced in the US and the bakery is in the US so the fact that all of the ingredients are the same as you would find in a cookie made for a person one of my helpers decided to give the cookie a try themselves. Apparently they taste like dessert. They are a little less sweet then you would expect from a cookie and a bit harder then you personally would want a cookie to be but those are both good news for you dog. While they do have sugar and honey in them apparently it is not as much as you would expect. Plus they are crunchy which is good for your dog’s teeth. Davinia and Indiana both agree that these are dessert, or a snack, or good for just about anytime of day or night. They get super excited when I go into the room where I have been keeping them and they hear me open the lid. They come running and get all dance-y and excited. My one negative is that there is sugar in the cookies. I think that the honey is ok and that the sugar could be switched out and molasses used instead.
I have actually purchased this brand of cookie before. They happened to be on super sale after Halloween so I picked up a package and then girls really liked them but I think in Miami it was too humid and they weren’t as crunchy when the girls had them. Either way they still really liked them and one was never enough they always wanted more. These cookies are available online via many of your favorite retailers. Their more gourmet lines are available at your local boutique shops.
These gourmet handmade Made in the USA cookies are sure to be a giant hit in your house.
Winner will receive an assortment of Claudia’s Canine Cuisine Cookies in a size appropriate for your dog.
Felissa Elfenbein is the author and creator of Two Little Cavaliers. She loves to travel and so do her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Davinia and Indiana. We have lived in NYC, Florida, Georgia, Berlin, Germany, & Hong Kong.
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