Saturday, November 29, 2014

Gift on the go, available online!

We've figured out the goodies, now you just have to figure out if the pup you want to gift this year goes on the "naughty" or "nice" list!

Our gift bags include everything that pup on your list can want: buy them all together and save some bones too!  Each gift bag comes with a toy, a healthy treat pack, and one of our drool-worthy handcrafted treats.  Also, when you order, this comes complete with a bag, some doggone cute tissue wrap, and a name tag!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enjoy today with your family and fur friends!
We are closed, but will be ready to save you some bones this weekend!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Save this Weekend! Grrrreat Deals!

Black Friday Deals

Thank YOU  
for supporting small business by shopping at  
The Grateful Dog Bakery!   

We've put together some grrrrreat deals for this holiday season, so stop in and grab your furry best friends  
(and their loving humans)
some goodies!

If your dog or cat could make their own list,
toys and treats would be in the two top spots!  

To help you check those items off the list, 
Save 20% on toys and commercial treats Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

The Saturday after Thanksgiving
has come to be known as
Small Business Saturday,
to encourage you to shop your
local small businesses and
support your local economy. 
To let you know we appreciate your business, save 5% on any dog or cat food today!  

We always offer a Barker's Dozen of our delectable hand made and decorated treats,  
Saturday, get 2 free treats when you buy 12!

The Merrick Company makes seasonal varieties of their canned foods so your dog can celebrate the holiday while still eating a healthy meal.  
On Sunday get a free 13 oz can of Merrick Holiday Dinner with any $25 purchase.

Do you have a hard to buy for pet lover on your list? We have gift cards to make your shopping a little easier!

***All deals are while supplies last and can't be combined with other offers.  Happy Shopping! ***

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bully Stick SALE Wednesday ONLY!

Give your dog something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! While you gather with family and friends, occupy your pup with a Bully Stick! These all natural chews will keep your dog happy and busy, and less likely to counter surf for goodies he or she shouldn't have. Our Bully Sticks are sourced from North America, from free range grass fed beef. They are odorless and your dog will love them! Save $2 on a large Bully Stick, $1 on a small one. (While supplies last)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New in Store!

NEW in Store!

We have some new products to tell you about, to help your dog or cat stay warm and healthy this winter. From great new foods and supplements to warm winter coats and boots. We even have some great treats for our human customers!

Fargo Fleece is Back! 
We are happy to have coats from Fargo Fleece again for this winter! These coats are made by hand in Westlake, with a great deal of pride. Double fleece, they reverse from a print to a solid color so your dog will have style variety! Machine wash and dry, they are easy care, too. If you have an odd shaped dog, no worries! Fargo Fleece can make a custom coat to your dogs measurements. From tiny teacups to giant Danes, from slender greyhounds to round Bulldogs they can all be warm this winter. To see the available prints go to

Muttluks are in! 
To keep your puppy's toes warm this winter we have Muttluks boots! Warm and durable, they will protect your dogs feet from the worst cold. Winter cold and harsh ice melt chemicals are tough on your dogs pads. Using  a moisturizer like Mushers Secret or Paw-Tection will help protect against cracking and bleeding. These are a blend of organic oils and waxes, used regularly they can help keep ice from collecting between the pads.

Raw Goat Milk 
We are very happy to carry Primal Raw Goat Milk! This milk comes from free range goats, hormone and antibiotic free. Fortified with digestive bacteria cultures, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric and inulin this product supports digestive health, the immune system and provides natural antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties. We are so sure your pet will love it, we will give you a free pint when you buy a 14 oz package of Primal Freeze Dried nuggets! (A $5.49 value). Limit one pint per customer, while supplies last. Read more about the benefits in our blog... 

Raw food on the go 
Have you been wanting to add a raw food to your pets diet but didn't want to go to a lot of hassle? We have two new products that will make it as easy as scooping kibble into a dish! Primal has a new product called Primal Pronto. These small pieces of frozen raw food thaw in just a few minutes so you don't have to plan ahead. Available in 5 protein formulas for dogs and 3 for cats, all are grain free and have organic fruits and vegetables. Primal Pronto can be used as a kibble topper or fed alone.

Stella & Chewy's has a new product called Meal Mixers. These are small freeze dried nuggets that can be scooped and measured as easily as kibble. They can be used as a kibble topper or fed alone. (Raw Milk is great to rehydrate these!) This is a great way to add variety to your pets diet as well as nutrition found only in raw foods!  Available in four flavors: Tantalizing Turkey, Chewy's Chicken, Savory Salmon & Cod, and Super Beef. 

Human Goodies! 
For our human customers we are thrilled to announce the return of Vegan Cookies from Sweetie Pie Bakery in Avon! Available in Chocolate Chunk, Chocolate Cherry Chip and Loaded. These cookies are good enough to make you think about turning vegan!

New Online Too! 
Visit our online store too, we've added plenty of new fall favorites and some new snacks and toys too!  Do your best friend a favor and grab 'em some healthy and yummy snacks from our shop!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Raw, Frozen Goat's Milk is a great supplement for your dog or cat

At the Grateful Dog Bakery, we are always looking for new products to help your pet stay healthy and happy. We do a lot of research before bringing a product in and offering it to you.  Before we put it on the shelf, we bring it home and see what our dogs and/or cat think of it. Only then will we offer it for sale to you.

One product that passed all the tests with our cat and dogs is raw, frozen goat's milk. Goat's milk has long been used as a replacement formula for baby mammals, including humans. 

Hypoallergenic, goat's milk is well tolerated and easily digestible. In its raw form goat's milk has high levels of the enzyme lactase, needed for the digestion of lactose or milk sugar. Goat's milk also has a smaller protein molecule, making it easily digestible. It contains vitamins, minerals, enzymes and essential nutrients that can be missing from even a good diet. What is truly exciting is the effect goat's milk has on the digestive tract.

Goat's milk does not create acid during digestion, in fact it naturally alkalizes the pH. This is extremely helpful for dogs with colitis or ulcers. The raw, frozen goat's milk produced for pets is fortified with probiotics to improve digestive health and boost the immune system. 85% of the immune system is provided by a healthy digestive system. Antibiotics and steroids are frequently given together for a multitude of conditions. These medicines are great in the short term, but can strip the digestive tract of the helpful bacteria needed to protect against disease. Raw, frozen goat's milk will help repopulate the healthy bacteria and keep your pet in balance.

As a supplement for a healthy pet, raw goat's milk has great benefits. It adds essential nutrients to the diet as well as immune system support. For a pet suffering from malnutrition, diarrhea or colitis raw goat's milk will repopulate the digestive tract with healthy bacteria and can shorten the duration of diarrhea. Goat's milk is naturally high in calcium, a great supplement for pregnant or nursing dogs or cats.
Frozen raw goat's milk can be used to rehydrate freeze dried or dehydrated foods, or to moisten kibble. Cats and dogs also benefit from the added liquid, since they are designed by nature to obtain some of their liquid from their live prey diet.

We carry two brands of raw, frozen goat's milk at the Bakery. Let us help you choose which one would be best for your dog or cat.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Don't miss these great upcoming events!

Summer may be coming to a close, but there is still a lot to do! Mark your calendars for these good times!
Zombie Walk
Saturday, September 6th
1-4 PM 

Calling all Zombie fans! We are looking for people to dress up and shamble with us in this event! All proceeds go to the Second Harvest Food Bank so it is for a terrific cause!  Please register by telephone, 440-353-1990. This is a dog friendly event, but be aware there will be people in costumes. If your dog is comfortable with that, bring them along! You don't have to be a zombie to join us, you can skip the make up and costume and go as a survivor!

The Big Splash
Saturday, September 6th 
12-4 PM 
The 9th Annual Big Splash dog swim at the Avon Lake Municipal pool is from 12-5. There's swimming, contests, concession stand and adoptable dogs. There is something for everyone! All proceeds go to local animal rescues!  Click here for more scoop! 

Dog Day Afternoon
Saturday, September 6th 
1-4 PM
Dog Day Afternoon at Peterson Pool in Westlake from 1-4. Swimming for the dogs, and local vendors and businesses for a little retail therapy. Say good bye to summer in style!
View more information here

Spa Day 
Saturday, September 13th 
1-4 PM   

Designer Doggies will be here for nail trims, eye and ear cleaning and tooth brushing services are available. $5 each service or all three for $12. No appointment needed.

Doggie Doo & Pooch Parade  
Saturday, September 20th
11-4 PM

Tappan Square in Oberlin. This event has something for everyone. To learn more see their website at

2nd Annual Puppy Poker Run & Cookout
Saturday, September 27th  
3-5 PM  
The run begins at the Grateful Dog Bakery at 3pm, where you will get your first playing card. Then the next stops are Don Mould's Plantation on Lorain Rd, Curvy Consignments on Center Ridge Rd and Gone to the Dogs Grooming at Rt 83 And Mills Rd. These stops are not in any particular order. Then at 5pm the run finishes up at Elite K911 on Cook Rd. Please park in the back lot of LCCC, then it's just a very short walk to the Elite K911 Training Center.

We will have hot dogs and hamburgers and all the traditional side dishes. (Vegetarian options are available, please let us know when you register.) Your pup will enjoy Cheesy Mac Muffins and Meatballs (both are gluten free).

There will be prizes for the top 3 poker hands and for the worst one. There will be a Chinese Raffle for some pretty awesome items. Please register by telephone at 440-353-1990. Fee is $20 per person/dog couple. $5 per extra dog, $10 per extra person. All proceeds will benefit Rescue K911 of North Ridgeville and For the Dogs Rescue of Youngstown.

Monday, September 1, 2014

New In Store!

  We have some new Planet Dog toys at the Bakery. The Orbee-Tuff Diamond Plate Double-Tuff and Diamond Plate ball are made to stand up to the tough chewers. These toys are made in the USA and great fun for your dog! We have the full line of Planet Dog toys, from the Produce toys to the Sport balls. No matter what your dog likes, there is something for everyone!

The Weruva Co has come out with some new recipes for dogs.  Marbella Paella, Cirque de la Mer and Bed & Breakfast. These grain free recipes are made in a human food facility in Thailand, with very strict safety standards. Your pup will love them! Since we don't want your feline family members to feel left out, also new in the store is the BFF (best feline friend) line of single serving foil pouches. Made by the Weruva Co, these recipes are grain free, very low carb and high moisture to help your cat stay hydrated. Your cat will love these flavors, and you can feel good knowing you are feeding a very healthy food! With 6 flavors to choose from, even the pickiest cat will be happy!

The Champion Co, makers of Orijen and Acana, has come out with three limited ingredient, single protein recipes! Acana Singles are biologically appropriate for all ages and are perfect for dogs with food sensitivities. The Champion Co is located in Canada and holds to the European Union Standards of Quality. This means your dog is getting safe and nutritious food! Available in Duck & Bartlett Pear, Lamb & Okanagan Apple and Pork & Butternut Squash, all are grain and potato free, making them a great low carb choice for your dog's food.  

The Party Animal Co is known for their great dog food. Organic, grain free recipes with a variety of single proteins, these have been loved by dogs for years. Now it's the kitty's turn to enjoy these great foods! We will be bringing in the 5 varieties of Party Animal for cats in September. These varieties have a single protein source, making them perfect for cats with food sensitivities. Or for any cat that just enjoys good food!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to School Can Bum Out your Best Friend

With the summer coming to a close, the crazy households of summer vacation will come to a quiet halt and peace will fill your homes.  As we are sure, many of you are happy to get back to the swing of school, there is one family member that might feel a little bummed out.

 ...And that's your pup.
Best Buddies Forever.

Your school-age children have spent countless hours with the family pup all summer long,
but now school will be in session, and the house is once again empty, don't forget that our four-legged friends might begin to feel a little lonely without the fun non-stop action that is summertime.

What to do?
While you are out filling up your cart with notebooks, crayons, and glue sticks...stop by and pick up some back to school supplies for your pup too!  We recommend activity-based safe toys to keep your pup entertained while transitioning into having a lot more alone time.  Being mindful of this transition can certainly save your couch, pillows, or even a few shoes.  We have just gotten in Nylon tough Fido Bones made in Michigan!  Or try leaving your pup with one of our puzzle games, to keep their minds sharp while they are home alone.

Take some nice long walks.
When the time is best for your schedule, go out and enjoy the beautiful changing seasons with a nice long walk.  The extra outdoor air and exercise will also help relieve that pent-up energy that has been adding to the craziness and fun of your past summer.  We recommend the Cleveland Metroparks;  there are so many beautiful paths to walk and'll never get bored.

  All in all, just don't forget your favorite fur friend throughout this household transition, your pup and your shoes will thank you for it!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

We all did it! Thanks to YOU!

We want to take a moment and thank everyone that came to the Pack Walk and Cook Out June 22.  

Thanks to your generosity we were able to raise over $1300 for Rescue K911. This is a very dedicated group of volunteers and we are proud to support their hard work. The pictures from the event are on our Facebook page as well as Rescue K911's page.
Once again, we thank each and every one of you for your continued support of these great rescue groups!


Keepin 'em COOL this summer

Several folks have asked us about cooling vests and bandanas for their dogs to use for hot weather activities. We have looked at several of the commercially made ones and just haven't found one that worked well. You can make a cooling bandana at home, using a soft, flexible freezer pack and a square bandana. Simply roll the frozen pack into the bandana, then tie it around your dogs neck so it hangs in front.  
Several major blood vessels go through the front of the neck, wearing the freezer pack in front cools most efficiently.  

Most dogs tolerate this and it really helps. The soft freezer packs come in a variety of sizes and will work for all sizes of dogs. Best of all you can put back up packs in your cooler and change them out as they thaw.  

Another danger for dogs is hot pavement.

If it's too hot for you to walk barefoot, it's too hot for your dog. The Metro Parks have a variety of walking paths available, from paved to gravel or wood chips. If your favorite park has blacktop paths do your walking early or late, avoid the hottest time of the day. Don't forget your dogs paws will benefit from Mushers Secret or a similar paw balm all year round. This helps avoid dry, cracked pads. Applying the balm every 2 or 3 days will help prevent drying and cracking.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Why no Flexi Leads?

A little explanation why we don't allow them at group events
Several people have asked why we don't allow flexileads at our events. Many people like them, and they do give your dog more freedom than a standard leash. When you are walking one or two dogs by yourself it is usually pretty safe.
However, in a group of dogs and people it can be a different story. All it takes is one flexilead wrapped around a dog or person and serious injuries can happen. The thin cord of the flexilead can cause serious burns when it rubs against skin, both human and canine.

We want everyone to be safe at our events, so please use a fixed length leash.

New Customer Loyalty Program

We will help you save some bone$!

We are thrilled to announce we will be starting a new Customer Loyalty Program July 1! This will replace the punch cards, though we will continue to honor those for anyone that has them.

We will begin keeping track of your purchases July 1 and when you reach $250 you will receive a coupon for 5% off your ENTIRE purchase via email. No more punch cards, and bigger savings! #winning!

We will need to have your email address in our system, it is different than this newsletter list. At checkout, we will ask for your email, and we will assure you that it is for the new Loyalty Program ONLY.
We promise we won't Spam your inbox and we will never sell your information to anyone.

Online Customers:
This counts for you too!  Once you reach your spending cap, we will generate a special savings code for you too!

 There are a couple of changes I wanted to mention. Since not everyone uses email, the reward discount will be applied when you come in, rather than an emailed coupon. We will be able to let you know when you reach $250, and that your discount will be applied next time you come in and shop. This will also be printed on your receipt so you can keep track of where you are. (It is similar to the Fuel Perks at Giant Eagle). We will continue to honor the punch cards!

Friday, June 6, 2014

CHEWsing the right Chew for your dog

One thing that most dogs like to do is chew.

Chewing is natures way of cleaning canine teeth, and dogs enjoy a good chew. If you don't provide appropriate chews or chew toys for them, many dogs will find their own.

Shoes, chair legs, the list is endless. There are many different kinds of dog chews available, and all have risks. How do you choose the best, safest chew for your dog? Let's look at the most popular types.

Bones are the original chew, and dogs love to have them. Never give cooked bones, the cooking process dries bones out so they are very likely to splinter. This could cause a perforation of the stomach or intestine, a life threatening emergency. Raw bones are safer, but any bone could still splinter and cause problems. Always watch your dog when they have a bone, it should wear down as your dog chews. Make sure you aren't giving small bones to big dogs, it could be a choking hazard.

We have a wide selection of raw bones if you decide you want to try this type of chew for your dog.

Rawhide Chews
Rawhide chews have been around forever, and most dogs love them but that doesn't mean every dog should have them. Rawhide is made from the hide of cattle or pigs and is not easily digested. A dog that ingests a large hunk of rawhide is at risk for an intestinal obstruction. This is a life threatening emergency that requires immediate surgery. If your dog is an easy going chewer, wearing a rawhide down over days rather then minutes that is fine. In small pieces rawhide can be digested. Be aware that not all rawhide chews are safe for your dog. Some companies spray the rawhide with chemical preservatives, and in some cases, even formaldehyde. These chemicals are not safe for your dog. We carry the Wholesome Hide brand, made in the USA without any chemical preservatives.

Chew Toys
Puppies benefit from chew toys, especially during the teething stage. A softer chew is best, something that will be soothing to their gums. West Paw and Planet Dog both make a line of chew toys especially for puppies. Softer material, but still tough and durable. Planet Dog also has a line of toys designed for older dogs that still love to chew but may have dental issues. Their Old Soul line is made especially for the seniors. Both are American companies that manufacture within the United States.

Himalayan Chews

The Himalayan Company makes a durable chew out of compressed yak and cows milk. They are designed to break into small pieces and are digestible. Again, you have to watch your dog with this chew, once it is down to a small piece there is a risk of choking. You can take the small end piece and microwave it for 30-45 seconds to soften it. Once it cools it is like a cheese curl, and your dog will love it!

Dental Chews
Dental Chews are made specifically to clean teeth while the dog chews. Made of compressed vegetable starch, these can be tough and durable. There are some dogs that can manage to break off big pieces and swallow them, so always observe your dog when they have a chew. Vegetable starch is usually digestible so there is less risk of developing an obstruction.

Bully Sticks
Bully sticks are dried beef tendon, and are much more digestible than rawhide. A large bully stick will last my dog Beau about 45 minutes to an hour. As he chews it the bully stick softens and he gets the small pieces off. A really determined chewer could break it off in larger pieces, and have a risk of choking. So again, keep an eye on your dog whenever they have a chew.

Antlers are a very popular dog chew, and very long lasting. These have marrow at the center just like a bone and that is what the dog is chewing to get to. Antlers wear down slowly and splintering is rarely a problem, one of the reasons they are so popular. Antlers are very hard, and a determined chewer can easily fracture a tooth. Split antlers are also available, cut lengthwise to expose the marrow. This lets your dog get to the good part more easily and with less risk of tooth damage. The split antlers don't last as long but they also don't cost as much.

I hope this information helps you make an informed choice about what chew is best for your dog. When you come to the Bakery our staff is there to answer your questions. Please don't hesitate to ask!