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Taste tested, doggy approved

Monday, February 4th, 2013 | Posted by

Bailey and Henry reportedly supervised the entire operation. (Photo courtesy of Harry Martin)

There’s more to Dolorosa Candles these days than just hand dipped candles and lots of fresh honey.

Now they are offering their own brand of Dolorosa Dog Biscuits made with – what else – Cloverdale Honey from local beekeeper Bob Burres.

“Beeswax and dog biscuits – you can’t go wrong,” quipped shop owner Harry Martin.

Martin says the store’s Golden Retriever mascots, Bailey and Henry, personally handled the taste-testing duties. After several attempts, and a couple of adjustments to the recipe, the dogs gave the biscuits an enthusiastic “two paws up.”

Only wholesome, natural ingredients are used, including unbleached flour, whole wheat flour, beef, oatmeal, corn meal, baker’s yeast, wheat germ, eggs, non-fat dry milk, garlic, honey and a pinch of salt.

Dolorosa Dog Biscuits are made with Cloverdale Honey. (Photo: Mary Jo Winter)

According to Martin, the addition of honey to the recipe is especially beneficial for dogs with allergies and skin disorders. Bailey and Henry, on the other hand, are more interested in the fact that the biscuits taste good.

A one-quarter pound package sells for $2.75.

Dolorosa Candles was started as a non-profit outreach to raise funds to support advocacy and provide help for people with mental afflictions ranging from mental illness and disabilities to emotional trauma and brain injury. The support also extends to their loved ones.

Martin added the dog biscuits to his product line as a way of bringing awareness to the rapidly growing field of pet therapy. “Dogs are very intuitive and often know we need something before we do,” he says.  “People with mental health and substance abuse issues and those suffering from depression, epilepsy and even severe diabetes can all benefit from pet therapy.”

Dolorosa Candles is located at 104 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Call 894-9430 or visit them online at dolorosacandle.net for more information.

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