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Southlake dog bakery offers gourmet treats, puppy play dates

Three Dog Bakery in Southlake
Three Dog Bakery in Southlake
YVONNE YBARRA / DallasDogLife.com

In the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, we are lucky to have a number of shops that cater to dogs. We have stores that specialize in canine couture, some that carry only premium organic foods, and even delivery services that will bring supplies right to your home. However, there is only one store in our area that is first and foremost a dog bakery, dedicated to providing healthful foods and treats made with 100% natural, wholesome, human-quality ingredients. Three Dog Bakery in Southlake offers its customers quality products, a welcoming and helpful staff, and a place for dogs and dog lovers to socialize and have fun.

Three Dog Bakery
began in 1989 with "three dogs, two guys, and one $0.59 biscuit cutter" and has since grown to include franchises all over the United States, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. The Southlake store, owned by Christy Hill-Howard, opened in July 2008 and is the only location in Texas. Christy and her husband Brad, along with their five Mastiffs, manage this incredibly fun and friendly store that has just about anything you need to care for your dog, including freshly baked pastries, all natural foods and treats, dog supplies and toys, and of course, accessories.

While you'll be able to find anything from a "Who's Your Daddy" DNA Breed Identification Kit to a collegiate jersey for your dog to wear while cheering on his favorite team, the central theme of Three Dog Bakery is healthy foods. Three Dog Bakery has their own line of premium food called Bakery Blend, which is oven baked and contains no animal by-products, added sugar or salt, artificial preservatives, added wheat gluten, or artificial flavors, colors or additives. Christy also demonstrated how easily it could be chewed by crumbling it between her fingers, which would be ideal for dogs with small or weak teeth.

Without a doubt, the food must taste really good to dogs. Nothing can prove this more than the samples of baked pastries that fill the center display case. Not that it matters to the dogs, but the presentation of these treats is simply amazing - so much so that one might be tempted to taste them based on their appearance alone. (Christy assures us that the ingredients are all human quality.) The clear winner in unscientific taste tastes by a sampling of local dogs were the "rrrRRRibs" - wheat flour treats coated with a barbecue flavor that smelled great, even to humans. Other honorable mentions were the Cinnamutt Rolls, Peanut Mutter Bars, and the Itty Bitty Dipped Bones. All the treats in the display cases are baked on-site, and there are so many to choose from. Three Dogs Bakery also makes cakes for any doggie celebration, from 5-inch round cakes for a small gathering to huge bone-shaped carob cakes for a larger canine crowd.

One thing is certain: these people love dogs. The customers that come in with their dogs are all greeted with enthusiasm and warmth, and they seem right at home in this "dog-topia." That's part of the culture at Three Dog Bakery - the location itself is the perfect gathering place for dogs and their people to mix and mingle. The store has regularly scheduled Mutt Mixers and Puppy Play Dates, and recently hosted a "Spaw Night" that benefited the Australian Shepherd Rescue and Great Plains Mastiff Rescue. The store also participates in charitable projects, such as their Second Annual Food Drive to benefit local animals.

For those who don't live in the Southlake area, never fear - a new location will be opening soon in Plano on the corner of Parker and the North Dallas Tollroad.

For more information about Three Dog Bakery, please visit www.ThreeDogDFW.com or the Three Dog Bakery corporate website. You can also find information on Facebook or Twitter  about upcoming events, such as the Mutt Mixer on Thursday, February 25 from 6-8 PM. The best thing to do, however, is to grab your pup and head to the store to see it for yourself. You'll be glad you did!

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