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Woman makes healthy gourmet snacks for dogs


July 12, 2011

Granite Falls residents Dan and Sandra Rindero along with Sandra’s mother Kathy Sandmel set out to create a healthy, gourmet snack for dogs to celebrate the one year adoption anniversary of their dog Sawyer. Sawyer is a Louisiana Catajoula Leopard Dog that the Rinderos adopted from the Everett Animal Shelter.

This is where Pupcakes were born. When Sawyer began sharing his treats with dogs at the park they became an immediate hit with the dogs and owners alike.

The bite size muffin-like treats are homemade in Granite Falls and come in three different flavors; all of which are available in vacuum sealed bake at home pouches and glass gift jars. The treats are easily digestible, contain no byproducts, fillers, salt, sugar or preservatives.

Dogs are responding well to Pupcakes.

“Last year at the Farmers Market the tiniest little teacup Chihuahua became a wolf and took the whole Pupcake into ther little pink shoulder carrier so she could devour it! She must have been full for days,” Sandra said.

A portion of the Pupcake profits benefit Old Dog Haven, a small nonprofit group that provides loving, safe homes for abandoned senior dogs.

The Granite Falls IGA Fresh Market, Bridges Pets and Canine Experience in Snohomish, Cenex Co-Op in Lake Stevens and Arlington and other local retailers all offer Pupcakes bake at home mixes in their pet food aisles. The mixes, along with gift baskets can also be purchased online at


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