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Bone Appétit

Bone Appétit
October 2019

Spoil your pooch with these Holy City treats rated four paws up


You won’t feel guilty for giving your dog a few too many of these wholesome snacks. Vinaigrette guru Melissa Ann Barton (aka Mod Squad Martha) makes her guitar-shaped biscuits with only six ingredients: oats, sweet potato, natural peanut butter, coconut oil, cinnamon, and vitamin C. Plus, 10 percent of all profits are donated to Crossroads Campus, a pet retail and adoption hub in her former home of Nashville that provides job training and housing for young adults on the brink of homelessness. Because, as Mod Squad Mutts says, “Being good is groovy!”


Originally created for Wildflour Pastry owner Lauren Mitterer’s late black Labrador retriever mix, Calla’s Puppy Cookies are a crunchy canine favorite. Grab a bag of classic bone-shaped biscuits while nabbing a raspberry Nutella turnover for yourself at the bakery’s West Ashley location.


When Stacey Detlor and Matt Mummert introduced non-psychoactive CBD oil to their sluggish retriever Roscoe, they spotted noticeable improvement in their pet’s vitality and health. So the couple decided to make their own treats with cannabis extract derived from medical-grade hemp (said to alleviate joint pain, inflammation, and anxiety in humans and animals alike). Handmade-to-order, with CBD oil, tumeric, hemp, and chia and flax seeds, the treats are sold in more than 20 stores throughout Charleston. Canna Bonez also offers local delivery and even ships to canines farther afield.


Treat yourself and your pooch to matching ginger molasses cookies while popping into this favorite neighborhood bakery. The dog-friendly version of Sugar’s popular human pastry is almost as cute as your pet; its shape changes based on the season. Pick up a football biscuit during NFL playoffs, a wild animal during SEWE, or holiday-themed nibbles come December.

5. MALTED MUTTS, @maltedmutts

When you’re browsing the booths at the Charleston Night Bazaar, stop by Malted Mutts to grab these honest dog biscuits, sustainably crafted from Holy City Brewing’s spent, but not wasted, grains. The cinnamon and pumpkin flavored grains (that are alcohol-free, of course) are great for your dog’s digestion, and since they’re recycled, they’re good for the environment, too.


With every pupcake two-pack sold, Cupcakes Down South donates $1 to the Charleston Animal Society, a no-kill animal shelter. The frosted goodies, just for dogs, come in three flavors—banana, carrot, and pumpkin—chock-full of all-natural, pet-safe ingredients (coconut oil, honey, rice flour, and eggs), topped with either yogurt or carob chips. You can even spoil your favorite furball with a special-order birthday cake.


Photographs courtesy of the businesses’ instagrams: @moddsquadmartha, @wildflourpastry, @cannabonez, @sugarbakeshop, @maltedmutts, @cupcakedownsouth