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Cheap Eats: Bone Appétit at Three Dog Bakery

The Blade
The Blade
 2022-01-26

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Cheap Eats isn’t just for humans, in our opinion. Why shouldn’t we seek the best $10-and-under deals for our furry friends, too?

So my Cheap Eats partner and producer Phillip Kaplan brought his dog, Aero, a 4-year-old Border Collie and Blue Heeler, to Three Dog Bakery to reward the handsome collie for always being a good boy.

The Monroe Street shop, run by manager and pastry chef Lynnette Darrach (and owned, along with the Perrysburg site, by her in-laws Lynn and Ron Riehle), offers pooch-themed variations on fur-miliar human desserts. The bright glass cases filled with decorated treats look as though they belong in a Parisian pâtisserie (or is that paw-tisserie?).

One case holds longer-storage items, such as large Dogversation Heart Cookies ($2.50) for Valentine’s Day, Itty Bitty Springer Spaniel Sprinkles frosted doughnuts (two for $2), Dipped Lick’n Crunch cookies (two for $2.25) that look like fudge-covered Oreos decorated to resemble bear faces, Polar Bear cut-out cookies ($5) that have space for personalization, Snickerpoodle Cookies ($2.50), Dottie’s Spots shortbread bites studded with chips ($2.50), and mini bone-shaped Woofers ($2.75) made with either pumpkin or sweet potato.

The other case is refrigerated, for perishable treats: Be My Valentine Pupcakes (small $3.75) topped with swirls of frosting, slices of Strawberry Crème Cake ($4.25), éclair-like bone-shaped Bulldog Bars ($5), and Peanut Mutter Cups with cute white paw prints in the dark coating.

All the treats are made in-house from human-grade ingredients like peanut butter, carob, and food pigments produced from berries. They contain no added sugars, salt, or preservatives, Ms. Darrach said.

It was nearly im-paw-sible to choose, but Aero and his dad selected three treats to try.

The wheat-free Woofie Pie ($4.50) is a peanut butter lover’s dream, with that flavor in both the whoopie cakes and the filling. They’re so popular, “I can’t keep those” in stock, Ms. Darrach said.

The Lickety Split ($3) — a version of doggie ice cream that has “a mousse-y consistency,” Ms. Darrach told us — comes in several flavors. Aero got the vanilla.

And a vanilla-dipped Gracie’s Rollover ($1.75) is a cookie stick adorned with either a cute penguin or a sweet snowman face, for winter. That rounded out the trio.

Ignoring the pup-arazzi (a proud dad taking pictures and filming video), Aero examined the offerings, unable to choose where to start because everything looked and smelled so good. He sampled each item, then devoured the Woofie Pie first. Unable to contain his glee, he then ate half the Lickety Split before crunching the Gracie’s Rollover to bits.

“This is why I do what I do,” Ms. Darrach said with a huge smile as she watched Aero’s enjoyment.

Cranberry Golden Doodles ($2.75) — shortbread cookies studded with dried cranberries and half-dunked into a yogurt coating — are “actually pretty tasty,” Ms. Darrach said. (She’s sampled ingredients and a few items for quality control.)

So if I were going to join Aero in trying anything, that had to be the one ... though I admit to being sorely tempted, after seeing how much Aero loved it, to try a Woofie Pie, too.

Aero inhaled his cookie as I raved about the perfect crumbly texture, chewiness from the cranberries, and the sweetness from the yogurt. Then I saw that he’d wandered over to me with an expectant expression. Faced with his big ol’ puppy dog eyes, I let him finish my cookie, which he accepted gratefully.

As a reward for working so hard on this assignment, Aero got to take home a doggy bag with still more goodies: an adorable Teddy Bear Pupcake ($3.75) and a frosted Puppy Love Boxer Brownie ($3.75), plus another Woofie Pie and a Cranberry Golden Doodle since he’d liked them so much.

Boone, assistant baker and customer service representative Brie Plotner’s new best friend who’d been rescued by the Lucas County Pit Crew , also got some treats. It was only his second day in the shop, and he was a true gentleman watching from a distance while we worked to tape this episode.

If you’re looking to fetch your own new best friend to spoil rotten, on Feb. 12 from noon to 4 p.m. Three Dog Bakery is hosting a Puppy Love adoption event at its Toledo store in conjunction with the Toledo Humane Society . There will be lots of fun: Jupmode T-shirts for sale, representatives from 41K9 boarding and doggie daycare as well as Sit Means Sit Dog Training , samples of Doodle Bean Coffee , and more.

Every dog has their day, as the saying goes.

At Three Dog Bakery, that can be every day.

Three Dog Bakery, 5236 Monroe St., 567-225-3647 and 26611 N. Dixie Hwy., Perrysburg, 419-931-9913, threedog.com .

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