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How Do You Treat Your Dog?
A plain old biscuit just doesn't cut it.
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Desoto looked forward to his summer treat at Gramp's Custard in St. Charles, IL.

Desoto was a fast food fiend. It started out innocently enough. Years ago, after each obedience class, my late Catahoula and I would take a trip through the McDonald's drive-through where he would receive his own small fries. I savored watching him enjoy them almost as much as he enjoyed devouring them. As he graduated to more advanced sports and skills, his treats became more varied, including a Dairy Queen soft serve cone and the sausage from my breakfast sandwich.

Last weekend, my mix, Ginger Peach, earned a vanilla custard cup from Culver's after a good day of agility showing. Of course, I got a treat, too, a chocolate concrete with Nestlé crunch. During the week, when I take my dogs on errands, they often receive complimentary treats: crunchy biscuits from the bank teller, Puppaccinos compliments of the Starbucks barista, and drool-worthy Pup Cups at a local custard shop.

How do you treat your dog? Where is the most surprising place for your dog to get treats?


Julia Kamysz Lane, owner of Spot On K9 Sports and contributing editor at The Bark, is the author of multiple New Orleans travel guides, including Frommer’s New Orleans Day by Day (3rd Edition). Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Poets and Writers and Publishers Weekly.

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Submitted by jen | August 2 2011 |

What is a puppaccinos? My dog might need one of those.

Submitted by Julia Kamysz Lane | August 2 2011 |

Jen, it's whip cream in a tiny cup. I'll warn you, though - makes a huge mess as your dog licks it out so be sure to ask for a napkin! :)

Submitted by Anonymous | August 2 2011 |

In my dog-crazy city, even the park maintenance workers carry dog treats (maybe that's a self-defense mechanism). But my dog's favorite treat comes from the the smoked salmon booth at our local farmer's market. He "sits pretty" for the vendor, shakes his hand, and is rewarded with sheets of salmon skin (plus a take-home bag). If my dog could drive, he'd take us to the farmer's market, I'm quite sure of it.

Submitted by Julia Kamysz Lane | August 2 2011 |

Wow, you're not kidding! Where do you live? My dogs would be happy to show off their tricks for sheets of salmon skin, too!

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