Canine Cupcakes does birthday parties with Fetch N’ Catch canine recreation center in Bowmansville and also offers personalized birthday, graduation (for puppy- and obedience-school graduates), holiday and get-well packages.
Kozell said the cupcakes are also for sale at select establishments such as Honey Hill Pet Center in the Eastern Hills Malls, and side-by-side with treats for humans at Firefly Cupcakes in East Aurora and Buffalo — in fact, those locations are their biggest sellers.
At the other end of Dog Days, Denise Tedesco and Janelle Harris, owners of K9 Krunchers of Niagara Falls, presided over a popular table laden with meaty beefy mutt balls, chicken twists and “French fries” (made from corn meal, chicken broth, sweet potato baby food and other natural ingredients).
They started their business about four years ago after leaving office jobs, and now sell their treats online, at local festivals and every weekend at the North Tonawanda Farmers Market. A portion of all their proceeds goes to area dog rescue groups.
Tedesco said that part of the impetus behind the business was a desire to make things as safe as possible for their own dogs.
“We own dogs,” she said. “We have our rottweilers and German shepherds and labs, so to keep them healthy, we decided to go this route, especially with all the recalls. We know what we’re feeding our dogs.”
A desire for natural ingredients and healthy food for their own pets was cited as a reason by several pet-based business owners, including Adam D’Ambrosio, owner of Sunny’s Natural Pet Market of Lockport.
Sunny’s sells its wares, all American- and Canadian-made pet items, online and at local farmers markets, including North Tonawanda’s. At Dog Day, his tables were laden with such fare as Dogsbutter, a peanut-butter snack formulated for dogs, Clear Conscience Pet’s Cruncherz humanely sourced gluten- and grain-free dog treats and Sunny’s own line of all-natural treats, including apple-pie and peanut-butter-and-jelly flavors.