Monthly Archives: June 2011

Treats ready to head out!

If you’ve signed up to be a treat taste tester some tasty goodies are headed your way.  I’m getting ready to send some out tomorrow to the local folks who will be receiving 5 tasty treat samplers to test!

Lovely Liver, Minty Fresh, Squealer's Delight and Fruit Mini Pies (not pictures are the Cheesy Twists).


If you aren’t local (and need to have your treats shipped) you will most likely see those in a few weeks.  I’m not shipping those out immediately as I’m working on shipping logistics to ensure they arrive unspoiled and intact.  If you have questions please let me know.

There is still time left to put in an application if you want your dog to be a treat taste tester!

Tons of test treats to head out! Can't wait to get feedback.





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Minty Fresh Breath!

After the liver treats your dog is most certainly going to need something to get rid of that smell.  Blizzard and I have just the thing for you!  Minty Fresh Breath treats are sure to help out.  Comprised of parsley, mint and peppermint not only will it help your dog’s breath but peppermint also aids in digestion.  It’s win-win.


  • 1 c. oat flour
  • 1 c. brown rice flour
  • 3 Tbs unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 c. dried mint
  • 1/4 c. dried peppermint
  • 1/2 c. dried parsley
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. water
Remember all of the above ingredients can be bought as organic and that’s what we use!  It really does make a difference.
Also, for this recipe you can use a 1/2 c. dried mint or a 1/2 c. peppermint but I highly recommend that if you go with something different you should go with more mint and less peppermint.  I can’t find prepackaged dried mint so I purchase fresh organic and lay it out to dry.
1.  Preheat oven to 350.
2.  Mix together egg, water and applesauce.
3.  Add mint, peppermint and parsley.  Mix until well blended.
4.  Add flours slowly and mix until well blended.
5.  Roll out dough on flour surface.
6.  Cut into shapes or simply roll into balls and put on cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Note: if you decide to roll into balls you can skip step 5.
7.  Bake in oven for approximately 20 minutes until crispy but not brown.
8.  Remove from oven and cool on wire racks.
9.  Can be stored in airtight container outside of fridge but for longevity I suggest storing in the fridge.

This dough is packed with herbal goodness!


Heart shaped because who doesn't love fresh breath?


Ready for the oven! ❤


Cooked and ready to eat!


Bone appetite!  


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Clackamas Kennel Club Show

I’ll be spending my weekend at the Clackamas Kennel Club show in Canby, Oregon (Clackamas County Fairgrounds)!

Blizzard won’t be showing, but I’ll be there to lend my support to other Golden breeders and enjoying the culture of dog shows!  Look for pictures.

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Chicken? Don’t attempt these liver treats…

Seriously, these liver treats are NOT for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach.  However, the drool factor on these are off the charts!  As my daughter and I were making these we had a pool of drool to contend with from Blizzard who was going batty over these.

These are A+ grade treats that even the finickiest of dogs will eat; that is, if their human has the stomach to make them.  First, they just *look* wrong in the process  of baking… (you’ll see why below).  Second, they don’t smell bad as you’re making them but about 5-10 minutes into the cooking on these you’ll wish you had left the house and that’s AFTER you left all the windows open.

If you think you can stomach it, then here we go!


  • 1 1/2 c. Oat Flour  
  • 1 1/2 c. Rice Flour
  • 1/2  c. Water
  • 1/2 c. Oat bran
  • 1 1/2 c. Rolled Oats
  • 1/2 lb. Chicken (or beef) livers
  • 3 Tbs applesauce
  • 1 egg

Important tip: To save on the smell of the livers while making these, use livers that are still slightly frozen.  If you use slightly frozen ones they work just as well and will not smell as bad initially.





1.  Preheat oven to 350.

2. Take your liver and blend it until it becomes like a pate substance.  Immediately remove from blender and put in mixing bowl.

3.  Add egg, applesauce and water to liver mixture and mix until well blended.

4.  Add in Oat Bran and Oats until well blended.

5.  Blend in rice flour and oat flour slowly until  well blended.  Dough will form and be extremely stiff.

6. You have two options for what to do with the dough depending on how you want to present it.  You can just roll out small – medium balls and flatten.  Place on parchment paper on your cookie sheet.  This is the easiest and quickest way to go.  If you want to be more creative you can roll this out and cut into shapes.  Be forewarned!  This dough is really one stiff dough and will take some hard work to roll it out.

7.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.

8.  At this point you have two options.  You can leave the treats in the oven over night until nice and crunchy (I recommend this).  OR you can remove right away and cool.

9.  These treats MUST be store in the fridge.

Put your livers in your processor. Slightly frozen help with the smell.


Nope, not a crime scene!This is what you want the liver consistency to be.


Super stiff dough.


Why did the chicken cross the road? To become tasty liver treats!


We also made *tiny* bones for the smaller dogs!


This week I had a very special helper in the kitchen!

My daughter Fiona is helping and learning tricks of baking!


Yummy liver treats! Variety of shapes and sizes for any tastes!


Bone Appetite!


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Thurston’s Barkery is opening soon!  The website is currently up and ready for viewing.  Please go to:

We are currently working on all Washington State licensing and registration and once that has all cleared Thurston’s will open for business and the online store will be up and running!

Thurston’s will need a little booster help and as soon as I have all the information I’ll pass that along.  Look for future information on how you can help support the growth of Thurston’s on Kickstarter IndieGoGo.

We’ll be starting off with the online store and doing local events/shows.  The eventual goal is to house Thurston’s in a physical store here in Washington and we’ll work towards that happening down the road!

This is extremely exciting to see a dream become reality!  Thanks for being along for the ride and you’ll be rewarded with some of the most amazing treats ever made!

Barkculture will continue to provide you with all the interesting and fun tidbits you’ve come to enjoy.  We’ll still post recipes and occasional updates on Thurston’s Barkery but rest assured this blog will remain a fun source for opinion pieces and information.  You can follow us on Twitter @tbarkery for updates, coupons and discount codes for our treats!


Erica & Blizzard

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HUGE Announcement Tomorrow

Please check back tomorrow.  Blizzard and I have a very BIG announcement for you!!!  We just can’t wait!!!

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Dehydrated Dog?

I was browsing the other day looking for some homeopathic/aromatherapy options for dogs when I looked down and saw this:

When I clicked the link it took me to sales of dehydrated dog treats, which made sense of course!  I thought though that this was a hilarious example of why you need to carefully check what you put on the internet.  I was disappointed as I was hoping to see true dehydrated dogs… whatever those would be!

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Happy Father’s Day!

It’s the little things in life make me happy!  A four-legged greeting when I get home.  Unconditional love.  Being with family…all family including our fuzzy family member.

Today for father’s day, take a chance to enjoy the little things in life!  Here’s to wishing all father’s (even those who are father’s to four legged kids) a very Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father's Day to the man in my life who is father to 3 (soon to be 4) and 1 four legged fuzzy kid!

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It’s coming….

Blizzard and I have a super exciting announcement.  We can hardly contain ourselves!  We won’t spill the beans yet though…


So we leave you with this teaser and this message:


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UKC 2011 Premier

The UKC 2011 Premier is in full swing!

It’s one of the few reasons I’m sad I don’t live in Michigan anymore.  Headquartered in Kalamazoo, MI the United Kennel Club is a fantastic experience for dog enthusiasts and avid dog showers.  Since they are headquartered in Michigan I have yet to find any shows out here in the Pacific Northwest which makes me one sad puppy.

The Premier invites top dogs from the year and has them compete for top honors!  I absolutely love the UKC because of it’s friendly atmosphere, how laid back it is (albeit sometimes a little too laid back), attention to alternative sporting events, as well as the chance to give young kids a great start in the dog world.  If you’re just starting off showing this is the place to start!  They often mix fun with pleasure at their shows giving young pups (under 6 months of age) a chance to strut their stuff and compete in their best puppy competition.  It give them early exposure to the show ring, socializing and the parade of puppies in the ring is an absolute crowd pleaser!  Young children are allowed to get some practice in the ring with junior handling; much younger than they allow in UKC.  It’s a way to let kids experience a dog show in a safe and friendly environment.  Judges will often give advice as they work with the youngest of kids and the best part is there are no winners or losers at this young of an age.  Everyone walks away with some sort of ribbon, experience and feeling good about their future in the show ring!

I truly miss the ability to show in the UKC and hope everyone back in Kalamazoo Michigan is have a fantastic show!  Good luck to all competitors.

If you want to keep track of results, you can do so here:


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