Farmer Tillie’s Homemade Dog Treats
By: Cheryl Woodcock
Cheryl Woodcock began Farmer Tillie’s Bakery in response to her own dogs’ need for healthy treats. She lives on an eighty acre farm in North Dakota, and she and her family are passionate about their animals. So when her husband bought her two black Scottish terriers for her birthday, she hurried out to buy the little guys some treats.
“After looking at the treats that were available for my pups, I didn’t like what I was finding. There was a lot of “STUFF” in them that I couldn’t even pronounce. That was something I didn’t want for my babies, so I did some research and came up with my own recipes to use. I then tested them on every dog I knew. All the dogs I tested them on loved them.”
Through research and creativity, as well as by trial and error, Woodcock has developed several varieties of treats to choose from. These include Carob Biscotti, Oatmeal and Honey Biscotti, Homemade Chew Bones and Sensitive Tummy Treats. Woodcock produces some dog biscuits, including the Rice and Flax Treats, that don’t contain wheat, a real boon for dogs with wheat allergies. One customer whose dog has a wheat allergy is happy to relate that, since changing to these treats, her dog no longer has problems with its ears.
Woodcock’s treats are flavored with various goodies, such as Honey and Milk, Peanut Butter and Banana, and the ever popular Cheesy Garlic. One of the all-time favorites is the Extra Large Chew Bone that is carrot flavored and baked extra hard for those dogs who love to chew their treats for awhile. The finishing touch to these bones is the almond bark frosting.
The bakery has many regular and return customers, a testament to the fact that their dogs love these treats, and the owners have been able to change from retail treats to the ones that Farmer Tillie’s has to offer. Woodcock’s business is such a home-grown company that she has even been known to deliver some of her treats to peoples’ houses in her immediate area. The occasional, convenient “porch delivery” system is just one of many reasons that Farmer Tillie’s has such a “highly satisfied customer” base.
Farmer Tillie’s Bakery, a business licensed with the state of North Dakota, is based out of Woodcock’s home kitchen. She uses farm fresh eggs, right from her own chickens. Additionally, she grinds the rice flour herself. In fact, everything in these treats is suitable for human consumption. Farmer Tillie’s customers know that they will never find preservatives or artificial coloring in the treats that they order.
So how do you get some of these delightful, homemade goodies for your own canine pal? Well, just go to www.farmertillies.com and see what she has to offer.
“My treats are fresh, wholesome and all natural;” relates Woodcock, “I wouldn’t have it any other way!”
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp. Baking powder
2 Tbs. Honey
1/4 cup Canola Oil
1/2 cup Skim Milk
1 tsp. Minced garlic
Combine flour, baking powder and honey in a bowl. Add oil, egg, milk, and garlic, and then stir until mixed thoroughly.
Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface.
Roll out to about 1/2 inch thick, cut into 2 inch squares and place on a greased baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely before serving. Store in a zip lock bag.