Quincy the Boston O'Terrier (Photo by Elizabeth J./Sniff Seattle)
If you didn’t know it already, St. Patrick’s Day is a pretty big deal here in Boston, and a favorite with Polka Dog Bakery as well. With one of the grandest parades this side of the pond and some of the best Irish pubs you’ll ever set foot in, there is much merriment to be had on this delicious feast of celebration. Historically, St. Patty’s day commemorates the patron saint of the Emerald Isle, St. Patrick, and his religious teachings of the trinity involving the leaves of the shamrock, but here in Beantown it’s a gala affair complete with green beer, sparkly glittered sunglasses and comically tiny leprechaun hats.
As much as your pup would love to devour some green eggs and ham or a dinner of corned beef and cabbage, we here at the Polka Dog Bakery advise festive treats more befitting canine consumption. And where can you find such treats, you ask? Well, at the end of the rainbow of course, at the dog equivalent of the pot of gold just over the horizon (or just across the park): Polka Dog Bakery. We have all kinds of yummy delicious homemade Shamrock treats and canned Bangers ‘N Mash dinners so that your four legged friends won’t feel left out of the party as you tip back another pint of Guinness and start singing in Gaelic
Stop by Polka Dog Bakery South End or Polka Dog Bakery Jamaica Plain this weekend and receive 10% off for wearing GREEN – we promise not to pinch you!
While your dog would probably totally dig a box of chocolates, you’ll definitely want to find a different way to express your puppy love this Valentine’s day. After all, the holiday of hearts isn’t just for Hallmark cards and flowers…. it’s for bully sticks and pig snouts! The Polka Dog Bakery jars are bursting with tons of meaty goodies to show your pup just how much you care for them.
Want something a bit sweeter and a little less Edgar Allen Poe-ish? Stop in before V-Day to grab special one-of-a-kind hand-decorated gingerbread Valentines with fun messages like “Wag 4 U”, “Nice Tail,” and “Good Boy!”
We also have sweet goodie bags with the finest cookies and krispies money can buy, in case you have a puppy crush on that cute canine down the street!
Your dog may not appreciate a dozen long stem roses, but a bushel of bullies and a bouquet of gingerbread may just do the trick.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Polka Dog Bakery
As many of you have noticed, Polka Dog Bakery took to blogging to in 2012, as a way to share what is going on behind the scenes and up front at Polka Dog Bakery. It’s been a lot of fun sharing the year with all of our customers and supporters and we hope that you have enjoyed these little snippets of Polka Dog life as they happen.
We would also like to take this time to thank each and every one of you and your favorite furballs for a great year. Many of you we see in our two stores, Ploka Dog Bakery South End and Polka Dog Bakery Jamaica Plain and many others we see as you visit our Facebook page and comment on our stories and share your own stories and we really appreciate that opportunity to be a part of your and your pet’s lives when it comes to what they are chewing on throughout the year.
We’d like to close of this final blog post of the year on the final day of the year with a quick review of the Top 5 Polka Dog Blog Posts of 2012 as rated by your page views:
- Polka Dog Bakery Jamaica Plain
- Ready, Aim, Target
- Cod Skins, A Twisty Tasty Dog Treat
- Polka Dog Bakery Loves Black Cats
- Pin it to Win it Holiday Dog Treats Contest
So, check out these posts from this past year and we look forward to sharing more in 2013!
Great news loyal Polka Dog people! The Jamaica Plain Polka Dog Bakery shop has been declared the winner of the JP Centre/South Main Streets “Deck the Windows” for the City of Boston contest and we are now on to the finals for the whole city! Yippee! No, we’re not talking Jonathan Switcher and Emmy here, but our little army of tiny snowmen is pretty fun and we’re just honored to be representing all our JP friends in the city-wide holiday window decorating competition sponsored by Boston Main Streets.
We’ve got wreaths, tinsel trees, cool snowmen and a black cat surely this is the best set of windows in the whole City of Boston!
Here’s your chance to voice your choice. You can vote online for Polka Dog Bakery between Tuesday December 11 and Tuesday December 18th. The winner will be announced December 20th, with a special presentation by the Mayor himself, so vote early and often, and show that JP Polka Dog Bakery pride!
Thanks to everyone for their support. Here’s to an awesomely scrumptious 2013.
Earlier this year Polka Dog Bakery created its own Pinterest Page so that we could share with all of our friends the cool pics that we take around the treat factory, at our stores and other things that we think are just really interesting. Now, for the holidays, we’ve decided to create a “Polka Dog Bakery Pin it to Win it Contest” with 5 lucky winners receiving one of our New Holiday Treat cans as prizes just in time to put under your Christmas tree or Hanukkah bush.
Holiday Dog Treats in Gingerbread and Pumpkin Flavors!
The contest is pretty simple, all you have to do is re-pin any of the pictures from out Holiday Dog Treats Board on Pinterest and you will automatically be entered into the contest. We will run the contest from Thursday Dec 6, 2012 until Wednesday Dec 12, 2012 at Midnight and the 5 winners will be chosen on Thursday Dec 13, 2012 at which time we will send you out your free Holiday Treats can, so your favorite furball can enjoy some holiday cheer along with you.
The Simple Instructions:
Step 1 – go to the Polka Dog Bakery Pinterest page - http://pinterest.com/polkadogbakery/ – and follow us.
Step 2 – go to our special Holiday Dog Treats Board - http://pinterest.com/polkadogbakery/holiday-dog-treats-polka-dog-bakery/ choose a favorite product to “re-pin” – just mouse over the pictures and you will see the re-pin option.
Step 3 – re-pin the product into an already existing Pinterest board on your own Pinterest account and you are done! If you don’t already have a board for your dog or pet related pictures you can create a new one and name it “Cool Things for Dogs”
Note – if you don’t already have a Pinterest account it’s easy to create one and only takes a minute.
The Simple Rules:
- No purchase to enter or win.
- Contest is open until 11:59 pm on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.
- 5 winners will be randomly selected from eligible entries.
- Winners will be notified by announcement on Facebook and a comment on the winner’s Pinterest board. The winners will have 48 hours to contact us with their address details if we don’t receive them we will choose another winner(s)
November 24th is Small Business Saturday®, a day to celebrate and support the local small businesses that boost the economy and invigorate neighborhoods across the country. Small Business Saturday was originally conceived of by American Express with the purpose of encouraging holiday shoppers to shop at local businesses just like Polka Dog Bakery. This day fits in between the classic Black Friday and also the newly minted CyberMonday campaigns that kick off the holiday shopping season here in the U.S.. The first Small Business Saturday took place in 2010 and has grown in popularity ever since.
This year Polka Dog Bakery is proud to take part in Small Business Saturday, and we’re encouraging everyone to Shop Small® here on November 24th. As well make sure that you stop in and shop at the other stores on our streets, our South End Polka Dog Bakery store and our Jamaica Plain Polka Dog Bakery store are surrounded by great merchants that would love to have you as customers during the holiday season and beyond.
Plus, we’re having a special Small Business Saturday offer! Come in on November 24th and you’ll get 20% off our special assortment of dog and cat accessories and essentials. Stock up the treat cupboard for the holidays and grab the little furball a brand new bed and collar and leash set while you’re at it. This is the perfect chance to get that special someone or someones in your life that very special gift.
Shop Small, and let’s make this November 24th the biggest day of the year for small business.
Deep in the dirt there lies a sweet spud, knobby and gnarled, waiting patiently to be uprooted and made into all kinds of delectable things: pies, mashes, hashes, cookies, bread, even… Polka Dog Bakery sweet potato dog treats! Not only is the sweet potato a great source of fiber and therefore a terrific digestive aid, when it’s dehydrated, it becomes a tough and chewy treat perfect for any pooch’s pearly whites. This root veggie isn’t so sweet after all, and is also helpful in fighting both doggie and human diabetes.
Unlike their pale potato counterparts, sweet potatoes’ flesh starts a bright orange color, which provides a significant amount of beta carotene and potassium. These make great treats for dogs that may be allergic to certain things as well as pups with kidney or digestive concerns.
We source our sweet paw-taters from local restaurant supplier Costa. These human grade tubers get a good scrub before being painstakingly hand cut into thick, hearty pieces. A few tater-y tot chunks mixed with slabs of sweet potato goodness make great snacks for all sized dogs. We dehydrate the slices for hours until they are perfectly balanced between crunchy and chewy. Since this potato’s peel is nutrient rich and provides nearly a day’s worth of vitamins A and C, we decided to leave it on. If your dog is into veggies, and you find yourself tossing them carrots and green beans at dinner, these sweet potato treats provide an excellent supplement to their regimen.
A great pairing with our stuffed Thanksgiving bones… more to come soon… gobble gobble
Friends of Peters Park in South Boston flocked to a festival celebrating all that this wonderful space has to offer early this October. This was the third annual festival and it helped to celebrate the 5 yr. anniversary of Peters Park. An array of activities for all ages kept the park bustling for hours: soccer lessons, bike safety demonstrations, yoga classes, storytelling and more! Zumba classes and tennis lessons were a perfect choice for the physically fit (or at least curious), while a firetruck and juggling clown kept the kiddies entertained. And what about the dogs?
A doggie masseuse was on hand on hand to provide physical relief while Ask Dog Lady’s host Monica Collins also made an appearance to answer any pressing canine questions. Of course, the Polka Dog Bakery was there as well, handing out spooky, delicious, all-natural yummy Halloween dog treats: gingerbread ghouls, ghosts, and tombstones all got 2 paws up.
All together, a special celebration of a park that’s near and dear to our hearts. We’ll see you next year everyone!
All Hallow’s Eve is upon us here at Polka Dog Bakery – Jack O’ Lanterns abound and the air is crisp and cool. Bright orange, yellow, and red leaves litter the street and every so often, you might hear a witch’s cackle or a ghost’s groan. Whether you’re on the lookout for the Great Pumpkin or warding off vampires with a garland of garlic, it’s sure to be a spine-chilling season.
Ghosts From The Dawg Blog
Who or what will your dog be this Halloween? A caped crusader? Perhaps a ferocious (or cowardly) lion? Elvis? Whoever you choose to be, rest assured we have your little ghouls and goblins in mind. Our bakery cases in Polka Dog Bakery South End and Polka Dog Bakery Jamaica Plain are filled with spectral and spooky treats sure to make any dog do tricks. Gingerbread bats, ghosts, and pumpkins get a frighteningly delicious dip in yogurt perfect for those would-be werewolves and vampirous pups out there.
Make no bones about it, we here at Polka Dog bakery these treats with only the finest ingredients – no wheat, corn or soy – so you can rest in peace giving these scary snacks to your little devils.