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Four Gourmet Dog Treats for National Dog Day

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National Dog Day is Tuesday, August 26, and that means you need to do something special for your pup. While you could just take them for a walk, give them a belly rub or play with them more than you normally do, you could also give them a special bakery treat.

Yes, they're going to go bonkers over anything you give them -- especially if it is made with peanut butter or bacon -- but they will also jump through hoops to have these four doggie treats found at regular bakeries in Houston. You can get yourself a little something sweet to eat, too.

Here are four stellar bakeries in Houston serving up excellent treats for dogs and for the owners.

Doggy Biscuits at Three Brothers Bakery Three Brothers Bakery has been honoring National Dog Day all month and will continue to through August 31. Bring your pooch to the Washington location on Tuesday, August 26, and he/she will receive a free dog treat, otherwise each biscuit is 95 cents. The homemade dog bones are made with carrots and peanut butter (what dog doesn't like that combo?), and each is almost as soft as the bakery's gingerbread cookies. Speaking of cookies, if you purchase one of the paw print and dog-shaped cookies during the final week of August (which is this week), then 100 percent of the sales will go straight to Friends for Life, a Houston animal shelter. Doggie Cupcakes at Sprinkles Sprinkles offers a daily lineup of cupcake flavors for people, but the sweets boutique on Westheimer has something for the dogs every single day of the week. The doggie cupcakes are miniature sugar-free vanilla cupcakes topped with yogurt frosting; the topping is like an icing glaze. Each treat costs $2.50; it is a small cupcake, but the naturally sweet yogurt frosting on top makes it special for your dog. Make sure to get yourself a cupcake while you're there, too.

Carob or Peanut Butter Dog Bones at The Chocolate Bar The Chocolate Bar takes the normal Milkbone dog bone and dunks one end into melted peanut butter or melted carob. You can get one large dog treat for $3, or get smaller treats with a water/food bowl (5 dog treats plus bowl for $6.95, or 10 treats in a bowl for $8.95). If your dog is like my dog, then they will get crazy eyes when they smell either the peanut butter or carob-dunked dog bones. It's a large treat, so it's easy to break into small pieces for several treats. Don't forget to get yourself a chocolate chip cookie or slice of Uncle Darryl's cake.

Pup Cakes at Treat! Cupcakes Treat! Cupcakes is a small cupcake shop in Vintage Park and all of the sweets are top notch, such as the Chunky Monkey cupcake featuring banana and chocolate chip cake topped with a generous swirl of vanilla mascarpone frosting drizzled with chocolate ganache, and finished with crushed walnuts and a banana chip. But, there's also something special for the dogs -- pup cakes. Depending on the size of your dog, you can get a miniature pup cake ($2) or a regular-size pup cake ($3), both equivalent to mini and regular size cupcakes. The pup cakes are made with a combination of carrots and peanut butter, so if you want to take a bite out of one of these dense treats, go for it! The cupcakes are topped with a dollop of pup-friendly frosting (smells like the stuff found on all the iced cookies at PetSmart or Petco) and a dog bone.

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