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In a Vaca kitchen, a preferred pet deal with bakery begins anew – The Vacaville Reporter


Canine in Vacaville — and even some in Davis — quickly will probably be wagging their tails extra and barking much less, apart from Linus, Daybreak Keeler-Bohlig’s Yorkshire terrier, who appears frightened by a tall customer getting into his dwelling and maybe fearful he might need fewer woofles to eat.

What’s a woofle? It’s a canine snack within the form of a 4-inch-diameter waffle made with all-natural elements.

Keeler-Bohlig had simply completed making a batch of them within the small kitchen of her Anita Courtroom residence in Vacaville, the place she just lately relaunched her in style dog-and-cat-treat enterprise, Tommy’s Firehouse Bakery, after a 20-year break. Her kitchen smelled of contemporary waffles left a minute or two longer within the waffle iron than they need to have however they had been removed from being burned.

Daybreak Keeler-Bohlig, who has restarted her pet deal with bakery, Tommy’s Firehouse Bakery, cooks “woofles,” or all-natural waffles for canines, within the kitchen of her Anita Courtroom dwelling and sells the principally all-natural treats on the Vacaville farmers market on Saturdays and on the twice-monthly Davis market. (Photograph by Richard Bammer — The Reporter)

She sells the woofles and a wide range of different canine treats on the Vacaville farmers market each Saturday and the twice month-to-month Davis market. Amongst her many merchandise are “Mini-Peanut Butter Bones,” small and bone-shaped, in fact; and “Blissful Birthday Canine Treats,” additionally in bone shapes however some are rectangular, balloon-shaped, or spherical, the latter ones concerning the dimension of a silver greenback, most with “Blissful Birthday” imprints and a few coated with frosting and sprinkles.

Enterprise, she added, is selecting up, and, relying on the product, costs for small luggage of canine treats vary from $4.50 to $6, and of their downhome method will probably be a part of the worldwide pet meals market worth that’s forecast to succeed in $119 billion in 2025, in keeping with a report compiled by globenewswire.com.

Dawn Keeler-Bohlig, who has restarted her pet treat bakery, Tommy's Firehouse Bakery, bakes all-natural Happy Birthday Dog Treats, among many other such treats for dogs and cats, in the kitchen of her Anita Court home in Vacaville. (Photo by Richard Bammer -- The Reporter)Daybreak Keeler-Bohlig, who has restarted her pet deal with bakery, Tommy’s Firehouse Bakery, bakes all-natural Blissful Birthday Canine Treats, amongst many different such treats for canines and cats, within the kitchen of her Anita Courtroom dwelling in Vacaville. (Photograph by Richard Bammer — The Reporter)

By all accounts, canines and cats love Keeler-Bohlig’s selfmade treats, together with Linus, who, after a couple of minutes and a few eagerly anticipated pets and ear-scratching from the customer, calmed down, sat close to the kitchen desk and seemed up sweetly and eagerly on the customer.

The elements within the mini bones and the pleased birthday treats? Oat flour, all-natural peanut butter, unsweetened apple sauce, egg, and cinnamon.

However, mentioned Keeler-Bohlig, different elements utilized in her array of treats embody pumpkin, carrots, bananas, blueberries, molasses, natural honey, actual vanilla extract, baking powder, baking soda, natural coconut oil, carob powder and carob chips (these two as a result of chocolate is poisonous to canines), chi seeds, natural oats, and dog-friendly icing and diverse sprinkles.

When she sells her treats at space markets, she gives a two-page handout that not solely tells the story of the bakery, began in 1997 with childhood good friend Janine Lilja however discontinued in 2001 but additionally notes that Keeler-Bohlig just lately “modified the recipes a bit” and makes an effort to bake pure and, for essentially the most half, gluten-free pet treats.

However within the handout she additionally makes clear that she is neither a veterinarian nor an animal nutritionist.

“So it’s advisable to seek the advice of with your individual authority when attempting new meals,” she wrote. “As with all treats, feed moderately and don’t feed something to your canine that you just don’t really feel comfy feeding them.” They’re, in any case, treats, “not a meal alternative,” she added within the ready assertion for purchasers.

Dawn Keeler-Bohlig (Photo by Richard Bammer -- The Reporter)Daybreak Keeler-Bohlig (Photograph by Richard Bammer — The Reporter)

When she and Lilja began the bakery, they every owned Dalmatians who had allergy symptoms to sure meals and treats. Lilja’s canine, L.S. Thomas, aka Tommy, had pores and skin allergy symptoms “and I began taking a look at making my very own treats and I’ve all the time cherished baking,” Keeler-Bohlig, who works half time as a registered dental assistant, mentioned in a follow-up electronic mail Tuesday to The Reporter.

“Tommy was my inspiration to begin the canine bakery,” she famous, referring to the enterprise namesake who died in 2009. “I wished to offer all canines a particular pleasure of their lives, even when it was a single little deal with.”

So she and Lilja, who now lives in Idaho however consults with Keeler-Bohlig throughout the ongoing restarting of the enterprise, began promoting the treats at space markets, canine reveals and crafts gala’s within the late Nineties.

However life occurred and each ladies married, had youngsters and finally went their separate methods, famous Keeler-Bohlig, a Vacaville native, graduate of Vacaville Excessive and daughter of the late Ira Keeler, a mannequin maker who labored for George Lucas’ Industrial Gentle and Magic studios in San Rafael.

His legacy of movie work and craftmanship, together with a number of “Star Wars” movies and EC-17 Blaster weapon used within the movies, the “Indiana Jones” motion pictures, “Again to the Future” and extra, decorates the lounge, together with the avian atmosphere of sharp tweets, whistles and chirps from parakeets, a cockatiel, and a parrot, clearly making the Keeler-Bohlig residence a pet-friendly house.

With the relaunching of the bakery, she balances her time along with her dental workplace tasks, however typically begins baking proper after work hours or generally within the morning.

“I don’t like being instructed what to do,” mentioned Keeler-Bohlig, 56 and the mom of 1, a daughter named Jessie. “So I made a decision to reopen my bakery,” proof of that laid out on her kitchen desk in neat packages and on trays.

Considerably of a shock, she admitted to being allergic to canines.

“However I like canines,” Keeler-Bohlig mentioned shortly, including that, over time, she involves know her clients’ canines names.

She started baking cat treats when clients on the Davis market requested if she had them, however, not like the canine treats, they require refrigeration with the intention to enhance their shelf life, she mentioned.

Penelope, a dog belong to Keeler-Bohlig's friend Cindy Ruffner, clearly prefers Keeler-Bohlig's homemade Penelope, a canine belong to Keeler-Bohlig’s good friend Cindy Ruffner, clearly prefers Keeler-Bohlig’s selfmade “woofles.” (Contributed photograph — Daybreak Keeler-Bohlig)

To extend shelf life for all her merchandise, she overbakes them, she mentioned.

“The longer you cook dinner a deal with, the higher,” mentioned Keeler-Bohlig. “They last more.”

Her bakery and the merchandise she makes are — primarily based on her feedback — an homage to canines.

“To me canines are a present from God and so they really need to be spoiled and cherished,”  Keeler-Bohlig mentioned within the follow-up electronic mail. “As they offer us a lot in return. Unconditional love is one thing we may all study from canines The world can be a greater place.”



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