Young Labrador entrepreneur crafts unusual homemade treats
Pamela Duffett bakes homemade treats for your dog
One young entrepreneur in Labrador is catering to the four-legged dessert crowd.
Pamela Duffett, of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, was dog sitting for a friend this last March when she realized there were no more treats left in the house.
So she decided to try her hand at baking him some.
I was selling them once and a guy asked me if he could eat it, and I said, "I don't see why not."- Pamela Duffett
"It's not a whole lot different then baking regular cupcakes," Duffett, 19, told CBC's Labrador Morning.
She's now turned her culinary experiment into a successful small business.
"I just went for it. When I got the idea, I thought it was a pretty good one, so even if it didn't take off I could just use it as my own hobby and make my own dog his treats," said Duffett.
She presented her idea to Ondreya Beals, the youth ventures co-ordinator in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, who helped Duffett turn her quirky idea into Pam's Pupcakes.
The small business venture offers fresh-baked homemade donuts, cupcakes, birthday cakes and other sundry treats — for your pups.
"It's been going pretty well," said Duffett. "People are always interested in something new."
Duffett makes a variety of dog treats, containing all-natural ingredients like shredded carrots, pumpkin puree, peanut butter, whole wheat flour, and vegetable oil, which she says are typically the safest food choices for dogs.
The all-natural ingredients list means these treats are safe for humans to eat, too — if you don't mind eating a bone-shaped pupcake, that is.
"I was selling them once and a guy asked me if he could eat it, and I said, 'I don't see why not,'" said Duffett.
"I don't know if he did or not … but he bought one."
With files from Labrador Morning