Fresh & Single

Some of us enjoy spoiling our pets more than ourselves. Boston-based Polkadog Bakery lets you indulge your favorite pup with top quality, natural dog treats. Polkadog began when Deb Suchman and Robert Van Sickle wanted to give Pearl, their new rescued pooch, the care she deserved. Her life before as a malnourished stray with impaired vision led her to do a bobbing dance. They called her the little Polka Dog. Pearl’s parents hand made her gourmet snacks from single ingredients like cod and chicken. The treats were a hit with Pearl, and Deb and Robert found a new calling. Polkadog starts with the highest quality proteins, sourced from local suppliers around New England and the rest of the U.S. Then they put love into each piece, hand rolling the cod skins and hand stripping chicken breasts then slowly dehydrating them to crunchy, chewy goodness that will make your hound happy.

Polkadog Bakery

Cod Skin Sticks and Chicken Strips

Fresh & Single

Some of us enjoy spoiling our pets more than ourselves. Boston-based Polkadog Bakery lets you indulge your favorite pup with top quality, natural dog treats. Polkadog began when Deb Suchman and Robert Van Sickle wanted to give Pearl, their new rescued pooch, the care she deserved. Her life before as a malnourished stray with impaired vision led her to do a bobbing dance. They called her the little Polka Dog. Pearl’s parents hand made her gourmet snacks from single ingredients like cod and chicken. The treats were a hit with Pearl, and Deb and Robert found a new calling. Polkadog starts with the highest quality proteins, sourced from local suppliers around New England and the rest of the U.S. Then they put love into each piece, hand rolling the cod skins and hand stripping chicken breasts then slowly dehydrating them to crunchy, chewy goodness that will make your hound happy.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Deb
    Deb

    Hello everyone at The Grommet! I'm Deb, the co-founder of Polkadog Bakery. I'd be happy to answer any of your questions about our locally-sourced, handmade dog treats.

  • Marie
    Marie
    2/25/2015 12:19 PM

    These look great! Are they suitable for any size dog?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/25/2015 12:27 PM

    Hi Marie, thanks for the question. They are indeed. From a Chihuahua to a Great Dane.

  • Deb
    Deb – Special Guest
    2/25/2015 12:28 PM

    @Marie Yes! The sticks are about 11-12" long making them an easy treat for medium-large dogs, but we have a number of tiny-small dogs that love these too. Their owners find that the Cod Skins are very easy to break off into small pieces. Smaller dogs that may have difficulty with harder chews find the Cod Skins easy to eat and they also love the flavor!

  • Karen
    Karen
    2/25/2015 12:30 PM

    Do they smell once doggy wets them by chewing? More of an outdoor treat?

  • Deb
    Deb – Special Guest
    2/25/2015 12:43 PM

    @Karen No - but this is a pretty common question. First, the treats have a very mild fish smell. And to answer your question - they do not get soggy and stinky as the dog is chewing them. They actually are very brittle and have a potato chip-like consistency so dogs chomp through them pretty quickly. This treat is good for either indoors or outdoors.

  • Candace
    Candace
    2/25/2015 12:41 PM

    Although these appear good for dogs I suspect you are using farmed fish which really aren't good. Can you confirm? Are these wild caught fish and pastured chickens or factory fish and chicken?

  • Deb
    Deb – Special Guest
    2/25/2015 12:50 PM

    @Candace Hi Candace, We use wild caught Cod from Alaska and the Chicken is antibiotic-free and hormone-free and raised in open air pens in the U.S.

  • Alexander
    Alexander
    2/25/2015 1:03 PM

    @Candace I don't have any connection with this company, but why do you suspect they're using farmed fish? Farmed cod, particularly in the United States, is exceedingly rare; and given the depletion of cod fisheries, supporting sustainable and compassionate cod farming is probably a positive for the environment and the fish itself. I agree 100% with your concern for the animals, but I think it's rude of you to accuse this small business owner without any basis for your suspicions.

  • Karen
    Karen
    2/25/2015 12:48 PM

    Just wanted to tell you how much my two furbabies Cisco the Pug and Tinkerbell the Chihuahua LOVE your Polka Dog Sfizis: Lucky Duck Recipe 2! Cisco is very discriminating when it comes to treats, but once he tried these he was hooked! Thanks for making such yummy and good for them snacks and treats!

  • Deb
    Deb – Special Guest
    2/25/2015 12:53 PM

    @Karen Aw, thanks! These are very savory as Duck Liver is the primary ingredient and they are also grain free. Glad to hear they love them:) Would recommend giving the Cod Skins and/or Chicken Strips a shot too!

  • denise
    denise
    2/25/2015 12:51 PM

    Just wanted to vouch for these...my dog loves them! I tried them because I'm a homesick Bostonian who likes to support the locals...I keep buying them because my dog is goofy for them. Best of luck to you!

  • Deb
    Deb – Special Guest
    2/25/2015 12:55 PM

    @denise Thanks Denise! We love hearing from homesick Bostonians. Thanks for the support and so glad to hear that your dog loves them!

  • chuck
    chuck
    2/25/2015 12:57 PM

    Would cat like these treats ?

  • chuck
    chuck
    2/25/2015 12:59 PM

  • Deb
    Deb – Special Guest
    2/25/2015 1:08 PM

    @chuck Yes, we have received any number of cat testimonials on the Cod Skins and Chicken Strips. We are working on ways of how to make cod "bits" specifically for cats. These treats are 100% cod or 100% chicken, and if your cat is ok with a chewy/crunchy texture I would say these would be good to try out.

  • Valerie
    Valerie
    2/25/2015 1:51 PM

    @Deb

    I had exactly the same question (re: cats)... I have one that likes to chew on things, and traditional dog treats are not only too hard, but also many are made with unhealthy or non-appropriate ingredients for cats... I would think both chicken and fish crunchy treats would be good for my cats...yes?

  • Deb
    Deb – Special Guest
    2/25/2015 4:09 PM

    @Valerie Valerie, the Chicken Strips are more on the chewy side and the Cod Skins are more on the brittle side. The Cod Skins are similar to Potato Chips in consistency. There is nothing else added to these treats. The Cod Skin is only Cod Skin and the Chicken Strips are only Chicken Breast. We then dry these out to make jerky like treats. They are very healthy for cats, and they are not pumped full of artificial flavors and preservatives. Both of these treats are very easy to break up into smaller pieces. Cats seem to be more sensitive to the texture of treats. We've had a number of cats that love these, and some cats that do not like the chewy/crunchy texture. It sounds like if one of your cats is a chewer they might be good to try.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    2/25/2015 1:44 PM

    Deb - this question came in directly to us via email. I told him I would post it here so you can respond directly to his concerns:

    "I just got your promotion email pitching dried cod sticks for dog food. I understand cod are endangered. If so, why are you promoting this stuff?" -- Bruce

  • Deb
    Deb – Special Guest
    2/25/2015 4:00 PM

    @Katherine Bruce, Yes, Cod is scarce here in the Northeast. The Cod we use is coming in from Alaska. The Cod is then stripped locally here in Boston and the skinless fillets are sent out to restaurants and grocery stores (when you see Cod in grocery stores it is skinless). We use the skin of the Cod only. This is a part of the fish that otherwise might be scrapped. It is also sometimes used as fishing bait. We like to think of it as using part of a fish that otherwise but not be used.

  • Devon
    Devon
    2/25/2015 1:52 PM

    Hello,

    I am always looking for good and healthy treats for my 2 year old German Shepherd. Can you tell me approximately the number of strips in the Cod and the Chicken containers? Thank you

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/25/2015 1:57 PM

    Hi Devon, each container contains 10 treats.

  • MJ
    MJ
    2/25/2015 4:36 PM

    Thank you Deb for providing a great treat with for our dogs. I love love your bakery and have tried these treats. The skins are a big hit, even with a finicky dog. What a great way to treat your dog with a product that would otherwise be discarded. Just wish you had more stores!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/26/2015 9:20 AM

    Thanks for the kind words, MJ!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Polkadog Bakery

Cod Skin Sticks and Chicken Strips

Fresh & Single

Some of us enjoy spoiling our pets more than ourselves. Boston-based Polkadog Bakery lets you indulge your favorite pup with top quality, natural dog treats.

Polkadog began when Deb Suchman and Robert Van Sickle wanted to give Pearl, their new rescued pooch, the care she deserved. Her life before as a malnourished stray with
impaired vision led her to do a bobbing dance. They called her the little Polka Dog.

Pearl’s parents hand made her gourmet snacks from single ingredients like cod and chicken. The treats were a hit with Pearl, and Deb and Robert found a new calling.

Polkadog starts with the highest quality proteins, sourced from local suppliers around New England and the rest of the U.S. Then they put love into each piece, hand rolling the cod skins and hand stripping chicken breasts then slowly dehydrating them to crunchy, chewy goodness that will make your hound happy.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Deb
    Deb

    Hello everyone at The Grommet! I'm Deb, the co-founder of Polkadog Bakery. I'd be happy to answer any of your questions about our locally-sourced, handmade dog treats.

  • Marie
    Marie
    2/25/2015 12:19 PM

    These look great! Are they suitable for any size dog?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/25/2015 12:27 PM

    Hi Marie, thanks for the question. They are indeed. From a Chihuahua to a Great Dane.

  • Deb
    Deb – Special Guest
    2/25/2015 12:28 PM

    @Marie Yes! The sticks are about 11-12" long making them an easy treat for medium-large dogs, but we have a number of tiny-small dogs that love these too. Their owners find that the Cod Skins are very easy to break off into small pieces. Smaller dogs that may have difficulty with harder chews find the Cod Skins easy to eat and they also love the flavor!

  • Karen
    Karen
    2/25/2015 12:30 PM

    Do they smell once doggy wets them by chewing? More of an outdoor treat?

  • Deb
    Deb – Special Guest
    2/25/2015 12:43 PM

    @Karen No - but this is a pretty common question. First, the treats have a very mild fish smell. And to answer your question - they do not get soggy and stinky as the dog is chewing them. They actually are very brittle and have a potato chip-like consistency so dogs chomp through them pretty quickly. This treat is good for either indoors or outdoors.

  • Candace
    Candace
    2/25/2015 12:41 PM

    Although these appear good for dogs I suspect you are using farmed fish which really aren't good. Can you confirm? Are these wild caught fish and pastured chickens or factory fish and chicken?

  • Deb
    Deb – Special Guest
    2/25/2015 12:50 PM

    @Candace Hi Candace, We use wild caught Cod from Alaska and the Chicken is antibiotic-free and hormone-free and raised in open air pens in the U.S.

  • Alexander
    Alexander
    2/25/2015 1:03 PM

    @Candace I don't have any connection with this company, but why do you suspect they're using farmed fish? Farmed cod, particularly in the United States, is exceedingly rare; and given the depletion of cod fisheries, supporting sustainable and compassionate cod farming is probably a positive for the environment and the fish itself. I agree 100% with your concern for the animals, but I think it's rude of you to accuse this small business owner without any basis for your suspicions.

  • Karen
    Karen
    2/25/2015 12:48 PM

    Just wanted to tell you how much my two furbabies Cisco the Pug and Tinkerbell the Chihuahua LOVE your Polka Dog Sfizis: Lucky Duck Recipe 2! Cisco is very discriminating when it comes to treats, but once he tried these he was hooked! Thanks for making such yummy and good for them snacks and treats!

  • Deb
    Deb – Special Guest
    2/25/2015 12:53 PM

    @Karen Aw, thanks! These are very savory as Duck Liver is the primary ingredient and they are also grain free. Glad to hear they love them:) Would recommend giving the Cod Skins and/or Chicken Strips a shot too!

  • denise
    denise
    2/25/2015 12:51 PM

    Just wanted to vouch for these...my dog loves them! I tried them because I'm a homesick Bostonian who likes to support the locals...I keep buying them because my dog is goofy for them. Best of luck to you!

  • Deb
    Deb – Special Guest
    2/25/2015 12:55 PM

    @denise Thanks Denise! We love hearing from homesick Bostonians. Thanks for the support and so glad to hear that your dog loves them!

  • chuck
    chuck
    2/25/2015 12:57 PM

    Would cat like these treats ?

  • chuck
    chuck
    2/25/2015 12:59 PM

  • Deb
    Deb – Special Guest
    2/25/2015 1:08 PM

    @chuck Yes, we have received any number of cat testimonials on the Cod Skins and Chicken Strips. We are working on ways of how to make cod "bits" specifically for cats. These treats are 100% cod or 100% chicken, and if your cat is ok with a chewy/crunchy texture I would say these would be good to try out.

  • Valerie
    Valerie
    2/25/2015 1:51 PM

    @Deb

    I had exactly the same question (re: cats)... I have one that likes to chew on things, and traditional dog treats are not only too hard, but also many are made with unhealthy or non-appropriate ingredients for cats... I would think both chicken and fish crunchy treats would be good for my cats...yes?

  • Deb
    Deb – Special Guest
    2/25/2015 4:09 PM

    @Valerie Valerie, the Chicken Strips are more on the chewy side and the Cod Skins are more on the brittle side. The Cod Skins are similar to Potato Chips in consistency. There is nothing else added to these treats. The Cod Skin is only Cod Skin and the Chicken Strips are only Chicken Breast. We then dry these out to make jerky like treats. They are very healthy for cats, and they are not pumped full of artificial flavors and preservatives. Both of these treats are very easy to break up into smaller pieces. Cats seem to be more sensitive to the texture of treats. We've had a number of cats that love these, and some cats that do not like the chewy/crunchy texture. It sounds like if one of your cats is a chewer they might be good to try.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    2/25/2015 1:44 PM

    Deb - this question came in directly to us via email. I told him I would post it here so you can respond directly to his concerns:

    "I just got your promotion email pitching dried cod sticks for dog food. I understand cod are endangered. If so, why are you promoting this stuff?" -- Bruce

  • Deb
    Deb – Special Guest
    2/25/2015 4:00 PM

    @Katherine Bruce, Yes, Cod is scarce here in the Northeast. The Cod we use is coming in from Alaska. The Cod is then stripped locally here in Boston and the skinless fillets are sent out to restaurants and grocery stores (when you see Cod in grocery stores it is skinless). We use the skin of the Cod only. This is a part of the fish that otherwise might be scrapped. It is also sometimes used as fishing bait. We like to think of it as using part of a fish that otherwise but not be used.

  • Devon
    Devon
    2/25/2015 1:52 PM

    Hello,

    I am always looking for good and healthy treats for my 2 year old German Shepherd. Can you tell me approximately the number of strips in the Cod and the Chicken containers? Thank you

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/25/2015 1:57 PM

    Hi Devon, each container contains 10 treats.

  • MJ
    MJ
    2/25/2015 4:36 PM

    Thank you Deb for providing a great treat with for our dogs. I love love your bakery and have tried these treats. The skins are a big hit, even with a finicky dog. What a great way to treat your dog with a product that would otherwise be discarded. Just wish you had more stores!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/26/2015 9:20 AM

    Thanks for the kind words, MJ!

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.