So today Maggie and I are reviewing our treats we received from Lindy Treats. Lindy is the Golden Retriever who runs the company. Here is her story.
I grew up in a great home with wonderful pet parents. They never beat me and I always had a warm bed, lots of love, and plenty to eat.Yep, I've been pretty darn lucky because I never had to scrounge for food or live in a shelter like some of my friends. When I hear some of their stories, I just want to curl up under the bed and whimper.
But recently, I learned that we dogs and cats are not the only ones being kicked out of our homes to live on the streets or in shelters.
In fact, I read that there are anywhere between 550,000 and 2 million kids and young adults out there facing the same fate...and they don't even have fur coats!
That's why I teamed up with the people from Daybreak, a non profit agency in my hometown of Dayton, Ohio, who helps homeless youth self-sufficient.
As part of the programming, Daybreak requires residents to be employed as they work towards self-sufficiency. But many of the kids were having a hard time finding and keeping jobs because they lacked the "soft skills" most employers are looking as well as the work experience.
Employment breaks cycles of homelessness and povertySince employment is key to breaking cycles of homelessness and poverty, Daybreak decided to create its own work readiness program, through Lindy & Company.
Kids living at Daybreak, under staff supervision, bake all the treats, package the items and ship or deliver them to your door. They will also be manning our retail store once we open in October.
It's a cool partnership. My pet parents provided the capital. Daybreak provides the supervision. The kids learn how to run a bakery and store, and do all sort of other things like filling orders, designing gift baskets, and even review the finances.
I think we created a unique social enterprise. Good eats for dogs and cats, great work readiness for homeless kids, and warm fuzzies for pet parents.
Everybody wins!I created "Lindy and Company" to open a pet treat bakery where pet parents can buy healthy, delicious homemade treats baked by homeless youth who are working to develop skills they need to get a good job.
So......We contacted the company after reading their story to see if they would send us some treats to review here on our blog. Yesterday this is what arrived at our house.
(This is me checking out all the flavors)We got so many treats our treat jar is overflowing. Mom let us taste one cookie from each bag. Maggie had a bit of a hard time chewing them up even with her really sharp teeth but Mom just broke them in half for her. She does better with soft treats, makes no sense to us!
(Maggie picking out her favorite flavor, See how big she is getting)Mom said we cannot keep all these treats tho cos she wants us to learn to share all the good things that come to us. We think we will make some Easter baggies up and take them over to the Dog Sanctuary. Melody owns five acres and teaches the classes for dog training at the local college. At her home she takes in dogs that has no chances left and she gives them a great life running all around her land, with a big pond and everything. We also are gonna do a little contest on here. If you comment on this blog today we will put everyone's name in a hat and draw out one lucky winner and send them a sample of all the treats for you to try.
Listed all ingrediants
Arrived in three days
Treats looked and tasted great
Helps the community grow
Maybe to hard for a small puppy but once we broke them Maggie did fine.
We will be watching for your comment and draw the names tomorrow.
stella rose and maggie