One of the big decisions that we made last year was to share the recipe for our Bodacious Peanut Butter Dog treats. We also posted the recipes for the other flavors we offered several years ago. That inspired us to take things a step further and continue to post recipes for homemade dog treats. These recipes weren't going to be just any ol' recipe. We wanted to create our very own recipes to share and inspire.
Our goal this year is to create one recipe every week using simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. Last week, we made a scrumptious Bodacious Carrot Cake Cookie dog treat. Today, after making a couple of adjustments on a dough I created yesterday, I whipped up a tasty Bodacious Apple Pie Biscuit.
I'll be posting the tutorial for those in the next day or so along with updating the Our Bodacious Dog Treat Recipes page.
Since posting the Bodacious Carrot Cake Cookie recipe last week, and after posting a photo of the Bodacious Apple Pie Biscuits today, we've received quite a few messages for orders.
Unfortunately, the biscuits we're making from the recipes we've created are not for sale. We are not licensed to offer these to the public. These recipes are simply to inspire pup parents to try their hand at making homemade dog treats.
At this time, we're only licensed to offer our Bodacious Peanut Butter Dog Treats to the public.
As quoted from a blog post we published in August...
The Connecticut Feed Law requires that all animal feed product labels be registered with the Connecticut Dept. of Agriculture. The regulations for distributing pet treats in Connecticut deal with labeling and registration. The form for registration may be found at www.ct.gov/doag then click on permits and licenses. The form is under Commercial Feed Registration.
The Label must be submitted with the registration form. It must have the product name which includes the word treat or snack, the company name and address, net weight, ingredients from largest to smallest by weight and Guaranteed Analysis for crude protein by % Min., crude fat by % Min., crude fiber by % Max. and moisture by % Max.
The label will be reviewed before the registration is approved and there is an $80.00 fee. You can produce the treats in your home kitchen if there is no meat or seafood as an ingredient in them. If there is a commercial kitchen is required and FDA inspects.
If you're not sure of what "distributing" means in the state of CT, it includes the following...
In State Statute for Commercial Feed the word distribute means to offer for sale, sell, exchange or barter, or to supply, furnish or otherwise provide. Donating would fall under furnish or otherwise provide.
What does that all boil down to?
If we wanted to offer the Bodacious Carrot Cake Cookies to the public, we'd have to send a few sample biscuits to a feed lab so they can analyze the Guaranteed Analysis for crude protein by % Min., crude fat by % Min., crude fiber by % Max. and moisture by % Max.
The cost for that is $35.
Once the results are emailed to us, we'd then have to create a label with all of the information required by the CT Department of Agriculture, fill out the form, write a check for $80, send, and wait for the official license to arrive in the mail.
The total cost, out of pocket for us, if we wanted to offer the Bodacious Carrot Cake Cookie would be $115. That total is for one flavor only.
We'd also have to pay $80 a year to renew our licence for that one flavor.
If we wanted to offer the Bodacious Carrot Cake Cookie and the Bodacious Apple Pie Biscuits to the public, the total cost would be $230.
And, every December we'd have to pay $160 to renew our licence for those 2 flavors. Add another $80 to that to renew our licence for our Bodacious Peanut Butter Dog Treats...that's $240.
Obviously, that cost goes way up if we were to offer each new biscuit created every week to the public. A single month alone would cost us $460 for a 4 week month and $575 for a 5 week month.
To take things a step further, if we wanted to offer all of the biscuits we're creating in 2017 to the public, the total cost to do that would exceed $5,500. And, to renew all of those labels for the 2018 year, it would cost us approximately $4,160.
That's a lot of out of pocket money.
This is why our mission is to create new, simple, and inexpensive homemade dog treats every week to share with everyone. We hope to inspire all of you. Making homemade dog treats doesn't require a lot of time. The ingredients are basic. The recipes are simple.
And, as always, we are here to answer any questions you have and we're open for suggestions on homemade dog treats you'd like for us to experiment with.
You are more than welcomed to send us a private message on our Bodacious Biscuit Love Facebook page or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.