Karry Barolo’s D.O.G. Bakery in Traverse City baked thousands of dog treats for previous care packages, including football-shaped treats from the bakery’s bacon-and-egg recipe in honor of the Super Bowl.
This time around the bakery will donate more than 500 fish-shaped treats from a Lake Michigan whitefish recipe, all decorated with white and blue yogurt topping.
“I just feel it’s a wonderful thing that they’re doing and anything we can do to make life a little easier for these particular four-legged military personnel and their handlers, to bring a smile and wag of tail, I’m happy to do it,” Barolo said.
Merrill said she was inspired to volunteer with the group by one of her clients, a military dog handler during the Vietnam War who adopted a retired military dog named Rennie.
“Back in Vietnam, the dogs didn’t come home. They were left behind,” she said. “Now there’s more of a public push to recognize that the dogs are veterans, too, and not just equipment.”
The Military Working Dog Team Support Association needs donations of Kong classic or extreme balls and FURminator de-shedder tools and nail clippers for large, short-haired dogs, for its April care packages. Collection sites are D.O.G. Bakery, Bay Area Pet Hospital, Pets Naturally and Cherry Capital Subaru in Traverse City; Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital in Acme; and Bowsers By The Bay in Elk Rapids. Cash donations also are needed to help pay postage of $15 a package. For more information, contact Merrill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 231-392-9680, or visit www.mwdtsa.org.