When San Jose resident Joanne Gutowski-Joplin could not find the right kind of dog treats that would be healthy and soft enough for her dogs Obi-Wan-Kanobi and Hunny in her local pet stores and shops, she decided to throw on her oven-mits and get baking in the kitchen herself.
After coming up with the perfect concoction of organic peanut butter, whole-wheat flour, wheat germ, organic milk and baking powder, her creative effort was a success. Soon she became well known for her delectable homemade dog treats among her friends and their furry companions, so much so that they were willing to pay her for them.
Today Gutowski-Joplin, with the help of her daughter, runs a bakery with the clever name Okashi Barkery where Campbell residents can stop by to purchase a variety of healthy, holistic goodies especially for canines of all sizes.
This pooch bakery is located at 519 E Campbell Ave. in a shopping center between and downtown. It is open six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday.
Gutowski-Joplin says she knew that a pet friendly community such as Campbell would appreciate her small business and in turn would be a great opportunity to connect with other dog lovers.
The birthday biscuits, colorful cupcakes topped with yogurt frosting, liver brownies and glutton free peanut butter treats made of all natural organic ingredients are popular buys among Okashi Barkery’s canine customers. There are even free samples of their confections on the pastry counter ready for doggies to taste.
Customers are greeted with friendly smiles from the owners and on some days a welcoming tail wag from Gutowski-Joplin’s own perky pets.
For more information, visit their website www.okashibarkery.com.