More and more, Americans are questioning the ingredients of the food they feed their pets. Concern over pet food recalls and unhealthy ingredients have caused many animal lovers to head to the kitchen to make healthy, homemade tasty treats and meals for their four-legged family members.

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So many of our beloved animals are cheese-lovers, just like their people. At my house, just the sound of opening a package of Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar can send my Yorkie, Murphy, into a begging frenzy. And on hot summer days, Murphy’s favorite cool down treat is a tiny Frozen Puppy Pop – either sweet or savory. The basis for these delicious, cooling pops is Cabot Greek Yogurt!

Frozen Puppy Pop

Cabot Cheese Board blogger, Susie from We Are Not Martha, created another totally yummy, doggie approved treat for her beloved Winnie. These Peanut Butter Cheddar Dog Bones look like pet snack perfection. If you don’t believe me, just ask Winnie.

Peanut Butter Cheddar Dog Bones

Another Cabot Cheese Board blogger Michelle from Brown Eyed Baker developed these two “pupcake” recipes – perfect for your little pup!

Apple and Cheddar Pupcakes

Apple and Cheddar Pupcakes

Doggie Pupcakes with Greek Yogurt Peanut Butter Frosting

Doggie Pupcakes with Greek Yogurt Peanut Butter Frosting

At Cabot, there are pet lovers everywhere. They’ve come up with some pretty fantastic recipes to keep their pets happy and healthy. Here are a few of our favorites:

Cheesy Constellation Crackers (Treats for Your Dog)

Cheesy Constellation Crackers (Treats for Your Dog)

Sam’s Savory Snack (for your Dog)

Sam's Savory Snack (for your Dog)

If cooking for your pet seems like a daunting task, you might want to try a healthy, wholesome store-bought alternative. Grandma Mae’s Country Naturals, makers of all-natural dog and cat food, is a New York based cooperative dedicated to making pet foods of the highest quality. You can check out their blog for more information and other valuable pet-related information.


Animal lovers can amplify that love from their own homes to shelters and animal rescue operations by volunteering at these organizations. Shelters and animal rescue operations are critical for the care of unwanted or abused animals and finding forever homes for them.  Volunteering of any kind, but especially at shelters, not only benefits the animals, but also the people who serve them.

Lynsey Gottselig Rescue-Reward Volunteers

Here are just a few ways volunteering at an animal shelter can improve your life:

1. Health and Happiness. Volunteering at an animal shelter can be very physical, there are cages to clean, bedding to wash, food to lift and stack and lots of animals that need exercise. The physical benefits of this kind of regular exercise are great. But the mental benefits of giving and receiving love and joy from a grateful and lonely animal are also beyond measure.

2. Getting to Know You. Spending time at your local animal shelter or rescue center is a great way to get to know your community and your neighbors. You will meet people you might otherwise never have encountered and discover places in your area that never knew existed.

3. Good for the Cause. The professionals and technicians who staff animal shelters and rescue centers are not in it for the money or the glory. Often it is the work of dedicated and passionate volunteers that allow these people to continue their important work. Giving your time to support their efforts can help keep their doors open and their spirits high.

4. Make New Friends. Whether you’re new to your area or have been a life-long resident, you’ll meet the nicest people when you volunteer at an animal shelter. Sharing common goals and passions is a great way to start a friendship. Working together toward a common goal can create relationships that last a lifetime.

5. Training Wheels. Maybe you’re thinking of a career change. Does becoming a veterinarian or a vet tech sound like the perfect career for you? Have you always dreamed of opening a kennel? Have you always been a dog person but are now curious about the charms of owning a cat? Volunteering at your local shelter can teach you about these things and so much more, with hands-on experience.

6. Change a Life for the Better. Dogs’ lives, cats’ lives, people’s lives – they are all enriched by the work of dedicated shelter volunteers. A walk and a cuddle for a dog that is frightened and lonely can change his day, and maybe his life. The joy of a family that is ready to give an elder cat her forever home – how lucky would a volunteer be to witness scenes like that?

Did you know that Cabot has developed a web-based app that helps you log your volunteer hours? It also makes you and the organizations you serve eligible for cash and prizes. Reward Volunteers is fun and easy to use – a perfect way to do good and earn rewards for your contributions!

Hutchins Family Farm - Malone NY

Hutchins Family Farm – Malone NY

If you would like to learn more about Cabot Creamery Cooperative, get more delicious recipes, or take a virtual tour of some of our 1,200 farm families, click here. If you find a recipe that you love on our site, please rate and review it – we appreciate your feedback!

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Candace Karu reports on all there is to discover and love about food and farming as well as communicating Cabot’s mission to support community, volunteerism, and sustainability. Whether online, on air, or in person, her job is to amplify the passion and commitment of the 1200 farm families who own Cabot. When Candace is not representing Cabot, she lives, cooks, and works out in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

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