Enter to Win Handmade Dog Biscuits

by Mary Haight on April 16, 2010

Win a bunch of delicious dog biscuits for your dog. That’s right – in conjunction with the makers of Benevolent Dog Biscuits we want your dog to win delicious dog biscuits handmade by monks! 3619653839_64cc4b09f5

Benevolent Bakery is up and running, with monks now baking more than the new cookie flavors Apple Blossom, Apple and Cinnamon, and bone shaped breath mints for Bo. People get a chance to indulge, too, with four or five different cakes, like Kirsch Cherry Cake, Dorothea Peach Brandy Cake,  Limoncello Poundcake (mmmm) to name a few.  Cistercians are known for very high quality goods, making entering their new target market, the gourmet/specialty niche, a natural fit.

Each year Benevolent Bakery partners with and supports other groups helping people, like StoryBrook Farm, providing equine assisted therapy for those challenged children 2 years old to young adults afflicted with physical or mental disabilities. And Haley House in Massachusetts, addressing root causes of joblessness through their café and bakery business.  Proceeds are donated to help another nonprofit, and so on to the next, taking the “paying it forward” concept and radically supercharging it for exponential growth – love this idea! And it’s in perfect harmony with things happening in the pet blogosphere today where all will be blogging to raise funds and awareness for animals.  With that in mind…

Wholesale and not-for-profit inquiries are welcome! Benevolent Biscuits are a natural at fundraisers. Special holiday products are available, too.  You can reach the office at (866) 808-8080, visit their websites: lasermonks, and lasermonksgreen.  And…

Sarah and I decided to run a Contest.

In honor of Spring and cookies with names like Apple Blossoms and because the Service Dog provider Canine Companions for Independence gets 10% of the purchase price on all dog cookie saleseach and every day, if you like to buy in bulk here’s a chance to make a difference. You could start a new permanent giving program, a money tree for service dogs in your business, shelter, vet clinic, pet store, sports store, any store! Give Sarah a call or email–get some good cookies and help service dogs get trained!  Should anyone just want to smell the apple blossoms, just buy a bag now – if you win, you’ll just have more!

First Prize:

Baked and packaged by the monks of Our Lady of Spring Bank Cistercian Abbey, these nutritious dog treats can be ordered for small or large dogs.

This is a decoratively packaged pet basket with a dog-themed bow and greeting card and includes: Value: $32.95

1 Bag of Carob Dog Treats,   1 Bag of Breath Mint Bones,  Doggie Soap on a Rope (Good for Dog Baths),  Book of Dog Psalms,   Doggie Paw Balm,   St. Francis Medal

Second Prize

Two bags of Benevolent Biscuits – Gigi should be happy for awhile! Value: $15.90

How To Enter:

In 25 words or less, and in more than one sentence, tell us why your dog deserves a little nibble of heaven from Benevolent Bakery!

You must be a US resident and at least 18 years old to be eligible to win. In the event of an ineligible entry an alternate will be chosen.

One entry per person. Duplicate and anonymous entries will be discarded.  Send entries to: dancingdogblog@yahoo.com  Make sure the subject line reads “Contest Entry”.  Any kind of automated entrys are invalid. Include the address you want your prize sent to if you win. We are a no spam zone, and we will not sell your address.

Deadline

Entry closes at 11:59, Friday April 30, 2010.  Winner will be announced on May 2 on the website.  Sarah and I will put the best entries in a hat and chose from those finalists. Decisions are final.

MORE INFO & LEGAL STUFF ON NEXT PAGE

Legal Stuff

Employees of LaserMonks, the Abbey, or Dancing Dog Blog (that would be Tashi!) are not eligible to enter the contest.  No substitutions including for cash are permitted, with the exception that Benevolent Bakery and Dancing Dog Blog reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater monetary value for the prize. The winner shall be responsible and liable for all federal, state and local taxes on the value of the prize. ##

Have fun, do some good for animals (and people), and we will, at our discretion, randomly publish entries for your enjoyment! Below is more information on the Monks.

The Order of Cistercian Monks, founded in the 11th century, whose mission is entrepreneurial in nature, and is referred to as “Commerce with Compassion.”  Monks choose work in keeping with a contemplative life, and donate all the profits to charitable causes. They are very much involved in their communities and conduct as much local trade as possible.

I spoke by phone with Sarah Caniglia, and she, along with partner Cindy Griffith have grown LaserMonks product line, the brainchild of the monastery’s superior Rev. Bernard McCoy, from a $2000 per year income to a $4.5 million dollar enterprise.  When this partnership began, it was all about the eco-conscious soy ink printer replacement cartridges business Sarah and her partner sold to the Order.  Now, with Sarah and Cindy running the business, there’s coffee, preserves, gift baskets, Benevolent Dog Biscuits and some new products for 2010.  When we left our conversation last year, I had asked Sarah what plans for expansion were in the works.  She mentioned they hoped to build a bakery on the Abbey grounds to accommodate growth on the wholesale side of the business. For the original interview, read on…

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5 comments
Rick
Rick

Baking monks? That's a new one on me. Very neat.

This One Wild Life
This One Wild Life

I had no idea how many Monk-baked products were available for both dogs and humans! The only dog-related Monks I had heard of were the Monks of New Skete thanks to their book How To Be Your Dog's Best Friend. It seems fitting that the overall approach of all Monks would include holistic treats as well!

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Hi Kim! Yes, this monk's Order was a real eye-opener for me. They are truly connected to their community and their environment, have six dogs on the premises as ideal taste testers, and the two women, Sarah and Cindy, who have grown the monk's businesses so remarkably well are just a delight to talk to. And talk about being the change you want to see in this world! Thanks for stopping by;-)

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Hi Roxanne and welcome! That was my thinking, too, who knew? Their website even has sample Gregorian Chants which is pretty great if you're ever in a fit of pique and your dog is not around:)

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