For several years, Susan Haggerty has made her own dog biscuits and she began selling them at the Waltham Farmers Market. Now she is ready to make it a business and it will honor her late niece.
Haggerty, who lives in Watertown with her husband, created her recipe for the dog treats.
“I have a yellow lab, Brady, and I started making them for him,” Haggerty said.
Several years ago, she decided to sell them at places like the Waltham Farmers Market and at Watertown’s Faire on the Square, which has proven to be one of her most successful events.
“We make 700 cookies and we sell out in three hours,” Haggerty said.
When she decided to start selling her dog biscuits she needed a name. She was inspired by her niece Brooke, who passed away at the age of 19 from an aggressive sarcoma.
“I texted my husband saying I need a name, and he said ‘Brookie’s Cookies,'” Haggerty said. “It was perfect. She loved dogs, so I wanted to do it in her memory.”
The biscuits look so appetizing that sometimes people take one off the sample plate at her booth and take a bite. Someone told her they were good, but were a bit bland.
“I say, well, they’re for dogs,” Haggerty said. “But they are safe for humans.”
The dog cookies proved so popular with the pooches that people kept asking for the address of her website. On May 1, Haggerty will launch the brookiescookies.net website.
“People can buy them online,” Haggerty said. “There will be different sized packages.”
To begin with, Haggerty will be baking, packing and shipping the dog cookies herself.
“I will play it by ear,” she said. “Hopefully, we will get to the point where I hire someone else.”