Forget dog biscuitsBy DENISE M. BARAN–UNLANDEmailFollowMarch 11, 2018 Joliet store features cookies, cakes and ice cream for dogs JOLIET – Most people don't want to see their business go to the dogs, but Carl Burd is the exception. ------------------------------- Four years ago she opened up 2 Paws 4 U Pet Bakery and Treats in Plainfield, which Burd said was a natural outgrowth of her pet sitting service. "I'd made cakes for my kids and grandkids, so I figured I'd find some recipes for the dogs," Burd said.Two year ago, Burd outgrew that space and moved to a larger space in Joliet. 2 Paws 4 U Pet Bakery and Treats is now a combination of retail products for local pups and a wholesale supplier for other venues that cater to pets."We sell wholesale all over the country," Burd said. "People kept asking for our cookies and it went from there. We sell. cakes, cookies, birthday bones, and human-grade ice cream – made without additives as well as the sugars and syrups humans love, which upset canine stomachs."Burd said she's had customers insist their dogs don't like treats only to have those same dogs eat the ones at 2 Paws 4 U.But even so, do dogs yearn for decorated treats?"Well, the decorations are for the humans," Burd said. "But the cookies are for the dogs. And they love them."Burd said her product line is virtually the same as when she first opened. "The only thing we changed in our products is that we now have a grain-free line of cookies," Burd said.Many dogs are allergic to wheat so Burd uses rice or barley flour. Since the cookies and ice cream are both sugar-free, whey is added to sweeten it a bit, she said. Her website said cookies flavors include bacon Cheddar, peanut butter, apple banana, grain-free chicken and sweet potato. "We never use any meat products," Burd said. "Some dogs are allergic to chicken."Ironically, the store's biggest draw is a Russian blue cat named Oliver, whom Burd adopted "a couple years back." However, Oliver is part dog in spirit. He comes when called and "listens fairly well." "He is the talk of the store," Burd said.Nevertheless, Burd only sells one cat product and not many of those. These are yogurt- frosted tuna birthday cakes with a picture of a cat on them, which are prepared only if a customer orders one. "Well sell about 20 a year," Burd said.Burd also sells a large variety of dry and wet food for dogs and cats; she also sells a large variety of accessories. In addition, Burd helps local rescues and shelters raise money and opens up her store once a month for Spay Illinois' low-cost shot clinics."They may not be our customers," Burd said, "but at least the dogs are vaccinated."IF YOU GO WHAT: 2 Paws 4 U Pet Bakery and Treats WHEN: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday WHERE: 1504 Essington Road, Joliet INFORMATION: Call 815-782-4184 or visit www.2paws4upetbakery.com.From left Tim Burd (Carol Burd's husband, who manages the retail section of the store with Lady Bailey on Santa's lap; Rachel Burd holding Gracie and Carol Burd holding Oliver Dave on the store's annual Christmas photo day.