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The Brooklyn Paper
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Three years ago, Raphaella Giugliano began baking organic dog treats as a healthy alternative to her pet, Biki’s, junk-food habit. Allergy-prone friends of Biki enjoyed the treats for their wholesome flavor and chewy texture.

Biki died of old age, but his memory lives on in Giugliano’s just-launched "Brooklyn Bites," an all-natural line of dog snacks suited to the allergy-sensitive canine. Of the six treats offered, two are dairy free and one is wheat free; all are baked on a weekly basis.

How committed is Giugliano to your canine’s health? The meat and vegetable broths she uses to moisten the cookies’ dry ingredients are made from scratch in her Park Slope kitchen, and the biscuits feature healthy stuff like peanut butter, bulgur wheat and carob powder.

Prices for the treats are 25 cents to 60 cents per piece, and $6 for a baker’s dozen.

In the name of research, I sampled a Nana’s risotto cake made from rice flour, grated carrots, garlic and fresh rosemary that, according to Giugliano, "a Chihuahua at the dance studio loved."

While my enthusiasm doesn’t match the Chihuahua’s, Nana’s risotto cake gave my jaws a workout. As far as flavor goes - they’re no worse than the health food crackers I’ve tried. Which means that for once you can steal something from your dog and chew the hell out of it.

To order Brooklyn Bites dog treats, log onto Giugliani’s home page at http://members.aol.com/ brooklynbites or e-mail her at brooklynbites@aol.com.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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