Our Town bakery serves pets & people!

Published 07/15 2013 04:05PM

Updated 07/15 2013 06:41PM

STEWARDSON -- A woman in Our Town loves baking, so she started her own business. But, there are a few things on her menu you might not expect to see. It's all made from food you could probably find in your own pantry, but it's not all meant to be eaten by people. WCIA-3's Anna Carrera has more.

Karla Probst named her business after her dog: Harley's Sweets and Treats. That's because she makes food for dogs as well as other humans.

"I can't cook worth a darn, but I can bake," said Probst. 

She grew up working at a restaurant. Now she bakes in the bonus kitchen she built in her basement.

"Lost my job and some health issues, and I always loved to bake and it relaxes me," said Probst. "I enjoy it."

A few years ago, she noticed her German Shepherd, Harley, started getting sick after eating dog treats. That gave Probst an idea: she'd make some herself.

"The dog treats I make are out of human stuff: flour, sugar, peanut butter," said Probst. " I have a cheddar bay bone. When it comes out of the oven, it's like cheddar baked biscuits from Red Lobster."

She packages them up for animal owners to buy. After getting a good response from that, she started selling people food too.

"People would ask me if I would do cakes and I can't do cakes because I can't decorate very well," said Probst. "But I said I can do the plain sheet cakes, so I would up doing a lot of that."

All of it has turned into the chance to make sweet treats she and Harley can both enjoy.

"A lot of people don't have time to bake, so I figured it'd be the perfect opportunity," said Probst. 

Of course, we had to try some of her food. Cheesecake bites we brought back to the newsroom were gone within minutes.

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