But before I do that, I want to share the story behind these treats and how I found out about them.
As we all know, the Supreme Court weighed in on the issue of gay marriage earlier this summer. And in a historic sweep, they struck down laws that have kept vital, vibrant, valid members of our society from participating fully in the rights that so many of us take for granted.
We are calling that "Love wins." But in reality, hatred is still out there.
Those of us that spoke out in support of this legislation have faced some pretty nasty backlash. And those in the LGBT community have had it yet worse. Don't believe me? Check out this heart-rending post by the person who introduced me to these dog cookies.
She wrote an empowering post about why people in the LGBT community should be granted the right to marry. And guess what? She got nastiness in return. Not love. Nastiness. (And she chose to counter that nastiness with love, which is awesome.)
I believe in equality, and I want others to do the same. I like having products like this that allow me to make my belief in equality a part of my everyday life. Maybe I can whip these out in a dog park and spark a conversation. Maybe I can have these on my kitchen counter and demonstrate to my nephew that all of us should care about the rights of the LGBT community, even if we don't identify as LGBT.
It's a pride cookie. And I have pride.
The SmartCookee Company is based in the United States, and all of their products are made here. There are no chemicals or preservatives in these products, and everything on the ingredient list is either recognizable and/or pronounceable. These treats are also grain-free.
These are crisp and firm cookies that my dogs like to chew. They don't gobble them down, as they might other chews. They tend to break them apart into smaller sections with one bite, and then snack on those crumbs. I like treats like this because I can use them when I'm leaving. The dogs can't gobble and follow me out of the room. They'll work on them, which gives me time for a sneaky exit, right?
And they're inexpensive. You can order a bag of these treats on the manufacturer's website for about $9. Or, you can order a SMARTPAK of a bunch of different types of treats (sans pride messaging) on Amazon for about $20. Seems like a good deal, to me, for this kind of quality treat.
I hope you will try these cookies out. And I hope you'll also help to spread the message of pride.