SLINGERLANDS — A fifth grader at Slingerlands Elementary School spends nearly all of the proceeds generated from her business making dog treats on supplies to care for animals at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Menands.
“I used the money to buy lots of different things they need like blankets and food and squeaky toys,” said Caolain Rosencranse.
She makes most of the product sold by her company Caolain’s Canine Cookies at her Slingerlands home but this winter shipped products as part of the Christmas Holiday Special all over the country and has customers in Florida, California and Colorado.
Generally when supplies are low, she and her mom, Siobhan, spend a day making more. Nothing goes out the door without being approved by two live-in, fastidious taste testers, Elisie and Emmett, the family’s two golden retrievers.
The first batch of cookies were turned out in August and the second was in September, most of which was sold during the holiday special that featured cookies in the shape of Christmas trees and Star of Davids and snowflakes.
She got the idea of donating the proceeds to the humane society after her older sister Teagan’s girl scout troop volunteered at the shelter and saw the animals.
“I remember that time when I saw all the dogs there and I saw all those dogs in need so I wanted to help out,” she said. “I always have wanted to donate there but I never had enough money do and decided that now is my chance with the money I made over Christmas.”
Caolain’s mom, Siobhan Rosencranse, who brought her older daughter’s girl scout troop to the shelter to volunteers, said she is ready to mess up the kitchen mixing peanut butter, chicken broth, flour and water for the next batch of cookies.
“They are all homemade with love,” she said. “It brings tears to my eyes to see what a generous and thoughtful girl she is. We hope the community sees what she has done and decides to do something to support the shelter however they can. It really is a wonderful place and they do a wonderful job.”
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