Gourmet ice cream is a tail-wagging doggie treat
A businesswoman has created a range of home-made doggie ice creams to raise money for charity after the sad death of her puppy.
Denise Burrell, from Cornwall-based Pavilion Ice, has raised £500 after owners and their pets lapped up her tail-wagging treats at the K9 Crusaders charity walk on Perranporth beach.
The dog-creams, which come in roast chicken and gravy, gourmet roast beef and gravy, good boys chocolate chip, cheese and biscuits, and marrowbone flavours, are made from a mixture of fresh yoghurt and dog treats.
Mrs Burrell decided to make the unusual frozen snack after her dogue de Bordeaux puppy, Mazzie, died of a heart condition a few weeks ago.
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She said: "We were very upset because it was so unexpected. First of all I couldn't get her out of the car so we tried to resuscitate her, but by the time we got her to the vet she had died. She went from a beautiful healthy puppy to having passed away in just one hour. After that I thought I had to do something for the K9 Crusaders in Mazzie's name."
The canine creams, which sold for £1 per pot, attracted both human and dog testers.
Mrs Burrell, from Perranporth, said: "Everybody seemed to enjoy the day and the ice creams despite the terrible weather. The gourmet roast beef and gravy was the best seller, but after trying all of them my favourite was the cheese and biscuits.
"The charity does so much and I'm just really pleased I could help them out."
The volunteer-run Bissoe-based K9 Crusaders charity cares for and rehomes dogs which have been abandoned or given up by owners who can no longer cope.
After such success, Mrs Burrell is now planning to further support the charity by making more doggie ice creams for events throughout the year. She has also bought a 14-week-old dogue de Bordeaux puppy called Maybel, pictured left.