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The Girl Scout Dog Cookie Contest spotlights the work of the Seattle Humane which is a charity supported by many Girl Scouts on a personal level. Sadly pets can not consume Girl Scout Cookies but who says they need to be left out of the fun? Vote for your favorite human and dog cookie recipe by March 12th at www.girlscoutsww.org/recipecontest. (Image Credit: Robertsen Ashman)

Woof! Girl Scout Cookie Season Goes to the Dogs!

It's Girl Scout Cookie Season and even our furry friends love the idea of Girl Scout Cookies. For the first time (and hopefully not the last) the Seattle Humane and Girl Scouts of Western Washington have teamed up for the first ever Dog Cookie Contest, in addition to the annual Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest. The Girl Scout Dog Cookie Contest spotlights the work of the Seattle Humane which is a charity supported by many Girl Scouts on a personal level. Sadly pets can not consume Girl Scout Cookies but who says they need to be left out of the fun?

"The inspiration was our Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Contest for humans, which is in its fifth year now. It's a wonderfully fun contest, and people get really excited for it each year," said Stefanie Ellis, Public Relations Director of the Girl Scouts of Western Washington. "This year, we were thinking about a fun way to let people know about the impactful things girls do with their cookie money, and how they're using it to give back to their communities. Seattle Humane loved the human recipe contest, and we brainstormed ways to extend the Girl Scout Cookie love to canines. And, voila, the first-ever Girl Scout Cookie Dog Contest! The cookies are not for sale, and are made with dog-friendly ingredients. Plus, they're inspired by our human cookies, which we're pretty sure dogs would love to eat, but can't."

Many local Girl Scouts use their cookie money to donate to the Seattle Humane, and share their time and resources to help give pets a chance to find forever homes and to provide their owners with the best support possible. Girls get to decide where to use the money they earn by selling cookies. "Seattle Humane is a big recipient of that kindness, as many of our girls feel very passionate about supporting animal causes. Seattle Humane is, of course, just one of countless community organizations that benefit from girls' cookie money, and we think that's one pretty sweet part about the Girl Scout Cookie Sale," added Ellis. "You get a sweet treat, you support girls in their dreams and goals, and you get the satisfaction of knowing that your purchase is likely supporting those who need it most! It's a triple win!"

The dog cookie entries include entrants from Pumpkin Carob cookies to Dog-si-Dogs, Doggie Samoa, Wag-along Dog and Girl Scout Dog (& Chicken) Cookies (full disclosure: this Seattle Refined writer submitted the last entry and was surprised to land in the top 5 with her chicken/dog cookie creation).

Girl Scout Cookie Season runs March 4-20 and if you need help finding cookies, the Girl Scout Cookie Locator will be your best friend.

Vote for your favorite dog cookie recipe by March 12th at http://www.girlscoutsww.org/recipecontest. Winners will be announced the week of March 14th.

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