Mutual Love of Dogs Leads to Fundraiser for 9-Year-Old With Epilepsy

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Three Dog Bakery is teaming up with Abbi’s Barkery to sell a limited edition dog treat, now through Aug. 27 at Three Dog Bakery in Cool Springs. Abigail Broadway, owner of Abbi’s Barkery, is 9-years-old and suffers from epilepsy. Abbi has made a special dog treat called the “Abbi Cake” in conjunction with Three Dog Bakery, to help her raise money for a service dog.

Epilepsy is a disorder that causes seizures. Abby was diagnosed with epilepsy last year. “Seizures are scary…for me, my family and anyone who is around when I have one. Not knowing when a seizure is about to happen is one of the worst parts,” Abbi explains on her webpage, where you can also purchase her homemade dog treats.

Service dogs, which cost more than $20,000, can warn those with epilepsy that a seizure is coming, give them time to get to a safe place, and provide comfort too.

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Abbi’s Barkery was conceived when Abbi’s beloved black lab, Princeton, which the family was planning to have trained as a service dog, died suddenly last month. Abbi decided to raise money for a new service dog by making natural dog treats at home and selling them at the Franklin-Simpson Farmers Market in Kentucky, near her home.

“When I heard about her story and all that she had been doing to make and sell quality dog treats, I was very impressed,” says Leslie Kessinger, co-owner of Three Dog Bakery. “Her love of dogs reminded me of myself at that age, and I felt compelled to do what I could to help her get a new seizure-alert dog.”

Three Dog Bakery, which is also celebrating its one-year anniversary this month, will be holding a party at its Cool Springs location Sat., Aug. 27 to mark the store’s milestone, and to benefit Abbi’s fundraising campaign. “Ten percent of all sales from the day will be donated to Abbi’s campaign,” explains Kessinger. “From 11-3p.m. we will have a party and Abbi and her mom will be at the store selling Abbi Cakes. We will raffle off a great gift basket filled with treats, toys and a store gift certificate; and we will be handing out special treats and collecting donations for Abbi too.”

The Abbi Cake is a carob chip cake with pink frosting.”It was a fun day and I loved helping Leslie make treats,” says Abbi. Her inspiration for the Abbi Cake came from her very first visit to Three Dog Bakery. Due to a severe soy and nut allergy, Abbi can rarely eat chocolate, and she knows that dogs can never have chocolate. Her mom Robin says that when Abbi saw that carob, melted carob, and carob powder is used at Three Dog Bakery to look like chocolate on dog treats, she was thrilled. “She said that her favorite part of making the cake was decorating it,” adds Robin.

To make a donation to help Abbi, click for her GoFundMe page.

Visit Three Dog Bakery, located on West McEwen Drive, adjacent to Whole Foods in the McEwen Shopping Center in Franklin to buy your Abbi Cake, or for any of your holistic dog food and dog treat needs.

Click here to see Abbi’s story on NewsChannel 5.

Click here to follow Three Dog Bakery on Facebook.

If you have health concerns about your dog, consult your veterinarian. This article is not meant to substitute or act as medical advice for pets.

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