BIRTHDAYS wouldn’t be the same without cake, however a new mum is hoping to give her canine friends the special treatment too.

Sally Balmer-Dibb, from Caerwys, is hoping to send North Wales ‘barking mad’ with her range of dog-friendly cakes.

The 36-year-old’s recipes include natural ingredients only and keep away from items such as butter and sugar which can harm dogs’ health.

Mrs Balmer-Dibb, mum of six-month-old Mathilda, is currently on maternity leave but hopes starting The Barking Bakehouse will enable her to spend more time with her daughter in the long-term.

She has enlisted the help of her own mum, Jane, 62, who lives on a farm in Bodfari and works for a nearby dog food company for working dogs.

Mrs Balmer-Dibb said: “I currently work as a personal assistant in Chester and I own a catering business selling gourmet sausages in a converted horse box at events. However after having my beautiful baby girl, I’m wanting to spend as much time with her as possible.

“I had to come up with a plan to earn a wage from home and, being a dog lover, making the cakes felt the right idea. We decided on the slogan ‘Dogs need cakes too’ – people enjoy cakes on birthdays, during Christmas and at any time of the year, so why not your dog?

“Myself and my mum are big dog people, I have three dogs of my own, and we haven’t seen anything like this in the area so I began researching, trying different recipes, and I’ve found the right cake mix and icings.”

The cakes can be ordered to include dog-friendly chocolate, fresh fruit, peanut butter, cream cheese and dog biscuits and sweets.

They can also be personalised with names and various colours.

Mrs Balmer-Dibb said: “All the packing is biodegradable; it’s important to look after the environment and nobody wants plastic anymore.

“We will be selling our cakes online and hopefully in some shops and dog-friendly pubs and cafes too.

“We are only in the early stages of our business and are working on new ideas and getting the word out about what we are doing.

“We hope to provide the delivery service across North Wales, but also around the UK. We are able to deliver to places like Devon and Cornwall.”

For more information visit The Barking Bakehouse Facebook, Instagram and website pages.