SUGAR, SPICE, AND EVERYTHING NICE

How this dog-loving entrepreneur went from RUFF beginnings to sweet success

Katy Cable

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By Katy Cable

Heavenly aromas are wafting through the air in this suburban neighborhood just north of San Diego. The epicenter is a bustling kitchen with an oven full of mouth-watering hot cocoa, churro, and raspberry flavors of sugar cookies. While those are baking, finishing touches are being intricately applied to the faces of a batch of rainbow-sprinkled Pug unicorn cookies and a 3-foot-tall Alice in Wonderland cake. Each masterpiece is so adorable, it’s almost a crime that they will soon be devoured.

Every square inch of the kitchen countertops is cluttered with mixing bowls, cake-decorating tools, and a rainbow of sprinkles, frostings, and fondant. 3 adorable, exuberant pug puppies are constantly underfoot, fighting for crumbs falling from the workspace.

​Welcome to a day in the life of the amazing, Crystal Aquino, owner and sole proprietor of Divine K-9 treats. But don’t let the name fool you. While Divine K-9 treats do make tantalizing dog delicacies, Aquino’s specialty is baking sweet creations for humans. -Especially those who adore their pets.

But Crystal’s life wasn’t always sugar and spice and everything nice. I would’ve guessed a woman with this…

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Katy Cable

I love PUGS, cappuccinos and bad carbs. Put my Hashimoto’s into remission with simple food swaps. My holistic tips can help save you a rent payment in vet bills