Back and begging for more: Cookbook to benefit animals

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 7, 2009

NATCHEZ — From the front desk at Natchez Veterinary Clinic on Liberty Road, Lori Isbell can hear the dogs barking at the Natchez-Adams County Humane Society just two doors away.

She said the humane society is often so crowded that some animals have to be kept at the veterinary office where she works.

As the owner of three dogs, Isbell knows the expenses related to taking care of just those few animals is high. And that is the reason she decided to once again donate her time to compile and organize recipes for a second NACHS cookbook, “Dog-gone Purrfectly Good Eats II.”

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“There are a lot of expenses associated with running the humane society that people don’t think about,” Isbell said.

Isbell said the idea for the first cookbook came to her because she often purchases fundraiser cookbooks, especially ones from local banks.

“I thought it was a pretty easy way to raise some money for the shelter,” she said.

The new cookbook, which went on sale March 10, is a second edition to “Dog-gone Purrfectly Good Eats,” which Isbell organized and released one year ago. She said after the 400 copies of the first cookbook were sold, people kept showing interest in the book so she decided a second book was necessary.

The new book has 300 recipes new recipes in eight different categories — from appetizers and breads to desserts and “this and that.” They are $20 each and can be purchased at the Natchez Veterinary Clinic.

Isbell said after looking over all the recipes in the book she still can not pick a favorite because there is such a variety of dishes. There is even a recipe for a dog-friendly snack — Pupcake Doggie Treats which was submitted by Anne Vaughn.

All of the proceeds from the sale will be used to cover operating expenses at the humane society, Isbell said.

And to make sure the most money possible would be given back to the NACHS, Isbell sold sponsorships on the 16 divider pages in the cookbook for $100 each.

“I sold 14 of them just that quick,” Isbell said.

The divider pages feature memorial and in honor of pictures of area pets. Isbell said many of the pictures also feature area children. She said the cover pictures and most of the divider pictures go along with the “kids and pets” theme she choose for the cookbook design.

“People can’t resist buying something that has their child or grandchild’s picture in it,” Isbell said.