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Sit! Stay! Polish! Introducing the silver Milk Bone

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Oh, the cuteness.

Last year, New York artist Herbert Hoover made a splash with hand-cast versions of solid pewter Saltine-style crackers, which many folks used as fun Christmas tree ornaments. This season Still Life Gifts of Sausalito, Calif., has licensed the classic Milk Bone dog biscuit to create silver- and gold-plated treats. They are actual canine cookies preserved, electroplated and dangled on a satin ribbon.

"I offered it to three family dogs and none of them bit," said Michale Dancer, co-owner of Still Life Gifts, addressing the possibility that the shiny biscuits might be tempting to the family dog. The plating is meant to conceal the scent of the treat, and the metallic sheen is theoretically an additional turn-off.

"It doesn't smell like a dog biscuit, and my Lab is part goat, and even she wasn't interested," said Bonnie Dahan, owner of Vivaterra, the catalog and online company that is carrying the silver Milk Bone. 

If you have a dog that really likes to chew or young kids who might offer it to a pet, "it might be a good idea to hang it out of the way," said Dr. Alexis Cox of the Pet Doctors of Sherman Oaks, adding that metal can be tough on a dog's teeth and digestive system.

The silver bone is $20 at Gumps. Vivaterra normally sells it for $24 but is offering it for $19; to obtain the $5 discount, enter the promotional code LATB at checkout. 

-- David A. Keeps

Photo credit: Vivaterra

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