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Dog Business Spotlight – Pet Nanny Erica

Make your dog business memorable! Offer homemade dog treats in addition to your pet services!

Pet Nanny Erica

Owner: Erica Harvey

Location: Edwards, Colorado

Erica’s dog business got an unexpected start. An adventurous spirit, she moved from North Carolina to Colorado in 2010 and started taking her doctor’s dog out for walks. People saw her, liked how she handled the dog, and asked her to walk their dogs. She was now in business. One client gave her twelve referrals!

Black pug
Miles

Her beloved black pug Miles, passed, and she found that the company of her clients’ petsBlack pug helped to heal her heart. She says, “I chose the name Pet Nanny Erica because not only am I a dog walker, but I am a “dog nanny” too. I spend many days and nights with my clients’ pets and have a large emotional investment in their well-being. They make me want to be a better human being. As pet owners, we are the voice for our animals!”

To further her focus of looking out for the animals, she now offers healthy homemade dog treats. “I have just finished bagging up my holiday doggie treats!” She uses K9Cakery’s cookie cutters and decorates with both Fido’s Frosting and Fido’s Royal Icing.

Christmas dog cookies
Christmas dog cookies

Giving out homemade dog treats to potential clients along with her business cards is a marketing strategy Erica employs. Not only is it a nice touch, but she knows it helps make her memorable.

Her peanut butter and pumpkin bone dog cookies are very popular. She puts a business card in with the dog treats and packages them in “doggie bags” with dog-themed ribbons.

All “for the love of dogs”, as Erica puts it. If you are in the Vail Valley, look for her walking her Pug Posse consisting of Beyonce, Oscar and Buster. Or the sisters, Hailey and Maddie, or malamute Yukon, GSP Caddis, and list goes on and on!

 

Be sure to look her up at PetNannyErica on Facebook and see the wonderful photo album dedicated to Miles.

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Dog Bakery Spotlight – Kimbra’s K9 Crunchies

Kimbra’s K9 Crunchies

Owner: Kimbra Cranston

Location: Eagle Point, Oregon

Imagine! Healthy dog treats made using fresh home-grown ingredients!

Kimbra grows apples, zucchini, carrots and pumpkins in her own garden. She says that Southern Oregon is a large farming community, so she can easily get the freshest ingredients to bake with.

Her healthy “crunchies” are about to be featured in a local holistic vet’s office. In fact, the vet’s own dogs love her treats. Not bad for a new dog bakery!  

After bringing a new puppy home, she began to research dog food and dog treats to find the best products for her pet. But in doing so, she learned that there were many recalls and problems associated with pet treats manufactured in China. So she started making her own  natural dog treats. Kimbra says, ” I love to bake so this was a perfect hobby for me.”

She shared her homemade dog treats with friends and family and received positive responses, so she decided to try to make money doing something she loved to do. “My dog treat business became official on June 14, 2013 and so far I am doing well! I sell at local farmers markets and online through my website.”

For the business name, she credits her niece who suggested that she use her unique first name. Thus, the alliterative “Kimbra’s K9 Crunchies” was created and I am sure you will agree, quite memorable!

Two of her popular dog treats include the following:

  • Peanut butter banana crunchies
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Peanut Butter Banana Crunchies
  • Sweet potato apple crunchies:
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Sweet Potato Apple Crunchies

These healthy dog treats are made with oat flour and brown rice flour. She makes her own peanut butter and uses locally grown foods to prepare her treats.

The treats are all natural dog treats and have no soy, wheat, corn or artificial preservatives.

See more interesting flavor combinations at the website: Kimbra’s K9 Crunchies. 

Wishing her all the best as her business grows!

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Dog Treat Business Spotlight: The Pawtastic Barkery

The Pawtastic Barkery         

Owners: Lisa and Doug Von Heeder        

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada                                     

                                                                                        

We are a family of animal lovers who started making homemade dog treats for our two dachshunds, Kaiser and Jaeger, to make sure that they got healthy treats with all natural ingredients. 

Our boys loved our homemade treats so much, we shared them with our friends so their dogs could have healthy dog treats too. After receiving requests for more, we decided to go into business.  

We opened “The Pawtastic Barkery”, a gourmet dog treat business, to make healthy gourmet dog treats available to other animal lovers. We chose that name because it translates into “The Fantastic Bakery” in dog speak. (We speak fluent dachshund.) We wanted a name that would be both cute and memorable for our human customers as well.

Our treats are made by humans, but approved by dogs. Our most popular flavors  are the Beddar Apple Cheddar Dog Treats, and our Woofin’ Good Apple Cranberry Oatmeal (Gluten Free).  We also have a popular gluten free/vegan dog treat: Apple Pie.

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Left to right: Beddar Apple Cheddar Dog Treats, Apple Pie Gluten Free/Vegan Dog Treats, Woofin’ Good Apple Cranberry Oatmeal Gluten Free Dog Treats

We bake both soft and crunchy treats. The crunchy treats will last over 2 months when properly stored and the soft dog treats are like a fresh human bakery product, but lasting up to a month in the refrigerator. All of our ingredients are 100% human grade and contain no artificial preservatives. We bake to order to ensure the freshest product possible. 

Our products are available through our website. Our first appearance at a Farmers Market is coming up and we plan to do more in the future for local exposure.  We created a line of specialty dog treats for the markets. It was a lot of fun creating the names!

See all of our gourmet dog treats on our website: The Pawtastic Barkery 

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Dog Treat Business Spotlight: Baron & Henry’s Homemade Dog Treats

Baron & Henry’s Homemade Dog Treats                                                                                       

Founded by: Suzanne Cushing                                                                                                        

Location: Pembroke, ME

As a conscientious dog mom, I was determined to only let my “boys” have safe dog treats. The best way to ensure that all the ingredients were acceptable was to make my own.

So I started making homemade dog treats.  I gave some to a friend, and then she referred someone else, and through word of mouth, people began asking for my treats for their dogs. Somebody suggested that I exhibit my treats with my other crafts at a local craft fair, so I did and generated quite a bit of interest!  I look forward to the craft fairs. They are a great way to promote locally.

Our most popular treats are the peanut butter dog biscuits. We also make special dog treats to celebrate the various holidays, like our Valentine dog cookies.

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Left to right: Peanut butter dog biscuits, cheese dog treats, Valentine treats for dogs, blueberry dog treats

I named my little venture after my beagles. Baron is the  stubby guy and Henry is the wiry one. Baron came all the way from Missouri,  but Henry is a local boy. Anyone who has beagles can tell you that there is never a problem with too many leftover treats in the house! 

I would like to share a story. The black dog in the photo was named Ruger. He was very sick and would not eat.

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Ruger

 

He didn’t have long to live so I made him a big batch of treats…and he ate them all. He loved the blueberry  and the cheese that are shown in the collage above.  He went to the bridge shortly after this picture was taken. He was such a sweet boy. I wanted to share this picture in his memory.

I also wanted to share the note that his owners sent: “We thank you so much for your wonderful treats. Ruger wagged his tail like mad when he saw the very large bag of wonderful bones. Words can not say how much we thank you.”

This is why I do what I do – to bring joy to dogs especially like Ruger and his wonderful family.

 

Join us on Facebook: Baron & Henry’s Homemade Dog Treats.

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