Hey everyone! We're super excited to be talking to Jaime, the founder of Mugzy's Barkery today! Jaime reached out to us at Henry Loves Betty to let us know about her treats and we had to find out more. You can sample Mugzy's treats for your dog this Friday night at Henry Loves Betty during our Doggie Treat Tasting for Troy Night Out or find bags of their treats for sale in our store and online!
Hi Jaime! So, we have to know - who is Mugzy?
Mugzy is my 2 1/2 yr old Olde English Bulldog. He's the first dog I've ever had and an absolute joy!
How did Mugzy's Barkery start? What inspired you?
Mugzy is actually the inspiration behind Mugzy's Barkery. When I first got him as a puppy I was frightened by all of the reports about commercial and foreign pet foods and treats poisoning our beloved furry family members. Because I eat organic myself and am an avid baker, it came naturally to me to bake organic treats for my pup. At one point my dog trainer, Katie Ropollo of Playful Pups suggested I sell them and from there Mugzy's Barkery was born!
What has been the best thing about starting your business?
The best thing about starting Mugzy's Barkery is that I have been given an opportunity to help fellow pet parents have locally made, safe and healthy treats to give their fur babies. I am honored to be able to provide the peace of mind that comes with knowing you are giving your pup the very best! It is such a thrill to me to be approached by customers who come back time and time again to tell me how much their dogs love my treats. I feel good knowing that the product I am providing is not only delicious but also super nutritious and beneficial to the lucky pups who get them.
Many dogs have sensitivities or allergies to certain ingredients, can they eat your treats?
There are a lot of dogs out there with allergies or food sensitivities. All of my treats are wheat, corn and soy free and made from the highest quality human grade ingredients. Most are made with an organic brown rice flour base. Rice tends to be easier to digest and is not a significant allergen like wheat can be. All of my ingredients are all natural and organic so you never have to worry about mystery ingredients, chemicals or byproducts posing a risk to your pup. I have a variety of flavors available just in case there are dogs that can't have certain things. I introduced a new grain free product this spring for those who are on strictly grain free diets. I have also taken special orders for dogs who can't have certain ingredients . I am happy to modify a recipe to accommodate specific allergies . For instance, one customer had a dog with an egg allergy but really wanted a birthday cake for them. I was able to tweak the recipe and exclude the eggs which made for one happy birthday girl!
That's so awesome! What is your favorite activity to do with Mugzy when you guys aren't baking?
When Mugzy and I are not busy in the kitchen baking (and sampling) treats we like to play ball in the yard, take hikes in the park and splash around in the stream. Mugzy and I love to entertain in our home and he is the life of the party! Mugzy loves people and if you're not careful he might try to cuddle all 80 pounds of himself up on your lap!