Growing up with cats and dogs, founders of The Grateful Dog, Rachel and Sandee, experienced the joy of their companionship and the pain of losing them. But one question that always crossed their minds was whether they truly did everything they could to give their animal companions the best quality of life?
Though their beloved pets can never be replaced, new four legged members have been welcomed into their lives, Lucy the Boston terrier and Clash the beagle. It became even more important to take the best care of both dogs – starting with the basics: food.
After learning of the negative effects of highly processed kibble and canned food, the duo swore off ever feeding kibble to their dogs and began dedicating their free time to researching how they could feed their best friends better and subsequently, found joy and confidence in preparing homemade meals for them. The positive effects of feeding whole foods to their dogs were striking and impossible to ignore.
The most obvious ones started with the sheer joy of seeing their dogs finishing their meals in one sitting. No more fussy eating. No more leftovers.
Over the course of a few days, stool became lesser, smaller, firmer, and not as foul smelling. These were just some of the many positive changes experienced by the dogs.
Lucy, who was previously scrawny began bulking up in the healthiest of ways and is now active as ever, while pudgy Clash not only started slimming down, the rashes that plagued her started clearing up.
Fast forward two years of careful research, testing and serving a close group of other avid dog lovers, The Grateful Dog was conceived in 2017 so that both Rachel and Sandee, a certified pet food nutrition specialist, can better share their passion and belief in the power of fresh foods for dogs to even more dog owners.
The Grateful Give Back is also the duo’s way of imparting essential funds to local animal shelters, powered by every purchase through The Grateful Dog.