Business Times of Edmond, Oklahoma May 2018 - Page 21

Each crispy homemade treat resembles a small bone. PHOTO BY KRISTY STURGILL Each bag of treats comes with 12 dog biscuits. PHOTO BY KRISTY STURGILL treats were a hit after selling them at her first farmer’s market in Edmond, which continues to be a large source of revenue for her business. “It just grew from there,” she said. “I started getting invited to go to events. I thought Oklahoma City has a demand for that because OKC wants good healthy treats for their pets.” Now, she has retailers all over the state, and three in Edmond. Customers can buy the treats at All Fur Paws, Fashion Lion, and Plenty Mercantile. “I went to workshops, and I decided I want to be in stores, but I don’t want commercial rent,” she said. “So, I sell bulk treats at a discount, and I am able to get them into a lot more customer hands.” Typically, each bag includes a dozen treats for $10. She offers special prices for customers who buy three or more bags, and she has sample-size options for dogs who just want to have a taste. She bakes four different flavors: peanut butter, pumpkin, cheese and hair of the dog. Her husband occasionally brews beer, so she uses the spent grain to make a special dog treat, and while it isn’t an owner favorite because it doesn’t smell as pleasant as the others, she said it is dog approved. Her dogs, Toby, the 10-year-old shih tzu, and Zoey, the seven-year-old chocolate lab, help her by serving as her quality control department. So far, they have loved every treat, and they aren’t the only ones. “I have people tell me their dogs just go nuts for them,” she said. “My dogs literally eat everything. I knew I was making a good product, but I didn’t know It would be that popular with picky dogs.” Her busiest seasons are summer and Christmas because dog owners are either purchasing stocking stuffers, or, during warmer months, they are out at festivals with their pets and they shop one of her booths. The best thing about the treats is they offer a one-year shelf life. “I want you to be able to go home and put it in your dog treat jar and forget about them,” she said. “Dogs love a soft, fresh- baked treat, but that doesn’t work for most people’s lifestyle.” She said she doesn’t plan on making cat treats any day soon because they often like tuna and catnip, and neither smell pleasant to cook in the kitchen. “Also, cats are not about the dry treat life,” she said. Outside of festivals and retail shops, Bark and Breakfast treats are available online. Although, Voth said shipping is not ideal because the treats will break in the mail. “Most dog owners don’t care because their pets will still eat them,” she said. Voth said baking dog treats is her passion, and she also enjoys opportunities to give back to dog rescues and other non- profits.  To learn more about Voth and her dog treats, visit www.barkandbreakfastok.com. May 2018 | The Business Times 21