PLEASANT HILL, Ore. – Does Fido find the food you feed him fetching?
How do you know? Have you sampled it yourself?
Sharon Jones is probably one of the few people in the world who can say 'yes' – every time.
Jones makes the treats she feeds her dog by hand, using organic ingredients. And yes, she taste-tests them.
“If I’m going to make a dog treat, it has to be good enough for me to eat or I could feed it to my kids if I wanted to,” Jones said.
Now she’s turned those treats into a business, baking them in her Pleasant Hill home.
Marketing them as Mr. Ed’s Cookies (named after a friend’s pet), Jones sells her all-natural pet treats in local stores – and she says they sell well.
“You would be amazed at the number of people who own dogs who feel that they are their children,” Jones said.
So what is it about the treats that Jones says dogs are barking for?
Some of the ingredients: “Turkey and or beef and then we use rolled oats, peanut butter, molasses, flax seeds, brown rice,” Jones said.
But what about the whole taste-testing thing? Jones said the treats are made for a dog’s pallet, but they’re also made with human-grade ingredients, so you could eat them, too.
“If you had some of Mr. Ed’s cookies and you got lost up in the mountains, you’re in good shape because there’s protein in there and all these good things; you could eat them,” Jones said.
Note that she said “eat” – not “enjoy.”
Jones knows her dog treats will never be a hit with human taste buds, and she’s okay with that.
But she does hope that one day enough owners will buy the treats for their dogs so she can fund what she calls her “true bliss”: pet photography.