Local business owner, Cynthia Ardiel of Wharncliffe, has been busy preparing for the Christmas rush on her Canine Comfort dog treats.
”Christmas has always been a very busy time of year”, says Cynthia, who’s been making her dehydrated liver biscuits for over 15 years. Dog owners love to treat their furry friends to something special for the holidays. (pictured above is Cynthia with her basset hounds-Remington, Jasmine and Tippy).
The idea to make her own healthy dog treats with organic and natural ingredients came when Cynthia had a cocker spaniel that became diabetic. She soon realized how difficult it was to purchase food and treats that weren’t full of preservatives and food colouring.
A few years later Cynthia started playing around with recipes and testing treats on her super fussy spaniel named Sesame, who refused to eat processed dog food or treats. Sesame always seemed to choose the samples offered with no wheat and with ground flax seed, so she used that as her starting point.
The main ingredient in Canine Comfort healthy treats is beef liver, which is sourced locally. There is one pound of liver in each bag. The treats are made in small batches and dehydrated to ensure freshness.
The biscuits contain no preservatives and no artificial colours or flavours and no salt or sweetener of any kind. Some ingredients are organic, like the green peas, and those that are not organic are at least non-GMO.
All ingredients are human food quality, and Cynthia has tasted them, but doesn’t care for the flavour. Dogs on the other hand, love them.
Cynthia says, “It’s been fun, but lot of work and very challenging getting the treats to market. I always believed strongly in my product and that’s what kept me at it”. Over the years, Canine Comfort has attracted a following and now she can’t stop making the treats. Her biggest concern is being able to source liver locally at a reasonable price.
Canine Comfort treats can be purchased at McClelland’s Feed and Hardware in Desbarats, at Foremost Pet Foods on 2nd Line or Trunk Road in Sault Ste. Marie, or online at www.caninecomfort.ca.