Dog treats can be both nutritious and delicious, says Doris Foley, Owner and CEO of Daniel’s Dog Treats.
“Daniel’s Dog Treats is a small family business named after Daniel,” she explains, “My Grandson, and son of my daughter Christina Harper.”
Foley and Harper have been in business for the past five years. “North College Hill is our official business listing address, however, we sell our products online at Danielsdogtreats.com, at Findlay Market, Stanbery Park Farmers Market, Fort Thomas Farmers Market, Marketwagon.com and through a local business in Hamilton, Ohio, called LahVdah,” says Foley.
“Daniel spends time with his Oma [German for Grandma] on a regular basis, so one afternoon, just for fun, they decided to bake doggy cookies for his dogs at home, the dogs at his Oma’s, and especially for Sarge. Now Sarge, a foster dog, was underweight, flee infested and had a severe case of mange when he first arrived,” Harper recalls. “After a few weeks of isolation and extensive treatment, he recovered quite well, however, the years of neglect and presumed abuse did take a toll on his body. Sarge suffers from a heart defect and quite severe arthritis, which required the highest dose of previcox for him to even be semi-comfortable. Even with all this, he showed so much love to Daniel, who wanted to do something nice for Sarge in return.”
Foley says she didn’t have a specific recipe to make for Sarge, but she had so much knowledge of dogs that she was able to throw different ingredients together, while having fun making dog treats that made the pup so happy.
“A few days later, Doris noticed a change in Sarge. At first it was a slight pep in his step, followed by more energy and after a while, he ran and rolled in the grass for the first time since he arrived,” Harper says. “The only change in this routine was the doggy treats, so Doris decided to investigate this further by not giving him his medicine, which is quite costly by the way, and we could hardly believe that the lack of his medicine made no difference. Well, until the Daniel’s Dog Treats ran out. Within days of Daniel’s Dog Treats running out, Sarge began to rapidly decline. Needless to say, a fresh batch was baked immediately and we have not run out since.”
Daniel, Foley and Harper started to bake regularly for Sarge and the rest of the dogs. “Over time, we shared Daniel’s Dog Treats with owners of dogs with ailments and the results were astonishing,” Foley says. “With that, our Blueberry Delights were created, followed by the Calming Treats and Fresh Breath.”
The treats offered at Daniel’s Dog Treats are: Blueberry Delights, Calming Treats, Fresh Breath, Gluten and Wheat Free Blueberry Delights, Peach Paradise (Gluten Free), Strawberry Heaven (Gluten and Wheat Free).
The mission of the business is to see healthy dogs. “We strive to provide healthy, quality dog treats to our customers,” Foley says. “Our treats have benefited many dogs as described in our testimony section of our website.”
Daniel’s Dog Treats is unique because they sell healthy dog treats. “We are unique, due to the fact that our treats do have amazing health benefits and are a natural alternative for dog owners and their fur babies,” Foley says. “Our treats do not contain preservatives or additives and are baked fresh weekly by us.”
This business is important for the community of Cincinnati. “Many of our four legged customers have not only enjoyed our treats,” Foley says, “but are receiving quality treats that help them with issues from pain and anxiety problems, to just be able to enjoy treats that fit in their dietary restrictions.”
Foley says interacting with the customers and hearing the success stories of their products is what she loves best about the business. “Every customer, every success story of a dog feeling better,” she adds. “[I love] the feedback of how well our customers are responding to our treats.”