When Kate McCarron’s standard poodle Rosie began to age, she noticed that her appetite for average dog food dropped off. As Rosie lost weight and her spark, Kate knew that she needed to make a change in Rosie’s diet.
“I began experimenting with homemade dog food recipes I found online,” McCarron said. “I wanted to use all natural ingredients, and also create variety in what Rosie was eating.”
Emboldened by the new food, Rosie regained pounds, her shiny coat and a pep in her step. Kate realized that many pet owners struggled with dry food fatigue and began to create meal toppers for the public that could be added to enliven food, or served on their own.
After she perfected her first recipe, Rosie’s Beef ‘n Rice, Kate worked with her son Matt to expand the product selection. They developed Tuxedo’s Chicken and Yams, named after the family’s now 13-year-old llasa poo. They then turned their culinary hand to creating brew biscuits, made out of spent grain from local breweries.
Though these foods range in flavor and features, with gluten and grain-free offerings, they have one thing in common: ingredients are 100% fit for human consumption and made in the US.
“Dog owners have realized that they’re not the only ones who need to eat healthy meals,” says Kate. “We should be able to read the ingredients on our pet food and know what they’re eating.”
Since the beginning, Kate didn’t just put Portland at the front of her company’s name: she made working locally their number one business priority. The Portland Pet Food Company team partnered with the Oregon Food Innovation Program during their product launch to utilize local, sustainable ingredients that meet AAFCO guidelines. The product took off in pet shops and grocery stores from Oregon to New York and beyond, whose clientele enjoyed supporting a completely US-made product.
“It’s not only about local, sustainable food,” Kate said. “It’s very much about company development. We create jobs in the Pacific Northwest and support partners that do the same.”
Portland Pet Food Company also enriches the local community by donating 5% of their net profits to animal-related non-profits and shelters.
“We want to work towards a day when no pet goes hungry, so we provide in-kind donations and part of our profits to organizations like the Oregon Humane Society, the Pongo Fund and the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter,” McCarron said.
Shelf stable packets of Rosie's Beef n' Rice feed pups whole nutrition any time, anywhere.
The newest development for Portland Pet Food Company is the line of shelf stable meal toppers, which don’t need to be refrigerated and can be heated in the pouch. A great selection for camping and travel, meal toppers are available at select retailers and will be back in stock on the Portland Pet Food Co. website later this spring.
“We’re very excited to share this one-of-a-kind product with the larger pet industry this month at the Global Pet Expo,” McCarron said. “From there, we’ll work with our retail partners, wholesalers and online community to ensure that dogs get the easy, natural and US made nutrition that they deserve.”