Let’s face it; most dogs would eat just about anything they can get their furry paws on. And when it comes to my girl Trixie, she is not the least bit fussy when it comes to her choice of treats; “deer caviar” seems to be at the top of her naughty list. But sometimes our four-legged family members are picky eaters, and we as parents are even more discerning — a fussy combination that can leave a pooch awfully “hangry,” eyeballing the feet of your finest furniture.
But thanks to Gretchen Mannix, the owner of the South Fork Pet Company in Amagansett, our pets finally have something to drool over.
An artisanal pet treat line, South Fork Pet Company was born out of Gretchen’s endless quest to find a healthier treat for her finicky dog, Stevie. She began experimenting with her own recipes, while Stevie taste-tested along the way. The end result is an all-natural product line that has human-grade ingredients of locally-sourced poultry, meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
The treats are handmade in small batches — in an old barn on Gretchen’s property that she converted into a kitchen where she dehydrates tasty combinations like Chicken Crisps with sweet potato, apple and parsley; Turkey Crisps with carrot, apple and kale; Cod-Skin Crunch; and the company’s first product, the Chicken and Veggie Topper, for finicky eaters.
“The reason I started the Chicken and Veggie Topper was to get my dog Stevie to eat his food,” says Gretchen. Once she saw how Stevie licked his bowl clean, she knew she had a treat that was worth begging for. These treats are different from the usual “jerky style chicken strips,” because they incorporate vegetables and herbs. And when it comes to sustainability, the Cod-Skin Crunch — dried cod skin— is sourced and repurposed from various fish markets on the East End.
“I feel good knowing that my product is contributing sustainably,” says Gretchen. “Nothing goes to waste.”
To top it off, the treats are grain-free, soy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, and low-sodium — a healthier and tastier option for Fido and Feline.
If you want to get your paws on these tasty treats, you can attend the ARF Dog Walk in East Hampton on October 8, where Gretchen and her dog Stevie will be handing out samples. If you cannot wait until then you can order online or visit the stores listed below.
One Stop Pet Shop
136 Main Street
One Stop Pet Shop
611 NY 27A
12 Bay Street
Sag Harbor, NY
42 Snake Hollow Road
The Dog Store
354 Montauk Hwy
29 Old Riverhead Rd,
Westhampton Beach, NY
Stuarts Fish Market
41 Oak Lane