Our quest for creating a safe and healthy dog treat began in 1999 when Lucy, Breann’s 11 year old English Cocker Spaniel, became extremely picky about what she would eat. She had developed food allergies that prevented her from eating just any treat. We tried most of the treats on the market looking for one that was not only safe and healthy, but one that Lucy would eat. After little or no success, we began reading about what was in pet food and treats. We were surprised to find the inferior quality of ingredients that are typically used in pet food products. As a result of these findings and numerous conversations with veterinarians and pet nutritionists, we began to home cook Lucy’s meals and treats. She deserved the same quality food as the rest of the family. Surprisingly for a dog that had become very picky, she loved her home cooked meals and treats. The next step seemed natural; we wanted to be able to share with others the healthy and safe treat we were cooking for Lucy.
We started out by attending every pet event in our area. When we were not out selling our treats, we were in our company’s kitchen rolling meatballs by hand, baking, freeze-drying and packing them. We could barely keep up with production. The word spread quickly. Pet store owners and pet owners were instantly supportive of our company’s new pet food products.
Grandma Lucy’s was one of the first to introduce freeze-dried pet treats to the pet food market. This allowed our customers to trust the high-quality products we were making and our customer's pets loved the treats amazing taste and variety.
The next decade would bring many changes and innovations to the pet food industry with Grandma Lucy’s becoming a forerunner in the home prepared pet food category. Our continued to focus on human-grade, healthy products would gain the respect of pet owners and rave reviews from the pets. Distribution would swell from several hundred localized stores to several thousand stores throughout the US and Canada. With the integrity of the brand name, Grandma Lucy’s took the opportunity to expand the product line to include complete and balanced foods in response to the revolution for more transparency in pet foods. The development of several lines of pet food with ground-breaking ingredient formulations would focus on food sensitivity issues and wellness for pets. All this while our treats continued to be a staple in the rapidly growing freeze-dried pet food category.
Our ingredients and philosophy have not changed since we began in 1999. We remain committed to using only the best ingredients from specialized suppliers. If it is not good enough for human’s to eat, it will never be included in our food or treats – Grandma Lucy’s pets eat better than people! We know that not everyone has time to cook for their pets. We provide you with food and treats you can trust and feel comfortable feeding to your pets because everyone at Grandma Lucy’s is a concerned and loving pet parent.
It takes high quality ingredients to produce high quality pet food products which is why Grandma Lucy’s insists on personal contact with our local suppliers and growers. All incoming meats, fruits, vegetables, etc. are required to meet strict Grandma Lucy’s specifications.
Once the raw ingredients arrive in our Rancho Santa Margarita, California facility, expert care is applied to create any one of Grandma Lucy’s unique and healthy recipes. Skilled staff inspect all incoming and outgoing products for quality assurance. Our kitchen brings together state-of- the-art freeze-drying equipment, the highest-quality ingredients and skilled employees. Everyone at Grandma Lucy’s is dedicated to delivering quality pet food products. The end result is a full line of freeze-dried pet food and treats that are always superior in quality and taste.
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