August 28, 2021

Where to get Alabama-made dog treats for your pup

3.7 min read

Home-grown food engenders deep pride in Alabama. Restaurant menus name-check local farmers and fishers, and scores of local pop-up markets connect home cooks with the people who actually grew the family’s dinner.

Alabama dogs can also do the eat-local thing, with biscuits, cakes, jerky, and other treats made in the Yellowhammer State, often from locally produced vegetables, eggs, and honey. 

We’ve fetched a few for you, and for the good booooy! or good girrrrl! in your life.

Blind Dog Biscuit Co.

This Birmingham company is named in honor of one of the founder’s dogs, Tinker, a blind beagle with a nose for treats. The small-bite biscuits are hand-made from organic and fido-friendly ingredients like pumpkin, country ham, honey, oatmeal, beef broth, and peanut butter. Blind Dog is sold at select local shops in greater Birmingham. Shipping is available, including monthly or every-other-month subscription boxes.

(Blind Dog Biscuit/Facebook)

CahaBones

These all-natural gourmet treats are made in Birmingham and pug-approved by Tallulah BabyGirlPug (LuLu) and George Agador Spartacus (Georgie), the official tasters at CahaBones. The treats come in seven flavors with dog-fave ingredients like bacon, peanut butter, and sweet potato, baked in biscuits made from spent grain (from a brewery). Grain-free versions are available. CahaBones also offers monthly subscription packages. Buy online through Etsy.

(CahaBones/Facebook)

Dog Days Barkery

A specialty pet store in Mobile, Dog Days barks—er—bakes personalized cakes and cookies made from grain-free apple spice cake batter, with peanut butter or cream cheese icing. Local pick-up only for those, and 24 hours’ notice is needed. Bone-shaped treats made in-house include unusual flavors like crawfish étouffée, shrimp po’boy, spaghetti and meatball, and birthday cake, in addition to peanut butter and bacon cheeseburger.

(Dog Days Barkery/Facebook)

FETCH

Billing itself as a “treat truck for dogs,” Birmingham-based FETCH sells its own canine cookies, cupcakes, and snacks. Its lactose-free ice cream and puppy popsicles include a pop with yogurt and chicken stock frozen around a stick made from rawhide. FETCH also sells other local vendors’ products. Look for the truck’s schedule on its website and social media. Part of the proceeds go to local animal shelters and rescue groups.

(Fetch – A Treat Truck for Dogs/Facebook)

Gaines Family Farmstead

The Gaines family, who for generations have raised purebred dogs of all sizes and provided a home to rescue dogs, became dissatisfied with commercial products for their fur family and decided to make their own. Mississippi-grown sweet potato, full of healthy nutrients and fiber, is the base for the baked “bones,” chews, “fries,” and “chips” produced by Birmingham-based Gaines Family Farmstead. They’re sold through the company’s website or via online sources like Amazon.

(Gaines Family Farmstead/Facebook)

Milly’s Pet Bakery

Based in Cullman, Milly’s makes cakes, doggie donuts, muffins, hard and soft treats, and chicken-apple jerky. Its Obi Paws treats, with a paw print design, and Doggie Donuts contain house-ground peanut butter, local farm eggs, bananas, and cottage cheese. Locally grown sweet potatoes, house-made applesauce, and local honey help give rise to Milly’s muffins. Shipping is limited to Alabama; local delivery is available.

(Milly’s Pet Bakery/Facebook)

One Lucky Dog Treats 

Idie Hastings does for dogs what husband Chris Hastings does for people at his Birmingham restaurants Hot and Hot Fish Club and OvenBird—turn the best ingredients into the tastiest treats. Created in the culinary professional’s quest to produce healthier dog treats, One Lucky Dog’s peanut butter biscuits and granola bars are made from whole, non-GMO ingredients. Soon to come: Coco’s Kisses carob sweet treats. Sales benefit Hand in Paw, an animal-assisted therapy nonprofit.

(One Lucky Dog/oneluckydogtreats.com)

Sunshine Mills

Sunshine Mills in Red Bay has made animal food and pet treats for more than 70 years, starting with farm-animal feed and adding a line for pets in 1960. Now distributing internationally, Sunshine Mills produces Evolve, Pup Corn, and other brands of biscuits, jerky, crunchy bones, and dental treats. They are sold in pet and grocery stores across Alabama, and through their online store.

(Sunshine Mills/Facebook)

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