#MadeInRVA: Dog lover creates natural treats with local ingredients

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — “For me, my dog is my best friend,” said Anna Baker. “I want to keep him around as long as I can.”

dogWhen her dog, Bub, developed liver issues, Anna Baker took action and changed his diet. She couldn’t find any treats that fit what she was looking for, so she decided to make her own.

Soon, friends and family were asking for some. Shortly after that, it turned into a business called Dog Bark and she started selling her bones at local farmers markets and online.

“It is different than your average treat,” she said. “Everything is natural and fresh.”

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Baker says she cuts out all the preservatives and fillers and doesn’t use wheat, corn, soy or gluten like some treat makers do.

She sticks to things like sweet potatoes, raw honey and blueberries to keep it local.

“I grind my own flours, I make my own peanut butter. The peanuts are Virginia sourced,” she said. “Some of the ingredients I pick up direct from the farmers market when they’re in season. I harvest as much as I can and I actually grow some of the vegetables myself.”

Photos: Dog Bark
Photos: Dog Bark

And now, people from beyond Richmond are enjoying the local treats.

“One of my first online orders was from, like, Iowa,” said Baker.

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Giving dog owners near and far a natural way to reward their best friends.

“We make the choice of what goes in their mouth and if I give him crappy food, we’re going to get crappy results.”

To learn more about Dog Bark, click HERE.

To see the morning team taste test the bones, watch the video at the top of this story. 

8News is taking a closer look at some of the ideas products and innovations being #MadeInRVA. If you know of something we should check out, email us at iReport8@wric.com.

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