BY BILL PHILLIPS
If you have a dog, you need some dog biscuits. Or, more aptly, your dog needs some biscuits.
Rather than buy some processed food that may, or may not, be healthy for your dog, why not buy local?
Bassy’s Biscuits just launched in Prince George and offers all kinds of tasty treats for the canine member of your family. Bassy’s Biscuits is owned and operated by Laura Bass who, like most entrepreneurs, had a passion for her product long before she decided to go into business.
“I have three dogs at home and I’ve always made dog biscuits for them,” she says. “I always wanted to know what was going into them and the stuff I was buying at the store, I wasn’t sure how healthy it was.”
She started off small, just offering biscuits to friends and family, but news quickly spread and now Bass is busy baking biscuits for more pooches than just her three. Working out of our house, she fits in time around her day job to make the biscuits, which are baked and then dried, so it takes some time to make them.
She is also helping another small local business, Col’s Juicery, by taking some of their waste material.
“I work in collaboration with Col’s Juicery, in their effort to sustainably resource their compost and pulp for juicing,” Bass says. “I take some of that and put it into biscuits so the dogs get some extra fibre, extra veggies, and extra nutrients.”
The flavours are:
Golden goodies-Pumpkin, turmeric, carrot and flax (to reduce inflammation and to aid in healthy digestion).
Peanut butter- PB, oats, carrot and flax (antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, healthy fats).
Sea Berry-Seaweed, blueberry, carrot and flax (full of minerals, healthy fats, good for skin and coat).
Col’s Juicery is also helping out by selling Bassy’s Biscuits at its location in the Northern Sport Centre. Bass has also been selling Bassy’s Biscuits at the Farmer’s Market.
You can also order treats online through the Bassy Biscuits Instagram page.
Bass also caught the attention of local dog owner and entrepreneur John Brink, who purchased $300 of worth of the treats for the Prince George SPCA.
“The SPCA and Equine Animal Rescue, all those people who take extra care of animals, it’s nice to be around them,” said John Brink of the Brink Group of Companies. “It’s great to see emerging entrepreneurs coming up with ideas for products that they manufacture, like Laura with dog biscuits.
“The challenge, always with new products and entrepreneurship, is right-sizing. All of a sudden you go through a streak of success and then it becomes a question of ‘do I hire people,’ ‘how much equipment do I need,’ ‘how big should it be.’ It’s very, very exciting.”
Bassy’s Biscuits can be found at the Farmer’s Market, at Col’s Juicery, and on Instagram.