Have you ever made a positive change to your diet and noticed you start to look and feel better? Your dog can also benefit from a healthier diet. Today Iman is talking with us about Lola & Baxter, a business dedicated to providing the freshest nutrient-dense food for your dog!
Me: How did Lola & Baxter get started?
Iman: My mom, who loves cooking and feeding everyone, has been making food for our dogs for over 20 years. It started when we lived abroad, where commercial dog food was not readily available. More recently, our vet noticed how healthy our dogs were and asked what we were feeding them. When the vet heard about the homemade human-grade recipes, they wanted to sell it to their other clients, and the idea for Lola & Baxter was born.
Me: Your company is named after your dogs Lola and Baxter. Tell me about them!
Iman: Lola is a sassy German Shepherd, who sometimes acts like an elegant princess and other times is a klutz. I adopted her as a puppy, and she gallops in her sleep. Baxter is a shiatzu with a zen Buddha personality.
Me: What dog food recipes do you offer?
Iman: We currently have five different dog food recipes fit for dogs at all stages of life. They are all made fresh from human-grade ingredients, and we work with a vet nutritionist to ensure the right mix of nutrients. We are also working on our first cat food recipe and a line of dog treats.
Me: Which recipe is your best seller?
Iman: Turkey is the most popular, and chicken is a close second. We recommend rotating your dog’s food so that they get a variety of flavors and nutrients. Plus who wants to eat the same thing every day?!
Me: From someone who is addicted to the convenience of Amazon Prime, I think it’s great that you deliver. Can you tell me more about this service?
Iman: For our subscribers, we offer delivery inside the loop, galleria, and memorial areas. The food is delivered to your doorstep frozen – you can freeze it for up to 4 months or thaw it in the refrigerator and feed to your dogs within 7-10 days. The temperature-controlled bags and containers are reusable, so when it’s time for the next delivery, simply put your empty containers and bag out, and we will swap for your next food delivery.
Me: What’s your favorite thing about running Lola & Baxter?
Iman: My favorite thing is connecting with fellow dog-lovers, their dogs, and other compassionate people we meet at the Farmer’s Market. I also like the creative side of bringing our business vision to life. For me, there is nothing quite like planting the business seed and watching it grow!
Me: What tips would you give dog owners who want to improve their dog’s diet?
Iman: Many dry kibble recipes contain preservatives and have lost valuable nutrients because of the high-temperature processing method used to cook the kibble. We recommend introducing fresh vegetables for a more nutrient-dense diet. Dogs are no different than people – we all look better, feel better, and perform better with the proper nutrition. It's important to note that some people food is NOT good for your dog - refer to this ASPCA list of people foods to avoid feeding your pets.
Me: What's in store for Lola & Baxter in 2018?
Iman: We are finalizing our retail packaging, and soon the Lola & Baxter foods will come to a retail establishment near you!
Me: Where can people get their hands (paws) on Lola & Baxter dog food?
Iman: Come visit us at the Urban Harvest Farmers Market every Saturday morning, or order online at the Lola & Baxter website.