It will probably come as no surprise to learn that I own a Black Dog, a very happy and loveable black Labrador called Dougal.
My name is Louise and I established The Black Dog Bakery in the Spring of 2012, here's a little bit of our story. Ever since Dougal was a puppy I have always experimented with making homemade treats for him. I've always enjoyed baking, but research into the myriad of dog food options made my husband & I aware of the number of potential pitfalls around what you feed your dog and we became very conscious of the additives & preservatives in many mainstream foods and treats. On the advice of our puppy trainer I first discovered the power of Liver Cake as a training aid in reward-based training and over time Dougal & I came to perfect our own recipe, which we called our Liver Fudge.
Gradually, a number of friends and other dog owners came to know that I made my own home-baked treats and began asking if I could make some for them too; perhaps inevitably the suggestions soon followed that I should set up a business and sell them. The first day I took a stall at a local dog show with some bags of Liver Fudge was very nerve-wracking, not knowing whether people would want to buy it, but as soon as the dogs tasted the samples, it began to be snapped up... and we have never looked back since.
I am so lucky that I get to meet so many lovely people and their dogs through The Black Dog Bakery and every time I see a happy dog wagging his or her tail at the thought of one of our treats it makes me glad I turned on the oven that day and tried to create my own dog treats.
Louise Sutherland & Dougal the Labrador
Founders, The Black Dog Bakery
The Black Dog Bakery - makers of healthy & wholesome dog treats available locally in South & West London, Surrey and nationally via our website!