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There is a new bakery on Arran that is just a little bit different – because this bakery caters just for dogs. But the small, family-run Arran Dog Bakery is really going places.
Founded in 2017 by Stacey Smith and her beagle, Chica, Arran Dog Bakery was forged from a passion for creating high quality, natural dog treats for your four-pawed best friend.
An Arran girl born and raised and an avid dog lover, Stacey has a professional history in catering, and a passion for baking and all things dogs.
When her sister’s Labrador at the time, Myrtle, regularly got upset stomachs, the family became extremely aware of all the additives and preservatives that go into a lot of big brand dog foods and treats.
Stacey decided to create her own handmade, healthy dog treats that Myrtle could enjoy, with just wholesome, natural ingredients and without all the ‘unknowns’ that you would usually find in the mass-produced treat!
Spurred on by how successful they were with Chica and Myrtle, Stacey started selling her biscuits in her Red Door giftshop in Brodick that she runs with her sister Ruth.
As the word spread, Stacey was quickly overwhelmed with the popularity of her biscuits, and because of this demand Stacey’s niece Elaine and her partner Sam came on board to help Stacey keep up –it truly is a family affair.
Elaine and Sam are just across the water in Stewarton where they live with their Labrador Wellesley, and where they enjoy daily walks round the woods looking over to the Arran hills.
Since 2019, the Arran Dog Bakery team has worked tirelessly to build their small business, and reach more lucky pups across the globe.
As well as having a passion to create natural, handmade, wholesome biscuits, they also strive to be an ethical and environmentally aware company, and support small charities wherever they can.
Where possible, their packaging is made from recyclable and sustainable materials, and they donate five pence of every bag of biscuits sold on the website to Scottish Dog Charities.
In 2019/20, donations were made to The Trusty Paws Clinic – Glasgow, and in 2021 their donations are going to Islay Dog Rescue. They run weekly competitions on their social media channels where you have the chance to win one of their Giant Bones…I mean…who doesn’t love a competition?
They may be small, but they have big ambitions. If you are looking for some scrummy, Scottish goodies for your best friend, then head over to www.arrandogbakery.co.uk and have a look at what Arran Dog Bakery has to offer.