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Mimi & Munch

In case you don’t already know, my animals are like my children & are treated accordingly.  From sleeping in our bed, to eating the best food we can get them, to us not going away as we don’t like leaving them alone…  I would do anything for my fur-kids & can’t imagine my life without them in it.

They have been my biggest supporters throughout my health drama, & can always lift me out of a slump when I feel completely bogged down.  This means I am always on the hunt for another treat for them, & when I discovered Mimi & Munch I was super excited.

Besides the most divine treats, they also make doggy birthday cakes & all sorts!  This is a business that deserves our support, & I am sure that you will agree once you have learnt a little more about this amazing project.


Your name: Jade Factor

Business name: Mimi & Munch

Social media handles: Instagram and Facebook

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Tell me a little more about your business:  Mimi & Munch is an all-natural, premium dog treat business which is also inclusive of a dog ‘pawtisserie’. The all-natural dog treats are handmade in small batches using only the best quality ingredients thoroughly researched for their dog health properties. All of the treats are wheat-free, additive-free, sugar-free and salt-free and infused with so much love. The barkery side of the business aims at celebrating man’s best friend. Pets are part of the family so why not spoil them like you would your own child. On the bakery side our clientele is more diverse and we have families ordering cakes, pupcakes, pawty platters and personalised treats (doggie donuts, pooch pretzels, pupcorn, pawty packs) for their dog’s birthdays, adoption dates or as a gift for a friend’s dog.

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Where did this idea come from:  Mimi and Munch was born out of pure love for man’s best friend. My beautiful family dogs; Mia, Bambi and Munchie are the love of our lives and watching them grow up, we began to notice their reactions to certain pet foods. Mia has always had very itchy skin, Bambi continuously licks her paws and Munchie struggles with his weight. After much research, I came to find that certain preservatives, additives, wheat flours and meat by product ingredients in dog treats cause sensitivity and allergies. Struggling to find a suitable treat, the opportunity arose to research the best human-grade food sources that are the most nourishing for dogs in their purest forms. I began baking with ingredients that provide beneficial factors such as shiny coats, fresher breath, and healthy eyes, tummies and joints. Only premium brown rice flour and rolled oats are used, so that all the treats are wheat-free. The best part was that our dogs loved them and responded well to them and when giving to friends and families as gifts to their dogs, they loved them too! This is when Mimi and Munch was born!

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Have you always had such a love for animals:  Absolutely my heart is filled with dogs! I wish that I could rescue every dog in the world. Animals give such unconditional love and they make the world a better place. I believe they were put on earth to teach humans the true meaning of unconditional love.

What makes your treats so special:  Each and every treat is pressed out by hand, made with so much love and the ingredients are selected for their absolute freshness and uniqueness in terms of dog health properties. Having unique flavours with functional benefits like a Carrot Cupcake for example which contains coconut oil (powerful benefits for dog joint health) puts Mimi & Munch in a unique and functional space when it comes to the market.

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What have been your most popular flavours:  Liver Lover is definitely a favourite (absolutely yummy)! The bedtime treats are soothing with chamomile and red apple whilst the carrot cupcake gets the doggies bright-eyed and ready to take on the day! We have also recently launched Bambi’s Butter which is all-natural peanut butter for dogs made with 100% roasted peanuts and coconut oil for nourishment- no xylitol, no sugar and no salt. I also customise treats if doggies have a specific allergy (like grain for example) and can bake specialised treats accordingly so that no dog gets left out!

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Where can people order from:  Currently, all orders are taken via social media whereby dog moms and dads can send their email address to me and I will send them the treat and menu and information. We are looking to launch a website in the new year! 🙂

Mimi & Munch Treat Menu (11) (click this to see their current menu!)

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Do you do custom treats/cakes for dogs parties etc:  Absolutely! I believe that pets are family and should be celebrated just as we celebrate our human family. On the dog pawtisserie side we have created luxury homemade, hand-decorated and personalised cakes, pupcakes, pawty platters (inclusive of doggie donuts, pooch pretzels, pupcorn, puparoons. pawty packs) for birthdays, adoption dates and gifts for dog friends. All of the bakery goodies follow the same health principles as the dog treats.

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Quote you live by:  “It’s the small things in life that mean the most.” “Everyone smiles in the same language”

Anything else you want to add:  Giving back is at the heart of what we do and every bag contains heart-shaped treats to remind the dog mom and dad that they are giving their dog the best- a treat that will not only nourish them but a treat that will also give back to other dogs in need. Paw it forward: An animal shelter is chosen each month and a percentage of proceeds from every bag purchased is donated to the shelter of the month. Vegetables and fruits used in the treats are sourced from local farmers to support and sustain local businesses. Treats are all-natural, wheat-free and made with quality ingredients. Handmade. Infused with Love. This is my promise to you!

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You guys, honestly, how amazing does Jade sound?  I feel like I have a new BFF & can’t WAIT to spoil my hounds with some treats soon – I think I should order a cake for them just because…  And those sleepy time biscuits are top of my shopping list!

If you love your dogs as much as I do, then this is a business you will WANT to support.  Please let me know what flavours you buy & how much your dogs love them.  And spread the word amongst your friends.  Let’s show our fur-kids just how much they mean to us.


 

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Happy Paws

Recently I attended the Field Market here in Joburg.  It was my first one, but I know that I will be attending more in the future.  Their description is what really drew me in: “At our open-air market nestled along the Braamfontein spruit life is unhurried. Stroll underneath the trees through stalls that lure and inspire with local handcrafted goods. Then stay a while to enjoy a variety of food & beverages, live music and the relaxed atmosphere.

Doesn’t that just draw you in to go exploring & see what is on offer?  I loved that it was only locally made goods, & the fact that it is pet friendly is an even bigger bonus! I didn’t take my girls with me this time as I wanted to suss out the scene & see if they would be comfortable there – which I am sure they would be as it is not overcrowded or too hectic.  In fact it is a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, & although I was on my own I was greeted by random strangers & made to feel completely at home.  Oh how I love a good market!

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One of the stores that I stumbled across was Happy Paws – an organic dog product company.  My chihuahua has had a terribly dry nose ever since we moved from KZN to Gauteng & I just have not known what to do.  I have been using coconut oil on her nose & have been adding this to her food, but to no avail.  When I mentioned this to the lady at the stand, she immediately recommended the balm to me.  I bought some, (along with dog treats, because these pooches are pampered!) & returned home to try it out.  My Jack Russell also gets a reaction to grass on her belly, so I decided to apply some of the balm to this area too.  Well, it really worked!  Lola’s nose is much smoother, & Stella is no longer scratching herself raw.  And the treats?  Well, even my cat wanted in on the action.  They all adored them!


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Your name: Karin Kruger

Your business name: Happy Paws organic dog products

Social media handles: Facebook

Tell me a bit more about your business: All organic, hand made spoils for doggies. People have changed the way they treat their furry friends…thank goodness! We no longer just see them as dogs, but they have become a part of the family. We all love spoiling family, so why not our fur babies. They give us unconditional love, and we want to return the favor. I’ve done extensive research on all aspects of caring for our furry family members, and want to share my knowledge (and products) with as many people as possible.

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Why did you start this: A few years ago our senior dog was diagnosed with pancreatitis & was border line diabetic, I was convinced the dog food we were giving him was just making things worse. I started my research…. I started making home cooked (doggy friendly) meals for them, and I thought “hold on, what else can I do better than the products at the supermarket”. I took a step back and started with the simple things….organic shampoo? Why not? I made it, tried it and immediately knew I was on to something great!

What makes your products so unique: Organic, home made, proudly South African, eg. the beeswax in my paw balm is locally sourced from a 14 year old beekeeper.

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What are the most popular products: Great question, this depends on the market. At The Field market the treats sold out, this was because people were there to picnic and wanted treats for their doggies. On average I would say the paw balm. This product is not just to moisturize their paws, but can be used on any itchy, irritated skin….dry noses, insect bites…a miracle balm.

Do you make this all yourself, & how did you decide on the ‘recipes’: I make it all myself. I would research recipes vs ingredients. If there’s harsh chemicals, salt, sugar or ingredients I know are toxic to dogs I know the recipe is fake. If I would NEVER use an ingredient on my pups, or have them try it, I won’t use it in my products.

Why do your animals mean so much to you: They’re our babies. They are part of our family and we’ll do anything to make their lives as comfortable as possible. This does mean that we have no couch, bed space or privacy.

Where can people buy your products from:Your Dog’s Party”, an online shop. Send me a direct Facebook message, or follow my Facebook page to see what markets we’ll be attending.

Do you make custom treats for dogs with dietary requirements: I’ve never had to, but I do have recipes should I get specific requests.

Quote you live by: Love is a four legged word


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And so, I leave you with this…  Take care of your animals the way you would wish to be treated.  Show them the life that they deserve, & try give them as much love as you possibly can.  They don’t deserve anything less!


 

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Rogue’s Pawsome Bakery

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If you know anything about me, you know that my animals are my children & our number one priority!  They sleep in the bed with us; come on holiday when we go away (when possible); & I have cried nearly every time I have had to take them to the vet.  There are times that my husband & I have joked that they eat better than us!

I met Ilze through the Myasthenia Gravis support group, & we instantly just clicked.  We bonded over our love for fur-kids & zest for life.  Her kindness drew me to her instantly & we have just grown in our friendship since then.

When I had to go to Cape Town for an appointment with a specialist, Ilze offered to pick me up from the airport & took me to another friend’s house where I would be spending the night.  She took me past Frits Dog Hotel (a must-visit for everyone in Cape Town!) & we chatted like we had known each other for years!  She then gave me some treats to bring back for Stella & Lola, as well as for a fundraiser that I was doing for one of the local animal shelters.

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Now let me warn you, my dogs are flipping fussy!  They won’t even touch dog food bought from a supermarket, & oftentimes will just bury their treats rather than eat them.  I warned you, they are spoilt…  But these they gobbled down & sat as close as possible to us hoping to get another one.  What truly blows me away is that Ilze bakes these all by hand after hours – she works a full-time job, yet Rogue’s Pawsome Bakery is her true passion.  She lives beyond her diagnosis & this is her version of her “flowercrown”.  That’s when I KNEW I had to do a feature on her!


I asked her a few questions to get to know a bit more about this amazing business:

Your business name: Rogue’s Pawsome Bakery

When did you start: 2015

What did you do before this:  I’m fully employed at one of the biggest cellphone companies where I’m involved in knowledge management.

How/why did you start: I started this since I was going through some challenges at work, and health-wise.  One of my biggest passions is my dogs so I started baking for my dogs, & some friends started encouraging me to start a business.

What do you love most about having your own business: It gives me a chance to be creative and do something totally unique.  I love testing out new flavours (and so do my dogs!). Baking for the fur babies is my happy place.

What have been some of your biggest battles with running your own business: Getting my business name out there; exposure and building a stable client base…. Not creating debt but doing the most I can with what I could.

What is your main objective for your businesses: I want to grow my artisan bakery to be household name and go to turn when people are looking for something unique for their dogs.

You can visit their Facebook page here to find out more!


Ilze also makes birthday cakes for your furry-friends & currently has 11 different flavours of biscuits – make sure you keep an eye on her page to stay up to date with any new & exciting products she brings out.

I know I will be placing my orders soon for my spoilt brats!

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