Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Teen Forms Dog Biscuit Company.
By TACOMA PERRY/myfoxatlanta
ATLANTA - When local teen, Zack Eller, turned six, he asked guests of his birthday party to bring dog food instead of presents.
The dog food went to local animal shelters and the idea of helping dogs has now grown into a successful business.
The kids have turned a simple idea and a simple recipe into a booming business, but the money they make doesn't go into their pockets - it goes to help animals in need.
Nothing makes a dog obey like a little culinary incentive - better known as the dog biscuit.
And no dog is better behaved than Duke on baking day in the Eller household.
"We combined just a bunch of different recipes that we found and just tweeked it until it worked," said Zack Eller.
Duke's treats are homemade by his 16-year old owner, Zack, his little brother Thomas and their friends. Zack has always loved dogs.
"They're always fun to be around. They always love you no matter what happens during the day, they still love you and they'll still play with you no matter what," said Zack Eller.
Zack's love especially extends to homeless dogs.
"Every year just in Atlanta, there are six to eight million dogs that are homeless that have to be put down. And I'm just trying to save as many as those as I possible can," said Zach Eller.
And he tries to save them all with something every dog loves - dog biscuits.
"It's peanut butter, applesauce, flour, eggs, milk and cornmeal and then we put sesame seeds on the top," said Zach Eller.
Zack started the Woof 'em Down Dog Biscuit Company. Armed with a mixer and good friends, he bakes the biscuits and sells them online and at farmer's markets.
"The most we've ever done in one day was like close to a thousand. I think it was like 950 biscuits. We were in here for a while," said Zach Eller's friend Alex.
And the biscuits are big business. So far the company has made about $12,000 and every penny is donated to a local pet rescue organization.
"It gives me that warm feeling you get from doing something good because i know that about 100 dollars can save one dog from being put down or can give it shots for heartworms and stuff," said Thomas Eller.
And while Duke reaps the benefit of being the official taste tester, countless dogs reap the benefit of these baking boys' generosity.
"It doesn't matter how small you are, it just matters how big your heart is," said Thomas Eller.
The boys make about 3,000 biscuits to fill the summer farmer's market demand, but popularity of the treats has grown simply through word of mouth.
To find out more about the Woof 'em Down Dog Biscuit Company, visit their website at http://woofemdown.com/
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