By Baylee Pulliam
The Herald Bulletin
Name of business: Scout and Zoe’s Dog Treats
Owner: Cindy Dunston Quirk
Hours: 24/7 online
Services: hypoallergenic, organic, natural and green dog treats, sold online and through stores throughout the region
In the owners’ words: Cindy Dunston Quirk’s secret to success is her dogged determination — pun definitely intended.
In 2010, Quirk founded Scout and Zoe’s Dog Treats after she couldn’t find goodies for her German shepherd, Zoe.
“I just felt so badly for her,” Quirk said. “She couldn’t eat other treats because she’s allergic.”
Quirk took the matter into her own hands, designing a hypoallergenic line of antler chews for her doggy friend and others suffering from similar allergies.
Three short years later, the business has rocketed from idea to local phenomenon. And now, it’s taking its place in the national spotlight, appearing last weekend on the FOX News network show “FOX and Friends.”
“It’s flattering to have someone recognize the work you’ve done and elevate it to that level,” Quirk said. “It’s sort of validating.”
The show segment featured pet products made in America. That’s a big selling point for pet parents, Quirk said, since there’s a recent rash of less-regulated imported products making animals sick.
“We don’t have that problem (at Scout and Zoe’s),” she said. “All the ingredients come from the U.S., and everything’s made right here in Anderson.”
That means Quirk can have a hand in every step of the production process, from the source of the ingredients, to manufacturing and quality control.
Scout, a German short-haired pointer who also has allergies, and Zoe do that last one personally. Every box of treats come with the dog’s stamp of approval: “Quality tested by Scout and Zoe.”
Most recently. Quirk added doggy chicken jerky and sweet potato bites to her business’ treat arsenal. They’re all natural, which means they could “just as easily be on your dinner table” as in your pet’s food bowl, she said.
“I even eat the sweet potato ones,” Quirk said. “It’s human-grade.”
Both new products were featured on the “FOX and Friends” segment, during which co-host Dave Briggs nearly ate one of the treats. “I like jerky,” he said.
Quirk said, “I almost wanted to write him a letter telling him he could have done it.”