ANDERSON – It all started with a little abandoned dog, lost on the day of a massive snowstorm in January 2009. It was a day that left 12 inches of snow on the ground.
The miniature pinscher was spotted by a customer coming into the Cross Street business that Judy Sells’ husband, Phil, ran at the time.
“He was just sitting outside of our door,” said Judy. “We picked him up and brought him in.” The Anderson couple spent about a month trying to locate the dog’s owner, but fate was at work.
“We’ve had him ever since,” said Judy. “We were adopted by the little min pin.” They called the tiny guy Dobie.
Dobie’s arrival inspired Judy to make treats that he would like but that were also good for him.
“I started making organic and natural cookies for him,” said Judy. “I did a lot of research – what was good for dogs, what they shouldn’t have.”
She discovered that some tasty items like peanut butter, carob, white chocolate, cheese, oatmeal and flax seed were good for dogs. On the other hand, things like raisins, grapes, onions, macadamia and chocolate are not.
“I would take free ones around the neighborhood,” said Judy. The local dogs became her official taste-testers. “It just snowballed from there.”
Four years later, Judy has a successful small business called “Woofer’s Biscuit Bakery.” She makes and sells about nine varieties of dog ‘cookies.’ They are all home-baked, and made from organic, natural ingredients with no wheat, no corn, no soy and no added sugar. Although she makes them for dogs, Judy noted, “They’re all human consumable.”
Judy sells her goodies at various events, including the Pendleton Farmers Market where dogs are drawn as if by magnets to the Woofer’s booth. “I have lots of repeat doggies.”