OUR STORY

The Inspiration Behind The Healthy Barker

Martina's dog Lucy playing with her favourite ball.Hi, my name is Martina and I am passionate about dogs. I remember my first dog, a Cockapoo named Winnie. She was the runt of the litter and so tiny that I just wanted to love and protect her. To me this included feeding her the best nutrition that there is.

After trying several types of commercial kibble and canned dog food, I thought it just didn’t look nutritious, or tasty. I still remember the horrible smell of each can of dog food I opened.

With kibble, I wondered, “Where’s the chicken? How can a tiny hard round piece of dryness have any real nutrition?”. I couldn’t recognize many of the ingredients and questioned how long it had been sitting on the shelf. I knew this wasn’t how I wanted to feed my dog!

Being a passionate pet owner, I started doing a lot of research and found shocking, startling information about the commercial pet food industry. I knew that I didn’t want to continue feeding my Winnie commercial dog foods and said goodbye to them.

Since then, for more than 2 decades, I’ve been preparing and feeding my dogs only home-made meals, made fresh with locally sourced ingredients. I have seen the benefits of a natural, wholesome doggie diet with all of my dogs. My pets never got sick and had long healthy lives.

After many years of taking courses and researching pet nutrition, an inspiring moment in the kitchen turned my dream into a reality, with the birth of The Healthy Barker. I felt I had to make my dog food accessible to other loving pet owners. To do this, I reached out to veterinarians to get their approval of my food and found a wonderful and reputable pet nutritionist that I consult with for all my recipes, to ensure that they are complete and balanced.

It is now my mission to provide the highest standard of pet nutrition, with fresh, human-grade ingredients, scientifically formulated to give our dogs the quality of life they deserve.

I did this for Winnie and Cindy and continue to do this for my dogs, Lucy and Henry. And for you and your canine family, for a long and happy, tail-wagging life. We know your dog will love our variety of lip-smacking good meals that will satisfy his tummy and provide health and vitality throughout all stages of his life.

Nutritiously yours, Martina Schumann

 

Martina's dog Henry lounging on the couch.

PET NUTRITIONIST APPROVED

Martina has certifications in Canine Diet Formulation and Advanced Canine Nutrition. She has worked with Dr. Susan Lauten, PhD to formulate The Healthy Barker’s complete and balanced meals.

Dr Susan Lauten, Pet Nutritionist and The Healthy Barker ConsultantDr. Lauten is a renowned pet nutritionist and author of the book Back to Basics: Whole Food for Healthy Dogs. She received her Master’s in Animal Nutrition followed by her PhD in Biomedical Sciences. While at the University of Tennessee, College of Veterinary Medicine, she started offering clinical nutritional services and eventually left to pursue this area of service on her own. In 2015, Dr. Lauten was approached by Martina to review and refine The Healthy Barker’s meals to make sure that they were balanced and complete.

Now Martina is certified to formulate her recipes to ensure that your dog’s meals provide the nutrition they need. She still consults with Dr. Lauten for her opinion on specialized dietary needs of dogs with health conditions.