Updated 09/16/2010 05:59 PM
Dog treat business booming in Ballston Spa
Some gourmet goodies are helping a Ballston Spa business expand. But the tasty treats aren't quite what you might expect. Our C.J. Spang has more on this four-legged friendly business.
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BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. -- There's nothing like freshly baked treats. And there's nothing quite like these freshly baked treats. They're handmade cookies, cakes and pies made from scratch.
"The highest quality ingredients, like natural molasses, all-natural creamy peanut butter, canola oil, rolled oats, organic oat flour," said company owner Keith Augustine.
While these treats may be good enough for you and me, they're not meant for people. They're meant for pups.
"I first started, I made them for a Christmas party," said Amy Augustine, owner of the Lazy Dog Cookie Company. "I didn't want to make person's cookies because I was afraid they weren't going to be good."
That's how the Lazy Dog Cookie Company began in Amy and Keith Augustine's kitchen nearly 10 years ago. Now it's in a new 13,000 square foot facility in Ballston Spa, with three full-time employees, in addition to the Augustines.
"You want to talk about dropping a bombshell on friends and family," said Keith Augustine. "It really was. And I still think it took our parents months that I actually quit my job and we were going to make dog treats."
Delicious dog treats at that.
"A lot of the people that buy our cookies at their shops, tell us on a regular basis that when they're by themselves and they can't leave for lunch, Lazy Dog treats become their main course," said Keith Augustine.
Lazy Dog has also been recognized for its quality, recently winning a national award for outstanding pet product. And because business has been so good, the Augustines plan to give back some proceeds to local animal welfare groups.