Friday Apr 24 2009
From ‘pupcakes’ to bison bones: Scraps feeds pets well
By: Gloria Young Journal Staff Writer
Sisters Arnette McClure, Janice Hundemer and Audrey Moore love their animals. McClure has two West Highland white terriers and a cat. Hundemer breeds English Labrador retrievers. So when they ran across a store in Truckee specializing in healthy food for cats and dogs, it struck a chord. “Jan wanted to pursue it further because of her breeding company,” McClure said. “She shows her dogs and needs to have a good diet for them. We met with the owners and asked about putting a store in Grass Valley.” They opened their own store in 2003. Now, after a successful six years, they’ve expanded to Auburn. Called Scraps Dog & Cat Nutrition, the shop off Auburn Folsom Road in south Auburn offers all natural, holistic, organic and raw diets for the animals. “There are no by-products, no corn, wheat or soy,” McClure said. “It is preserved naturally.” A freezer in the back of the store is loaded with the frozen raw diet line. “It contains meat, ground bone, organs, fruits and vegetables, and is grain-free,” McClure said. “You can even get it pre-formed into half-pound patties for small dogs.” Most of the raw products are geared for canines, but some people buy them for cats, too. “They actually like raw meat,” McClure said. “But they don’t like it cold. It has to be warmed when you feed it to them.” The inventory includes bones, too. “They’re bison bones,” she said. “They are raw and kept frozen. We chose the buffalo bone because it is such a heavy animal. The bone is much denser and there’s less chance of a dog splintering it. Don’t ever feed them a cooked bone because it will split in their intestines. With raw bones, you want to give them the strongest available so they chew on it without it breaking or splintering.” A bakery at the Grass Valley site produces dog biscuits for both stores. “We have some apple crunch bones, banana, carob biscotti and cinnamon honey bones,” McClure said. “We also do pupcakes and birthday cake special orders.” The “pupcake” looks like a lot like a bran muffin, McClure explained. “It’s made kind of like a carrot cake,” she said. “We use a lot of cinnamon and flavoring. There’s no sugar and no salt. It’s all done with natural ingredients. We use fruit to give it flavor.” The chain has more than a dozen stores in California and Nevada. Besides food, there are pet toys, harnesses, brushes, lifejackets and training treats — even clothing. “We work a lot with trainers in the area,” Hundemer said. Auburn resident Neil Williams, who has two dachshunds, was in the store Wednesday. “I’m always looking for treats for them,” he said. “Everyone loves their pets.” Williams, an artist, has created some decorative pet treat containers that are on display. Dog trainer Jennifer Kuehn, who lives in Penn Valley, is a long-time customer. She has three dogs — smooth collies — and two cats. “They really take the time to find out your animals’ needs and what you’re looking for,” she said about the store. “They’re very heavy into nutritional education. They’ve ordered equipment for my dog-training classes. A lot of other places don’t carry special items for humane dog training (positive dog training without intimidation, pain or force).” The Journal’s Gloria Young can be reached at gloriay@goldcountrymedia. com or comment at Auburnjournal.com.