So it wasn't quite the Monday morning look I was after, but The Innocent Pet quite rightly, follows some very stringent health and safety rules. So yes, I donned the ever so attractive hair net, lab coat and shoe covers...all in the name of sausages!
At Moo Moo & Bear, we want to support other local businesses with a similar ethos to ourselves. The Innocent Pet brand, shouts healthy and luxurious...the perfect accompaniment to us, and we felt they would be a great product to offer our customers.
With an increase in recent years in highlighting what we feed our dogs, and many more people now investing in top quality feed and treats for their four legged family members, a healthy treat is something we are passionate about supporting.
The indulgent treats are air dried, not cooked, allowing them to maintain their nutritional value and will compliment any type of diet, but especially great for the raw feeders amongst us.
All also being single protein treats (with the exception of Salmon Bites) makes them ideal for pets who may struggle with intolerances.
I was lucky enough to receive an invite to take a look around the purpose built Innocent Pet factory, by the MD Chloe, based right here in beautiful Yorkshire. Yet another family run local business, whose passion for quality led them to where they are today.
Today, venison was on the production line, and boy it simply looked good enough to eat! Think large glass of red wine and a hearty pie on a Sunday afternoon...that's what came to mind! The girls however, had they been there, would have dived right into the luscious and rich tender chunks of meat without a second thought...no invitation required!
Innocent Hound Grain Free Air Dried Sliced Venison Sausage with Potato
It's quite clear that although there is machinery (all human grade specification) in the factory to help with the processes, each and every treat is very much handmade by the staff who meticulously handle each process with utmost care. The process from start to finish takes much longer than you would ever expect, up to 7 to 10 days in some cases. The end result.... a nutritious air dried, grain free luxury treat, made by hand (with a little help) and made with good quality, carefully sourced British ingredients.
Alongside their luxury treats in 4 classic flavours, they also make a functional fine health range of super sausages, containing targeted levels of additional ingredients to support dogs health, from skin and coat support to dental support helping prevent the build up of plaque.
But don't take my word for it.....the proof as they say is in the eating! I had the Schnauzer inquisition when I returned home, clearly their investigative skills are second to non and they identified sausages immediately. I was then held to ransom by two beards until sausages were tasted, tested and approved!
The taste testers approved!
I'd like to take the opportunity to thank Chloe and all the team for both inviting me, and welcoming me into their business, to have a sneaky peak around their luxury dog treats production factory.
If you too would like to try Innocent Hound luxury dog treats with your dog, please shop via our website (www.moomooandbear.co.uk/treats-1) with a 20% off code this week only on all 4 luxury flavours - Use code YORKSHIRE (offer ends 4th November, 2018).