Hi my name is Lucy,
I grew up in the country in South Auckland and always had horses and cats. A good friend of ours had dogs but I was never allowed one. I think my parents always thought I would have a career that had something to do with animals, but I became a chef instead. In 1995 I left NZ for my OE, I only intended to be away for a few years, but it was eleven years before I returned to these shores.
I worked as a private chef on super yachts, and saw a great deal of the world in that time. It was towards the end of my travels when I was living in Ft Lauderdale, that I meet two wonderful and superbly trained Pit Xs that belonged to a very good friend, and I fell in love with Diesel and Daisy.
When I came back to NZ at the very end of 2005, I had to think about what I was going to do. I had always wanted to start my own company/business but did not really know what I wanted to do. I registered the company 'The House of Food Ltd' as this name gave me great scope to do pretty much what-ever I wanted. Never once did I think the first thing I would do would be pet food.
After buying a House, I promptly got my first dog 'Honey' - an abandoned and abused dog who at six months had already had three homes, shot and had her tail chopped off. Not the easiest of dogs to have as a first dog, but I wanted her. Then came two cats (Sox and Smudge, 'mother and son') to keep Honey company. Then came my next dog Hutch, another pre-loved dog who I got as a four month old with fear aggression (I knew how to pick them!). He had some skin problems, and Jo my local pet shop owner talked to me about feeding him raw food. I gave it a go, and needless to say within about four months both dogs looked fantastic, and Hutch did not need Prednisone anymore.
I was hooked on raw food. It was a bit more time consuming than feeding dry, but for me the benefits were worth it. I fed them raw veggies out of the garden - 'they helped themselves most of the time', and it was a race to see who could get to them first.
My beautiful boy Hutch, who is the cover boy on the website for natural NZ made pet food, had to be put down at five due to lymphoma cancer. Talk about ripping your heart out. I still miss that dog terribly although I now have a new addition called Hankster.
I was made redundant from my job in 2013, and Jo at the pet shop sold her business, so I had to start looking at an alternative option, as feeding raw can be pricy. It turned out that my new boss fed his dog this natural real meat pet food called Maranui. It was a bit different to what I had been using, but not as expensive, and they had some really good varieties and different mixes that you could feed your pet. Best of all my dogs and cats loved it all, which makes it super easy when you can feed them the same food.
This is how it began, and I became the agent for Maranui and used my company name The House of Food Ltd to start up the business. I wanted my business to be all New Zealand made and manufactured, and as natural as can be. I plan to remain doing this when we expand into different areas.
I would like to say a big thank you to the people at Phoenix Dog Training Club (who train down at Bristol park in Te Rapa on Sunday mornings) for all their help in getting Honey, Hutch, and then Hankster trained all the way through to Advanced, and for their support with my new venture into natural New Zealand pet food.
Thanks too to Pat and Sue who run Noseworx for all their help and support with ideas for my first web site. Pat did an amazing job actually doing the web site for me. I have done two Noseworx classes now - they are great fun and well worth giving a go.
Last but not least, a big thank you to Mum and Dad, my brother and friends who have helped, supported me and helped to get this business off the ground.