Meet the CARU Family
Ever wonder who was behind CARU Pet Food? Well, CARU is a family owned and operated company. Adrian & Pamela Pettyan started the company because of their beloved pup, Karu. It all began when Adrian and Pettyan, both medical professionals (Adrian was a chiropractor and Pamela was an occupational therapist) who owned and operated a medical clinic in their local community. Their clinic had medical doctors, counselors, chiropractors, a nurse practitioner, massage therapists and occupational therapists. They were busy working long hours at the clinic but wanted a dog, so they decided to get a pup that they could have at the clinic with them as a therapy dog to help their patients. And this is how Karu entered the picture.  
Karu worked at the clinic as a puppy (mainly in the office with his Auntie Joanne while Pamela and Adrian were working with patients) but he soon developed awful allergies, mostly ear infections. After a few years of trying a variety of medications and various diets with Karu, their vet advised them to start home feeding him. Almost immediately, Karu's symptoms cleared up and so they continued to home feed him. Pamela (who likes to cook) would bring some of his homemade food and cookies into the clinic for others to try with their dogs and everyone loved them. And she even began selling some of her homemade cookies and food at local pet stores. Around this time, Adrian & Pamela discovered Tetra Pak ® cartons and thought it would be ideal for their dog food. After working with Tetra Pak ® and doing many tests, they were able to produce a product much like what they had been cooking at home for Karu all these years (the 'classic' chicken stew is the closest recipe to what they had been feeding Karu at home). And so, Adrian & Pamela gave up their medical practices after many years to focus on their new venture, CARU Pet Food, which officially launched in 2014.  
Since then, Adrian & Pamela with the help of Pamela's sister, Elizabeth, and her husband, Scott (pictured above) have been busy introducing CARU to the pet industry and pet parents alike. This year, CARU has been pleased to add 8 new products to our product line up:  
  • Two Soft 'n Tasty Treats for Dogs (Tuna Recipe Bites and Pheasant Recipe Bites). Click here for more information on our dog treats.   
  • One new Soft 'n Tasty Treat for Cats (Tuna Recipe Bites). Click here for more information on our cat treats.  
  • Free-Range Chicken Bone Broth. Click here for more information on our bone broths. 
  • New Budget Friendly Daily Dish Stews for Dogs. Daily Dish is available in four flavors, Beef, Chicken, Beef with Chicken and Turkey with Lamb. Click here for more information.
It's My Birthday and I'll Bark if I Want To
Hello, my name is Karu and I am the inspiration behind CARU Pet Food. I'm also our Chief Taste Testing Officer (CTTO).

Well, it's August and that means it's My Birthday month. Yahoo!! This year I turn 13 in people years, which is about 78 years old in dog years. So, I'm now a senior citizen but do you think I get respect. No way. See me in the picture above? This picture was taken last year when I turned 12 years old and look at the getup Mummas made me wear and all Daddas could do was laugh. Really, how rude.

Well, this year, will be different. This year I'm in control. Mummas & Daddas say I'm getting a little mouthy in my old age. Apparently as a puppy, I never barked and now, I tell them what I think when I think it, I call it harnessing my Puppy Power or PP for short. Now now now, it's not that kind of PP; that's totally different. Anyways I digress, but Mummas & Daddas had better not plan on making me dress up this year. After all I have my dignity as a senior citizen to maintain, I'm not a silly young puppy anymore. Actually, I think I've grown into the doggy version of George Clooney, you know, a guy that looks better with age, is charming and girls can't resist him. That's me for sure!!

Finally, I'd like to leave you with this little tune to sing throughout the day:
  • It's my birthday and I'll bark if I want to, bark if I want to, bark if I want to, soon they'll be cake and presents too! .

Happy Birthday to me and until next time. Woofs & Tail Wags from Karu.  

CARU's Happy 13th Birthday Karu Contest
It's Contest Time!! In celebration of our Karu's 13 th birthday later this month on the 23 rd of August, our August contest post features pics of Karu from all years - 2004 to 2017.  
See if you can accurately pick which year each picture was taken in. The person with the most correct answers will win the Birthday prize pack which consists of:
  • A mixed 4 pack of Daily Dish stews
  • One Free-Range Chicken Bone Broth
  • One Bag of Pheasant Soft 'n Tasty Treats
To enter the contest, post your answers on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page.  
If more than one person correctly answers the contest, the winner will be chosen randomly.
The Contest runs until Friday, August 18th, 2017.
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