Dr. Jancie Elenbaas
Co-Founders Dr Janice Elenbaas and Bugsy Wonderdog.
Lucky Dog Cuisine came to be as an act of love for my own dogs. I believe in eating wholesome, natural, unprocessed food. My dogs are part of my family so I feed them the same quality foods I eat myself. I love to cook … and to eat! So as a labor of love, I chose to cook for my dogs.
In 1995 I had a two year old Standard Poodle named Storm, diagnosed with Addison’s disease. At the time, in addition to conventional veterinarian therapies, I was looking for any additional help I could give her. I researched what was in dog food and had an eye opening experience. I refuse to feed my dogs anything that I would not eat myself!
About ten years ago my daughter, one of my other passions in life, came home from college for Thanksgiving dinner. Like most moms I love to send food back with her while she is away from home. I made her up a large container full of turkey, dressing and all the trimmings. That was great except for the fact that she grabbed the wrong container out of the refrigerator and jumped on her train back to school with about ten pounds of dog food. I was disappointed because I had to make another batch of food for the dogs and also because I had wanted Meghan to have the turkey for her and her friends. She, on the other hand was delighted. When she opened the container and saw what she had done she immediately invited all her friends over and they ate all the dog food. They put it in tacos, mixed it into spaghetti sauce and even ate it straight out of the container. Oh well, at least I knew they were getting their vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids.
The idea of making Lucky Dog available to the general public was long in coming. My butcher, Jeff Scott at Scott’s Meats in Old Bluffton, South Carolina, was adamant that other people around here really needed this product. He was so impressed with it that he is even offering Lucky Dog for sale at his store. The name, by the way, came naturally. Every time someone asked me about what I feed my dogs, I told them what was in it and the response was always, “Wow! What Lucky Dogs!”
At that point I started to experiment with home cooked recipes. Storm became my personal study. Within months of feeding my home cooked recipes to her I noticed a number of changes in her as she seemed to regain her pre-diagnosis energy and vitality.
My beautiful black Standard had turned very grey after the onset of her disease. I sent her to the groomer one day and she returned with her coat a dark beautiful black again. All of the grey had grown out and she looked great. I actually cried I was so excited at her return to health. Stormy lasted 10 more great years before she passed away. A wonderful full life for an Addisonian dog.
It is with great pride that Bugsy and I have teamed up to bring you the finest all natural gourmet dog food you can buy.
Yours in good health,
Dr. Janice Elenbaas