Rebecca Brewer knows something about your dog that you may not: Your pet may not be the unabashed carnivore that you think it is.
"Dogs do love vegetables," Brewer said. "Dogs love fruits."
Brewer has learned this because her Newbern-based business, Farm House Barkery LLC, produces baked doggie treats that are all fruit- and vegetable-based. While most regular dog food is meat-based, Brewer said pooches apparently like to switch things up when they're snacking.
Brewer started baking doggie treats after one of her own pets got sick after eating foreign-made dog food. The treats seemed more like a hobby than anything else - until the family vet finally convinced her to turn snack-baking into a business operation.
Farm House Barkery is one of the businesses featured in this month's Tennessee Business Spotlight, a feature of the Secretary of State's office that is intended to highlight Tennessee companies that create jobs, produce excellent products and give back to the communities where they are located. This month's theme is "Furred and Feathered Friends."
Other businesses featured this month include:
Columbia Farm Supply of Columbia
The Nutro Company with offices in Franklin and Lebanon
Tuggo of Hendersonville
"For many Tennesseans, pets are like members of the family," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "I commend all of our local businesses that provide products and services that improve the lives of pets - and, by extension, their owners."
People who visit the Tennessee Business Spotlight web page can learn more about the featured companies' goods and services, operations, employment figures, photos and links to social media and web sites that can provide additional information. To visit Tennessee Business Spotlight, go to www.spotlight.tnsos.net
To nominate a company to be featured in Tennessee Business Spotlight, please visit the web page and click on the "Submit a Business" link or call (615) 253-8800.