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The trend of health­ier culi­nary op­tions for con­sumers across the coun­try in re­cent years has spread to those same con­sumers’ pets. Here are a few LGBT-friendly busi­nesses right here in Ge­or­gia spread­ing the all-nat­u­ral gospel.

All­pro­vide Pet Food

Good friends Michael McVay and Dennis Boecker didn’t like what they saw in the pro­cessed, prepack­aged pet food op­tions on the mar­ket. So McVay, pre­vi­ously a chef at a health spa, cre­ated an all-nat­u­ral, healthy al­ter­na­tive.

The At­lanta-area res­i­dents first sold their pre­mium raw dog and cat food in the United King­dom, then opened a $2 mil­lion

Mar­cia Lain’s first cus­tomer was her own dog Molly, and af­ter the Bos­ton ter­rier gave a “paws up” to her mom’s nu­tri­tious treats, Lain started spread­ing the word.

The pos­i­tive feed­back con­tin­ued, and the first Dog City lo­ca­tion opened in East Cobb in 2008, fol­lowed by a sec­ond lo­ca­tion in Sandy Springs in 2013.

Cus­tomers can shop in-store or online for the var­i­ous all-nat­u­ral treats, made with no ad­di­tives or preser­va­tives. Dog City also

This pet food bak­ery in Oakhurst has been sup­ply­ing the neigh­bor­hood with gourmet dog treats since 2004. The idea came to owner Krista Aver­sano af­ter see­ing a lack of nat­u­ral, healthy dog treats on the mar­ket. Like Dog City’s owner, she started bak­ing them for her own dogs.

“If I’m go­ing to eat healthy, my dog should too,” she says.

Word spread among friends and neigh­bors, and soon the doors opened at Taj Ma Hound. Cus­tomers en­joy the free ice cream so­cial on Thurs­day evenings, with reg­u­lars and new­bies alike bond­ing over their furry loved ones.

Pea-Mutt But­ter cook­ies (voted “Best Treats” by At­lanta Mag­a­zine), Elvis Pawsley treat and Johnny Dog­walker treat

By PA­TRICK SAUN­DERS

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