Ser­vice takes care of dogs’ din­ner

Hastings Leader - - News - BY LINDA HALL ■ For more in­for­ma­tion go to paw­

A dis­cus­sion be­tween best friends about man’s best friend has re­sulted in a na­tion­wide dog food de­liv­ery ser­vice. Think My Food Bag for ca­nines.

An­nika Ben­nett and Char­lotte Mar­shall, who were both born and bred in Hawke’s Bay and have been friends for­ever (their par­ents were friends), came up with the idea af­ter dis­cussing how they had for­got­ten to get the dog food once again.

“Al­though this busi­ness is about our dogs, the main aim is to help own­ers re­lease a bit of stress from their life,” An­nika says.

“Peo­ple to­day are time poor. I don’t know how many times I’ve rushed around get­ting food for ev­ery­one and then got home and found the dog had no food.

“We then end up feed­ing them some­thing we prob­a­bly shouldn’t like cat food or rice,” she says.

“I’ve talked to many dog own­ers who have done the same thing. So when Char­lotte and I talked about it we asked our­selves why there wasn’t a My Food Bag for dogs.”

Af­ter much talk, then a load of re­search, Paw Paw was launched on Septem­ber 8 in Auck­land with “dog yoga”.

“It went re­ally well and the first lot of de­liv­er­ies went out all over the coun­try last week.”

While An­nika has re­cently moved back to Hawke’s Bay, Char­lotte is based in Auck­land so all Auck­land or­ders are sent from there while the rest of the coun­try’s or­ders are dis­patched from Te Awanga where An­nika lives.

An­nika re­cently es­tab­lished her­self in a new ca­reer as an in­te­rior de­signer. Be­fore that she man­aged artists, pho­tog­ra­phers and de­sign­ers glob­ally from her long-term base in the UK.

She lived in Lon­don for more than two decades, man­ag­ing her own artist agency for much of that time, be­fore choos­ing to re­turn to New Zealand in 2011.

In re­cent times An­nika was owner/cu­ra­tor at Art + En­ter­prise Gallery in Napier, and sep­a­rately acted as an in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tant to artists, gal­leries and de­sign­ers, bet­ter­ing their prac­tice man­age­ment.

Both An­nika and Char­lotte are busy work­ing moth­ers who love their dogs.

“They are part of the fam­ily and just as it’s im­por­tant to feed our­selves and our chil­dren well, it’s also im­por­tant that we feed our pets well. You put in what you get back re­ally. Well fed pets live a longer and health­ier life.”

De­liv­ered fort­nightly, the Paw Paw box con­tains all a dog’s nu­tri­tional food needs for 14 days. With 18 boxes cater­ing to pup­pies, se­niors, gourmet to gluten-free on of­fer, dog own­ers can or­der ex­actly what they re­quire to en­sure their pet main­tains a bal­anced, su­per healthy life­style.

An­nika says they are thrilled with the re­sponse.

“The puppy boxes have been par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar.”

An­nika Ben­nett (pic­tured) and her best friend Char­lotte Mar­shall have started a dog food de­liv­ery ser­vice.

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