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Meet Tony Chiha of The Healthy Companion Company in Laguna Hills

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tony Chiha.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
It all started when we adopted our fur companions; two beautiful female American bulldogs. That was in 2008, and they were four months old. We were in love! We wanted to find good food and treats for them that were healthy, and that would support their health.

Looking at the treats on the market, we were quickly discouraged and decided to make our own from either single ingredients such as beef trachea, duck feet, chicken feet, or a blend of meat organs and bones. That way, we knew our girls were eating something healthy with no additives.

For years, we would create different recipes from a variety of meat and organs to feed our bulldogs. Our friends and family members who had dogs and cats started noticing and, before we knew it, we were making some treats for them too! What started as “sharing dog treats with our friends” turned into “receiving many orders every week,” so in 2015, we started The Healthy Companion Company.

We immediately started selling online so we could reach everyone, no matter the location. We stuck to our initial vision and refused to sell anything containing fillers like rice, flour, and oatmeal, or add preservatives and chemicals just to keep our product on the shelf for years; we kept our clean and healthy recipes and have been growing since.

The Healthy Companion Company mainly sells treats online; on Amazon and on our website TheHealthyCC.com, but we have been approached by a few high-quality stores, and we are discussing selling to stores in the near future.

Has it been a smooth road?
Everyone knows that starting a business is no easy task! We all hear stories about companies going out of business every day. With that in mind, we decided to start small and grow with the demand.

Our first challenge was to find the right packaging choice to make sure our products would stay fresh long enough for customers to enjoy without adding any preservatives. We also struggled with the label designs, we wanted our customers to see the treats as they were; clean, healthy and premium.

Of course, there is the ongoing struggle to find the right ingredients and create the best recipes! We only sell what we give to our companions, so it has to be perfect!

So, as you know, we’re impressed with The Healthy Companion Company – tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
The Healthy Companion Company offers natural, and high quality treats for dogs and cats. We make everything fresh, clean and healthy. Our raw materials are sourced from local farmers, and our treats are made locally in our California commercial kitchen.

All of our products are slowly dehydrated at low temperatures to retain their nutrients; some treats take up to three days to dehydrate, but we wouldn’t do it any other way. We are a family owned small business, and we are very proud of it.

The most important quality to our success, and really any other business, is persistence. There are always ups and downs, the key is to keep moving forward.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
We enjoy the California lifestyle, which is ideal for dog owners. The temperature makes it possible to walk outside every day, take our dogs to the park, and even let them swim in the ocean. We love that Orange County is very dog-friendly!

Pricing:

  • Dehydrated Chicken Feet – Dog Treats – $13.99
  • Blend of Turkey & Beef Heart – $15.99
  • Dehydrated Duck Feet – Dog Treats – $15.97
  • Rabbit Bites Dog Treats – Dog Treats – $17.99

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