6 Dog-Friendly Food Trucks and Where to Find Them
Food trucks for humans have officially gone mainstream, however, there’s a new trend in town: mobile treats for your favorite furkid. Food trucks and carts for dogs (and, in some cases, cats) are on the rise, especially in large urban areas near dog parks, pet-friendly hotels, festivals, breweries and farmer’s markets. If you’re out and about with your pooch this summer, here are six dog-friendly food trucks and carts worth tracking down:
Fido To Go, Chicago
Owner Donna Santucci says Fido To Go was one of the first food truck for dogs when it launched in May, 2011. This Chicago-based company has two trucks that can be found around the city, as well as at larger events in Indiana and Wisconsin. The truck sells cookies, frozen yogurts, ice creams and other products for dogs and cats. Everything on the truck is corn, egg, gluten, grain, soy and sugar free.
Image via: Fido To Go Facebook page
Homegrown Hounds, Dallas
Melanie Fox, president and founder of Homegrown Hounds, created her dog deli and bakery to raise funds for Hound Haven, an all-volunteer rescue in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and developed all the recipes with her dog, Tater (who loves to eat), in mind.
Fox says Homegrown Hounds sells delicious and healthy dog treats such as Dog-eos (a cookie with a cream filling) and pupcakes. In addition to the Dog-eos, pups love their chicken jerky. One of their most frequent customers is a rescue poodle named Chandler.
“His mom brings him to visit our truck every time we are out,” Fox says. You can find the Snackin’ Waggin’ food cart at events all over Dallas.
Smart Cookie Cart, Colorado and San Diego, California
The Smart Cookie Cart sells handcrafted dog treats at events all over Colorado including festivals, dog-friendly corporate parties and even breweries. Bri Bradley, who owns the company with her husband, Scott, just launched a cart at the beach in San Diego. You can choose one of the popular menu items such as rabbit jerky, or customize your dog’s treats with ingredients including salmon, chicken, blueberries and quinoa.
“We always have repeat customers, but they’re all our favorites,” says Bradley.
Treats Unleashed, St. Louis
Treats Unleashed owner Teresa Miller says she’s been in the dog treat business for 15 years.
“We sell everything you need to enjoy a day at the park or an outdoor event,” says Miler. “We have treats, ice cream, tennis balls, chews and toys.”
Miller says the fresh baked peanut butter treats and blueberry ice cream are the two most popular items. You can find Treats Unleashed in St. Louis at Parties in the Park events, bring your dog to work day events at companies and local dog-friendly breweries. Two of the truck’s most frequent dog fans are Dudly, a goldendoodle and his brother, Foxtrot.
The Seattle Barkery, Seattle
The Seattle Barkery travels around Seattle five to seven days a week, frequently making two to three stops per day, says Dawn Ford, lead “barker.” The truck can be found at dog parks, farmer’s markets, dog-friendly breweries and dog-friendly workplaces. The truck also sells coffee for their humans.
One of the most frequent furkids is a Pug who figures out how to get on the truck every time he visits. Nicknamed “Hop-on,” by Barkery staff, he also has some sticky paws, as he sneaks some treats before he is returned to his dog parent through the service window. The bacon pupcake and pumpkin pretzel are two of the most popular items, but canines also love the doggie ice cream sundae, served in an edible bowl.
FETCH – A Treat Truck for Dogs, Birmingham
If you’re near Birmingham, Alabama, you might run into Allison Whitfield-Smith, owner of FETCH – A Treat Truck for Dogs. The truck travels around the area offering delights such as bacon ice cream, peanut butter and chicken pupsicles, decorated cookies, pupcakes and locally baked homemade bulk treats.
You can find Whitfield-Smith at local dog parks, pet-friendly apartment complexes, businesses and breweries. You can even book the truck to make an appearance at a doggie birthday party. Ice cream is, unsurprisingly, one of the most popular items during the summer, followed by special-order birthday cakes. One of FETCH’s most cherished customers is a tiny, toothless, senior Chihuahua named Mr. Grumplestein.
With all of these trucks, and any treats or snacks you give your dog, check to make sure they are pet safe before feeding them to your dog. In addition, if your pet has any allergies or dietary issues, talk to your veterinarian to make sure you know which foods are approved for your pup before treating them.