Today we’d like to introduce you to Karissa Holman.
Hi Karissa, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I started out in Colorado as an in-home bakery for dogs, no specific name just getting delicious cookies in the bellies of pets.
Using natural ingredients, I crafted some delicious treats. Once I moved to Arizona, I put the bakery on hold to raise my new babies and really settle in. After a few years, a new family dynamic and the itch to get back into it; Dorkie Doggie Bakery was formed.
In 2014, I started researching foods for dogs that were safe, and after hearing from many people that they were seeking something different than the norm I decided to make a full change on what I would provide to my customers, Dorkie Doggie Bakery became, and still is, a Grain-Free Bakery for Dogs.
I use all-natural ingredients that are all safe for dogs. Without using any sugar, salt, wheat, soy, corn, preservatives, etc I have crafted some fun and creative cookies and cakes that are loved by many. We even offer CBD Cookies!
The summer months are hard for us, as we soft bake almost everything, so selling at markets in the heat is not feesible. We do most of our business through markets, Facebook, and Instagram. We have also partnered with local shops like Simply Raw Honey and Betty’s Rooste in Sun City; where our items are sold daily.
We are so blessed to have made some amazing friends in the local community that has not only pushed us to branch out but also to keep pushing on even through hard times.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I think if it was a smooth road, I would have thought this wasn’t the real world. Nothing is ever easy, especially as a small business owner. I run the bakery out of my home currently. This is my baby, my business, and my daily job.
I am a one-woman show when it comes to creating recipes, baking, packaging, plus printing and creating labels. We have one oven and one freezer. Space is limited, which can sometimes slow things down. I have 5 kids, there are times they offer to help with packaging products. That is definitely super helpful!
The biggest struggle we have would have to be the summer in Arizona. The biggest thing most of our customers love is the soft-baked aspect of our cookies. They tend to not be crunchy, which is great for the older dogs, but due to this we also need everything frozen or cold.
Vending at outdoor markets gets tricky in the summer; so we opt for night markets and wholesale to local businesses. We are so thankful for those wholesale accounts all year long, and for the patience, our customers have with us through the summer months.
I do offer delivery locally and meet-ups for those who may be further out.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Dorkie Doggie Bakery is female-owned. My husband is amazing and is the muscle of the business.
He helps me pack up the car when needed, set up vendor event tables, and even helps sell at markets even after already working 2 jobs throughout the week every day. He jokes that this is his 3rd job on the weekends. I really believe we are different because of what we offer to our customers and how family-oriented we are.
We are a small batch grain-free bakery for dogs, specializing in CBD cookies, cakes, everyday treats, and creative options as well. Our cookies and cakes are made with coconut flour and peanuts along with water and eggs to make a basic peanut butter cookie.
Most dogs adore peanut butter, but we do not use any sugar or salt in our treats, so the only way we make our treats is with unsalted peanuts. We do use local raw honey from Simply Raw Honey to help with our cake frosting, but honey is great for dogs just like humans!
Our grain-free cookies really set us apart from the other companies who make dog treats. Most treat companies will use whole wheat flour. You won’t find that with us, we use Coconut flour primarily and also chickpea flour in our crunchy cookies.
We use these recipes to make all our normal everyday treats and specialty items. Some of those items are our Wuffles (waffles for dogs), Blue Balls (Peanut butter balls filled with our homemade blueberry cream cheese), and our Twinkie-like items are also filled with our Blueberry Cream Cheese; to name just a few. We also create cakes for dogs and decorated crunchy cookies. We love making custom orders and even bulk orders for your celebrations.
I am always working on new ideas for items, that will thrill our customers, even if it just has a fun and silly name. I do offer local delivery and meet-ups for those who are further out and am always taking orders for everything I create.
Special thanks go out to all our support systems, cheerleaders, friends, family, current and repeat customers, and everything in between. The friendships that we have built are forever and we cannot wait to make more with new customers and local vendors.
What are your plans for the future?
We have some big plans for the future, from wholesale accounts to easier ways to sell during the summer. We hope to gain more wholesale accounts as well as new customers in the east valley.
I have a few things in the works, follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see what we have for markets, and items, and to stay up to date. On those platforms, we are @dorkiedoggiebakery and also under the hashtag #westvalleydogtreatdealer.
No big changes, but hopefully changes that allow us to make more at once to allow for even more orders to be processed daily. We will always be a grain-free bakery for dogs with no added sugars, salt, soy, corn, or preservatives. You can be confident that our cookies are good for your pups, just give them a try yourself!
- Everyday treats are sold in packs of 15 for $5 and 30 for $10
- Specialty items such as wuffles, twinkies, blueballs, decorated cookies, etc, are between $3 and $5 typically
- Cakes range in size and start at $5
- CBD cookies are sold in 5mg and 10mg of CBD per cookie bags. Each bag has 30 cookies and pricing starts at $20
- CBD Oil Bottles start at $30 for a 300mg bottle
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dorkiedoggiebakery
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dorkiedoggiebakery