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Meet Our Bakers

The bakery team for Wagster Treats is composed of graduates from Fresh Starts Culinary Academy, a nonprofit training program for low-income and homeless adults operated by Homeward Bound of Marin.


MEET GREG

Baker with tray of Wagster Treats

Greg baked the very first tray of Wagster dog treats to come off the production line. Through patient repetition, he’s scaled up our simple, chef-inspired, six-ingredient recipes into a format that can be viable in large batches. Greg says it’s not only dogs that wag their tails for Wagster Treats – some of the chefs have put in orders for the uncooked dough! “They eat it like granola,” he says.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Wagster family,” Greg says. “Not only have the team here helped me to develop skills and secure housing, it’s also extremely rewarding to be involved with a product that helps others. The money that we generate from these treats helps people who were homeless change their lives. I’m proud to be a part of that.”

 

MEET DALAINA

Wagster Treats baker at farmer's market

Dalaina has a dual role as both a baker and an ambassador for Wagster Treats, spending time in the kitchen and in the Wagster booth at local farmers markets. She loves knowing that the all-natural ingredients are good for dogs, vegan and cruelty-free. “I’m a vegan and I am thrilled that we don’t use meat in Wagster dog treats,” she says.

Before her training at Fresh Starts Culinary Academy and her work at Wagster Treats, Dalaina was homeless, jobless, and living in her car. “Being able to work for a nonprofit that helped me in my time of need and being able to support development of a product like this is fabulous. I also have housing right next to our production kitchens, so that’s wonderful too. This is the first time that I have ever had my own place, and getting trained by professional chefs, and then securing a job right away – this has been life-changing for me.”