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Meet Our Bakers

The bakers at Wagster Treats received hands-on training with Fresh Starts Culinary Academy, a nonprofit program for low-income and homeless adults operated by Homeward Bound of Marin.

MEET DALAINA

Woman holding dog and treat

Dalaina has a dual role as both lead baker and an ambassador for Wagster Treats. She spends most of her time in the kitchen but also makes visits to our vendors or special sa;es events. 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 very close 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.”

 

MEET ANGEL

Man holding dog and bag of Wagster dog treats

Angel is another member of our dog-loving team at Wagster Treats. He joined Wagster in 2019, after a bout with life-threatening illness interrupted his junior college path.

"I wasn't able to work for more than a year because I was sick. Now I have a first job and I'm getting a perspective on work life," he says. His 4-year-old dog Marley has been a good companion, even though his favorite activity is stealing socks! Fresh Starts Culinary Academy allowed Angel to earn a ServSafe Manager certification, a national benchmark for food service and hygiene knowledge. With his adaptable skills, Angel keeps production moving smoothly by mixing our recipes so the morning bakers can get right to work with fresh dough. 

When he's not working for Wagster, Angel likes listening to music and walking on local trails - now he's happy that he's lost 25 lbs. this year.