Bone Bistro To Donate 20% of All Sales To Japan Relief Funds
If you love your dogs as much as I do, then having delicious treats for your four legged loved ones is just one of the many ways to say I love you.
A Jacksonville, Florida dog treat baker and vendor and my old friend, Jordan Rutkowski, makes all natural and organic home made dog treats, including those pups with sensitive stomachs. Due to the success of her dog treat line, Jordan is taking 20 percent of her profits and donating them to the American Red Cross Japan relief fund.
Get to know Jordan and learn more about her delicious dog treats in this exclusive LiveLoveLeslie interview and find out how your purchases will help those affected by the tragedy in Japan.
Who is Jordan Rutkowski?
I am a 24 year old woman from Jacksonville, Florida. I love cooking, but baking specifically. I have one cat and one dog. I love doing things for other people. My daily goal is to make someone – anyone – smile. I work a full time job, as well as running the Bone Bistro, so I’m extremely busy, but I always make time for a walk in the park.
What is Bone Bistro? Why do you make dog treats? For how long?
Bone Bistro is my solution to not knowing what goes into your dog’s treats. I started making them in December 2010 because our blue nosed pitbull, Nyxen, couldn’t have “normal” treats or she would throw up. Instead of spending tons of money on all natural and/or organic treats, I figured “Hey, I can bakes cakes and cookies like there’s no tomorrow – I can make dog treats!” I looked up close to 100 recipes and found out what all is needed in a dog treat. Then I created my own recipe and tweaked it until it was right for us.
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What are the treats made of? Do you make them yourself? How?
I do make them myself. They contain whole wheat flour, oats, applesauce, eggs [but they can be made without them], and then whatever veggies & meats that particular flavor calls for. Nyxen’s favorite is Sweet Potato Chicken, which I puree my own organic sweet potatoes & use organic chicken baby food for. After the dough is made, I roll them out and use cookie cutters to make them into bones, paws, hearts, and more! They are baked at a low temperature for a long time in order to make them crunchy. I have all sizes so that big dogs like Nyxen and little furbabies can eat them all the same. If needed for puppies or small dogs, I can make them softer, as well, by baking them for less time at a higher temperature.
What kind of people buy your treats?
I would say that everyone who buys them are just your standard pet lovers. The company was started in order to remedy a sensitive tummy, but my friends and clients all buy them for all kinds of dogs, sensitive tummies or not! People who love their dogs a lot generally seem to prefer feeding them treats that they can pronounce all the ingredients in.
How has the crisis in Japan affected you? Why give a percentage of your sales to relief?
I have an affinity for all things Japanese, because my mother grew up there from ages 4-12, as my grandfather was stationed there with the US Navy for 8 years. Because of that, Japanese culture has been a big part of my life growing up. I’d say me wanting to give a percentage of my profits is due to my love for charity in general.
I was also this persistent with the Haiti crisis, as well as my main charity, CMN [Children's Miracle Network] which helps pay for surgeries and treatments for children whose parents can’t afford the bills. I love giving whatever I can, personally, but also I love making sales based on the will for other people to donate, as well. It really touches me when I get triple the orders because I’m giving my profits away to a charity.
Where exactly where this percentage go?
All 20% of proceeds will be directly donated to the American Red Cross.
Do you send out orders? Through what methods? How long does it take?
I send all orders, personally, with a handwritten note, through USPS unless specified otherwise in the order. It usually takes one day for processing, as I make the treats fresh for every order, and then after that, the shipping will take 2-4 business days, depending on the location.
How do you take payments?
All payments are done through PayPal only.
Anything else you would like to share ?
Sure. If you don’t see a flavor or shape that you prefer, please contact me. The flavors listed are just the top sellers. I can pretty much make any flavor that your little dog desires. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Just ask!
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