Frequently Asked Questions

We are so proud of our line of treats.  Many were created from our extensive research and learning what ingredients have known health benefits for dogs.  Others were created by listening to what our customers were asking for.  We feel that ALL dogs should be able to eat treats, so we’ve created a line of treats that account for many different types of dietary needs.  Our product line of 16 treats include grain-free, wheat-free, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, low-protein, low-fat, peanut-free, chicken-free and dairy-free options.  If your pup doesn’t have dietary restrictions, they will love sampling all that we have to offer!

Our treats are made with all-natural, human-grade ingredients — no additives, no fillers, no food coloring, no preservatives!  We use fresh fruits and vegetables where possible.  What makes them dog treats?  We exclude ingredients that are known to be toxic for dogs, we reduce or eliminate altogether foods that are bad for dogs (ie. sugar, salt, fat), and finally, we pack in as many nutritious foods as possible, such as pumpkin, zucchini, carrots, sweet potato, cranberries, blueberries, apples, and fish oil,, foods known to promote healing and good health in dogs from sniffer to tail.

Although an enormous amount of work, we feel that by offering 16 flavors, that regardless of whether you are a peanut-free, Gluten-Free, dairy-free or vegetarian household, your dog can enjoy a wide variety of flavors, shapes, sizes and levels of crunchiness.  And the best news is, even if you are not a special-needs household, your dog will love them because they taste good and you will love them knowing that you are giving your dog a healthy snack.

We have one vegan treat, “Punky Chewster”, made with whole wheat flour, pure pumpkin, natural peanut butter, water, cinnamon and baking powder.

Low-fat, low-sodium chicken broth is used in two of our treats:  “Bark Bark” and “Mr. Green Beans”.

“P B & Yay”, “Punky Chewster” and “Coco Ruffs” are the only treats that contain peanut butter.

We do!   Four treats have a Min. Fat less than 6%.  On the Original Recipe side, “Sweet Potato Fries” are our lowest fat treat, having a Min. Fat of 1.16%.  “Bark Bark” comes in second with a Min. Fat of 2.90%.   On the Wheat-Free side, “Blue Suede Chews” is lowest at 5.16%, followed by “Banana Fo-Fana” at 5.62%.

Not technically, but we do have loyal feline customers who rave about “Sumthin’ Fishy”.  Made with salmon and pumpkin, we’ve heard that these little sticks are great for batting around the floor before you drag it to the corner and kill it.

In a dog’s mouth, about 10 seconds.  In a refrigerator, about 3 months.  After baking, we dehydrate for 8-12 hours to draw out as much moisture as possible to prolong storage life.   As this is a freshly baked good without additives or preservatives, refrigeration is highly recommended.

Absolutely! Because our treats are so crunchy, most of them are easily snapped into smaller bites!  If you’re looking for treats with a softer crunch, we recommend “Eat Your Carrots!”, “Say Cheese!”, and “P, B & Yay!” from the Original Recipe line, and “Tumbleweeds”, “Get Squashed!”, and “Mr. Green Beans” from the Wheat-Free line.

Yes!  All of our treats are sent to a Feed Lab for a guaranteed analysis.  Seven flavors were determined to have less than 15% Min. Protein.  They are “Get Squashed!” (9.4%), “Eat Your Carrots!” (9.9%), “Pip Squeaks” (10.7%), “Mr. Green Beans” (11.2%), “Red Rovers” (12.10%), “Bark Bark” (14.2%), and “Sweet Potato Fries” (14.6%).

Of our Original Recipe flavors, “Punky Chewster” is our #1 pick!   Made with natural peanut butter and pure pumpkin, it’s easy on the tummy and pumpkin is an excellent digestive aid.   Two other very mild treats are “P,B & Yay!” and “Sweet Potato Fries”.

Of course! In fact, many of our customers with smaller dogs who don’t want to “over-treat” will split the bag, put half in the freezer and half in the fridge. When the bag in the fridge runs out, they’ve got another bag waiting for them, that way, they never get “the look”!

Also, our out-of-state customers cut down their shipping costs buy ordering many bags at once and storing the extras in the freezer. They never run out!

Yes.  All of our treats are made with human-grade ingredients, and are completely edible.  However, what makes them “dog treats” is that we take great care to reduce the sugar, salt and fat from the treats, making them a little bland for human taste.  Having far fewer taste buds than humans have, dogs eat with their noses and therefore, do not need all of that extra stuff that isn’t good for them anyway.  They don’t need sugar, salt and fat to get their wigglebutt on!

There is an exception.  Tumbleweeds truly taste like my grandmother’s cheese straws.  It has been reported to us by some of our regular customers who are on a gluten-free diet, that Tumbleweeds are delicious cracked into a salad as a crouton.  We label them as dog treats, what you do with them when you get them home is your business!

Our treats are made by hand in our home kitchen in Cary, NC under the supervision of our Quality Control and Product Development Department, McGee and Shelbi, two Australian Cattle Dogs who run a tight ship!

Blair and I met in 2008 while working together at a local company.  Of the many interests we share, a primary one is our love for dogs.  Much of our discussions included her two Australian Cattle dogs, McGee and Shelbi.  Blair was becoming increasingly concerned with the ingredients found in store purchased treats, as well as the illnesses and deaths connected to treats made in China.  We started researching foods that are healthy for dogs, as well as those that are toxic, and began experimenting with different types of recipes.  Neither one of us being bakers, it was a comedy of errors; burned batches, treats sticking to cookie sheets, treats crumbling or puffing up, and many, many dough disasters.  After much trial and error, we slowly started producing treats that we could be proud of.  McGee and Shelbi loved them, but let’s face it, they’ll eat bark that’s laying on the ground.  Having more treats than we knew what to do with, we started taking the surplus to work and handing them out to our dog-loving co-workers.  The feedback was great. Next thing we knew, our co-workers were standing at our desk wanting to know how they could get their hands on more. Their dogs had come to NEED them! This led to the addiction of creating more and more recipes.  We were seriously having fun.  We decided in November 2011 to test our 7 “nailed down” recipes at a Fall Craft Fair at the Western Wake Farmer’s Market in Morrisville, NC.  The reception was better than we ever could have imagined.  On January 1st, 2012, Good Grace’s Dog Treats, Inc. was born.  We joined the Western Wake Farmer’s Market in the Spring of 2012 and have since been a part of 6 other local Farmer’s Market’s.  We attend special events and festivals, as well as fund-raising events with local rescue agencies such as Second Chance Pet Adoptions, All-Breeds Dog Rescue, Triangle Beagles, South of the Bully Pit Bull Rescue, and the SPCA.  Blair left the corporate world in 2013 and I followed a year later.  We are now both 100% involved in our business and are committed to providing healthy handmade dog treats that people can feel good about feeding to their pups.

Grace was Blair’s dear, dear grandmother who lived to be 96!  She spent 40 years working as a nurse…during a time when women didn’t work, and weren’t expected to work.  She did it because she loved it.  As she was leaving us, we decided it was high time we did something that we loved to do as much as she loved nursing. We miss her terribly, and can think of no better way to honor her than to work very hard at something we love that brings happiness to other people. Just like she did.
“Mama” was famous for her chicken pot pie.  Whenever any of us asked her for the recipe she would say, “Well, you just take a little bit of this, and a little bit of that, and you put it in the oven.”  And we would say, “But Mama, how long do you cook it?”  She would look at us and say, “Honey, you just cook it til’ it’s done.”
And now, after years of hard work, trial and error, burned batches, peanut butter spattered on the cupboards, we know all of our recipes by heart, and we just “Cook em’ til’ they’re done.”