A RAW dog food store opened in Wee County earlier this week.
Dankbullz Raw Food Pet Supplies officially opened in Tullibody on Monday, October 25.
The store will sell a wide range of products, including healthy meals, natural treats and shampoos for sensitive dogs and other products.
It will also offer a home delivery service for those who will not be able to make it to the store.
The idea for the store came from owner Lisa Swift’s own dogs who need certain foods due to allergies.
She learned about the raw diet and the benefits it brings and, after noticing that there were no retailers accessible near her, decided to open hers.
Lisa, who has five French Bulldogs, said: “Due to allergies we went for raw food so that’s where it comes from.
“I encouraged all of my friends to eat raw food and then a property became available and I thought this would be the perfect location for the store.”
Lisa saw the benefits of feeding her dogs raw food “in a matter of weeks” and added: “Tin cans [of dog food] are all processed foods while raw foods are great for dogs.
“It gives their coat a nice shine and fresh fruits and vegetables can be added to make it healthier.”
The store is located on Stirling Road in Tullibody next to the post office and the space was finalized after Lisa created a business plan and was then able to secure a business loan.
She continued: “It’s been a lot of hard work. There was a big dog boom during the pandemic and I think of all those dog owners who don’t drive and have to travel to Alloa or Stirling for their pet store. .
“It’s not just a store, I do it for the community.
“We specialize in raw food, but we can also advise anyone interested in changing their dog’s diet.”
One of Lisa’s children will help her in the store alongside her partner Steven.
Steven will make the deliveries and pick up the inventory while Lisa takes care of the store.
Lisa continued, “I want to help the community by having healthier dogs.
“The beef we buy is actually sirloin steak, not pieces of meat.
“We’ll also be selling shampoo, lip balms, whatever is good for dogs.
“It’s not just a pet, it’s your family, it’s your baby and you will go the extra mile for them.”
For more information, search for Dankbullz Raw on Facebook or call 07483 373306.