KAT + AUSTIN
on a journey together
My challenge from the outset was to make something that was as flavorful as it was functional, to support my dogs naturally.
My name is Kat, and this is Austin.
In 2014, I began a journey to discover an all-natural way for my dogs to live a healthier, happier, and calmer life. The results were so dramatic that I started a company to share my recipe with owners looking to give their pets the best life that they can.
I was searching for a natural solution...
Brady, my Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, needed help to cope with the symptoms of older age. He still had his bright, colorful spirit, but at 12 years old, he was beginning to need some help getting up in the morning—and getting around throughout the day.
I'd learned about a hemp extract called cannabidiol (CBD) that had some early reports significant benefits for dogs - especially aging ones.
After checking in with our vet, Dr. Mike, and getting the go-ahead, Brady and I decided to give it a try and see if I could put the spring back in Brady’s step.
I found the answer in my home kitchen...
Finding a quality CBD-rich hemp extract in 2014 was a pretty big challenge, but after a few weeks of searching a package arrived...I went to my kitchen and made my first batch of hemp-infused bites...they came out of the oven about as hard as a walnut shell!
I soaked one in water for Brady to eat and within and hour he was he was walking around the house like his much younger self again. It was pretty amazing. I followed up the next day with another serving, and the day after that...the same thing. I had never seen such a marked, positive change in his demeanor and mobility. In my craziest dreams I couldn't have anticipated this.
One day I gave one to Austin, my black lab puppy. Unlike Brady, Austin was always up by 5:30am each morning - and bouncing off the walls by 5:31am. But after starting him on a regimen of hemp with naturally occurring CBD, he seemed to calm down and chill out... (at least as much as a one-year-old can!)
And just like that...
Austin and Kat became Austin and Kat.
With every batch, I fine-tuned my recipe. I learned everything I could about CBD and just how much is the right amount for pups of all sizes. All the while, word of my CBD-infused hemp bites started to spread. Friends kept popping over to grab a batch for their dogs, and before long I couldn’t even walk down the street without somebody stopping me to ask about them!
So I decided to make a business out of it, with the aim to provide pet owners and their pups the very best functional wellness supplements made from the finest ingredients; and third-party tested for safety and purity (and peace of mind). Austin, as CPT (Chief Product Tester) seemed fitting to be our namesake representative.
So far, it’s been the journey of a lifetime. And we’re excited to continue making a difference in the lives of you and yours.