Who we are - the whole story

I am Kat. You might know me from a triathlon in Maine called Pumpkinman that I have been putting on for ten years...but my journey started in 2014 when Brady, my 14 year old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, was starting to hit the bumpy part of aging. He still had his spirit, but he was starting to need a little help getting up in the morning; he creaked, moved slowly and on some days he just didn't get up. 
Kat running and Brady dog laying down in the back of the car
I was trying different nutritional supplements to help keep him active and happy but I kept coming across articles that had a common theme: recent innovation and research in a naturally occurring component of HEMP called CannaBiDiol (CBD).  It was proving to have significant benefits for dogs, especially aging ones.  On the next visit to Mike the vet I asked about it and was surprised when he didn’t reject it outright. He’d been hearing more and more about interesting developments so I decided to dig deeper and see what I could do to help Brady.

Making Version 1, 2 & 3

After reading everything I could about the science of HEMP and what was going on, I tracked down a source and set about trying to make a treat.  Version 1 turned out harder than the average walnut and probably didn't win on taste, but an hour after his first biscuit, Brady was walking about like he used to as a younger dog. The next day I witnessed a similar effect which really surprised me...I just didn't expect such a dramatic change.

drawings of oats, bananas, and CBD

Batch after batch, I continued to improve the recipe. I learned more about HEMP, where to get the best source and how to use in the recipe. Most importantly - I started to understand the right amount to use for the best effect.  And so began the task of making biscuits I would buy. Biscuits that were made well, blended from great ingredients, independently tested to the highest industry standards and give positive results. There were many biscuits burnt, long nights on the computer and a lot of trial and error.

My small kitchen became a hive of activity and it smelled delicious as different batches of biscuits cooled. Friends popped over to grab some for their dogs and before long I couldn’t walk through town without someone stopping me, wanting some for their dog.

Brady & Austin

As the weeks passed Brady enjoyed life. He was a lot more active though he moved in a slower and more measured way, but occasionally I saw the puppy in him again. He was much more likely to regain his curiousness about something, to be more affectionate to me and even playful.

Kat with Austin as a puppy

Austin, my 1 year old puppy couldn't have been more different. He was in great shape and had no issues getting up...a ball of energy from 5:30am his energy ranged from full-on to exhausting! At some point I let him try a biscuit and I was just blown away by how much he seemed to chill out and relax.

So began a nice few months of walks...Brady was happy to get out with Austin happy to trot along, still a puppy but less crazy. I got to spend brilliant time with them both and they enjoyed each others company. I couldn’t hold off the sands of time and one day Brady left us. Obviously, it was sad beyond words but I was grateful having been able to spend so much active time with him. It wasn't that his life had been extended, but that his enjoyment and quality of life was much higher.

and so we became austin & kat

drawing of a girl kneeling to feed a dog a CBD dog treat
Word of my biscuits continued to spread. I received feedback from friends - I loved hearing how the treats were making a positive difference and after some encouragement decided to take a leap of faith. I enlisted the help of some awesome friends and began the pleasure and pain of starting the company (looking back I had no idea how hard it was going to be)!

Since Austin would sit patiently, waiting for me to finish yet another batch and since he’s been chief product tester it seemed only natural to put his name on there too.

What we believe

Our biscuits combine natural and locally sourced ingredients combined with the finest CBD from HEMP oil.  We strive for consistency you can trust, reliable service, and delicious recipes.  We have developed (and are even trying out loads of new recipes) a biscuit with incredible flavor that animals love.  Austin and Kat HEMP Infused Wellness Dog Biscuits are preservative-free, gluten-free, and made with human-grade ingredients.

drawing of a stack of CBD dog treats  

Why us?

We aren’t the only one’s creating HEMP biscuits and treats, but we trust in our product. Austin has them every day.  We know a good diet is key to happy and healthy pets, which is why all our biscuit recipes are packed with the highest quality oil and lots of other good stuff (just check out our label).

We’ve created a perfect balance of safety, convenience, quality and tastiness – and ultimately, a finished product that actually speaks for itself.  The Rich Hemp Oil in Austin & Kat HEMP Infused Wellness Dog Biscuits comes from Cannavest, the world’s leading producer of HEMP products.  By utilizing high strain HEMP which is naturally rich in the therapeutic compounds (mentioned earlier) - especially cannabidiol (CBD) we can guarantee a safe and natural alternative for pet owners, with ZERO negative side effects and NO medical conflicts.

Unlike its close relative marijuana, hemp will not give you/animals a head high and does not have any psychoactive properties.  Instead, this highly versatile plant has been used by civilizations for centuries for products, health foods, fabrics, and much more.  HEMP produces less than 1% of THC, the active chemical in marijuana that caused a head high.  Instead it produces the non-psychoactive chemical cannabidiol, which is highly effective in boosting the immune system.  As pet lovers ourselves we want the best for our pets and yours so offering a safe and natural alternative to prescription medications.

And finally, we strive for consistency, accurate dosing, independent lab testing and we have nothing to hide. We stand behind our products and you can ask to see our lab results anytime.