Make no bones about it: Hudson company cooks up doggy treats
Co-owner Ken Hassen placed a rack filled with freshly made dog treats in the oven one recent morning at Casey Jones Bones headquarters in Hudson. (APRIL GUILMET PHOTO)
Casey Jones, owned by Hudson residents Todd Rodgers and Ken Hassen, is a regular fixture at the Pine Road headquarters of his namesake company, Casey Jones Bones.
As demand for the product quickly spread, Casey Jones Bones outgrew its humble surroundings and the company moved to Hudson
Each one brings a specific set of skills to the table, as Rodgers is the former owner and manager of a storage facility, and the Middlemisses are former property managers.
During a recent visit to the bakery, smells of freshly chopped mint and cranberries wafted through the hallways as all four workers were elbow deep in cookie dough. By mid-morning, 250 pounds of seasonal Cranberry Mint dog treats were baking in the industrial-sized convection oven.
"It was something else," he said. "People were stocking up on those treats because they knew they wouldn't be available for long."
Products are hand-delivered to several dozen area pet and natural food stores. The company is also registered with Associated Buyers in Barrington, which is signing on new clients around New England and upstate New York.
The company regularly lends a hand to area animal shelters and charities, including For the Love of Dogs in Portsmouth, the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire in Bedford and the Lucky Dog Thrift Shop in Nashua.
Casey Jones himself often accompanies his owners to such charity events, where he is generously paid in treats.
For a complete list of products and participating retailers, go to caseyjonesbones.com or call 520-8770.
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