Can I just say I love WEHO? Over the past several months I have been there a lot and I have met a TON of wonderful dogs! All of us here at JFFD are very excited about the new location on the corner of Santa Monica Blvd. and Fairfax. Construction started last week and they have the whole place dug up like an archeological dig. Right now it looks like we will be open October 1 – hours will be Mon-Sat 10 am to 8 pm and Sun 11 am to 6 pm. We will be hiring shortly so if you are interested please fill out an application on our site.
For those of you landing on this page with no background or history of JustFoodForDogs let me give you a quick orientation…
My name is Shawn Buckley, I am the founder and one of the owners of JFFD. About six years ago I found out what was really in dog food and made a commitment to feed my dogs healthy food that made them feel great and in all likelihood, live longer. You might be stunned to know what goes into kibble and, not surprisingly it turns out to be impossible to put meat in a bag… at room temperature… for years… unless you do some very nasty things to it first. That’s why we cook our food fresh and instantly freeze it.
In January 2011 we opened JustFoodForDogs on PCH in Newport Beach with a very real and very deep commitment to canine nutrition and it’s been a rocket ride since that first day. From cooking 500 lbs of food per week to 9,000 lbs per week in less than 30 months has come with challenges but we are a very dedicated group of dog lovers and in all honesty – that is our driving force. Please don’t mistake us for a “dog food” store with a staff that knows how to read a pet food label. We make our food, we are licensed to do so and we do it every day in front of our customers in a real kitchen. We are setting the standard for the future of canine nutrition and we understand the responsibility that comes with that leadership.
Our full time staff includes Dr. Oscar Chavez DVM, MRCVS who is also a Professor of Clinical Canine Nutrition, two Registered Veterinary Technicians and a cache of very knowledgeable canine nutrition consultants. Along the way we created some impressive fans including Dr. Julie Stegeman DVM, DACVIM (video clip), Dr. John Tegzes, VMD, DABVT (video clip), Dr. Adam Gassel, DVM, DACVS (video clip) Dr. Courtney Zwahlen, DVM, DACVIM (oncology), Dr. Peter Vogel VMD, DACVS, Dr. Cindy Deusberg, DVM, DACVIM and many others (see quotes).
All of our recipes are formulated to the most recent National Research Council (NRC) standards for long term feeding and all of our daily recipes have successfully passed AAFCO Feeding Trials utilizing a protocol developed by Cal Poly Pomona. We commissioned the humane protocol because we wanted to validate our claims using AAFCO Feeding Trials but did not want to use caged dogs (as is the typical method). We are told by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that we are the first and so far only to execute feeding trials in this (humane) way (learn more).
We are now ready to take the next step toward feeding as many dogs as possible the best food in the world. Like our Newport Beach location, WEHO will feature a totally custom layout and equipment so that we may cook and deliver the best food for your dog in the most efficient manner. As always, your dogs are very welcome to join you while shopping, free treats are always available, we have the best Yappy Hour in town and while we do not practice veterinary medicine, we are happy share a knowledgeable opinion on canine nutrition if you have a question.
Thanks for taking the time to allow me to introduce us and we look forward to meeting all of our new four and two-legged friends.
– Shawn Buckley, Founder JFFD
About JustFoodForDogs: We started JustFoodForDogs with one simple, primary objective – to increase the quality and length of life for as many dogs as possible through the food they eat. All of our food is made from ingredients certified by the USDA for human consumption and we add all of the necessary nutrients to make our meals complete and balanced. Our recipes are developed by our own team which includes a veterinarian, nutritionist, pet chef and a cadre of dogs and dog lovers.