For Stephanie Farrar, making dog treats was a way to take care of her dog. Sixteen years later, her treats, sold through The Canine Cookie Company, benefit furry companions in McKinney and beyond.
The Canine Cookie Company owner, a 20-year McKinney resident, started the business in 2004, and she opened the business's first storefront 13 years ago in Historic Downtown McKinney.
“I knew there was business in McKinney for that,” Farrar said. “We’re a very dog-friendly town. You may see a lot of people walking their dogs.”
The business on East Louisiana Street sells dog treats, or “cookies,” including water-soluble CBD cookies, birthday cakes, collars, leashes and toys.
Farrar started making dog treats after hearing about several pet food and treat recalls. The owner said she prides herself on cookies with simple ingredients— inspiring the tagline “Our treats are simply delicious."
Treat flavors include chicken, beef, sweet potato and pumpkin, all of which are made with broths and vegetables, Farrar said. The treats come in three shapes, including the most popular squirrel-shaped option. The bestselling PupTarts are filled with peanut butter.
Farrar said The Canine Cookie Company branched out three years ago to add water-soluble CBD to the cookies.
“It’s turned into a lifesaver for a lot of dogs,” said Farrar, adding that she believes these treats helped her to get some extra years with her own 110-pound dog, which experienced chronic pain.
Stay-at-home mothers also play a major role in The Canine Cookie Company’s operation. Farrar said she has hired moms over the last 13 years to help with cutting the cookies into their various shapes.
“It’s a great way for them to make money and stay home and be with their kids—nowadays especially,” Farrar said. “It’s absolutely essential.”
The Canine Cookie Company
213 E. Louisiana St., McKinney
Hours: Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.