Top Dog Kitchen was founded by Kathleen Menchero on July 4, 2006 in Aventura, FL.
In 2006, growing tired of her corporate job and inspired back then by the newly found success of Three Dog Bakery, Kathleen was inspired to create her own line of pet treats. But they couldn’t be just any treats, they had to be healthy, fresh, pure and hand crafted treats with high quality ingredients.
After many different recipes attempts, long hours spent baking in her home kitchen after her day job and gathering information and feedback from lots of furry taste testers, Top Dog Kitchen was born. This became a kitchen that would create boutique style treats that were free of many of the dyes, fillers, salts, sugars, preservatives and toxins still found in today’s dog treats.
Her husband, Frank, utilized his skills to design their website and share her healthy, holistic treats with others and the rest is history! Aside from self taught baking skills since her childhood, her sales, production, retail and marketing background in the cosmetics industry enabled her to create, package and produce quality treats. In 2012, Frank joined the company full time and brought his retail, planning and merchandising skills to the table. The selection of Top Dog Kitchen treats kept evolving as did the ingredients. Recalls and scares of dog treats that were not produced domestically solidified the couple’s mission to source only USDA ingredients and continue to omit harmful and unhealthy fillers.
Fast forward to 2017 and Naples, FL. Now in its 11th year, Top Dog Kitchen is firmly entrenched in the southwest Florida area and sells to retail accounts across many states. Maintaining a direct and personal connection with their customers, they still attend farmers markets, special events and passionately align themselves to local charities. Known as “Naples’ Own”, snow birds enjoy interacting with the owners as well as the ease of being able to order on-line when they have returned to the frigid north. Newsletters and blogs keep them informed and educated on holistic ways to keep their canine family members happy and healthy.
Top Dog Kitchen is registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture, has a Florida Feed Master Registration, maintains several officially trademarked product names and is proudly vet recommended by both Dr. Tonya Loreman & Dr. Shelley Gothard from Sabal Palm Animal Hospital.
So on behalf of Kathleen and Frank and our rescue dogs, Mimi and Matisse, feel free to explore our site, read our blogs and sign up for our monthly newsletters. Enjoy!