The Whole Woof
My love of dogs and nutrition began early in life. My first word was "goggie." As a child I was exposed to my Mother's interest in nutrition which has become my passion. Not knowing how to turn my love for dogs and nutrition into a career as a teenager I took an interesting and unsatisfying journey in college and completed my bachelors degree in Accountancy graduating cum laude. I then spent the next 9 years as an entrepreneur dabbling in real estate and 5 years as owner of a prestigious high end clothing boutique in the upscale town of Geneva, IL
In 2009 after numerous years of wanting a Bernese Mountain Dog, Captain Jack joined the family and went to the boutique with me daily. When he started having symptoms of hip dysplasia at 6 months old I started researching how I could help him live a better life. I started him and my 10 year old Rottie on a raw diet. The change for the better in both of them was apparent in a short time. Every day since then I have made it my goal to learn something new about canine nutrition and natural healing.
I have extensive knowledge on commercial diets from my 10 years of experience working as a buyer for an award winning independent pet shop with five locations. I have completed numerous nutrition courses over the years by Dr. Karen Becker, Dr. Barbara Royal and Steve Brown. My own dogs are thriving on recipes I formulated. Most recently I have completed the Canine Nutrition Certificate program with Companion Animal Sciences Institute. I have also completed basics of Canine Nutrition and Canine Dietary Formulation tutorial by Cat Lane Dip. CFN Chartered Herbalist.
Erica Hartt Cert. CN