We are thrilled to introduce you to another one of our Passion Brands. Meet Chris Hamilton, owner and visionary of Molly & Murphy All Natural Irish Dog Biscuits.
We sat down to chat with Chris to learn about the inspiration and vision behind his brand. It all began about 10 years ago when Chris had just finished a long and successful ad campaign for Guinness. Exhausted, he decided to take a couple of days off to rest and regroup. It was then the idea of making a dog biscuit came to him. Health conscious (he is an avid runner) dog treats weren’t part of his vernacular as most were made with all sorts of unnatural ingredients. Chris knew he could create a biscuit the dogs would enjoy and still provide them with essential vitamins and minerals.
Once he got the idea he couldn’t shake it off. “I had never baked before,” he told me, “but this was suddenly all I could think about.” With Guinness still on his mind from the recent ad campaign, and a can of Irish Oats on his counter, his new journey began. “I was going to create an Irish dog biscuit and I was really excited about the idea. I already had a label and the package design in my head, and I knew what the end product was going to be.” After numerous trials and batches, Chris got his winning recipe.
Molly & Murphy Dog Biscuits, named after his two Golden Retrievers, are homemade from premium all natural and organic ingredients like rolled Irish Oats, organic rosemary, parsley, whole wheat, and cinnamon and are baked daily to ensure freshness and satisfaction. They personally test each batch for texture, taste and quality. “There isn’t one ingredient that wouldn’t be found on your kitchen counter or refrigerator,” he explained.
Chris began to share the biscuits with friends and the responses were overwhelmingly positive. “A friend of mine suggested I sell them at the farmer’s markets and there I got to really know the customers and they started giving me some amazing feedback – telling me what they liked and giving me ideas for new recipes.” He went from baking once a week to several times a week. The demand for his treats has been so great that he recently moved into a commercial kitchen.
Molly & Murphy All Natural Irish Dog Biscuits are available in Peanut Butter and Bacon, Guinness Stout, Organic Coconut and Blueberry, Organic Pumpkin and Carrot, Apple Cinnamon, Peppermint and Parsley, Peanut Butter and Carob as well as Wheat FREE/Gluten FREE varieties.
Chris chose his ingredients not just for taste but for their health benefits as well. Rolled Irish Oats helps moderate blood sugar levels and can help prevent the risk of heart disease and constipation.
Whole-Wheat Flour is an excellent source of protein and fermentable fiber. The fiber aids in intestinal health and is important for reproduction. They use coarse-ground high-protein flour which contains the germ and bran. Wheat helps to stimulate liver functions and cleanse toxins from your dog's body.
Locally sourced eggs from Daffodil Hill Growers in Southbury offer a host of vitamins and minerals beneficial to muscles, coat, skin, and joints. They are also an excellent source of protein, the building blocks of cells, antibodies and hormones. Eggs are also essential for growth, reproduction, and maintenance. They contain essential amino acids, which cannot be synthesized by dogs and must be supplied in their diets.
Parsley provides vitamin C, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium and aids in the nutrient absorption and elimination of gastric odors leading to bad breath. It strengthens the bladder which helps in preventing constant urination or irritable bladder syndrome. Parsley also breaks up congestions in all areas of the eyes, nose, and mouth allowing normal function and aids in alleviating motion sickness. It’s great for those long car rides!
Organic Pumpkin is a good source of fiber and beta carotene (a source of vitamin A). Dogs need fiber in their diet.
Organic Rosemary is used as a natural preservative but is also a promising cancer chemoprevention and anti-cancer agent and anti-inflammatory.
Cinnamon is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium. It is added to the biscuits for taste and as an all-natural preservative to inhibit bacterial growth and food spoilage.
Locally sourced carrots have a high concentration of vitamins that help maintain good eye health and vision. Beta carotene has the same great health benefits for dogs as it does for people as an antioxidant, which protects against cell damage by soaking up free radicals.
(Cape Cod) Cranberries are often recommended for dogs as a stress preventative. Cranberry juice works to control and/or prevent urinary tract infections in dogs just as it does for people. They also contain at least two agents that act as bacterial inhibitors.
(Locally sourced) apples have the ability to help absorb calcium and iron from other foods, help calm the digestive system and are wonderful source of vitamins A, C and fiber. They also contain fatty acids that dogs might lack in their daily diet.
(Connecticut) Blueberries contain antioxidants, fiber and phytochemicals that are as beneficial for dogs as they are yours. Blueberries are particularly high in vitamin C and they puree them for easy digestion.
Organic Peanut Butter is a favorite treat of Molly and Murphy. Unsalted, organic peanut butter is a good source of protein and contains heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. Peanut Butter also aids in curbing "Doggie Breath" but do be careful, like humans, some dogs may be allergic to peanuts.
Organic Coconut makes coats sleek and glossy, deodorizes doggy odor, improves digestion and nutrient absorption, aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis, reduces or eliminates bad breath. It also contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agents that prevent infection and disease, and can prevent or control diabetes, reduce weight and increase energy.
Lattice House is proud to sell Molly & Murphy All Natural Irish Dog Biscuits.