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Made in Alaska: Drool Central

By Heather Hintze 8:27 PM January 9, 2014

Daisy Nicolas uses Alaskan, supermarket-grade food in her dog treats.

ANCHORAGE - Like all dog lovers, Daisy Nicolas only wants what’s best for her pet. She feeds her yellow lab Dallas treats made from her own kitchen.

“She’s the official master taster,” Nicolas said. “She’s gained a couple, well, more than a couple of pounds in the last two months. I’m sure her vet will not like that, but she’s still healthy.”

She works as a cook at a lodge during the summer and decided to put her culinary skills to use in the off-season.

“This is liver fish. It’s made out of fish livers from wild salmon, cod, sablefish, rockfish,” explained Nicolas as she rolled out ball of dough that looked like a pâté Play-Doh.

Two months ago she started Drool Central: A Mum and Pup Barkery.

“It’s painstaking and laborious but it’s worth it,” Nicolas said. “It’s worth it when your dog actually takes the bite.”

While most of her gourmet goodies are tiny treats, she’s also started a line of wet pet food that’s not just for dogs.

“I have people asking me, ‘What about cats?’ What about cats? I’m a dog person,” she said, laughing. “But I don’t want to lose out on that money.”

She uses as many Alaskan ingredients as possible. In fact, the food is so high quality, with a little salt and pepper, she said pet owners could eat it too.

“When I’m really hungry and I’m too lazy to cook, all I do is put some flavorings in them,” she said. “People don’t believe it. ‘You eat your dog’s food?’ They’re clean! They’re made out of supermarket-grade items.”

Drool Central products can be found at the Farmers’ Market at the Mall at Sears every Wednesday and Saturday.

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