Meet Laura & Steph

Kia ora. We are Laura and Steph - two friends on a mission to create the best dog treats humanly possible.

Laura and Steph from Gourmate Pet Treat Co. during their OE

 

Fellow Kiwis, we lived and worked together while travelling and have stayed friends ever since.

When we caught up it used to be like nothing had changed - until that one time Laura started talking about the green lipped mussels she was making for her two weimaraners - and now things have changed a lot!

Combining Laura’s knowledge of dog training and food production, and Steph’s experience in communications and finding that spot above the tail for the best scratchies, Gourmate Pet Treat Co. was born.

Laura and Steph from Gourmate Pet Treat Co. in 2021

Gourmate Pet Treat Co. is grounded in the values of the absolute best quality food, natural nutrition, and sustainable practices - the kind of food we want to eat, to buy, and to share with our family members, whether they have two legs or four. That’s why our treats are sourced and made to human food grade standards.

Our dogs are the most loving, steadfast, funny and spectacular beings in the universe - why wouldn’t we treat them as such?

Our Fur Families

Laura, Archie & Margot

Laura hold Archie the puppy. Gourmate Pet Treat Co.

I have always LOVED dogs.

I grew up with Kimba, a Rhodesian ridgeback cross. Kimba was a sweet natured family dog and really sold the breed to my mum who then adopted Ruby, a purebred ridgeback. I looked after Ruby and her fur-sister Bella after the Christchurch earthquakes, a time I absolutely treasured. 

When we were settled enough, and felt grown up enough, Dave surprised me with Archie. I had always adored weimaraners for their incredible looks, their wits and goofy personalities. We loved Archie so much we adopted Margot. My two fur babies were my first two babies.

Steph feeds Dexter a Gourmate Pet Treat Co treat

Steph, Pikelet and Dexter

I shared my childhood with Bailey the gentle labrador x beagle, Sam the crazy genius red border collie, and chill Braxton the border collie.

I’m that adult asking to pet your dog at the crossing and hanging out with the best dog at a wedding.

Having already shipped our SPCA kitty Pikelet across the Tasman and back, on moving back to NZ getting a dog was top of my list. Dexter is a Humane Society Special and is so far doing a great job learning, growing, sniffing, snuggling, and being the bestest boy - and of course testing all the treatos!