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When our co-founders Nishes Shrestha & Suman Shrestha met for dinner one night in 2003, they weren’t looking for any new opportunities but stumbled on one they hadn’t considered before. Suman noticed Nishes’ dog happily chewing on a piece of Churpi: Himalayan hard cheese that is preserved utilizing centuries-old techniques still practiced today by the people of Nepal. It was the same cheese that Suman used to enjoy at home in Nepal. With Nishes’ help, they were inspired to utilize the same cultural technique to make a high-quality chew for dogs.
Over the course of four years, the team carried out extensive research to discover how to remove lactose from the cheese and create the desired texture to craft an innovative chew made just for dogs. It wasn’t long before all of their hard work was validated. When they attended a pet fair in Bellingham, WA in September of 2007, the Himalayan Dog Chew® sold out almost immediately. A new category within the pet space was born!
We are the makers of the Original® Himalayan Dog Chew®.
Today, we have grown to include chews and treats for pets around the world. Our products are distributed to more than 5,000 retailers in the U.S. and abroad. We craft innovative chews and treats to delight all of pup-kind while supporting humanitarian efforts through our operational partner, the Manaram Foundation.
We believe social responsibility starts here, with us. We are honored to work alongside thousands of small business farmers to continue to support initiatives enabling access to education for women and girls, and programs that provide economic opportunities and autonomy for women in Nepal.Learn More
Creating Our Hard Cheese Chews
The Original® Himalayan Dog Chew® is a hard cheese chew crafted using an ancient cultural technique from Nepal. Our team spent 4 years re-engineering the ancient recipe by removing the lactose and fat content to create a healthy, savory long-lasting chew for dogs. We work with farmers in Nepal to develop a robust supply chain that upholds our strict quality standards and promises for social change.Learn More