So, What is Smidgin & Company?
Smidgin and Company was started originally after Smidgin (our tiny (10lb) mini-schnauzer) began hanging out with her littermate, Olive, and for almost three years they were best pals – hiking and adventuring together with Olive’s brother from another mother, Reuben and their mom “Molly” (name has been changed to protect her identity), and Romelda’s friend Anita and her dog Boss.
Many conversations on our adventures, were had about dog food, raw diets, treats, and of course, lots of new toys were purchased for one another.
Romelda began making Tuff Tugs after a great workshop she attended, and people who have dogs in any type of sport classes would ask her to make them a Tug of their own. Soon thereafter, Smidgin and Company was born in 2013. Smidgin is the CDO (Chief Dog Officer) and ensures the quality of everything we do!
In 2014 we attended Pawlooza, in London, Ontario to see how the Tuff Tugs would be received. And the reception was fantastic. People and especially their dogs LOVED them – you can check out our Client Photos Page to see some of the Tuff Tug loving dogs, and what praise their owners had for the Tuff Tug!
All our Tuff Tugs are made with high density polar fleece, and are made to be stronger than a normal braided toy. They won’t easily unravel (some houdini dogs can manage to unravel them, but it takes some doing to accomplish, and they can be easily tied again to prevent further unraveling). They are 100% machine washable, so they are easy to clean, and are tough but stretchy enough that they won’t hurt your dog’s jaw or teeth. They come in a variety of styles (Straight, Hoopy, Infiinity), widths (Tiny, Original, Titan) – with fur and without fur. We know your dog will love them.
When the news began to report on dogs getting sick and even dying from eating chicken treats that had come from China, everyone agreed that making treats was safer. Since Romelda’s family lineage happens to be Belanger, she had a direct supply chain for organically raised lamb from Belanger Organic Farms, in Hillsdale Ontario! Her cousin Josh supplies the Big Carrot and other organic outlets in Toronto, so each week, Josh supplies Smidgin and Company with fresh organically raised lamb organs, which we dehydrate and make some of what we think are the best, healthiest and tastiest treats for dogs available – our Smidgie Snacks!
No more wondering where the heck your dog’s treats are coming from, or if they are fresh. We make sure everything we make is raised organically, here in Ontario. The livestock is either certified organic or organically raised (which means they only eat certified organic crops, are pesticide and herbicide free, and antibiotic free), on farms that allow the livestock to graze. We either include the farm logo on the package or list the farm and it’s location on the package. We want you to know where your dog treats are coming from. We also date the packaging, so you know when we made and packaged it.
We know your dog will love our Tuff Tugs and our Smidgie Snacks – but we’d love to know what you think about our product. Feel free to contact us with your feedback, anytime. If you have pictures/video of your pet playing with our Tuff Tug or training with our treats, send them to us and we will feature them on our site!