Today we’re so excited to share with you the story behind one of our new favorite dog treat brands, Leela Ryan. These dog biscuits have the chicest packaging we’ve ever seen, and they’re Mochi taste-tested and approved!
What inspired you to start Leela Ryan?
Simple luxuries inspire me. No fuss, just effortless ways to elevate the every day. Like a bouquet of peonies on your nightstand, cooking with a glass of wine and foreign music that transports you, lounging on the couch with your dog, or taking a luxury bag to the farmers’ market.
After I became a dog parent, I was frustrated when I couldn’t find the perfect dog treat that made me feel like it was a simple luxury. I wanted a healthy treat that also wouldn’t compete with my style and could even be a great gift. Eventually, I decided to create what I wanted to see.
I blended two worlds together. I made all-natural and organic healthy dog biscuit and packaged them in chic, feminine and fun bags creating something for both the owner and the dog. That way, you can feel equally excited to take out the bag as your dog will be to receive what’s inside. Plus, they smell great so you don’t have to worry about rushing to wash your hands immediately after giving a treat.
Essentially, what really inspired me was the love I had for my dog and my outlook on life.
How did you decide on your business name?
My husband named our dog Leela Ryan, which I thought was adorable. I absolutely adore my pup and when I decided to start a business inspired by my life with her, I thought it would be perfect to name the company Leela Ryan.
Tell us about your treats. What makes them different from other dog treats?
My treats are oat and fruit based. They are hand-made using only 3 organic and all-natural ingredients. There are no chemicals, no soy, no wheat, no preservatives. They are simple, healthy, and yummy.
Where can we find your treats?
We are currently sold online at www.leelaryan.com and specialty dog boutiques in NYC, such as Zoomies.
What has been the most rewarding part about running your business?
The connection I’ve made with the people and dogs I’ve met has been the most rewarding. It makes it all worth it and I can continue to see all the ways I can bring value into their lives. That is very important to me.
Do you have any advice or recommendations for dog parents in NYC?
I think one of the best things to do is to plan to take your dog out of your neighborhood and explore the other parks, restaurants and specialty dog boutiques throughout the city. It’s so easy to stay where you know, but exploring can be so much fun for both you and your dog. You just may discover you new favorite whatever, or at least have a great story to tell.