Take one person with a keen interest in dogs’ health and another who believes in the magic of nature and a new product for the burgeoning pet industry emerges.
At least that’s what happened when Maureen Tate and Kevan Bish got together.
“Well, he uses kelp in a lot of products he makes and it’s a wonderful supplement for minerals, vitamins and the thyroid and it is just wonderful for the skin and hair, so we thought why not for dogs,” said Tate, a Dartmouth woman who is a well-known dog rescuer and advocate.
“I’ve had a lot of dogs over the years with skin problems — dry skin, sensitivities and hot spots — and if kelp makes human skin and hair softer and healthier, it should do the same thing for dogs.”
Tate is distributing Happy Hound, Bish’s first natural canine product — a shampoo and conditioner.
He says it probably won’t be his last.
“When you put a chemical on your body, it is absorbed through your skin and we know chemicals are not good for you, but when you put a nutrient on your skin, it goes into the body and is used by your immune system to improve your health,” said Bish, who works out of True Beauty Spa and Wellness Centre in Bedford.
He is a former educator with Matrix/L’Oreal, a hairstylist and a manufacturer of his own line of all-natural, chemical-free hair and body products called Bish Alive.
“I use things that are found in nature right here in Nova Scotia: kelp and lichen and ingredients that are all natural, that won’t hurt you,” he said.
Both Tate and Bish figure the shampoo and conditioner for dogs will sell well with local dog groomers, doggy spas, dog owners and pet shops.
“Dog owners are very particular about the smell of dog shampoos. They want something calming and comforting, not too strong or perfumed,” Tate explained.
“We chose to lead with lemon grass but add a hint of lavender, which has a calming effect.”
The result, she said, is a fresh, clean scent.
Test results show the product makes a dog smell great, she said.
“We tested it on dogs and their owners and saw some great results. The kelp helps with dry skin and results in a shiny, soft coat.”
Since the pet industry in Canada is estimated to be worth about $6 billion, there should be room in the marketplace for a few new products, Tate figures.
“It’s all for the love of dogs and many people I know want to do what’s best for their dogs,” she said.
The products can be accessed on two websites: paws4health.ca and bishalive.net.
Photo: Maureen Tate removes shampoo from her dog Jasmine Thursday afternoon at Pet Valu in Cole Harbour. Tate along with business partner Kevan Bish are releasing an all-natural dog shampoo and conditioner, Happy Hound, made with Kelp extracts. (TED PRITCHARD / Staff)
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