Lady Hugs Gourmet Pet Biscuit Company™ produces distinctive, world class gourmet biscuits made with 100% real food ingredients and unconditional love. We were founded thanks to Lady Hugs, now a 14 year old black lab mix who has had an amazing life of multiple miracles, overcoming and survival. The miracle that launched the biscuit company was hearing her veterinarian state that an x-ray revealed she had a fragmented bullet in her head in August, 2011 nearly twelve years after she was rescued and adopted. And by all accounts . . . the bullet seemingly should have killed her, but God had a plan for two wounded hearts and souls to be become best friends upon meeting early in 2000.
Maryann developed the original recipe for the biscuits from scratch and without a mixer! She introduced them to the eight four legged guests at Lady Hugs 12th birthday party. 23 of Lady Hugs two and four legged friends attended and all of the four legged guests loved the biscuits. And production began thereafter. Lady Hugs was appointed Chief Canine Executive Officer in 2012 and was then appointed Chief Canine Sampling Analyst later that year due to her connoisseur biscuit sampling abilities.
Each handmade batch of Miracle Barkz –tm we prepare has a few irregular sized pieces. As these nutrient dense biscuits began to accumulate and we brainstormed how we could use these biscuits to honor distinguished canines and felines for their accomplishments in making a difference as a service animal, therapy animal or outstanding companion animal. Thus the Lady Hugs “Hero Award” was founded.
Lady Hugs Pet Biscuit Company–tm is pleased to announce its first Lady Hugs “Hero Award” to Tuesday, a delightful seven year old golden retriever and best friend and service dog to former U.S. Army Captain and New York Times bestselling author, of Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him, Luis Carlos Montalván. Tuesday and Luis were honored guests and keynote speakers for Golden Retriever Rescue of Michigan (GRRoM) recently.
In the words of Luis, “Tuesday saves my life everyday. Everyday!” Tuesday wakes him up from nightmares as a result of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from serving multiple tours in Iraq. Tuesday, as all canines do, “live in the moment” and assists Luis by anticipating panic attacks, flashbacks and insomnia by bringing him back into the moment. Luis also shared that Tuesday knows 145 commands and to watch them on stage interact was very heartwarming.
How a Golden Retriever Saved Luis Montalvan
I had opportunity to meet Tuesday and Luis at the GRRoM fundraising event at the book signing table. There had been a great turn out and a corresponding long line and I waited for over three hours (thank you Luis). When I approached their table, Tuesday came out from underneath the table and began to inspect the paw print gift bag with a red bow that contained one pound of Miracle Barkz–tm. There was no mistaking, Tuesday knew that there was something in that bag just for him and he wanted to find out just what it was!
I briefly shared with Luis that Tuesday was being awarded the first Lady Hugs “Hero Award” and why and what I had for Tuesday. I let him know that the Miracle Barkz -tm was made of antibiotic, hormone and steroid free beef liver, butternut squash and organic flax meal. I asked if it would be okay to give Tuesday a biscuit and he paused briefly and said “yes, just one!” Tuesday was very much the gentleman and obviously very much enjoyed the Miracle Barkz –tm. And Luis did give the nod for Tuesday to have another biscuit! Thanks for the pawsitive review Tuesday!
He also took the time to sign two books. The first was for my son Matthew who is a Public Affairs Officer with the U.S. Navy. The second was signed in behalf of my Lady Hugs! Luis was so very generous with his time in ensuring each person in line was able to meet Tuesday and himself.
It was truly an honor to recognize Tuesday with the first ever Lady Hugs “Hero Award” along with the opportunity to meet them in person. Thank you Tuesday for making a significant difference in Luis’s life. You and Luis are both truly American heros; who are admired for their great and fine qualities and brave acts!
Tuesday is the first of ten recipients of the Lady Hugs Gourmet Pet Biscuit Company-tm Lady Hugs “Hero Award”. Lady Hugs and I are reviewing a multitude of other deserving canines and felines for the remaining awards and will be announcing them in the near future.