on November 11, 2012

Annamaet Petfoods is inspired by the wild

With a founder passionate about the environment, companion animal nutrition and dog sledding, Annamaet Petfoods caters to active, adventurous pet parents

"I believe our biggest advantage is the passion we have for what we do. Annamaet is a company that is truly concerned about the environment," says Robert Downey, CEO and founder of Annamaet Petfoods. Trained as an animal nutritionist and raised by a mother who loved animals, Downey built on his passion for sled dog racing by starting his own line of petfoods in 1986 with his wife, Mary Jo. Annamaet Petfoods, named after Downey’s mother, Anna Mae, are holistic and naturally preserved, the company says, and have cultivated a following among veterinarians and dog breeders. Studies in nutrition by the company have been published in peer-reviewed journals for over 30 years—including being cited in the 2006 NRC Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats. "I spent seven years doing graduate work in canine nutrition and exercise physiology. Our strong background in nutrition as well as a lifetime involvement with dogs is a definite advantage," explains Downey. "I feed my 14 dogs every day before I go to the office, so I am not only feeding our customers' dogs and cats, I am feeding my own."

Downey grew up with a kennel of bird dogs and then got involved in the sport of sled dog racing which has been an important part of his adult life and helped inspire his line of dog and cat foods. "I have been lucky enough to participate in races from the interior of Alaska to the Patagonia region of Argentina to the Pyrenees Mountains…

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