Meet The Chefs...

Hi, I'm Debby and Kirby is my heart dog and muse. Kenzie is our newest member of the family. Join us in the kitchen as we journey through the world of canine cuisine to create the healthy dog treats and meals our dogs want and deserve.

Sous Chef aka kirby

Sir Kirby Kingston Martin of Mississippi, CGC, RN

That's his official registered name but you may know him as Kirby the Dorkie or The Canine Chef. He's a Dorkie (Dachshund/Yorkie) who is a CKC registered F1b Dorkie. His pawrents are Sophie, an F1 Dorkie (Dachshund/Yorkie) and Max, an AKC Yorkshire Terrier.   Kirby was born January 9, 2009 and I adopted him when he was six weeks old. We share our home with two cats, Chelsea and Kaitlyn.

Kirby the Dorkie
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He loves riding in the car, swimming, and playing games, his favorite being chased.  He shows his athletic abilities every summer at the annual humane society pooch pool party. The first year he won the Fetch Contest with two labs in the race. He has won every year so far.  He recently competed and won his very first Tail-A-Dogga Race.

He knows lots of tricks and the names of most of his toys. You might think he's spoiled but he works for everything which means he must do a trick or two first. Even dinner time requires he gets in down position and waits until I say ok. He isn't afraid of anything except he really dislikes bicycles.

Kirby loves good food and is a picky connoisseur. If he doesn't like a new recipe I start over because only “Kirby Tested, Kirby Approved” gets published in The Canine Chef Cookbook.

Kirby is the official CEO (Canine Executive Officer) for The Canine Chef Cookbook, and a Foster Therapy Dog for Homeward Bound

Assistant Sous Chef Kenzie

Miss Tessa Mackenzie Martin of Alabama

She isn't registered but certainly deserves a fancy name like her big brother, Kirby. Tessa was the name she was given by her former pawrent which is the name she knew when we met. She is also a Dorkie (Dachshund/Yorkie) who was born on February 16, 2016.

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I adopted Kenzie when she was 8 1/2 months old on October 23, 2016.  She and Kirby are bonding remarkably well. This is her story.


Head Chef Aka Mama

I've always had a dog or two in my life. I've always provided the best for them that was humanly possible. When Kirby came into my life at six weeks of age I gladly purchased what I thought was the healthiest dog food and treats.  Over time I became aware of the difference between bad, good, and exceptional dog foods.  My journey as a dog nutrition blogger began in 2010 when I came to the realization I could feed Kirby better and safer wholesome foods than what was available from the pet industry.  Through diligence and extensive research I began preparing the majority of his daily meals using healthy, wholesome ingredients from my local grocery store.  Next, I began creating his treats and soon discovered I was in love with the whole process which led to the birth of "The Canine Chef Cookbook". 

Extensive research has led me to discover just what his body does and doesn't need to live a long, active and healthy life. My passion is discovering new ingredients that are dog friendly and blending just the right amount of each to create something that makes him drool. Through lots of trial and error, some creations are perfect the first time, some creations require tweaking, and sadly some creations never make it past the nose test much less the taste test. 

Kirby is an energetic, playful dog with bright eyes, white teeth, and a soft, shiny coat. He has no allergies and is rarely sick. The dramatic transformations I’ve seen in our foster dogs has been nothing short of amazing. I firmly believe “when good food goes in, great benefits shine out”.  I don’t claim to be a canine nutrition expert but rather a perpetual student of canine nutrition.

Kirby was born in 2009.  We didn't realize the year date stamp was wrong (2008) on the (non-digital) camera until we developed the pictures.