We Make Healthier
Food for Dogs + Cats
FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS
At Paul’s Custom Pet Food, we prepare fresh, handmade, complete and balanced dog food for adult dogs and fresh food toppers for cats. And, we are the only company in the US to prepare custom recipes in conjunction with your own veterinarian or a veterinary nutritionist.
Meet Paul & Lynn
With Dr. Well’s guidance, Paul taught himself everything he could about holistic pet health and canine nutrition. He once told his buddy, “If you keep living, I’ll keep cooking.”
For over eight years, Hunter kept his promise. And Paul kept his. Determined to help others have healthier pets, Paul opened Paul’s Custom Pet Food in 2014.
Today, Paul works with pet owners, veterinarians, and pet nutritionists to prepare food for companion animals. He sources the highest-quality organic and/or locally sourced and restaurant-grade ingredients from farmers and small businesses and makes all food by hand. Paul and Lynn sell food direct-to-consumer at farmers’ markets and deliver it personally as often as they are able, getting to know both pets and their caretakers by name.
Paul’s Custom Pet Food is Paul Gallant’s passion and – as with all endeavors he embraces – the business is personal. Like the pact he made with the late Hunter, Paul will keep preparing food for customers’ pets as long as they need him.
Lynn became a full-time co-owner of the company in 2015. As an attorney, she is able to navigate the enormously intricate and ever-changing world of pet food licensing rules and regulations, and she has fully immersed herself in the world of pet nutrition by working closely with veterinarians and veterinary nutritionists on all aspects of nutritional health.
Also a professional gardener, marketing professional, and retail merchandiser, Lynn is the promotional and administrative force behind PCPF, connecting Paul with farmers, herbalists, farmers’ markets, and food entrepreneurs to further the company’s mission of extending the real-food movement to pets.
As an home gardener, Lynn took special delight in watching Hunter eat right out of her vegetable beds, nibbling kale or munching on spinach. And she proudly watches as their new puppy, Herbie, seems equally enamored by healthy food -- often preferring a stem of celery or broccoli to a ball.
Lynn applies all of her talents and training to help the two loves of her life in any other ways she is able. Even if that means endless hours tethered to the computer or phone.
How Our Journey Began
Our story began in 2010 when Hunter’s groomer discovered a lump the size of a walnut below his jaw. We had it biopsied and learned it was malignant: Hunter had cancer.
Our traditional veterinarian recommended we see a veterinary oncologist right away. We met with a doctor and team of assistants who examined Hunter and walked us through the results of the biopsy. They informed us that his cancer was aggressive; left untreated, he had only 6 months to live. We were given the option of surgery, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. At the time, Hunter was just 3 years old.
After much talking and many tears, we decided not to take the recommended action. We shared the news with friends and family, and one friend insisted we see Dr. Hannah Wells, founder and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine at Veterinary Wellness Center in Exeter, New Hampshire. We had an appointment with Dr. Wells the next day.
Dr. Wells studied Hunter’s history, biopsy results, oncology report, and conducted a thorough examination of him, including analysis of his chi. She explained that as a young and energetic Golden Retriever, he ran hot and that the tumor and cancer were also hot. She indicated he would need cool foods and herbs to fight the cancer, and asked if we were willing to cook for him. “Of course we are,” Paul said.
Dr. Wells prescribed a mix of Chinese herbal medicines and a recipe for Hunter. She explained the differences between cool foods and hot foods, the importance of whole, chemical- and processed-free pet food, and the fundamental way that food interacts with each pet’s unique body.
After eating a whole-foods diet and beating all odds for over 10 years, Hunter passed away at home in our arms in June of 2019. He was almost 13 years old.
Today, we continue our commitment to making fresh, wholesome, clean food for your pets, and for our own Herbie, in Hunter’s name.