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 your adult canine companion 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
For over eight years, Hunter has kept his promise. And Paul has 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, 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 delivers it personally as often as he is 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 Hunter, Paul will keep preparing food for customers’ pets as long as they need him.
As a professional gardener, garden writer, and whole-foods advocate, 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 organic home gardener, Lynn takes special delight in watching Hunter eat right out of her beds, nibbling kale or munching on carrots. And as a former attorney and retail merchandiser, Lynn applies her 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, and he had six months to live. We were given the option of surgery, followed by chemotherapy and radiation. At the time, Hunter was just over three years old.
After much discussion, we decided not to take the recommended action. We shared the news with friends and family. A friend insisted we see Dr. Hannah Wells, former chief of staff and practitioner of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine at Health & Wellness Animal Hospital in Hampton Falls, 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 switch him from processed to whole foods. “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 ten years, Hunter passed away at home in June of 2019 in Paul and Lynn’s arms. He was almost 13 years old. Today, we continue our commitment to making fresh, wholesome, clean food for your pets in Hunter’s name.