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More Food Trucks for Pups
Chicago and Atlanta take a bite out of the moveable feast
From left: Fido to Go in Chicago and a mock-up of the soon-to-be rolling Poochsicles

When we learned about Phydough, a dog-centric food truck in Los Angeles, we thought it was a pretty great idea. Apparently, we weren’t the only ones. Bringing dog food and treats, especially canine ice cream, to the curbs of America appears to be an innovation whose time has come.

In the meantime, we’ve learned about a couple other roving treat vans we wanted to tell you about. (And we’d love to know about any more—tell us if there’s one in your city.)

This spring, Fido to Go launched a “gourmutt food truck” in Chicago, proffering natural, healthy dog treats, including hand-crafted canine cookies and doggy ice cream. Fido to Go is the brainchild of owner/founders Tracy Werner and Donna Santucci. Werner has owned and operated Natural Pet Market, a health food store for cats and dogs, in Wheaton, Ill., for nearly a decade, and Santucci has been a groomer for several years. Both women are also Red Cross certified in animal CPR and First Aid.

Fido to Go’s menu includes grain- and gluten-free baked cookies, whole-wheat biscuits and a variety of frozen treats. Plus, Fido to Go merchandise bags can be repurposed as (biodegradable) pet waste bags.

Werner and Santucci are passionate about helping homeless pets and often foster animals themselves. Their business cards double as trading cards, and feature adoptable dogs from local shelters, as well as customers’ four-legged family members. Follow Fido to Go’s daily routes and events on Facebook and Twitter @fidotogo. and look for the big yellow truck at Chicago’s Gay Pride Fest, June 24-25.

Meanwhile, Kim Bohstedt is in the process of getting her Poochsicles (and Bark Bites) truck ready for the streets of Atlanta. Although she’s a dog-lover, assisted by canine taste-testers at home, this is Bohstedt’s first foray into an animal-centered business.

Possibly as soon as next week, Poochsicles will be serving doggie ice cream, all natural, organic, corn-free, soy-free and dairy-free baked goods, as well selling retail items such as poop bags and fetch toys. The truck is schedule to debut next Saturday, June 25 at PAWS Atlanta.

Follow Bohstedt on Facebook and Twitter @poochsicles.

Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom. lisawogan.com

Photos courtesy Fido to Go and Poochsicles.

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Submitted by Basil Brown | June 16 2011 |

Absolutely brilliant!

Submitted by Craig | June 17 2011 |

Great idea! Bringing dog food and treats to the curbs of America is indeed an idea whose time has come. It came a long time ago- look at most major cities and you'll most likely find a locally-operated home delivery service for pet food and treats.

Smiley Dog has been doing it in Seattle since 1992, LA has VIP and others, Chicago, NY and other metropolitan areas all have their own. Seattle also had a home-grown bakery that set up their own truck at one of the larger dog park a decade or so ago. Sadly, they are no longer around.

Submitted by Deb B | June 18 2011 |

You missed a cool one: FREE ice cream and cookies for dogs!

The Best Friends Pet Care Doggy Treat Truck is traveling the northeast giving away treats and creating fun at dog parks from Boston to Philadelphia. The truck is in Westchester County this weekend. For the full schedule and photos of the fun, see http://www.bestfriendspetcare.com/treat-truck-tour/

The Best Friends Pet Care Treat Truck staff also has fun activities for pets and pet owners, including creating a Treat Truck Driver's License with photo for dogs. It's all about fun and enhancing the human bond.

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