VALLEY, N.S. – Irma Johnson first began researching dog foods and treats when her 15-year-old Sheltie was ill. To get the dog to eat, she had to come up with something tasty that included all the vitamins and minerals the dog needed. Her efforts paid off, allowing the dog to enjoy several more months of life.
That was 10 years ago and since then, Johnson has done a lot of studying around nutrition for cats and dogs, animal communication, Reiki and crystals. She’s also started her own business called Doggie Delicious.
“This is my passion,” she said. “I love seeing animals helped by my products. When I used to hear people say they got a high from doing something, I never understood. I do now.”
Johnson, originally from Truro, moved back four years ago and started her business while living in New Brunswick.
Products include a base for home-made dog food, organic treats, paw wax, ear mite solution, insect repellent, calming wraps and herbs to help with things such as arthritis, digestion and boosting the immune system. She has her advanced food handling certificate and ensures everything is carefully made.
She also offers crystals for assisting in healing, and Reiki.
“Reiki can help with anything from grieving, to anxiety, to pain,” she said. “The energy goes wherever the body needs it. Some people worry their pet won’t stay still, but it doesn’t have to stay still; if it’s in the room it absorbs the energy.”
Johnson is also taking courses in animal communication.
She sells products at the Stewiacke Farmers’ Market during the summer and sells from her home.
“I really enjoy this and I hope it will eventually become a full-time job,” she said. “I’m learning so many interesting things, and meeting some wonderful people and pets.”
Johnson can be contacting by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or through Facebook at