Husband, wife selling healthy dog treats

Since the beginning of the year, Michele Ziemba-Bolduc and her husband, Dave Bolduc, have been busy making dog treats with no sugar or added preservatives.

The North Haven residents’ enterprise is called Fine Fettle Pets.

Recently, the couple announced they were teaming up with Sylvia Cicarelli of Sylvia’s Confection Connection. Now, when dog owners stop by the Washington Avenue bakery, they can pick up something sweet for their pups, as well.

Michele Ziemba-Bolduc, a special education teacher in Hamden, said the inspiration for Fine Fettle Pets started in her classroom. When COVID hit, Michele said baking was restricted in school. But she still wanted to teach her students some kitchen skills.

“I have three dogs at home, and I thought, why not make dog treats,” Michele said.

“I’m the baker, and Dave is more like the business guy,” she added.

While the treats were made primarily at her home, Michele also did some baking at school to teach students how to follow a recipe.

When Michele and Dave discovered that their own dogs enjoyed these treats, they continued producing them. Soon after, Michele started selling the dog treats at farmers markets – and they were a big hit.

“At one of the events we went to, I was glad Dave was with me because so many people came to buy treats,” Michele said. “Normally, I work the booth alone, but there were so many people and dogs buying all sorts of things.”

Fine Fettle Pets offers nine different treats varying in size and shape, and more options are in the works. “I had to go back and make them smaller, so that little dogs could eat them too,” Michele said.

Michele came up with the recipes herself, and worked with state officals to make sure Fine Fettle Pets was doing things by the books.

“It’s a lengthy process, and each recipe has to be registered,” she said. “I have people begging me to make more recipes, and I tell them they have to wait.”

Dave said the couple's three dogs – a black lab, an Australian cattle dog and a Shepard coonhound mix – are more than happy to take part in the tasting process.

“Our black lab is a service dog,” Dave pointed out. “We often take in service dogs from a Long Island program where we take the dogs at eight weeks old and give them back at 18 months old.”

To purchase treats from Fine Fettle Pets, visit Sylvia’s Confection Connection at 323 Washington Ave., or call 203-903-2494.


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