Lucy at The Honest Kitchen

Lucy Postins, founder of The Honest Kitchen

Where do you live? La Jolla, California. (Stay tuned for more on Lucy's local pet-friendly picks soon!)

What do you do? My official title is Founder and President/CEO of The Honest Kitchen, Inc.—producer of dehydrated, human-grade whole food for pets. I’m also the director of marketing and PR, and am responsible for all product development, which includes taste-testing our products, writing content and helping to educate pet parents on how their pets can benefit from whole food nutrition, rather than processed pellets.

What’s the best part of your job? I love every aspect of my work. There’s a lot of variety from one week to the next. Product development is probably the most rewarding—trying out different recipes in my test kitchen, and having all the Honest Kitchen canine executives wander in to volunteer with taste testing! Also, receiving emails from customers about how much their pets love our product and how well they’re doing brings everything full circle! My job really is special because we’re surrounded by our dogs every day—most of the time, we have about 8 or 10 dogs at the office.

Tell us about your pets. I have four dogs: Rhodesian Ridgebacks Taro and Willow (2 and 6, respectively); Johnson, a blind rescue Pug who’s about 8; and Indy, a 4-year-old rescue Coonhound who lives with my best friend most of the time, where he has lots of land to roam.

Do your pets have nicknames? Yes! Taro the Sparrow (even though he’s 94lbs); Willie Wilskie; Ronnie Johnson; and Mr. Indian.

What are your pets’ most endearing traits? I love the way they all gaze at me! They want to be everywhere I am in the house and are extremely tuned into what’s going on—to the point of being really intuitive, especially Willow.

Best thing about having a pet? I love the companionship of having animals around. I’m also an active person and love to have a reason to head out to the trails or to the beach for a brisk walk, fresh air and quiet time—especially as a chance to gather my thoughts for the workday ahead.

If your pet was a movie star, who would they be? Taro would be Ted Danson’s character George Christopher in HBO’s Bored to Death—enthusiastic, gentle and knows how to party! Willow would be Jennifer Lopez. Her hips only get a little wide after too much bread-stealing! Johnson wouldn’t be a movie star but he’s make an excellent Buddhist Monk, with his calm and kind demeanor and wise ways. Indy is Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones, through and through! An adventurous daredevil who charms anyone he meets despite his mischievous ways.