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Name:
Dylan

Age:
45

Wheels:
A rusty push bike and a Lamborghini
(in orange – whoops)

Favourite place to holiday:
Anywhere with an ice cream van

Favourite food:
Poppy’s Picnic
(joke – see above)

Loves:
Lego, making a mess in the kitchen
and Star Wars

Claim to fame:
Has been thrown out of a plane
in his pyjamas

Poppy and Dylan’s Story

Dylan, Dyslexia and Dogs (well, Poppy!)

Name:
Poppy

Age:
9 years old

Wheels:
Four paws

Favourite place to holiday:
Dylan’s bed

Favourite food:
Poppy’s Picnic (of course)

Loves:
Squirrels, belly rubs and recipe testing

Claim to fame:
The only contestant to sit in a Dragons’ Den chair

Poppy and Dylan’s Story

Dylan, Dyslexia and Dogs (well, Poppy!)

Name:
Dylan

Age:
45

Wheels:
A rusty push bike and a Lamborghini (in orange – whoops)

Favourite place to holiday:
Anywhere with an ice cream van

Favourite food:
Poppy’s Picnic (joke – see above)

Loves:
Lego, making a mess in the kitchen and Star Wars

Claim to fame:
Has been thrown out of a plane in his pyjamas

Name:
Poppy

Age:
9 years old

Wheels:
Four paws

Favourite place to holiday:
Dylan’s bed

Favourite food:
Poppy’s Picnic (of course)

Loves:
Squirrels, belly rubs and recipe testing

Claim to fame:
The only contestant to sit in a Dragons’ Den chair

1985. Bill Gates launches Windows. Madonna releases Like A Virgin.

Meanwhile in Wales,

Dylan aged 11 creates Mini Models, his first business selling clay models in the playground. Recruits fellow classmates to turn £30 into several thousand which his mum makes him give to Band Aid. Hmmm.

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Reads law at university and wonders why?! Meets Ivana Trump and ballroom dances/stands on her feet. Life changes direction.

Roll on a couple of decades. Dylan has been fired from 13 jobs…

However, his entrepreneurial and creative spirit sees him working across many different industries, for some of the the biggest global brands but also small startups, many of which have become international household names.

BUT none of this was satisfying – he wanted to achieve something more than chocolate, fizzy drinks, mobile phones and handbags…yes handbags.

Another life change at 36.

Poppy, his first dog, comes into his life – chewing rugs, refusing to walk on her lead and pooping on the kitchen floor.

It was love at first squidge.

Poppy becomes a mum of 6 (Jeffrey, Chewy, Katie, Kobi, Archie and little Slipper)

Family moves to rural Wiltshire,

and Dylan finds contentment and good food which has a dramatic/enormous/vast/significant impact on his waistline.

And so commences a massive health kick

to shift the muffin top/victoria sponge.

Out with the processed foods,

(and ice cream) in with the fresh!

But what about Poppy?

While consuming a delicious morning smoothie, Dylan sees the light! Poppy was caught in an eternal Groundhog Day, eating processed brown pellets.

Her diet had to change.

Dylan pesters vets, bombards nutritionists and quizzes canine experts.

Conclusion:

fresh raw food was the best, most natural way to feed Poppy, in fact any dog.
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Apron on,

he starts experimenting with recipes and after a weekend of culinary discovery that Delia Smith herself would be proud of,

Poppy’s first fresh raw meals were ready.

Before long,

friends and neighbours wanted the same fesh, natural food for their own four-legged friends.

Say woof to Poppy’s Picnic!

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Gaby, a little black schnauzer

joins the gang in 2018, and is the first family member to be bred and fed

on Poppy’s Picnic!

And what a ride it’s been, helping dog-lovers introduce fresh feeding to bowls around the world.

From Dragons’ Den to Hong Kong via a record breaking crowdfunding campaign and a shelf full of awards, it has been an exhilarating (as well as challenging) journey.

Only recently, Dylan found out he is dyslexic which in part explains being fired from 13 jobs, his love of speed and (some might say).

his unconventional attitude to problem solving.

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Poppy’s Picnic celebrates

its second birthday and it makes Dylan’s heart sing to know that his food helps more and more dogs live healthier lives.

And Poppy doesn’t mind the endless photography

so long as it’s rewarded by tasty venison or liver bite treat!

And as in all good stories, they lived happily ever after

Woof and squirrels

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