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Health Food For Pets? Store Opens in Decatur

Corrina's Corner in Oakhurst sells nutritious dog and cat food.

Jacques Duplantier thinks dogs and cats, like people, deserve good, healthy food.

That's one reason he opened Corrina's Corner at 722 W. College Ave. in Decatur. He prepares raw and cooked food that's stored in a cooler and sold under the Corrina's Corner label.

“It’s human quality food,” he said in an interview with the Champion newspaper. “I buy my meat from the same wholesale distributor who supplies some of Atlanta’s best restaurants.”

On the store website, Duplantier explains his pet food philosophy:

We strongly believe that pets should eat diets that more closely reflect what their wild cousins would eat.  We refer to the consumption of natural, unprocessed proteins and limited carbohydrates as biologically appropriate. 

Duplantier comes from a family of attorneys. He attended Georgetown University as an undergraduate, earned a law degree from the University of Minnesota and worked in the public sector in Minnesota.

He had trouble finding legal work after moving to Georgia and last month opened the pet food store, named after the mutt he adopted from a shelter in Minnesota.

A vet told him Corrina was lethargic and losing fur because of a grain allergy. Another vet suggested Duplantier serve Corrina raw, human-grade food. It worked, and now Corrina is the picture of health, Duplantier said.

"My dog could not eat commercial food so I had no choice," he said. "I discovered there are a lot of people who do this."

He says Corrina's Corner food can be fed daily to a pet, mixed in with other foods or given as a once-in-a-while treat. He also sells freeze-dried commercial brands, chicken feed and non-food pet supplies like dog collars.

Duplantier says Corrina's Corner food is expensive but not much more than premium commercial brands. A $3.29 container of raw, Corrina's Corner dog food feeds a 50-pound canine for a day, he said.

And his legal training did not go to waste. It helped a lot when he went through the complicated process of applying for a permit with the Agriculture Department to make pet food.

For more information about Corrina's Corner, go to the store website.

Ralph Ellis January 03, 2013 at 01:03 PM
How much do you spend on pet food? We have a greyhound and go through one big bag of dry food a month, about $20, plus a box of treats, about $4.
10dogmom January 03, 2013 at 01:52 PM
We have 10 rescues. If we use a dry food, a 40# bag is $62.00 and will last approx. 6 days. We only feed a super premium, preservative free food. We also alternate with both a raw and homemade diet as well. The money spent on our animals nutrition is an investment in their health. Aside from regular check ups and flea and heart worm prevention, we don't have health issues, therefore we are not spending money on vet bills so it equals out. The high quality food and nutrition is truly an immune system super boost. A good, healthy immune system can fight off most problems that pets are often faced with. I'm happy to see this open, and wish them all the success.
Ralph Ellis January 03, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Good point, 10dogmom. I had not considered that vet bills might drop.
Deb Varco January 03, 2013 at 02:02 PM
I have a 90 pound Doberman, a 10 pound Min Pin and a 60 pound Foster Doberman and I only feed premium grain/free dry food. It costs $50 for a 30 pound bag and I use about 2 bags a month. If the first ingredient on the bag of food you feed your dogs is anything but meat or fish protein, you are asking for health problems for your dogs. Corn is especially bad for dogs and that is usually the biggest ingredient in cheap dog food.
Stephen January 04, 2013 at 03:29 PM
While a Nutritious varied Diet is Important to your DOGs Health… Many Canine Pet Parent move their Animals to Special FOOD Diets in an “Attempt” to mitigate the contestant Paw Chewing, Itching, Gunky Ear, Skin Issue Problems ..which they “Believe” to be FOOD Allergy induced. When in fact, 85 % of our Itchy DOGs are Allergic to the Same Enviro Sources that We Suffer From. DVM Dermatologist Formulated / 100% Natural Doggy GOO > Sublingually builds tolerance to 10 Pollens, 2 Dust Mites & 3 Molds via a GOO-Licious Peanut Butter Treat. If Your DOG is [Allergy] SAD > Suggest Try Doggy GOO .. I Did ! And my Pooch Thanks Me EveryDay !

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