Woof from Vet & Nutritional Adviser
Hello everyone. My name is John and since I was a little boy, I was fascinated by the natural world. My mom would get rather annoyed, as I brought all kind of new ‘pets’ home and not always the cuddly sorts. She especially disagreed on snakes and spiders. But I just always knew, that when I grew up, I wanted to help animals.
I studied veterinary medicine at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece) and my profession and studies have taken me all around Europe. I settled a few years to work in the UK, but to be honest, I missed the good weather and the sea. I am now back in Greece, living and working in beautiful Athens. I am currently advancing my studies on clinical nutrition and the role it plays in maintaining the health in post-operation recovery. When I am not busy helping animals or studying you can find me on a horse or in the sea, where I often volunteer as a lifeguard.
When I met Aline on a house-visit for her new stray called Arista, we immediately clicked about everything animal-related. So when she told me about her dream to start a healthy and honest pet-food business I was instantly excited and ready to join. We would spend countless hours discussing nutrition and the importance of real food. I have seen many health-related problems in my professional life that almost always are linked to the pet’s diet. Not all commercial pet-foods are created equally, but most pet parents are not aware of this. It is easy to be fooled by a glossy image of a happy dog and the simple words: Premium or Superior can misguide us.
Once we had decided on the final ingredients for Cooka’s recipes, I took the treats to my furry clients for ‘testing’ and when I saw their feedback -wagging, barking, licking, jumping…I knew –APPROVED! But there was one dog that stood out. Recently operated, Donna wasn’t eating at all after a severe kidney failure and her weight was dwindling at an alarming rate. No matter what her parents tried to feed her, she refused everything, even apples –her favorite treat. But to everyone’s surprise, she ate a Cooka’s cookie. And then another and another. Super-joyed her parents ordered a big box and added it to her daily food and soon Donna was back to her former healthy and strong self.
This is the kind of story that makes me proud to be part of Cooka’s crew. Pets have become family members and we should always treat them as such. Cause they give us so much happiness they only deserve the best.
With my respects,