New partnership launched

4RKids Executive Director Tricia Mitchell (left) and Greatest American Dog Treats owner Travis Brorsen ((center back) appear with 4RKids clients (from left) Jake, Ashley and Cresta in the James W. Strate Center for Business Development incubator space where 4RKids will be packaging and shipping Brorsen’s products. (Photo provided)

ENID, Okla. — 4RPups, an enterprise of the 4RKids Foundation, recently launched a partnership to pack and ship products for Greatest American Dog Treats. 

4RKids provides employment opportunities to adults with developmental disabilities, support and outreach to their families, and supports local enrichment opportunities for the developmentally disabled, including Miracle League and Special Olympics.

One of the employment opportunities 4RKids offers its clients is production and packaging of the 4RPups dog treats, which moved into the business incubator at the James W. Strate Center for Business Development at Autry Technology Center in October, 2016.

4RKids Executive Di­­rector Tricia Mitchell said 4RKids became connected with the new venture when Greatest American Dog Treats founder and owner Travis Brorsen began looking for an Oklahoma partner to package and ship his products.

Brorsen was familiar with the business incubator from his time there, where he produced his children’s educational videos “Adventures with Travis & Presley,” after winning the 2008 CBS reality show “Greatest American Dog.”

Brorsen went on to found Greatest American Dog Trainers and create his own line of dog treats after hosting his new show on Animal Planet, My Big Fat Pet Makeover, according to a 4RKids press release.

It didn’t take long for the dog treat venture to outgrow home production.

“After countless hours of cutting, labeling and packaging the treats with his wife at the dinner table, the orders just got too big to handle,” according to the press release.

Brorsen reached out to business development center director Brian Gaddy and Autry Tech self-employment training coordinator Brenda Sheik, and they connected him with 4RKids, according to the press release.

“I had been hoping to move my business back home to Oklahoma,” Brorsen said. “4RPups is a great organization and it’s a blessing to have the opportunity to provide them with work. It is also the perfect reason to return to Oklahoma and help any way I can.”

Brorsen visited the 4RPups facility in early June, and 4RPups staff are now packaging the America’s Greatest Dog Treats, billed as “beef jerky treats with no preservatives, no additives, no gluten or wheat.”

The first order packaged by 4RPups will be 1,500 bags of treats that will be included in personalized packages sent out by PetTreater.com, Mitchell said. 

“This is a great partnership for us and a perfect fit,” Mitchell said. “We are thrilled for this new adventure and opportunity.”

Mitchell said 4RPups will continue making and marketing their dog treats as well.

4RPups treats are available at 4rpups.com, Amazon, Etsy and Jumbo Foods. Greatest American Dog Treats currently are available at gadogtrainers.com/treats

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