About Raw Gold
Raw Gold is a family-run business, with the husband and wife team of Gary and Monique Hodgkinson at the helm.
Monique is an International Boxer Specialist Judge and an Accredited Working Group Judge. She’s been breeding Boxers since 1999 under the Tanyati prefix and exceptional health is one of the cornerstones of her breeding program. Raising all her dogs naturally, a diet free of growth hormones, antibiotics, preservatives and inappropriate ingredients is her top priority. Monique has a keen interest in research and develops the Raw Gold products in conjunction with leading experts in companion animal nutrition.
Gary has a background in Information Technology, with experience in system design and development, process engineering, business analysis and project management. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the running of the business with his skills in resource management, financial and budget management and strategic planning.
Gary and Monique share their lives with their beautiful Boxers on an idyllic smallholding in the Western Cape nestled between mountains, wine farms and the ocean.
Raw Gold is dedicated to the manufacture and supply of premium raw pet food for the discerning pet owner. The health of our own dogs and our strong ethics drives us to use only ethically produced ingredients that we can guarantee are growth hormone-free and antibiotic-free and as far as possible we use only free-range or wild caught animals. None of our range contains meat meal, meat derivatives, or any rendered products.
Raw Gold is registered with the Department of Agriculture in terms of Act 36 of 1947, and we comply with very strict regulations regarding micro bacterial levels, as well as nutrient levels as stipulated by the Act. Our food is tested on an ongoing basis by an independent accredited laboratory, to ensure that not only are our nutrient levels optimal but that we remain well below acceptable levels of pathogens as prescribed by Act 36 of 1947.
Raw Gold is manufactured in our own processing facility under strict hygiene and sanitary conditions, by a well-trained team. Each bag we make is personally checked for quality and then moved immediately into our blast freezer, which is set to -30 degrees Celsius. This ensures that each bag of Raw Gold is frozen rapidly to maintain the quality and integrity of our product.
Our CEO, Monique Hodgkinson, is deeply passionate about the empowerment of women, and this can be seen in all areas of Raw Gold.
Raw Gold acknowledges the contribution the late Philip Herselman made in both coming up with our awesome name, Raw Gold, and formulating the original recipe for our minced dog food. We remember him fondly as a man who was dedicated to developing the very best food available not only for his own Smooth Fox Terriers but for all dogs. Thank you Phil.