Beloved Namesake of Katie's Jar Passes Away



The beagle known as Katie, who inspired owner Andrea Thompson to create preservative-free, natural and small batch dog treats, passed away on Wednesday at 11 human-years-old.

Thompson first began making Katie's treats after the pup developed allergies. She launched Katie's Jar with dog-friendly empanadas, biscuits, and churros in 2011 and became a market staple with Katie making the occasional visit to the market. Thompson expanded the brand to include neckerchief and bowties and now the treats are also available for purchase at retailers such as Bakery Lorraine, Bird Bakery and Revolucion Coffee.

"I remember trying to come up with the name and everyone I asked hated it. They said it was too confusing. I'm so glad I stuck with it — they started as her treats and that's what was in her Treat jar. I think that is a big part of our story — they were created for her because I couldn't find fresh, natural, and preservative free treats," Thompson told the Current.

In a blog post this March, Thompson shared that Katie was diagnosed with renal failure and pancreatitis in February. Thompson shared the news of Katie's passing on social media.