Portland ranks as the best food truck city in the United States. So while it may surprise you to hear of the myriad of pod options around town, he has one largely untapped customer base in the karting scene. That is, until the bling! Opened Treat for Dogs on Southeast Division Street. That’s right, it’s a dog-only food cart. The only one in Portland (at least the one we were able to find).
Kristen Martin is the dog lover and baker behind Bring! Snacks for dogs. Martin bakes all the dog treats from scratch inside the red cart where Altigiano once lived. Inspired by the needs of my dog, Moxie (who also serves as Quality Control Officer for Bring!), Martin’s dog treats are human, organic and gluten-free.
Martin spent over 17 years in the wine distribution industry before branching out into the dog treats business. Her pandemic has made her rethink her own career path. She knew she loved dogs and she wanted a creative outlet.
“Everybody thought I was a little crazy,” said Martin. “I thought maybe I was going a little crazy.”
But she took a crazy idea and put it into action. Take! Launched as a stand at the Sellwood Farmers Market before taking over her Artigiano cart in November 2022.
Following carts and farmers market stands, you’ll find dog treats of all shapes and sizes.Her underlying pun lover, Martin Bake puppycake, emlegsnadas, puppysuch as tarts. She can even bake your puppy a custom her cake. Many of the treats are based on peanut butter, but there are also pumpkin and beetroot treats. Gluten-free rice flour is also used for the dough. These treats contain no meat products, not even eggs, and Martin is proud that Curt uses no artificial ingredients.
But Bring! has hairy, excited customers, many of whom visit every day. And they know what a visit to the trailer entails. Martin places a chair in front of the cart’s window so the pup can stand up on its hind legs and catch the sample.
Bruce Bailey and his Chow Chow, Bruno stopped by Bring! Walk down Division Street on a rainy Wednesday. They have been loyal customers since the cart opened.
‘Bruno loves them,’ said Bailey, ‘and he loves Kristen too.’
Take their walk! Bailey said it’s now a routine and Bruno knows the route.
The cart is open daily. Dog treats are available Monday through Saturday from noon to 7pm and Sunday from noon to 5pm. There is also a covered patio where you can relax while your dogs enjoy their treats.
If you go: bring your own! Dog treats are located at 3302 SE Division St. in Portland.
Vickie Connor is a videographer for The Oregonian|OregonLive. She is also the co-host of the Peak Northwest podcast.she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.