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The Merrick Family

For Garth Merrick, founder of Merrick Pet Care Inc., creating a family-owned company meant getting his family and friends involved. Together with his wife, Susie, and their four children, Garth built the company at their ranch in Hereford, Texas, near Amarillo.

Garth first started in the pet food business by creating prototype dog treats. Shortly after, he brought his all-natural dog treats to pet industry trade shows where he received many orders. Due to the overwhelming success of the treats, Merrick also began making dog food.

Garth's son, Tyler, came back to work at the company following Sept. 11. At that time, Tyler created Merrick's line of 5-Star entrées with the goal of making pet food fun and creating mealtime experiences for owners and their pets by offering them  a menu of quality recipes. His recipe for Grammy's Pot Pie - Grammy was Tyler's childhood moniker for his grandmother - became Merrick's signature product.

Since then, hundreds of employees have helped grow Merrick Pet Care into a world-class operation within the super-premium pet food category. "Our faith, family, and country have always been at the core of what our company is about," says Garth. "It was true when we started, and it's still the same today." According to Garth, it is that philosophy that has taken Merrick from being "excellent to outstanding."