Our Family’s Story

Why We Started Bernie’s Best

Photo of Bernie, Lady and the kids.

Bernie’s Best was founded by Jim & Christie Finnigan to address the need for a safe, comprehensive and healthy digestion support supplement for dogs that also makes life better for dog parents. The company’s namesake and motivation is Bernie, their 3-year-old Bernese Mountain dog. After experiencing the benefits of probiotics themselves, Jim and Christie began to serve Bernie a probiotic for his general health. Over time they also added fiber and enzymes supplements to help solve specific digestions issues Bernie was having. Bernie was feeling great, but Jim & Christie became frustrated with the cost, hassle and mess of having to buy and mix multiple single-ingredient digestive supplements. That’s when Jim and Christie decided to create their own comprehensive product that addresses the full spectrum of dog digestions needs into one, easy to use product.

Their journey began with hours of research and development in the family kitchen and was fueled by the guidance of Ph.D. veterinary science researchers, formulation gurus and ingredient experts. The result is an optimal combination natural fibers, prebiotics, probiotics and enzymes that promote healthy digestion, the foundation of a healthier dog.

“We set out to create the best supplement possible that addresses the common needs of our dog Bernie and the problems we as pet parents had with existing products.“ said Jim Finnigan. “We’ve sourced the highest quality ingredients from tested and trusted suppliers to create a digestion support product our customers can be 100% confident in. Our primary ingredient (sun cured miscanthus fiber) is relatively new to the market, but has shown amazing results in university studies. It’s also extremely high in insoluble fiber, environmentally friendly, naturally processed, and grown by local Midwest farmers. We’re confident that our formulation offers the ultimate digestion support for dogs.”

Jim and Christie are proud of their unique product and look forward to helping dogs all over the world live healthier and happier lives.

Bernie’s Best is headquartered in Austin, TX and works with accredited suppliers throughout the US to produce the very best in ultimate digestion support products for dogs. Member APPA.

Bernie’s Story

It was embarrassing when my parents had to wipe watery poop off my fluffy butt. Gross! This ended when they added fiber, prebiotic, probiotic and enzyme supplements to my meals. Plus, I started to feel great and stopped passing gas around the house!

After my parents got tired of mixing up a concoction of expensive and messy powders for every meal they combined all the good stuff into Bernie’s Perfect Poop. I love it since it tastes like cheddar cheese and my gut is so healthy that I can drink lake water and not get the runs

Take it from me – you and your dog will love it!

Bernie F.

Illustration: Bernie says,


Meet the Real Bernie

Bernie is a Bernese Mountain dog born in the spring of 2016 near Tampa, Florida. We believe Bernie gets his love for the outdoor from his father, Jasper, who was strictly an outdoor dog and could hop fences and hang out with farm animals like cows and llamas. Bernie loves the USA and has traveled to quite a few spots; as of fall 2018, he has been to Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

Bernie thrives when he is off leash exploring new hiking trails and parks, beaches, lakes, rivers, streams, forests, desserts, swamps and loves to strut his fluff in big cities like San Francisco, Seattle and Denver. During the workday, Bernie is a full time nanny to his human baby brothers and sisters and he is a untrained therapy volunteer for our family, friends, neighbors and strangers by offering unlimited cuddles. Bernie’s favorite foods include his raw beef diet mixed with Bernie’s Perfect Poop, cheese, peanut butter and he looks forward to eating the figs off our backyard tree when they are in season. When Bernie is feeling naughty, he will run through mud pits and/or roll in leaves and then run inside the house. We love him so very much, and we are happy to share this product that has helped him become healthier with consistent poops.

In late 2018 Bernie Welcomed Lady into the family. Lady is a Great Pyrenees rescue and helps keep Bernie active.

Photo of Bernie resting on the beach.

Here's Bernie resting on the beach.

Photo of Bernie outdoors next to bags of Bernie's Perfect Poop.

Bernie feels his best with Bernie's Perfect Poop.

Photo of Bernie walking the shoreline of a lake.

Bernie loves the outdoors.