Auckland café group Hipgroup has teamed up with natural New Zealand dog food company K9 for a new collaboration that will see a special canine menu be launched called ‘Bone Appetit’.

Café patrons at any either the group’s Kohi Beach or Takapuna Café’s will be offered a free doggy menu for their pooch during weekends.

K9 Natural CEO, Neil Hinton said that while the doggy menu is a bit of fun, he hopes it will get dog owners thinking about the type and quality of the food they feed their pets.

“We are all making better nutritional choices for ourselves, but our dogs are still getting highly processed, carb-laden foods, that are adding to a lot of the common health issues they have,” said Hinton.

According to Andrew Brown, head of marketing and media for Hipgroup, the Bone Appetit promotion is an opportunity to thank the many pets of its customers who patiently wait while their owners enjoy a long brunch or lunch.

“Hipgroup has long looked after our customers’ canine companions with bowls of water outside our cafes, so this will certainly be a leap in to the world of fine dining for all of our four-legged friends,” said Brown. “Bone Appetit’s K9 range is made in New Zealand using locally sourced ingredients, which is something that ties in nicely with our own food philosophy.”