Lara Enzor, the Founder and CEO of Bow Wow Bones, Austin’s first mobile food truck for dogs, is a successful entrepreneur, active supporter of both animals and the arts in Austin and very proud owner of two fun loving dogs!
It was Lara’s dogs Dottie, a toy fox terrier, and Penny, a miniature pinscher, who inspired her to start Bow Wow Bones. The dynamic food trailer scene in Austin offered something for everyone – but not for Dottie and Penny. Seeing an opportunity to combine her love for pets and her entrepreneurial expertise, Lara bought an ice cream truck while on vacation in Florida, drove it home to Austin, and got to work. Collaborating with local bakers, artists and marketers, she launched Bow Wow Bones in June 2012.
A serial entrepreneur, Lara also launched and continues to run Chaparral Scientific, which monitors clinical pharmaceutical research trials. She earned a B.S. in Biology from Mary Hardin-Baylor and an M.S. with honors, in Business Management from Albertus Magnus College. Recruited initially into two Fortune 50 companies, her entrepreneurial spirit eventually won out.
Lara lives on a shady stretch of land in South Austin with her partner, where their dogs have room to run, and spends whatever time remains from running two business indulging her passions for professional baseball, live theater, music and art – and keeping up with Dottie and Penny!
Brandi Mangum is the newest member of the Bow Wow Bones Team! She and her husband, Kirk, dreamed of coming back to Austin after being away for several years and Brandi really wanted to open a food truck for dogs in the Austin area. When she discovered that Lara had already captured her idea in Bow Wow Bones, Brandi e-mailed her and learned that Lara actually needed someone to come and run the truck full-time. Brandi and Kirk immediately agreed that this was the opportunity that they had been searching for and moved to Austin to take responsibility for the only doggie food truck in town!
Brandi describes herself as a people person and believes that there is no better way to get to know someone than to ask them about their pets. She is also passionate about the dog rescue movement and is excited for the opportunity to advocate for better conditions for animals and to help fundraise for the many important animal causes that Austin houses.
Brandi and Kirk have three wonderful pups themselves–Raider, Oaklynn and Rain. Raider is an English Bulldog and is the oldest and wisest of the three dogs. Kirk and Brandi rescued Oaklynn from a shelter in Dallas and she is the sweet, submissive one in the pack. Rain is the newest addition to the family and was a “foster failure”. They decided to foster him when they found out he was about to be put down and once he was in their home, Kirk and Brandi could not imagine life without him.