With today being National Pet Obesity Awareness Day, we want to focus on carbohydrates, which are found in many dry food diets. They're a hardy, inexpensive, long-lasting filler, plus they're required as a binder for a dry food. Since dogs and cats are carnivores, they need very little to no carbohydrates in their diets, yet some large companies include up to 74% carbohydrates in their dry foods! Stop into either Barkstown Road location to learn more about which diets we carry are low in carbohydrates. Feeding a diet low in carbohydrates will not only help your dog or cat lose weight, but it will also help keep their teeth nice and clean! Check out what Dog Food Advisor has to say about Dogs and carbohydrates here: https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/canine-nutrition/dog-food-carbohydrates/
My cats. Where do I even begin? Their names are Calvin and Susie, and they're sibling kitties who I adopted when they were around 10 months old. They are such complicated, little critters. One day they love something, the next day they hate it. Lately their favorite has been Rad Cat Venison. It's one of our top selling raw foods for cats at Barkstown Road. It's an exotic protein, which my cats love, and it keeps me from loading them down with poultry or fish. Rad Cat is a ground raw, so I do have to measure it out for them. I love that they're so interested in raw food. It's the best diet you can offer your cat, as they are true carnivores. Their bodies operate much more efficiently eating something as biologically appropriate as a raw diet. Rad Cat is complete and balanced, so you don't have to worry about incorporating organs and other supplements into their diets. They get everything they need from Rad Cat! Because they like variety, I have to substitute some other foods into their diets between every few meals of Rad Cat Venison. Their second favorite is Stella & Chewy's Yummy Lickin's Salmon & Chicken. It's a freeze dried, nugget-style food. My cats like it better when it's not re-hydrated, but the directions call for adding water to the food when feeding it. Stella & Chewy's also just launched their Rabbit formula, which I'm working on getting my cats used to. Introducing new foods to cats can be a slow, annoying process. They recognize their food by the way it smells, so if they don't immediately recognize a new food, they often will avoid it. Being patient and letting them slowly get used to the food over a period of days usually does the trick. Stop in to see us at Barkstown Road for more information on our diets for cats and introducing new foods to them!
My dog Ruby is a sweet little angel who I adopted when she was about 5 weeks old. She has been a super sensitive girl since she was a little over two years old. After eating the same kibble (dry food) for her first year of life, then eating a different kibble her second, she started developing intolerances to various meat proteins and other ingredients. She now does not tolerate chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, any sort of grain and of course any icky ingredient like corn (which you won't find in Barkstown Road foods anyway). After trying her on various dehydrated and freeze dried diets, which all seemed to help but not totally make the problem disappear, I finally found the food product that she does perfect on: Vital Essentials Frozen Raw Rabbit. This formula is very simple, containing only meat products derived from rabbits here in the USA, with a small amount of a fish oil supplement added into the formula. Did you know that the vitamins you see synthetically added in at the end of ingredient lists in dog foods are actually naturally occurring in organs? When you feed a whole raw diet that includes organs, your dog or cat is getting all necessary nutrients they need for the day. One of my favorite things about the raw diets we carry is that all of the work is done for you - there's no measuring, messes or worrying you've made a mistake. You can feed these diets knowing that everything has been balanced for you. Ruby also gets Answers Goat's Milk in the morning with her breakfast, then Answers Fish Stock in the evening with her dinner. The Goat's Milk helps boost her immune system and provides natural anti-histamine, which helps keep her itching better under control. The Fish Stock is great for reducing inflammation in her body and helps soothe and coat her joints. Occasionally, I'll add in some of our CocoTherapy Coconut Chips to her meal. This provides her with some extra fiber and variety. She LOVES them! Ruby's coat looks beautiful, she feels good and she sheds significantly less than she did when she ate a kibble-only diet. Because her body is using her food more efficiently now (since raw food is easier for dogs and cats to digest than dry food), she is producing significantly less waste, which means there is way less for me to pick up after her! Stop in soon to ask how you can incorporate safe raw foods from Barkstown Road into your dog or cat's diet!
Stop in to join our Answers Loyalty Program! We are now offering a Buy 12, Get 1 FREE on ALL Answers Products! When you purchase any Answers raw food or supplement products, you will be eligible to get your 13th item free! Just ask any sales associate! *this will not be honored with any existing or future preorder bulk discounts*
Due to the recent buyout of Chewy by big box retailer Petsmart, many of our favorite premium brands have decided to end their business relationship with selling online on Chewy, including: Fromm, Orijen, Acana & more Corporations like Chewy and Petsmart have continued to make it extremely difficult for stores like us to keep our doors open, so we applaud these brands for making the decision to continue to build their relationships with independent stores like Barkstown Road. Stores like us lay the foundation of introducing brands like these to customers and build brand recognition, so we are happy these brands recognize the importance of the independent retailer. We know many people will be looking for a new place to get these brands, and we hope that Barkstown Road will be considered while doing so. When you shop with us, you're supporting a truly local store, not a big box or a franchise, but a store that is unique only to Louisville - you won't find us in any other cities all across the country. You're helping provide a paycheck for 7 Louisvillians, while also contributing money into your local economy, which helps keep roads paved, public school teachers paid, libraries open and more. Small businesses like us pay a lot of local taxes, unlike online retailers. Our staff is knowledgeable and always willing to help answer any questions. We offer a buy 12, get 1 free on many of our brands, along with a rewards punch card for any purchase. And because we know that part of online shopping is the convenience of doing so, we will be introducing an online ordering system and local delivery service in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more info and the launch of this service! Thank you for continuing to trust and shop with us. It means so much to us and literally is keeping our doors open!
The Perspectives podcast, hosted by Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty, explores all the unique and trending businesses that make Louisville, Kentucky such a special place to live. Barkstown Road owner and founder Kim Reece was recently on the show to talk about our two locations and why our customers choose to shop here, rather than a big box pet retailer.
The Barkstown Road location in The Highlands will be celebrating its five-year anniversary this March. We used to be down near Yang Kee Noodle and Homemade Pie and Ice Cream, but we’ve since moved to a more retail-oriented section on 2005 Bonnycastle, around the corner from Doo Wop Shop and Leatherhead. Our second location on Frankfort Road in Clifton opened a year ago. Both stores are located in walkable communities where people take great pride in supporting local businesses and treat their critters as their children.
“One of my favorite things we carry is more biologically appropriate foods -- whether it's a dry food, a dehydrated food, or a frozen raw food,” Reece explains. “Dogs and cats both still have components in their bodies that allow them to break down raw meat. They have enzymes in their saliva to help break down raw meat. Their stomachs are more acidic than ours. Their digestive tracts are shorter. Biologically, they're still made to break down raw meat.” We carry two lines of commercially-prepared, frozen, raw foods made without preservatives or fillers that make it easier to fuel your pet with maximum nutrition. You’ll also find an array of grain-free, low-carb, meaty dry kibbles, which is a convenient food source.
You’ll notice that the animals coming into Barkstown Road often have shiny coats, good teeth, healthy weights, and happy dispositions. Some of the dogs we know are being treated for cancer. A year ago, they were given “two months to live”, but after a switch to raw foods, they’re thriving a year later. You would never know they’re fighting disease. Our store associates are not vets by trade, but the research we’ve done and the experiences of our customers are compelling.
Stop by and see us at 2005 Bonnycastle in The Highlands or 2005 Frankfort Avenue in Clifton. You can also connect with us online at Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and www.barkstownroad.com. Take a listen to the full podcast episode and let us know what you think!The Perspectives Podcast series is hosted by Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty where host Greg Fleischaker takes a look at the culture of Louisville and what makes the city so interesting and full of possibilities. More episodes like this one, or in-depth looks at local neighborhoods such as The Highlands, St. Matthews or Anchorage Ky, can be found at their website at www.lenihansothebysrealty.com.
To celebrate the One Year Anniversary of our Frankfort Ave. location, we are having a one day blowout sale!!! Mark your calendars - you don't want to miss this!!! Saturday, November 19th 11am-12pm 40% off entire store, 20% off food 12-1pm 30% off entire store, 10% off food 1-2pm 20% off entire store (no food) 2-4pm 15% off entire store (no food) 2005 Frankfort Ave. *taking place at Frankfort Ave. location ONLY!
As part of our Barkstown Road Fall Sessions four-part series, Letha Cupp joined us to speak about why massage is healthy for your canine friends and why cats and dogs are attracted to Japanese reiki techniques. Letha Cupp is a RM/T canine massage and animal reiki practitioner and teacher. *recommended for desktop watching: after hitting Play, hover your mouse over the video, then click Full Screen in the bottom right corner [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_adjp934kg[/embed]
Today we are featuring one of our team members, Jenny! She wants to tell you about one of her pooch Jasmine's favorite items available at Barkstown Road: One of Jasmine's favorite things from Barkstown Road is the Answers Goat's Milk! It's full of beneficial probiotics and she thinks it is delicious! It's a great cold treat to give her after a summer walk & even something to add to dinner to give it a little extra umph! Every now and then when she doesn't seem to have an appetite all I have to do is ask her if she wants some milk and her face lights up! She never turns it down so calorie intake isn't often a concern of mine. Not only does she love the goat milk, I rest easy knowing the additional probiotics are keeping her gut healthy, and the natural anti-inflammatory properties in the milk are keeping her joints and bones feeling great! It's available in our stores in 3 sizes: pint, quart, and half gallon!