Our Story

We’ve spent the past few years building a business and service we are passionate about. Species appropriate, whole food for cats and dogs.

The Early Years

It’s hard to believe, but Barkside Bistro came to life in 2013.

Our Goal was, as it continues to be, to provide a real food alternative to over-priced, processed food at an affordable price. The affordable price was important. Many thought “raw food” meant expensive food, so the idea was to offer low prices to help remove that barrier.

People weren’t as aware of the benefits of raw feeding back then. But there were too many miraculous transformations for pet people not to take notice and share them with friends, family members and within their dog and cat communities.

Why We Do What We Do

We tend to dismiss ancient wisdom as ancient thinking. It is anything but!

When diet is right, medicine is of no need.
When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.

    -  Ayurvedic proverb

At Barkside Bistro, this ancient Ayurvedic wisdom is what drives us.  It is always in the background as we work with you to develop and maintain the best nutritional plan for your pet based on budget, your personal food philosophies, and your pet’s needs based on real food options in their most nutritious form.

Nutrition plays a vital role in the health and well being of every living organism. The lack thereof can cause ill health, disease, and premature death. Proper nutrition is what gives a body the resources required to maintain it and heal itself.  The inevitable loss of nutrition from processing, toxins, pesticides, GMO techniques, and corporate greed influencing food choices only add to the struggle we are up against.  This is a human struggle, and it is also a struggle we are confronted with as we strive to make choices for our pets.

In North America in particular, we seem to have lost our way with our approaches to food, especially in the last 30 to 40 years. We believe our Barkside approach is just the beginning and just a part of a much larger movement trying to get us back to healthier and better informed nutrition choices for our pets and ourselves!

And So?

At the end of the day, there is no such thing as “THE perfect food".  It does not exist in kibble, or in Mother Nature.  Nutrition just isn't as simple as that and man isn't smart enough to have created such perfection.

With this in mind, our Barkside team is here to help you achieve a goal of balance and rotation in all things: proteins, fruit and veg (as required), and even supplements.  We work with you to tailor plans created to meet all of your objectives.

We have all witnessed careless and cavalier approaches to what is passed off as “food” for our pets. With this in mind, at Barkside we are very careful to select and represent brands we believe in from vendors we trust. At our core, we strive for a consciousness towards environmental sustainability, and ethically responsible sources.

Barkside Bistro is committed to providing you with variety, quality and informed choices, from great vendors at great prices. And your loyalty will be rewarded!  Returning customers receive 11% off all food, and more…

We cater to Pets and their People in the GTA thru our e-commerce store and a brick and mortar location.  Come chat with us! We look forward to sharing our passion with your passion.

Keepin' it real since 2013.