Bar K, dog park, bar and restaurant

Bar K, dog park, bar and restaurant coming to Oklahoma City

A unique dog- and human-friendly business that is part dog park, part bar and restaurant is coming to Oklahoma City.

Bar K is set to open a new location in Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District on the banks of the Oklahoma River. Pending approval by the City Council and other local authorities, construction of the new 2-acre facility is expected to begin shortly, and it is slated to open by late 2020 or early 2021, according to the company.

Bar K, dog park, bar and restaurant

The business offers a healthy casual menu of food, gourmet coffee, juices and smoothies and a variety of locally brewed beers and craft cocktails, officials with the company said. Surrounding the bar and restaurant is a fully staffed, 2-acre, off-leash dog park with play structures and seating areas.

Bar K offers its dog-friendly services on a daily-fee basis or as part of an annual membership. Humans without dogs are always welcome to visit for free, according to the company.

Bar K, dog park, bar and restaurant

The new facility will operate seven days a week and feature indoor and outdoor dog parks, a full-service restaurant and bar, as well as private event spaces. Bar K’s staff of “dogtenders” keep a watchful eye on canine guests to ensure a safe and joyful experience. Their humans can hang out with the pups in the park or explore Bar K’s people-focused amenities.


Natural Dog Foof

Natural Dog Food Direct First Factory (Raw Food)

Natural Dog Food Direct has opened its first factory near Bury-St-Edmunds, in Suffolk, with a six-figure funding package from NatWest.

The raw dog food firm has used the finance to buy the factory, in Elmswell, after outgrowing its previous base at McKenzie Butchers, in Kempston and various other sites across Bedford.

The new processing factory will enable the company to increase production for existing customers and expand its customer base. The firm is also in the process of creating its own dog food brand, which will go to market in January, and plans are under way to add dog treats to its product range.

Established in 2017 by Craig and Jennifer Ewing alongside family friend Will Saville, Natural Dog Food Direct says it provides ‘high-quality, healthy food options for dogs‘. The company currently employs 30 staff and will recruit an additional 20 people within the next two years to support increased production.


The couple also runs McKenzie’s, the largest butchers in Bedford.

Craig said: “After 18 years running McKenzie Butchers, we decided to use our experience to branch out and fill a gap in the market for raw dog food.

“Natural Dog Food Direct has grown exponentially and, after taking on raw dog food brand Bella and Duke as a customer in 2017, we needed to invest in a facility that would allow us to increase production further.

“With the support of NatWest, we have been able to purchase the factory in Suffolk, which will help us meet growing demand and enable us to bring our own brand to market. We hope to see this on the shelves in stores in the coming months.”

Paul Hawkey, relationship manager at NatWest, said: “We have supported Craig and Jennifer with both McKenzie Butchers and their more recent business venture, Natural Dog Food Direct. The funding we have provided will allow the company to achieve its next business milestone of creating and selling its own raw dog food brand and expand its customer base further.”

By Karen Pickwick


Olivia French Bulldog

French Bulldog set to grow to be UK´s hottest canine

French Bulldog set to become UK´s most popular dog

The French Bulldog, a breed favoured by celebrities like the Beckhams and Lady Gaga, is set to overtake the Labrador as the as the UK’s most popular dog.

The popularity of the breed has seen an unprecedented rise in recent years, with registrations increasing 47% from 14,607 in 2015, to 21,470 in 2016, Kennel Club figures reveal.

It is thought the pointy-eared canine could be top on the rankings by 2018, the first time the Labrador Retriever will have been knocked off the spot for 27 years.

Since 2007 the number of Kennel Club registrations for French Bulldogs have increased from 670.

The Labrador has been the most popular dog breed in the UK since 1990 – the year it overtook the Yorkshire Terrier.

French Bulldogs are set to overtake the current second most popular breed, the cocker spaniel, which is ahead by only 384 puppy registrations, within a couple of months.

However, the Kennel Club is concerned the increase is due to people choosing the breed because it is considered fashionable, rather than because it is the most suitable for their lifestyle.

Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko said: “While the French Bulldog is a lovely breed, it is very unwise for anyone to buy one simply because they think it looks cute or is a fashionable choice. Anyone doing so could inadvertently be contributing to an impending welfare crisis.

“The breed is a favourite with celebrities, who often flaunt them on their Instagram and Twitter accounts for people to coo over.


— Hugh Jackman ()

“While it’s normal to want to show off your dog, when celebrities do it, it usually results in a surge in the popularity of certain breeds, which is not a good thing as it opens the doors to unscrupulous breeders who see it as an opportunity to breed lots of them without due care to health and welfare.”

She added that it was crucial for anyone intent on owning a French Bulldog to go a responsible breeder, such as a Kennel Club assured breeder.

The UK’s largest dog welfare organisation is urging people to consider buying other similar breeds that may be better suited to their lifestyle and environment. These include the Miniature Schnauzer, Beagle, Border Terrier and Welsh Terrier.