Barkery U

Brookside Barkery works hard to educate our customers about the most nutritional diet options for their pets. Our mission is “better health through better nutrition,” and Barkery University classes are an opportunity for us to teach you how to do what’s best for your best friend.

The Barkery focuses on the Eastern concept of life balance and nutrition. Our pet’s quality of life can be improved and maintained by changing the balance of what they are eating.

Join us for informative 90-minute seminars presented by a panel of speakers followed by open Q&A, hosted by our friends at Research Medical Center in Brookside. Learn more about what’s in your pet’s food, how to read labels, types of diets, how to prepare them, supplements, and vaccinations. Ensure you are doing what’s BEST for your best friend!

Barkery 103

Learn more about when to supplement, probiotics, prebiotics, joint, dental, oils, and vaccinations.

Past Barkery U Seminars

Barkery 101

At Barkery 101, we explained the value of nutrition to your pet’s overall health and how to read a pet food label. Guest speakers included veterinarian Sheila Dodson and pet food specialist Shelby Maneth.

Shelby Maneth, Pet Food Specialist

Shelby studied Animal Sciences and Industry as well as Pet Food Science from Kansas State University. Her passion for pet nutrition began when she was working at a doggy daycare at seventeen, where her boss taught her the basics of quality pet food. Her passion for educating pet owners about proper pet nutrition became a lifestyle she wanted to pursue. Shelby works for Bark to Basics, a natural pet products distributor out of Olathe, Kansas, as a Nutrition Specialist and sales support role. In her free time, Shelby loves participating in dog-related events, riding her two horses, and spending time with her husband Tyler, and two dogs Bluemont and Osage. Grateful for her introduction into the pet industry, Shelby is excited to continue educating pet parents about appropriate food for cat and dog family members.

Dr. Sheila Dodson, DVM, CVA

Sheila Dodson, DVM, CVA, is co-owner of Mariposa Veterinary Wellness Center, an AAHA Accredited Hospital that integrates both conventional and alternative medicine. Dr. Dodson is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and has a special interest in nutrition and its influence on the health of her patients. Since graduating Kansas State University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, Dr. Dodson has served on numerous Boards over the course of her career, including: Kansas Veterinary Medical Association (serving as President), Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association, No More Homeless Pets KC and Animal Haven, among others. She currently serves on the Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners.

Barkery 102

At our second Barkery U seminar, we discussed the pros and cons of raw, kibble, canned, freeze dried, and combination.  Plus, we did live demos on how to prepare your pet’s meal at home.

Daron Matsuura, President, Co-Owner and Cofounder of Lotus Pet Foods

Daron started his journey in the pet industry 24 years ago with Centinela Feed, a family owned Southern California local retailer of pet food and supplies. It was with Centinela Feed where Daron developed his love for educating customers about the best foods and proper nutrition for their dogs and cats. Throughout his career, Daron has always had a passion to learn and educate himself on the best and newest advances in pet food. This passion and desire to do something better and different is what drove him and his partners, Chris and Dwight Nakagawa to create Lotus Pet Foods in 2003. In 2011, Daron, Chris and Dwight decided to build the Lotus Pet Foods micro-cannery from the ground up. The cannery is where Daron’s office is located, which has a perfect view of the cannery floor. The cannery has also allowed Daron create recipes that were truly unique with USDA inspected and passed meats and poultry as well as NOAA inspected and passed fish. When he is not perfecting and making new pet food recipes, Daron is spending time with his wife, Holly and their two daughters Madisen and Maya.  Their three Chihuahuas, Custard, Brownie Bear and Bo Peep and their cat Miso make up the rest of the Matsuura clan.

Tom Allen, OC RAW

Tom Allen with OC Raw has a lifelong passion for helping dogs. He grew up in rural North Carolina rescuing companion animals as a child. After graduating, he ended up in Colorado with a kennel, boarding and rescuing dogs. For family reasons, he moved to Kansas City where he found Brookside Barkery & Bath. As a manager for over four years, this is where Tom’s passion for pet nutrition & wellness grew and cultivated.  When the opportunity arose, Tom accepted a position with OC Raw Dog, where he has proudly represents one of the raw industry’s biggest up-and-coming lines, and one of the fastest growing raw food lines in the Midwest territory. His background in nutrition and wellness has allowed him to continue fulfilling his lifelong desire to help animals, and he is eager to share his expertise in “the raw difference” at Barkery 102.

Location Details:

Research Medical Center, Brookside Campus

6675 Holmes Rd

Kansas City, MO 64131

Free parking is available in Parking Lot B. You will enter the doors near the Curry Education Center.