Have you ever wanted to take your dog to a cafe and give them the full experience of visiting a restaurant, rather than have them sit by your feet and hope that you will be finished eating soon? Look no further - Gourmet Dog Barkery, Newcastle's first dog bakery, stocks over 30 flavours of homemade dog biscuits, in addition to an extensive (and by extensive, I mean supercalifragilisticexpialidocious-esque extensive!) variety of treats available. Here, it's your turn to sit, wait, and hope that your furbaby has finished sniffing out all the treats they want you to buy for them; trust me - you'll be here a while!
Located in Belmont, a suburb in the City of Lake Macquarie, Gourmet Dog Barkery is conveniently located just 20km south of Newcastle's CBD. Gourmet Dog Barkery officially opened its doors in March 2013, although the idea behind the business started more than 7 years ago. Lisa Haynes, the owner of Gourmet Dog Barkery, first started making preservative and lactose-free dog biscuits for her furbaby Samson, a golden retriever, but soon decided to make extra batches to sell at local markets. Lisa's dog treats proved hugely successful, and she soon began wholesaling to retailers, before launching her website, and now a dog bakery. Starting from such humble beginnings, Lisa has grown her business, fuelled by a love for dogs and their health, in order to share her delicious treats that do not sacrifice wellbeing with more and more dogs around Australia.
Yes, they're more than welcome here. In fact, the lucky canine patrons of Gourmet Dog Barkery have a drinks menu that is available for purchase in store but not online - choose from a Liver Latte, Chicken Puppuccino, or a Carob-Banana Muttshake. Drinks cost only $6, with the price including a pupcake of your choice - what a great deal! Eddy opted for the Liver Latte, and we were amazed by the size of it; there was enough for Eddy to slip into a food-induced coma, and for us to take away a small container too. Eddy lapped it up and couldn't seem to get enough even though he was obviously full - I think we've found a winner.
What treats do Gourmet Dog Barkery have available?
It literally wouldn't be possible to list all their available treats here; you'd have to visit them in person to be able to see their full range. Their range of store-baked dog biscuits, in the shape of a bone, encompass over 30 flavours, some of which I'd never come across before - to name a few, chicken risotto, burgers & mash, broccoli & cheese, and roast turkey & cranberry sauce. Dog biscuits are available for purchase in pre-packaged bags (with resealable zips) in S, L, and XL sized bags (120g, 240g, and 1kg respectively). Alternatively, you can pick and choose from the flavours they have available and create your own selection of dog treats, at $6.00 per 100g or $40 per kg. Eddy and I opted for the latter, as we're always keen to try out as many different flavours as we can!
And treats to suit any pooch really - just look at their selection! If you're having problems deciding which treats to get, Gourmet Dog Barkery has a 'Doggy Sampler Bag', a 'pawsome' selection of over 1 kilos of their treats, priced at just $30.
Does Gourmet Dog Barkery sell any treats for cats?
Although a much smaller selection to choose from, Gourmet Dog Barkery do not exclude felines from their range altogether. Eddy picked up a small packet for our friend Ace - we're sure Ace will love it!
I don't live in the area, is there any way my furbabies can get their paws on some treats from Gourmet Dog Barkery?
Yes! Gourmet Dog Barkery's online store is open 24/7. Some products have delivery included in their price, but otherwise, delivery is $12.95 anywhere in Australia or free for orders over $30. There is also an express delivery option at checkout for an additional charge. Gourmet Dog Barkery also have 'Doggy Delish Boxes', delivered direct to your door every month. The boxes contain a treat for every day of the month, all hand-made in store - there will be a variety of different themed treats depending on the month, including Easter, Christmas, and Halloween. Doggy Delish Boxes cost only $30 per month including delivery, with no contract so you are able to cancel at any time.
Are there any benefits of being a regular customer?
There sure is - for those shopping online, you will accrue 1 point for every $20 spent. These points can be accumulated and used for future purchases, although bearing in mind that points expire after 12 months, and cannot be traded for money. In addition, because the Doggy Delish Box is a subscription, points cannot be used or accumulated on it. For those shopping in store, you can get 1 stamp per day for every purchase of over $5 - collect 5 stamps to redeem a free fresh baked dog treat to the value of $5!
It's my dog's birthday; does Gourmet Dog Barkery take personalised orders?
They sure do! Simply jump on their website, choose the product you want, and provide some information so that the order is literally tailor made for your lucky pooch. In addition to birthdays, Gourmet Dog Barkery also have treats for other special occasions, such as Easter and Christmas.
Screenshot taken from Gourmet Dog Barkery's website.
Birthday and Christmas packages we found in store.
My pooch and I love the treats at Gourmet Dog Barkery - how can we share the love with the less fortunate?
Easy - again, just jump on their website, choose the products you wish to donate, and type the name/state/place of the Dog Rescue you wish to donate to. Shipping is free for you with the promo code LDR16. Plus, Gourmet Dog Barkery will double your order for free, because the treats are going towards a good cause! For more information, click here.
What was your experience of visiting the Gourmet Dog Barkery?
From the bottom of our hearts, we can say for sure that we loved it! In addition to the wide range of treats available, the service from Lisa and her team was spectacular - Eddy and I felt very welcome. We were even let in half an hour before the store officially opened, for which we were most grateful as being on a long distance road trip means we are always short on time. To cement our wonderful time here at Gourmet Dog Barkery, we walked away with a bag of tangible goodies. Eddy was spoilt with cuddles and treats; we can't wait to be back!
Eddy's souvenir bag of Gourmet Dog Barkery goodies.