WELCOME TO OUR FAMILY
WE ARE BARKING BUDDHA!
We are a family owned and operated company dedicated to making holistic and delicious treats, chews, bully sticks and even organic grooming products! When it comes to pet edibles, we only source proteins without added antibiotics and that are treated humanely, they are also grass-fed, free*range and sustainably sourced. We take pet health very seriously, and we make sure our products reflect our belief that it all begins with good nutrition. Like they say “You put good in, you get good out” and we took the time to prove it. We investigate the products we sell so that you don't have to.
At Barking Buddha, we have curated a great line of healthy treats that begin with grass-fed and free-range South American livestock. This process continues with our USDA approved manufacturing process and packaging in our warehouse in Homestead, Florida. Our entire line is slow roasted in human grade ovens to guarantee high quality while maximizing flavor for your four-legged fur friend. As far as our organic grooming products, they are proudly manufactured in the USA, they have been mentioned in prestigious publications countless times as outstanding even making it to Pet Age Magazine as Editor’s Pick in 2018!
The media is full of reports of rare illnesses, joint swelling, excessive weight gain, blindness and even death in pets from consuming products that are imported Asia and other parts of world that are not as diligent to guarantee safety standards in their manufacturing and food processing. We understand that the folks that buy high quality dog treats also want all-natural products that are good for their pets but will not break their bank. Because of these reasons we have created Barking Buddha, to offer a healthy alternative for the pet lover that wants to offer their dog a healthy and balanced diet.
We truly believe that... “Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food” - Hippocrates
Our company is happy to support local recues and no-kill animal shelters.
MEET OUR FAMILY
Patrick Caprez, President (with Clapton)
It all started with Patrick Caprez and his first son Clapton, a terrier-mix he rescued from a local animal shelter. Patrick wanted to give him the best food and treats so Clapton could have a happy, long and healthy life. Patrick began researching what was available for dogs and found that by making his own treats he would know exactly the nutrition Clapton was receiving. This is when the idea came to create a product line that was sustainable, safe, and flavorful. His demand for high quality and results-based food sources helped springboard his first brand, Natural Cravings to national status.
Patrick is a product of the Midwest, born and raised in Akron, Ohio. His strong Midwest upbringing and demand for quality products have been a staple in the creation of both of his brands. His high level of customer service and attention to quality has made his company grow quickly to become a national brand that currently reaches all 50 states and serves thousands of stores!
For several years Patrick has been an active participant in several animal rescues and animal welfare causes. As an animal advocate, he is a firm believer that we have an obligation to help the animals who can’t help themselves. After 20 years of executive level positions in Corporate America, Patrick decided that it was time to leave the corporate world and start a pet treat brand that had a purpose, and that is exactly what he did!
Lucy Calamari Caprez, VP of Marketing (with Penny)
Lucy is an experienced Marketing Director with over 10 years of experience. She has a strong skill set in strategy and branding. Lucy is a proud graduate of University of Miami where she received her bachelor’s in Business Administration with a BBA focused in Marketing. She later went on to start her own business in the chocolate industry but her passion and love for animals brought her into the pet industry.
Lucy is an inspirational leader committed to nurturing pet health, she strives to find the best products and ingredients on the market to provide for her pets and other’s furry friends, all while remaining conscious of sustainability to help the environment. With an innate ability to connect with others and a thrive for excellence, Lucy is a go-to leader in the pet industry and has helped create better customer relationships through social media, content marketing and public relations as she was selected Pet Age’s Woman of Influence Winner in 2020. Lucy loves to give back as she supports no kill shelters and has adopted many of her pets.
Sandy Ester, President of Tasting
Sandy Ester is officially a Big Baby as she just turned 14 years old in January 2021. She is a rescue found lost on the side of a main avenue. She has been since living her best life enjoying her mom and dad spoiling her (as she deserves it) with treats and tons of love. Being that she is a Senior she is not into working hard for anything so treats are her favorite thing. Her most favorite is Green Lamb Tripe very stinky and very YUM, it also helps her gut health stay balanced and well.
Henry Alexander, VP of Tasting
Henry Alexander is a terrier mix who loves to run full speed and take sharp turns to confuse his chaser. He is a rescue found on a blanket on the side of the road as a puppy and now lives blissfully in his fur-ever home. He loves Braided Bully Sticks, and Jumbo Bully Sticks! He is very much a leader of his pack but looks up the most to his dad, Patrick who loves to him very much.
Ruby Rose, Tasting Executive of the Board
Ruby Rose is a terrier/schnauzer adopted from The Florida Little Dog Rescue. She loves chasing her brother Henry and her sister from another mister Pogo as well as getting as dirty as possible so mom has to bathe her again, and again, and again with Buddha Bubbles!. She loves to eat her favorite Beef Weasand Chews when she performs her highly anticipated trick of "sit". She is very much Mom's baby and loves to remain as such --she says.
Pogo Lynn, Junior Tasting Officer
Pogo is a happy camper who loves to cuddle and is training to become a service dog in a few months. She was recently adopted from Rottweilers Vom House Franeta. She enjoys walks in the park and random visits to the beach where she learns to stay in place and gets to be exposed to other dogs and people without getting too excited. Her favorite treats are Large Beef Cheek Slices and Peanut Butter Cow Ears which she gets after working hard on her "sit, stay, down, heel, place" and many more she is working on learning. She says she keeps her skin and coat healthy and shiny with Organic Buddha Bubbles.
Prince William (16 lb. yellow tabby)
Brother of Kate (pictured below), currently working on his nap schedule. He loves midnight kisses and waking up mom just because…? He is not into dog treats (and not impressed by much, really) but definitely supports our family brands Natural Cravings and Barking Buddha! He does not approve of anyone calling out his weight in public but does want everyone to know that he is a rescue from This Is The Dog! and yes, they have pretty kitties too.
Princess Kate (calico)
Sister of William (pictured above), not interested in small talk, she is a kitty of action. She lives her independent life as she wants taking naps and pretty much that's it! She has expressed interest in learning more about her family brands Natural Cravings and Barking Buddha! She approves of kisses and This Is The Dog!, the rescue organization that found her and her brother about 10 years ago.