WE ARE WHAT WE ARE

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OUR MISSION

Planet first: because sustainability matters, because we believe in our planet’s natural riches and that nothing should ever go to waste.

Dogs second: because as dog owners we want what’s best for them, we want them to be safe and healthy too.

Family always: because we believe in an eco-sustainable lifestyle for ourselves and our beloved canine friends. We believe everyone should have access to healthy, nutritious food and safe, reusable products

ABOUT PAULA
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Certified Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist

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Food Venture Program April 2021

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Certificate in Food, Nutrition, and Health By: Allegra Learning Solutions, LLC Allegra Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Centre's Commission on Accreditation

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Certified Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist

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Paula Sara tells no sob stories: she tells a story of beautiful things that arrived to her when she needed them most, and the sense of purpose they left her with. Bark’n Up the Green Tree is a testament to that sense of purpose: dogs and creativity have been her constant sources of inspiration, so it’s dogs and creativity she serves.

 

Dogs and Paula found each other early on: all the way back to her earliest memories of standing at the screen door of her foster home to watch for the neighbour’s Irish Setter, Mr McKeefer, who would watch for her, too. Creativity found her through her grandmother, a tailor, who taught Paula sewing and design, giving her an artistic outlet during the cruelty of grade school. Every Spring they repainted porch furniture: it was a practice of care and respect, of treating nothing as disposable, that would echo throughout Paula’s life and her approach to it: “My job will be taking care of things.” 

 

At twenty-five, working in retail design in Toronto, Paula received a diagnosis that she may not live to 50. It was time to get a dog - Morgan. When Paula couldn’t lift her head while the scars from brain surgery were healing, Morgan would help pull her up, hand-on-collar.

The idea of life without dogs was just ludicrous now, even despite the inevitable heartbreak they come with. In 2012, she watched as her perfectly healthy 6-year-old springer spaniel withered away and died; a week later Paula got a phone call announcing a dog food recall for salmonella food poisoning. That one went beyond heartbreak for Paula. It changed the direction of Bark’n up the Green Tree, which she’d started just a year prior. She would go on to earn her certification in raw dog food nutrition and set her sights on doing justice to dogs, and their humans. We can do better, she insists. 

 

Paula uses her voice, values, and experiences to run her business the way she wants to - with health and wellness at the centre. She runs her life like that too: before her brain surgeries she had used perfumes and cleaning chemicals in her home, but as she puts it, “once they cut into your dura, you don’t want those chemicals around anymore.” 

 

In 2020, Paula found a great network of support.  Being surrounded by a community of mentors and other entrepreneurs gave Paula a certain spark back. She was revamping her business model at the time, and the programs kept her perspective sharp: what she was doing was worth it, Bark’n was needed - and people were excited about it. 

 

Paula’s reworking of her business coincided with the resurgence of birdsong, clean air, and curious wildlife roaming through cities across the world during the first pandemic lockdown. Mother Nature showed up, and Paula was going to do the same through Bark’n Up the Green Tree - and some important rhetorical questions:

 

“Who are we to doubt? Why not do it for the animals? Why not let women take the lead? What else is there to do?”

Planet first: because sustainability matters, because we believe in our planet’s natural riches and that nothing should ever go to waste.

Dogs second: because as dog owners we want what’s best for them, we want them to be safe and healthy too.

Family always: because we believe in an eco-sustainable lifestyle for ourselves and our beloved canine friends. We believe everyone should have access to healthy, nutritious food and safe, reusable products

OUR MISSION
46496200_256165251704199_786479697974054
Certificate of completion
Certificate of completion

Certified Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist

press to zoom
Alumni Badge
Alumni Badge

Food Venture Program April 2021

press to zoom
Certificate of Completion
Certificate of Completion

Certificate in Food, Nutrition, and Health By: Allegra Learning Solutions, LLC Allegra Learning Solutions, LLC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Centre's Commission on Accreditation

press to zoom
Certificate of completion
Certificate of completion

Certified Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist

press to zoom
1/5

Paula Sara tells no sob stories: she tells a story of beautiful things that arrived to her when she needed them most, and the sense of purpose they left her with. Bark’n Up the Green Tree is a testament to that sense of purpose: dogs and creativity have been her constant sources of inspiration, so it’s dogs and creativity she serves.

 

Dogs and Paula found each other early on: all the way back to her earliest memories of standing at the screen door of her foster home to watch for the neighbour’s Irish Setter, Mr McKeefer, who would watch for her, too. Creativity found her through her grandmother, a tailor, who taught Paula sewing and design, giving her an artistic outlet during the cruelty of grade school. Every Spring they repainted porch furniture: it was a practice of care and respect, of treating nothing as disposable, that would echo throughout Paula’s life and her approach to it: “My job will be taking care of things.” 

 

At twenty-five, working in retail design in Toronto, Paula received a diagnosis that she may not live to 50. It was time to get a dog - Morgan. When Paula couldn’t lift her head while the scars from brain surgery were healing, Morgan would help pull her up, hand-on-collar.

The idea of life without dogs was just ludicrous now, even despite the inevitable heartbreak they come with. In 2012, she watched as her perfectly healthy 6-year-old springer spaniel withered away and died; a week later Paula got a phone call announcing a dog food recall for salmonella food poisoning. That one went beyond heartbreak for Paula. It changed the direction of Bark’n up the Green Tree, which she’d started just a year prior. She would go on to earn her certification in raw dog food nutrition and set her sights on doing justice to dogs, and their humans. We can do better, she insists. 

 

Paula uses her voice, values, and experiences to run her business the way she wants to - with health and wellness at the centre. She runs her life like that too: before her brain surgeries she had used perfumes and cleaning chemicals in her home, but as she puts it, “once they cut into your dura, you don’t want those chemicals around anymore.” 

 

In 2020, Paula found a great network of support.  Being surrounded by a community of mentors and other entrepreneurs gave Paula a certain spark back. She was revamping her business model at the time, and the programs kept her perspective sharp: what she was doing was worth it, Bark’n was needed - and people were excited about it. 

 

Paula’s reworking of her business coincided with the resurgence of birdsong, clean air, and curious wildlife roaming through cities across the world during the first pandemic lockdown. Mother Nature showed up, and Paula was going to do the same through Bark’n Up the Green Tree - and some important rhetorical questions:

 

“Who are we to doubt? Why not do it for the animals? Why not let women take the lead? What else is there to do?”