How It All Started
BARKA PARKA began as a hobby for the Coffman sisters in Seventies Australia.
Their Labrador, Lucas, had outgrown his bed by 11 months, and finding nothing to replace it, they made a bed themselves. In doing so, Janet, along with her sisters Marion and Brenda, created a new concept in pet bean bags; a round bed giving great support, and a slip-cover that takes seconds to change.
A BARKA PARKA is not only comfortable, but hard-wearing and easy to clean. And, with this ethos, the business was born in 1979.
In 1986 the Coffmans returned to Great Britain, the country of their birth, bringing BARKA PARKA with them. To the present day it has provided comfort to thousands of pets in the United Kingdom and across the World.
Inspired by BARKA PARKA's product and ethos - hand-made, durable and Made in Britain - Emma and Richard, started StormHound. Both had used a few dog coats, and found they just weren't up to the type of walks their dogs love; wet, muddy, exuberant and, above all, adventurous. With Emma's Labrador Hazel and Richard's Cocker Beau as models, they formed the business, making hard-wearing, weather-proof coats.
A bright future
With StormHound selling coats online, in 2018 the Coffmans, seeking to take things a bit easier, started talking to Emma and Richard about them taking the company over.
They took the reins in January 2019. BARKA PARKA continues to make beds to the same high standards (3 year warranty) in its Somerset workshop, as it has for decades. And that continuity extends to Hazel and Beau joining as company dogs.
They've now been joined by young Scout.
A photo of Lucas the Labrador, on the first bed, inspired the company logo, but there have been a long line of dogs with BARKA PARKA:
Lucas (1979) Lincoln (1986) Kuldi (1989) Devon (1994) Merlin (2001) Sorrell (2005) Velvet (2007) Deejay (2014) Sekonda (2016) Hazel (2019) Beau (2019) and Scout (2021)
We know that your dogs will love their beds and coats as much as ours do.