About Us

The Bark is the indispensable guide to life with dogs, showing readers how to live smartly and rewardingly with their canine companions. Founded in 1997, as a newsletter to advocate for off-leash dog parks in Berkeley, California, The Bark quickly grew into a glossy, award-winning publication acclaimed for its timely commentary and rich literary offerings. In 2021, The Bark begins its transition to become part of Kinship’s most recent launch, The Wildest. Many of The Bark’s best articles can now be found on The Wildest, with the rest launching soon. The Wildest is the best source for dog news along with the same expert wellness and training articles you’ve come to love from The Bark (and it's all free).

“After more than two decades of publishing ‘the coolest dog magazine ever …’ and establishing thebark.com as an online destination for thoughtful, inspiring, and sometimes provocative material … the time has come for us to step back and turn the reins over to Kinship, a group of like-minded canine enthusiasts who can deliver expanded content and new experiences to our longtime readers and to a new generation of dog lovers. Readers deserve smart content, and, above all, dogs deserve to live their best life possible.”

—Claudia Kawczynska, Co-Founder, Editor-in-Chief of The Bark