6 years ago longtime best friends Kizil and Nat took the plunge and started out on their own -
Cricket & Company opened in the historical ByWard Market in Ottawa in the summer of 2014.
Along with Nat's extensive background in the dog world, specifically in nutrition and behaviour, these two gals combined efforts to bring pet awareness and friendly-ness back to their community and surrounding neighbourhoods. They quickly established themselves as leading curators of the best Raw food and natural products available for our pets, moving and receving 1000lbs+ of food from their freezers weekly. Their pantry, as they like to call it, is also full of top notch choices and features a 'cat alley', and even a teeny tiny small animal section. Often referred to as the cool, fun and unique pet food and supply shop downtown - they pride themselves most on being fresh food specialists, and keep a high standard when it comes to quality while staying committed to sourcing as much of their consumable inventory from Canada, or even closer to home if possible. Since opening, they've grown to meet the demands of our city's pet owners by expanding to offer a Click&Collect online shop with free pick-up service.
Over the years Cricket & Company has contributed to a few very popular events, and even helped establish a few large annual doggie events. The most well-known being Ottawa SausageFest and the ByWard Barket, both with 2020 dates on the calendar. They also notoriously share and celebrate human and pet birthdays by hosting fundraisers for local rescues or pet food drives. Their tradition of an anniversary 'party' has raised much needed funds for organizations like Interval House and SafePet in previous years.
The team at Cricket & Company is made up of folks who are dedicated, hard-working, and forever-learning about the trends and quality products in the pet industry. 3/4 of the team are students who, while pursuing they post-secondary education at U of O, have grown as much as they've helped grow the shop over the years. Everyone at the shop is always eager and happy to help, answer questions, and even load up orders curb-side if need be.
Their pack of pooches aren't to be missed either, usually you'll find at least a couple of them chillin' and watching over the shop from the loft office above on the daily. Jiminy Cricket is THE cricket in Cricket & Company. He's accompanied by his older and greyer counterparts, William and Zephyr. In the summer of 2019 they sadly said farewell to their leading lady, Athena. This left a large gap in the pack, filled three months later by a super sensitive and enormous 8wk old pup Buckwheat. Since then the boys club has welcomed part-timer Roxy, a team members' girl. On weekends there's sometimes even a little lady named Luna on shift.
The office is also (securely) home to Zircon, an adopted 9yr old-ish ball python. ...and consequently two rats he refused to eat, who've been named PizzaPocket and JamaicanPatty by the team.
BUT wait, there's more. 'Someone' on the team owns Jerry Seinfeld, the cat.
...Blanca, a rescued meat-bunny..Bacon and Eggs, two juvenile ball pythons..and a gecko, Pico (de Gallo).
Ok, so they're building an ark. JK!
Point is, their knowledge and experience has depth and they're continuously searching for the best for you and your pets.
They say - Eat well. Treat Often. Play always.