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About

Introducing KAIROS ECO BAR, a complete meal replacement bar made with healthy dogs and the environment in mind. 

Unmatched quality, environmentally conscious, from a company passionate about healthy options for our dogs. 

The KAIROS ECO BAR is designed for active dogs on adventures, from the urban commute, to hiking trail, to campsite, to the farmer's market, we have you covered. 

This compact, complete meal replacement bar is full of nutrition.  

PRODUCT FEATURES:

Cricket Protein - Complete Meal Replacement Bar based on AAFCO Standards*

AAFCO Standards for a complete meal (The Association of American Feed Control Officials)

  (*AAFCO does not yet recognize cricket protein as a protein source for dogs)

  • Dogs only need 25% more calories if active (vs laying down all day) due to increased levels of endurance - related muscle fibers
  • Performance diets are needed for dogs running continuously for 30+ minutes (or equal activity level)
  • Dogs burn fat as primary endurance fuel, not carbs (glycogen)
  • For a 20 minute jog, few times a week, 15-16% fat is fine. Running 5-10 minutes / day needs up to 20%
  • Adding a teaspoon olive oil increases fat intake by 1-2 %
  • Fat is somewhat indigestible and can increase size / mass of bowel movements
  • Active dogs need at least 25% protein     
     

Goal to aim for (AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile Published in 2017):

  • Active dogs - 250 cal / 10 lbs
  • Nonactive dogs - 200 cal / 10 lbs
  • Formula: (dog weight in kg) x 30 / 70 = kcal / day
  • * by 1.2 - 1.5 for active dogs 
  • Nutrients Units DM Basis Growth & Reproduction Minimum Adult Maintenance Minimum Maximum

SPECIFICATIONS:
                      1oz/28g dehydrated individually wrapped bars

INGREDIENTS: Cricket Protein, Flax Seeds, Pumpkin, Carrots, Kale, Dates, Pumpkin Seeds, Coconut Flake, Celery Seed and Rosemary

Cricket Protein is a sustainable alternative to animal meats.  Crickets, low in fat, high in protein and rich in B vitamins, iron(more than spinach), magnesium, calcium (more than milk), and potassium (more than bananas) and other nutrients.  It’s pronounced kītin and it’s what the exoskeleton of arthropods like insects and crustaceans is made of. In crustaceans like lobster, it’s too hard to eat, but in crickets, it’s soft, like in soft-shell crab. It turns out chitin is an amazing prebiotic fiber, which feeds the good bacteria in your gut. Chitin is even sold as a (pricy) supplement in powder form.  

Calcium is crucial for your dog, as it builds strong bones, and helps your dog's blood clot and muscles contract.  

Cricket protein is an excellent source of vitamin B12, also called cobalamin, a vitamin that is not found in plants. It’s critical to brain and nervous system health, to the conversion of food into energy, and to DNA synthesis and red blood cell formation among other things. Based on a set of lab samples, cricket powder contains 2-3 mcg of vitamin B12 per 10 grams. To put that into context, gram for gram, that’s:

  • 8x more B12 vs. beef*
  • 56x more B12 vs. chicken*
  • 7x more B12 vs. salmon*
  • 20x more B12 vs. pork*
  • 17x more B12 vs. eggs*
  • 36x more B12 vs. milk*

* Based on USDA Food Composition Database. Meats and eggs cooked.

Flax Seeds anti-inflammatory properties can help ease symptoms of arthritis, lower blood pressure, improve kidney function, and maintain healthy skin and coat in dogs.

Pumpkins are highly nutritious and especially rich in Vitamin A, high in antioxidants and fiber and low in calories.

Carrots are low in calories, high in nutrients and a particularly good source of beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin K, potassium and antioxidants.

Kale is a great source of fiber and packed with Vitamins A, C, and E. Kale provides an important dose of calcium.  Vitamin A promotes eye health, immune function, and bone development. Vitamin C keeps your dog's skin healthy, a huge plus for dogs prone to allergies. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that prevents oxidative damage to cells within the body.   

Dates are high in minerals, fiber and antioxidants and are a natural sweetener with low glycemic index.  

Pumpkin Seeds  Raw, organic pumpkin seeds have been used to treat a variety of parasitic and other ailments since the colonists first came to the New World and discovered the benefits of this Native American crop. 

Coconut Flake is high in lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid. In less scientific terms, this basically means that the body is able to absorb the molecules whole, using them as a direct source of energy. Lauric acid is particularly good at fighting off viruses. It also helps treat yeast infections, ringworm, and Giardia. It also holds some major anti-inflammatory properties — Reduced inflammation will help speed the healing of cuts, hot spots, and other wounds.  

Celery Seed are high in calcium, zinc and other essential amino acids, they are a main-stay in ancient Ayurvedic medicine. These phytochemically-rich seeds, high in amounts of antioxidant flavonoids, protect cells from free-radical damage and are used medicinally throughout the world, 

Rosemary a Mediterranean shrub used in a variety of human dishes; an Antimicrobial a great pathogen-fighter against common food bacteria, meaning it can help keep food from spoiling. And those pathogen-fighting capabilities extend to your pet’s body, where it can help against various fungi and bacteria. An Antioxidant, which means it can help neutralize cell-damaging free radicals in the body – obviously a good thing. An overabundance of free radicals and resulting cell damage has been linked to age-related illnesses like cardiovascular disease and cancer. A Heart Health Promoter because of its antispasmodic (spasm preventing) abilities on smooth muscles, rosemary can also help the heart in some cases of cardiac arrhythmia, as well as to generally strengthen the heart. This could be helpful for animals recovering from a traumatic event. A Digestion Supporter, also known for its abilities in the digestive system, especially when it comes to gas, indigestion and other related problems. And because of its antimicrobial abilities, it can come in handy for gastrointestinal infections. A Bug Repellent - one of the greatest challenges for a dog parent can be keeping pests off of adventurous pets. Running on grass and tromping through bushes may be your dog’s favorite pastime, but it also leaves him vulnerable to ticks and fleas and other undesirable bugs. Rosemary is an herb often cited for its ability to repel fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and other bugs. 

WHY CRICKETS: Cricket Protein as a sustainable solution:

  • Crickets, low in fat, high in protein and rich in B vitamins, iron, magnesium, calcium and other nutrients
  • From an environmental perspective, crickets are even more compelling. It takes about 100 pounds of feed, usually from corn and soybeans, to produce 5 pounds of edible beef protein. That same amount of feed can produce 60 pounds of edible cricket protein.
  • Water conservation is another benefit to cricket farming. It takes about 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef protein, but just one gallon to grow a pound of cricket protein.

CRICKET PROTEIN SOURCE:

Our cricket powder has been sourced from Tiny-farms.com, is 100% food grade, for use in pet food, pet treats, animal feed formulations, and CPG snack foods. 

OUR PARTNERS:

We are excited to partner with students and professors at Evergreen State College by sponsoring a cricket farm learning environment on campus.

Evergreen State College promotes students pursuing individual work in agricultural and food related topics. Such topics may include on-farm internships and/or research projects in agriculture and food related themes. Through programs like Student-Originated Studies (SOS): Agriculture and Food Systems and Team Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Innovation, students hold in-program Individual Learning Contract for internships or research projects.

Students explore issues relevant to small scale, local, and direct market farming and food topics through discussions and workshops. These issues may include, but are not limited to, winter maintenance of perennial fruit trees and shrubs, vegetative plant propagation, appropriate scale technology, nutrient cycling, water use and law, food production regulations, finances, farm and crop planning and farm business planning, sustainable production practices and other relevant issues decided upon by the class. Students’ individual projects/internships will provide the foundation for exploring relevant farming topics and give a richer and broader basis for discussion.

Collaborating Student: Eric Anderson-Connolly

Sponsoring Eric's project allows him to to test the idea of the trial to compare feed utilization efficiency and protein content of the crickets reared on two diets. The first diet is going to be highest in quality and protein. The second diet is going to be comprised of the chicken feed cut with some percentage of lower protein plant residues/stover. The idea is to see how well crickets can convert waste streams on a farm back into a high quality product with the control diet being pure chicken feed.

Influencing Professors we're working with:  Dion Gouws, Sarah Williams, David Muehleisen, Steven Scheuerell   

“The world has not been given to us to contemplate but to transform and we do it as team-entrepreneurs learning by creating in teams” 


OUR STORY

              We love our animals! Our horses receive herbs in their daily meals. A personal experience with one of our dogs led us to work with a holistic veterinarian to develop a line of herbs for dogs. Since adding powdered herbs to dry food / kibble is problematic, Kairos sought a way to make a freeze dried herbal dog snack. This journey took us along the path of looking for sustainable proteins for our dogs. Learning about cricket protein allowed us to see how we could develop a compact meal replacement hiking dog bar for the adventuring canines in our lives.

We are passionate about animal health. You can learn more about herbs on our website (http://kairosfordogs.com) and what they can do to help our dogs live longer, healthier lives.  

Kairos For Dogs may have started as herbs and freeze dried snacks but we have passion in the animal wellness arena and have many new products in prototype development.

We always look for ways our company can give back to our community and protect our universe. We see Kairos Eco Bars as a platform to do both. I personally have benefited from programs at Evergreen State College through their Startups & Entrepreneurship and Student Originated Studies programs. Kairos For Dogs and RUFF BAR are great examples of results from those programs. As these two companies grow, we will continue to sponsor student programs at Evergreen State College. Join us in supporting movements in your local area.

Understanding the unique advertising opportunities, increased retailer wholesale accounts, increased manufacturing abilities and project management experience, customers and retailers can be assured of quality product and supply demand.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

     Susan Moore, CEO

     Karen Wegehenkel, Marketing Director

     Julie Schultz and Ellen Dohen, Videography and Social Media

     Mollie Underwood, Social Media and Content Editor

     And our Ambassador Team




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In the news:

February 1, 2019 – Best Products

29 Best Dog Treats for Teaching Tricks and Trainings

https://bit.ly/2GigHnh


January 24, 2019 – USA Today

From crickets to scorpions, why people are eating insects for fun

https://bit.ly/2RQ7BVN


January 16, 2019 – Thrive Global

This Berkeley Company is Making Sustainable Dog Food Out of Crickets

https://thriveglobal.com/stories/this-berkeley-company-is-making-sustainable-dog-food-out-of-crickets/


January 1, 2019 – Business News Daily

10 Entrepreneurs Share Their New Year’s Resolution

https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7656-entrepreneur-new-years-resolutions.html


December 21, 2018 – Modern Dog Magazine

30 Days to a Better Dog (check out #17)

https://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/30daystoabetterdog


December 17, 2018 – Levi the Great Dane Blog

Leia & Levi’s Top 10 Christmas Gifts suggestions for your Furriends

https://thelevi-athan.weebly.com/blog/top-10-christmas-gifts-for-your-furriends 


December 12, 2018 – The Helm

Holiday Gift Guide

https://www.thehelm.co/gift-guide-pets/


November 30, 2018 – MSN

50 Best Holiday Gifts for Animal Lovers

https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/shopping-holidays/50-best-holiday-gifts-for-animal-lovers/ss-BBQjMKp


November 16, 2018 – Pet Insight

Jiminy’s wins 2018 SEAL Business Sustainability Awards

https://pet-insight.com/jiminys-wins-2018-seal-business-sustainability-awards/ 


November 8, 2018 – Authority Magazine

Entrepreneurs Tackling Climate Change

https://medium.com/authority-magazine/entrepreneurs-tackling-climate-change-the-biggest-thing-is-to-support-sustainable-products-47f22953d2f


October 1, 2018 – Reader’s Digest

50 Best Holiday Gifts for Animal Lovers – We’re Grossly Good!!!

https://www.rd.com/advice/best-holiday-gifts-for-animal-lovers/


September 22, 2018 – DogCast Radio Podcast

Revolutionary Cricket Dog Treats and Record Breaking Dogs

https://www.dogcastradio.com/content/revolutionary-cricket-dog-treats-and-record-breaking-dogs


September 11, 2018 – Pet Age

Enter Exotic: Unique Protein Sources Offer More Variety to Pet Owners

https://www.petage.com/enter-exotic-unique-protein-sources-offer-more-variety-to-pet-owners/


September 7, 2018 – BuzzFeed

7 Life-Changing Things To Try In September

https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelwmiller/life-changing-things-to-try-in-september-2018?utm_source=dynamic&utm_campaign=bfsharecopy&sub=0_121594341#121594341


July 5, 2018 – Pet Product News

Better Bites – Natural treats and chews with functional ingredients top pet owners’ wish lists

http://www.petproductnews.com/July-2018/Better-Bites/


June 29, 2018 – Animal Wellness Magazine

Sustainability is the mission of this dog treat company, Jiminy’s

https://animalwellnessmagazine.com/bathing-dog-guide/


April 19, 2018 – Pet Treater

Sustainability is the mission of this dog treat company, Jiminy’s

http://blog.pettreater.com/2018/04/17/does-your-dog-eat-bugs-of-course-cricket-based-dog-treats-offer-flavor-protein-vitamins-and-more-to-your-pup/


April 18, 2018 – Pet Trendologist

Eco Friendly Pet Tips on Fox32 Chicago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pCJn7pcHAFU


April 16, 2018 – Woof Whiskers

6 Trending Natural Dog Treat Companies To Watch In 2018

https://woofwhiskers.com/6-trending-natural-dog-treat-companies-to-watch/


March 21, 2018 – Pet Age

Jiminy’s Hops onto the Scene at Global Pet Expo

http://www.petage.com/jiminys-hops-onto-the-scene-at-global-pet-expo/


March 19, 2018 – Pet Food Industry

Insect-based pet treats to debut at Global Pet Expo 2018

https://www.petfoodindustry.com/articles/7051-insect-based-pet-treats-to-debut-at-global-pet-expo-2018


March 15, 2018 – Pet Companion Magazine

Jiminy’s hops to the head of the pack

http://petcompanionmag.com/jiminys-hops-to-the-head-of-the-pack/


March 1, 2018 – Modern Dog Magazine

Let Them Eat Bugs

https://www.pressreader.com/canada/modern-dog/20180301/281844349116017/


March 1, 2018 – Bay Woof

Yummy, Tasty Crickets as Treats

http://baywoof.com/featured-article/yummy-tasty-crickets-as-treats/


December 1, 2017 – Bay Woof

Presents for Your Fur Children

http://baywoof.com/featured-article/presents-for-your-fur-children/


November 17, 2017 – PetPav

Petpav’s Holiday Guide – The Best Gifts for Your Pets!

http://petpav.com/petpavs-holiday-guide-the-best-gifts-for-your-pets/


November 17, 2017 – Green Dog Pet Supply

Jiminy Crickets!

http://www.greendogpetsupply.com/blog/jiminy-crickets/


November 10, 2017 – PetPav

Jiminy’s Original Cricket Cookies – Healthy Treats Your Dogs Will Love!

http://petpav.com/jiminys-original-cricket-cookies-healthy-treats-dogs-will-love/


November 9, 2017 – Pet Product News

The Original Cricket Cookie

http://www.petproductnews.com/Products/The-Original-Cricket-Cookie/


November 8, 2017 – Pet Product News

Meals That Matter

http://www.petproductnews.com/November-2017/Meals-that-Matter/


September 5, 2017 – Pet Age

Switch It Up

http://www.petage.com/switch-it-up/


August 14, 2017 – Pet Food Industry

Cricket-based dog treats tackling pet owners’ ick factor

http://www.petfoodindustry.com/articles/6616-cricket-based-dog-treats-tackling-pet-owners-ick-factor


August 3, 2017 – Really Good Pets (BLOG)

JIMINY CRICKET! WHAT AMAZING CRICKET DOG TREATS!

https://reallygoodpetsshop.com/blogs/the-dog-blog/jiminy-cricket-what-amazing-cricket-dog-treats


July 26, 2017 – Pets Plus Magazine

Jiminy’s Rolls Out Dog Treats Made With Cricket Protein

http://petsplusmag.com/news/press-releases/3120-jiminy-s-rolls-out-dog-treats-made-with-cricket-protein.html

Risks and challenges

RISKS AND CHALLENGES

Kairos Dog Herbs and treats has been creating high quality animal herb mixes for nearly 20 years and has a reputation for the care we put into our products. Our innovative products provide discerning pet parents healthy options for canine partners.

At times, no matter how much we've planned, things can still go awry. If they do, we solemnly promise to give you full transparency into the issues and solve them in a way that leaves our backers happy and proud to support our company.

Supply Chain Risk: Sometimes a machine or tool breaks. Sometimes a factory loses power for a day. Sometimes the ingredients are delayed in shipment. These things happen from time to time and can affect how long it takes to build our products.

Shipping Risk: Shipping and warehousing logistics can be challenging. We aren't immune to weather, and other uncontrollable factors.

Acts of God: We're based in the Pacific Northwest. That means we could have a wind storm, stalling our power supply.obtaining ingredients or packaging, unexpected snow storms that slow down mail delivery, and/or production issues.

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