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Meet another Pet Pro,  Stacie Shaw, owner of Central Bark Doggy Daycare in Edina, Minn.
I met Ms. Shaw at a wonderful Winter-Weary-Westie Party she hosted last weekend for about 50 of my favorite critters. Her daycare has been credited for bringing Caleigh, a shy, frightened Westie, out of her shell. Her owner, Deb Theisen, says Caleigh’s been a changed dog, much more confident and eager to interact with others since coming regularly to Central Bark.—Sid

Stacie with Bailey and Hannah

After graduating from Marquette University, Wisconsin native Stacie Shaw faced a cardboard Jack Russell Terrier staring at her in her living room.  Having grown up with dogs, she wanted her own dog to share her life with. However her parents advised against it, saying, “You work such long hours, who will shower your dog with attention and love while you are at the office?”  Thus, Stacie’s parents delivered a cardboard terrier to hopefully satisfy her urge for a dog. The terrier was only a temporary solution.

In 1999 Stacie began volunteering with a rescue organization called GRROW (Golden Retriever Rescue of Wisconsin).  Through GRROW she learned of a puppy mill rescue trip to Iowa, and ultimately adopted one of the rescues – a 2 year female golden named Bailey.  Because Bailey led such an abusive, unhappy life prior to being adopted, Stacie sought opportunities for Bailey to gain confidence, trust, friendships, fun and love.  The right place was found at Central Bark Doggy Day Care, where Bailey became a regular. What an amazing difference Central Bark and its staff made in Bailey’s life!

That was how it started for Stacie (and Bailey, and later another golden retriever named Hannah). Stacie caught the Central Bark fever and there was no turning back. Meanwhile Stacie kept volunteering for dog-related causes and participating in animal-related courses, to learn all she could about the well-being of our canine friends.

The decision to pursue her dream of opening a Central Bark meant relocating, and Stacie chose the Twin Cities to be her new home. Ms. Shaw transitioned her volunteer efforts to RAGOM (Retrieve a Golden of Minnesota) and to Pets with a Purpose, where she and her dogs regularly visit Alzheimer’s patients. Stacie, and her canine consultants Bailey and Hannah, welcome you and your dog to visit Central Bark Eden Prairie and see what a positive impact we have on your dog, and on your parent/dog relationship.

Central Bark Doggy Day Care

6340 Industrial Drive

Eden Prairie, MN  55346

P) 952.224.4490

My hubby and I took our four Westies, Blanche, Keely, Ambrose and Oliver, to Central Bark indoor dog day care center in Edina, MN, yesterday for a Winter-Weary Westie party with about 50 other cute pooches of that marvelous breed. Much butt-sniffing fun was had by all the four-leggeds. (The humans, wisely, refrained from such interaction.) Everyone was asked to bring a pet-food donation for The Pet Project, and we wound up with a small truckload full! (The Pet Project is one of my favorite nonprofits because it supplies local food shelves with pet food and products so that owners who are facing tough financial times won’t have to lose their beloved animal family members. There’s no question but that everything you donate goes directly to needful animals. I’d just had my birthday party two days previous and had asked friends to do a similar donation in lieu of gifts for me, so we hauled over all of that as our donation at Central Bark.) While at the Westie party, one of the other pet parents brought out a healthful frozen dog treat that the pooches went bonkers for. I begged her for the recipe, which she kindly shared, below. Thanks so much!—Sid

Tasty Terrier Treats *

Combine and mix all of the following ingredients either by hand, in a blender or in a food processor:

1 qt. vanilla (or plain) yogurt

1/2 c. peanut butter

1/4 c. honey

1 ripe banana

Pour mixture evenly into a 9×13 cake pan, cover with foil and freeze overnight. Cut into little squares and store in the freezer in a Ziplock bag or Tupperware-type container.

* Edible by people and all other dog breeds as well.

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