Colorful Tales

Every Dog is Happy at Happy Dog Barkery!

August 29, 2019

Everyone loves a Happy Dog Barkery treat!

From an expansive dog bakery to the most durable pet toys, Happy Dog Barkery has everything for both you and your pet! In the early 2000's owner Beth Staley was struggling to find the right food for her allergy suffering Labrador. As an avid baker, Beth had a solution; she would home make her own food and treats for her four-legged friend. After a ton of success with her pup, Beth decided to leave corporate America and opened Happy Dog Barkery, where she offered the same homemade treats and cakes for the pet owners of Downers Grove, Illinois.

When Happy Dog Barkery opened in 2004, the store offered an abundance of homemade treats, toys, collars, bones, chews, and accessories while the other half of the store was dedicated to gifts for pet-loving humans. After a few years, Happy Dog Barkery made room for dog and cat food and treats, which you can find in-store today.

Upon entering the pet specialty retail store, you’ll be captivated by a beautiful bakery, making up about 30% of the store. The bakery includes custom cookies with designs like ladybugs, pizza slices, holiday themes, as well as wholesome and nutritious stews. Custom birthday cakes come in your choice of six flavors, from grain-free peanut butter to grain-free ginger molasses. The cakes are quite popular for those four-legged friends celebrating birthdays, gotcha days, and other special occasions. Customers residing in Illinois travel far and wide to pick up custom cakes, but lucky enough for the rest of us, cakes are shipped nationwide.

Up Country collar are a customer favorite.

Outside of the delicious baked goods, Happy Dog Barkery has offered Up Country collar and leads since the day they opened. “Our most popular Up Country designs are the Bella Floral, Nuts, and Up Country Plaid,” says Beth. Customers love coming in seasonally to get new accessories for their pets.

Aside from shopping the latest and greatest pet supplies, customers also enjoy giving rescue pups some love. “Every Saturday, we host a different local rescue where adoptable animals come in, and locals come in to have meet and greets. Our annual Ice Cream Social, benefits the Greyhound Alliance and the transport that brings Greyhounds from Florida to Illinois. This year we had 500 dogs come out to raise money and of course, enjoy dog-friendly ice cream!” In addition to the store’s commitment to doing good, Beth fosters dogs looking for their forever homes. In fact, Beth’s beagle and foster failure Kale Chips is a legend of his own after losing 85 lbs with the help of Beth’s homemade specialty diet, exercise, and of course, love!

High fives are Beth's favorite!

When we asked Beth what her favorite part of the pet industry was, her response; “I love getting to know the customers and their dogs. It’s fun to interact with them daily and see them with a new puppy or senior rescue dog and be a part of their lives from the beginning to the end. We help to keep your family members healthy and happy. The best part by far, though, is to be around dogs every day.”

If you are near Downers Grove, Illinois stop by Happy Dog Barkery and spoil your pets with the very best! “We make tails wag!”


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