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Bark Place owner Kathi Malloy calls her pet store “a dog spa and boutique,” but this canine emporium-plus is as much about health and education as it is a pom-pom cut or a squeaky chew toy.

Bark Place owner Kathi Malloy calls her pet store “a dog spa and boutique,” but this canine emporium-plus is as much about health and education as it is a pom-pom cut or a squeaky chew toy. In January, Malloy launches a free Saturday series, Healthy Hounds, which focuses on educating two-legged animals on adopting a healthier lifestyle for their pets.

“We’re passionate about what we do,” says Malloy. “We’re all-natural, with a focus on organic products. If they’re better for us, then they’re better for our dogs, too, right?”

Bark Place opened in 2009 and Malloy originally intended on running a store that simply sold quality products. They ended up with a store, a DIY dog wash and grooming facility and two rooms for doggie daycare — or playcare — divided by size and temperament.

“When we found this space, it was far too big for a store, so we thought, ‘Let’s use it for daycare!’ The spa is a self-wash area and we have a professional groomer, too.”

With New Year’s resolutions and puppies given as Christmas gifts, Malloy says this education series is timely.

“The problem is that Christmas is the busiest and most stressful time for most people. Adding a poor puppy to that is just madness. There are too many hazards, and the puppy doesn’t get the attention it needs.”

Bark Place
1721 Washington St., Boston
857-362-7494
www.barkplacesouthend.com

 
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