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The "tail" of barking babies™ begins in Japan.

While living abroad in Tokyo, the beautiful, unique, and utterly fashion-forward apparel and accessories available to fido fashionistas caught the eye of Nancy Jelenic and her Jack Russell Terrier, Quintin.

Moving back to Vancouver in 2004, it all started with: "where did you get that jacket for your dog?" After being asked numerous times, Nancy realized that there was a market for high-end dog fashion & accessories in Vancouver so she & her trusty JRT Quintin opened barking babies™ dog boutique, in tribute to the families who treated their dogs like children and wanted only the best for them.

In 2006, barking babies™ expanded from a 300 sq. ft. store to 1000 sq. ft. to provide the full dog lifestyle experience. Now barking babies™ offers grooming, daycare, boarding, training, dog walking, anesthesia-free teeth cleaning and has expanded their luxury products to include high quality foods.

Quintin, JRT, Chief Executive Canine

The barking babies™ lifestyle shop caters to the happily obsessed dog owner, whose fur-faced baby deserves only the very best!

Our mission is simple: barking babies™ is a place where our dogs are our babies - a sentiment shared by our clientele from all over the world. We recognize the importance to a lifetime of health & happiness and continually strive to enhance dogs' lifestyles by offering the very best in food, fashion, accessories and exceptional dog services.


the top dog team


Nancy Jelenic, Alpha Dog

Nancy became addicted to the world of haute canine couture while living abroad in Tokyo, Japan where she worked in advertising. Changing paths from advertising and marketing guru to the dog fashion business, Nancy considers her mission with the boutique a joy, not a job, to provide only the best for our beloved barking babies™Nancy's two barking babies™ are her Yorkie Georgie Girl and rescued puppy mill three year vet, her Chihuahua Mr. Pickles.


Celeste McInnes, Top Dog
Boarding Manager, Sales Associate

Celeste brings her love of dogs to barking babies™ each and every day! When not helping out in the shop, Celeste is most likely dog boarding while their human family is away. Celeste understands that dogs are not just pets, but important family members and treats them as individuals with unique personalities and needs. She is a PAWfect addition to our barking babies™ team.

Kristy Brisette, Top Style Dog
Groomer, Boarding

A master groomer with over fifteen years of experience to back her up, Kristy's talents with styling small dogs is an asset to barking babies™. Kristy specializes in Yorkshire Terrier, Pomeranians, Maltese and Toy Poodle grooming. She owns Spoild Rotten Yorkshire Terriers, and herself is a Pom and Yorkie Mommy.


crystalNatasha, Top Dog
Grooming Ambassador

Grooming can be a scary experience for some dogs so that’s why Natasha is committed to providing a clean, fun, nurturing environment while your dog is being groomed. barking babies™ does not kennel but rather offer play time while your dog waits to be picked up. She always has her trusted dogs Coco and Caramel by her side to join in the fun.

trippTania Akehurst, Top Dog
Retail Sales Associate

Tania has a real love for dogs. With her partner in crime, Tripp always by her side, Tania loves meeting all of the  barking babies™ that visit our boutique. Her knowledge of dogs' lifestyles, and products is a real asset to our fido loving team!

aminaAmina Ayub, Top Dog
Business Development

Amina helps with the behind-the-scenes business aspect of barking babies™, which includes our new grooming app, taking photos for instagram, and uploading new products for you to enjoy! Amina's passion for dogs can be shown through the amount of love and care she gives her two mini dachshunds, Mia & Patch, who visit our boutique regularly!


Sarah Hirjee, Top Social Dog
Events Coordinator

Sarah and her barking baby Lilah help make all our boutique events the poochiest in town. From the treats to the who's-who, Sarah's our socialista with style!

Karin Maxey, Freelance Fido

Inspired by her Yorkie Mr. Big, fashion and the world of cinema, this West Coast writer is a natural fit for the barking babies™ newsletters and webcopy when she's not screenwriting and copywriting for various local and national organizations. Find her at

Valerie La, Freelance Fido

Val's expertise in the design department keeps the barking babies™ website and all associated graphics looking their finest. Along with her faithful sidekick Naro, Val's talents are what keep us looking cute.