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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
Owner

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.

 

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Celeste McInnes, Top Dog
Sales Associate, Boarding Specialist

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 twelve 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, breeds the best and show to great acclaim.

crystalAna Da Silva, Top Dog
Grooming Assistant, Boarding, Dog Walking

With her two trusty side-kicks Willow and Mina at her side, Ana's top notch service makes bath time a fun and happy experience! Ana LOVES all dogs like they were her own and it shows with her gentle & caring energy. Ana is our mama-san. Her kindness and patience makes a great addition to our barking babies™ team! 

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Ella Lanphear, Top Dog
Retail Sales Associate, Boarding, Dog Walking

Ella and her two BFFs Bella and Lucy are a great addition to the barking babies™ team. With 2 rescues of her own, Ella knows just how to find the perfect comfortable and fashionable outfit for any dog! Ella comes from a modelling background and has a real passion for everything fashion and dogs including dog walking and boarding!

crystalNatasha, Top Dog
Grooming Ambassador, Dog Walking

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.

Ellen Chiu, Top Dog
Retail Sales Associate

Ellen has a real love for dogs. With a beautiful Maltese of her own, Charlotte, Ellen loves meeting all of the  barking babies™ that visit our boutique. Her knowledge of dogs' lifestyles, dog training 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
Communications

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 WriterGirlKarin.com.

Valerie La, Freelance Fido
Graphics

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.