My husband Jeff and I moved to Ankeny in December of 1999. We have watched the town grow tremendously since then. In 2004 we started thinking about opening a business in town. I have always been a huge animal lover and the idea of a dog bakery/pet store started to take shape. I loved living in Ankeny, being part of a growing and vibrant community.
At the time I had two chocolate labs named Sophie and Sadie, both rescue dogs. Along with our two cats, Opie and Oreo. I have a weak spot for treats and cool collars. On this side of Des Moines there was nothing to be found. We started planning and dove in with the concept of a dog bakery. It combined two passions of mine- dogs and baking. What could be better?!? Brown Dog opened in May of 2005.
Okay, a little about our family. I grew up in Muncie, Indiana and attended Ball State University. Jeff grew up in Kentucky and attended Western Kentucky University. We both have extensive background in retail, having worked for Osco Drug Stores. We have been together now for 30 years and it looks like we are going to make it! Together we have a daughter Laura, who is married now. Laura has two dogs, Apollo and Hermes. As well my grandchildren, Ellison and Everett. Over the last couple years we have lost a few pets to old age. Sophie, Sadie and kitty Oreo have passed over the rainbow bridge. Currently we still have Opie the cat and Divot. I ended up taking Fuzzy the escape artist/orange cat home with me!
Stop in and visit and meet Divot! And of course dogs are always welcome, please no retractable leads unless locked. Bring your puppies so I can get some good puppy kisses!! It is the best part of my day!