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Meet The Bark Town Team

Enriching Lives One Paw at a Time

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Owner, Trainer, Groomer
Canine Enrichment Director

April Hargraves

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Ruth Bauer

 Manager, Lead Trainer, KPA Certified Trainer,

Canine Enrichment Supervisor

What's not to love! Everyday, I get to work with wonderful people, engage with amazing dogs and talk with the most caring pet parents. I have been lucky enough to turn my passion into an amazing career at Bark Town USA. My first dog was a black Lab named Radar. Currently, I have a yellow Lab named Kipling. Kipling and I run the gamut of activities, one minute we're cuddling on the couch, and the next we're out practicing a frisbee routine. By far, though, his all time favorite things are playing frisbee and swimming. I have never been without a dog in my life. Animals have always been a very important thing to me and I have always loved working with them. It took me a little while to realize what I wanted to do, but, eventually, I circled back around to animals. In college, I worked at a boarding kennel, until graduation, when I came to Bark Town. I graduated from Michigan State University in 2015, with a Bachelors in Animal Science. In 2018, I became a Karen Pryor Certified Training Partner, and, later that same year, opened my own dog training business, Canines Decoded, LLC. Outside of work, I am an avid volleyball player, love to read, play the piano, listen to music, bake, craft and, of course, train my dog!

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I have a wide range of experiences working in the pet industry and love Bark Town's clear professionalism and dedication to the well-being of the pets in their care.My first dog was named Crowley and he was a German Shepherd/Collie mix. I currently have 2 dogs, Rooster and Berlin. Rooster is a 8 year old English Coonhound and Berlin is a 2 year old mix breed. Rooster loves to sing along with the guitar and Berlin loves to snuggle her teddy bear! My dogs and I love spending time outdoors, whether it's hiking in the woods or lounging on the patio with a cup of coffee in the garden. Animals have always been my biggest passion in life and I have worked continuously in the professional pet industry since 2000. I have maintained positions in doggy daycares, kennel management, dog and horse training and now dog grooming. My journey has also included many amazing educational experiences, with certifications including: Professional Pet Groomer, Certified Canine Esthetician, Master Dog Trainer Certification, Parelli Level 2 Horsemanship and Pet CPR & First Aid. In my free time, I love seeking out the world and regional cuisine, dance and music. I am also an avid world traveler!

Tanya Bigliardi

Certified Groomer

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My first dogs were Kody and Bailey, a German Shepherd/Lab mix and a Beagle. I currently have Ares, a Shepherd/Pitbull/Terrier mix and Macadelic, a Beta fish. I love playing outside with my dogs! Working at Bark Town, gives me the opportunity to work with and learn about lots of different breeds and I even get to play with them! Outside of Bark Town, I love being outdoors. I played hockey for about 12 years, including in college. I enjoy working, as well as, spending time with friends and family.

Canine Enrichment Leader

Alex Ragon

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My first dog was a Pug named Punkie. We still have Punkie, who is now 9 years old. We also have a 7 year old Jack Russell named Maddie. I also adopted a hedgehog named Axolotl. My favorite thing to do with Maddie is to cuddle with her. Punkie on the other hand snores really loudly but I love that about him! I love that working at Bark Town gives me the opportunity to spend time getting to know lots of dogs. Outside of Bark Town, I attend Howell High School and participate in choir, robotics, student leadership and am a link leader.

Canine Enrichment Leader

Evie Dean

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My first dog was a Schnoodle named Reva. I also have 2 cats and 2 snails. I absolutely love all the dogs I've met here at Bark Town. Outside of Bark Town I enjoy taking my cat for a walk and drawing.

Canine Enrichment Leader

Jexi Mathers

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My first dog was a Beagle named Penny. I currently have a 3 year old Border Collie named Jem. In the past I have also had a few pet rats! Jem and I love playing frisbee together. I am so excited to get to know all the Bark Town dogs! Outside of Bark Town I enjoy Hiking, Biking and Kayaking.

Canine Enrichment Leader

Allison Stone

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