Meet The Bark Town Team

Enriching Lives One Paw at a Time

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April Hargraves

Owner, Trainer, Groomer
Canine Enrichment Director

Ruth Bauer

 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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Tanya Bigliardi

Certified Groomer

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!

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Alex Ragon

Canine Enrichment Leader

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.

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Madison Copeland

Canine Enrichment Leader

My first dog was named Belle and she was a Staffie/Lab mix. I currently don't have any dogs of my own but my parents have 3 Staffies, ranging in age from 2 to 15 years old. My favorite thing to do with my parent's dogs is lounging on the couch together and watching TV. I love working at Bark Town because it give me the opportunity to create lasting relationships with so many amazing dogs! Outside of Bark Town, I love to create all sorts of art and go fishing.

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Evie Dean

Canine Enrichment Leader

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.

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Nathan Bennett

Canine Enrichment Leader

My first, and current dog, is a Bouvier named Ally. She is now 9 years old. I enjoy walking, and just loving on Ally. Now that she is older, it is hard for her to do anything too strenuous. I love that every day, when I come in to work, I get to see all the smiling, happy dogs, ready to play with me and have some fun! Outside of Bark Town, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, football and bike riding. I am currently attending Howell High School, and have maintained a 3.9+ GPA each year.

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Kylie Ogrodowski

Canine Enrichment Leader

My first dog was a Miniature Pinscher named Flash. I currently have an 11 year old Lab mix named Abbie. I have also owned a German Shepherd mix in the past. My favorite thing to do with Abbie is to go on long walks. I love coming to Bark Town to meet all of the new dogs every day and learning all about each one's individual personalities. Outside of Bark Town, I love traveling, the outdoors and anything I can do with my dog!

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Callie Lapalm

Social Media Specialist

My first, and current dog, is a Pitbull named Theo. He is 3 years old now. Theo loves to sniff and explore the world! We take long walks down dirt roads and find all the best smells! I absolutely love learning about dogs, and anything to do with them! I am working towards becoming a certified trainer, and love to learn anything that will help me become a better trainer. Every day at work, I try to learn something new about the dogs in my care. Outside of Bark Town, I have volunteered at a shelter for 4 years and have been studying dog training for a year. My hobbies include boating, kayaking and spending time with my niece and nephew.

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Kayla Brown

Social Media Specialist

I love our Bark Town dogs! I love working with each dog and being able to make a difference at Bark Town and watch it grow. I love all the staff and am so blessed to be able to work here! My first dog was a German Shepherd/Lab mix named Whitney. Now I have a 5 year old Dachshund named Maverick. He and I love to cuddle and take nice long walks together! He always loves it! Outside of Bark Town, I am a part of a PR firm at GVSU called Grand PR and have accomplished