|Neighbors at MudBay Grand Opening in Bella Bottega|
A crowd favorite was Dan Nelson's exhibit with tips on dog care. Did you know your dog is dehydrated when the scruff of its neck fur stands up after you pull it? And, the Mountaineers publish a "Best Hikes with Dogs" book, written by Dan? He also writes the Seattle Times, "Getting in Gear" feature on Thursday's.
Jenny Solomon, Owner of "Wag More Dog Walkers" was giving away collapsible water dishes. She runs a neighborhood dog-walking business on Education Hill. When you're busy or out of town Jenny will walk you dog one-on-one for $22.50 per half hour. (The Solomon family are active city volunteers- Brad volunteers for the Redmond Historical Society; their daughter Michelle was a leader in the City's Youth Partnership Program.)
So what's with MudBay?
MudBay is family owned and operated higher-end "natural dog and cat food pet supply store." They started in a feed store in Olympia overlooking Mud Bay, in l988. The founder's son and daughter, Lars and Marissa Wulff, have since expanded to 20 Puget Sound stores with Mercer Island and Redmond the most recent. Contact MudBay at Info@mudbay.us.
It appears MudBay has big plans to keep expanding. The family recently hired two Starbuck's executives, including Redmondite, Brad Stevens, a past Starbucks Vice President of Marketing - America. Brad says the Puget Sound market is home to some of the most educated and knowledgeable pet-owners in the country. He says it's a great market for a company like MudBay that appeals to healthy dogs and cats.
Report and Photo By Yoder