We are very keen to work with other local doggy businesses, so we visited Sarah Ashworth, creator and owner of Dogs Go and The Bark Park recently. We wanted to get to know her and her business a little more. Sarah’s Bark Park has been open for only 2 years but already has over 1500 dogs using the facilities regularly. It’s also no secret that we regularly take our Brosko there for a social and some exercise!
Q. What are your earliest memories of having a dog?
A. I think I was about 10 or 11 when our family had Rosie, a miniature poodle. If I remember correctly she was quite feisty! The first dog I had full responsibility for was Jasper, a white bichon frise, a little ball of fluff and quite chunky! He was gorgeous!
Q. When you left school what did you want to do?
A. As a child I wanted to be a vet. I actually went on to do a Law degree at Liverpool Uni and then did work experience at a Manchester based law firm.
Q. At what point did you decide you wanted to work with dogs and where did the idea of the park come from?
A. Having worked for 3 years at Unilever the opportunity came along for me to do something different. I had always known that I wanted to work with dogs. I wanted to do something I loved and felt passionate about. I had 2 of my own by then and had always done voluntary work around dogs. It was whilst travelling in America I came across the idea of dog parks and realised that this was the way forward and what I really wanted to do.
Q. What is the most rewarding aspect of your work?
A. Being able to improve dogs lives! Without a doubt. To provide the best possible care and environment for dogs to thrive, be them reactive and needing space or by them being really friendly and social! There is nothing more rewarding than working with animals and making them and their owners happy.
Q. There must be parts of the job that you find a challenge?
A. I need to improve my work life balance! The Bark Park is always open and so I never really get a day off. It’s a lifestyle and not a job to me!
I also found it a real challenge in the beginning to convince others that my idea would work and that it could be a viable business.
Q. What plans have you got for the business?
A. We are just launching our new sister company very soon. I am really keen to develop this over the next 12 months. This will involve catering for dogs too young for doggy day camp and to help them in confidence building through training and socialising.
We also have plans to open another Park slightly further afield. Watch this space!
Q. What do you like to do in your spare time?
A. Walk my dogs – Chester, Monty and Buddy! I also like eating out, going to the gym and visiting Escape Rooms!
Q. Favourite food?
Q. Favourite breed of dog?
A. Hungarian Vizsla!
Q. Favourite drink?
A. Gin & Tonic
Q. Favourite holiday destination?
Q. Favourite place to visit?
A. The Bark Park obviously!
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