Meet Pam Baril, the owner and creator of Cookie Cutter Tweets/Treat The Dog, LLC. I purchased many cat toys and artwork from Pam over the years, where I've visited her booth at the hugely popular Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market in Michigan. She offers a variety of dog and bird items also, and adds new creations often.
|At the market|
|For the birds|
|For the dogs|
EC: Tell us about how you began Treat The Dog, LLC.
PB: I’ve been in business for just over eight years, when I started selling bird seed feeders. At the first farmer's market where I sold them, the market manager asked if I would consider getting licensed to sell dog treats (which I did), and the rest is history! The cat people spoke, so I started making organic catnip toys, which I sell more of than any other of my pet products!
|Kitty enjoying a catnip toy made by Pam|
|When I saw the sign at Pam's booth,,|
I grabbed it right away!
PB: I hand-make every item I sell, and although it’s a lot of hours sewing and baking, I love every minute of it! Being at my markets are “my happy places”. I look forward to seeing my customers, both human and furry; the dogs know I’m the treat lady, and get their sample treat when they see me. The customers that don’t have their pets with them always show me pictures. It’s a thrill seeing them wearing one my bandannas in person or a picture!
|Bandannas for every holiday|
EC: Do you have an interesting story from a customer who purchased your products?:
PB: One of my fondest memories is of a dog named Zoey, who would visit me at both the Northville and Farmington markets. She came to my regular space in Northville, but I wasn’t there that day, and she just stood there in disbelief.
Thank you, Pam, for taking a few minutes out of your busy schedule for us today. We know you are ramping up to start the new summer season, and we know there will be lots of dogs, cats, birds… and humans in your future!
Disclaimer: All photos used by permission of Pam Baril, or are my own images. I was not compensated in any way for this interview; I just really enjoy Pam's work!