Thursday, April 26, 2018

Meet 'Treat The Dog'! And don't worry; there is cat stuff too!

Talented people are amazing to me, and any who love animals go right to the top of my list of favorite people!

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!

EC: Describe your product focus:
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!

Dog fashions!

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.

Dog watercolor

Cat watercolor

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!

28 comments:

  1. That is such a cool bunch of things and we love that she loves her work!

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  2. Amazing work. We agree, talented people are a very special breed.

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  3. She has some neat things for sale.

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  4. What a neat story! It's fun to have a job you love, too!

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  5. Her work is wonderful! that's funny, all of the times I went to the market last year, she was NOT there lol! I know that the vendors aren't there all of the time, but I missed her EVERY TIME lol catchatwithcarenandcody

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  6. Thank you for writing such an amazing article! I will be a vendor most Sunday’s at the Birmingham farmers mkt., R.O. Beaumont mkt in June on Thursdays as well. Caren, occasionally I am in a different space in Farmington in case I’m not under my original tree spot.

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  7. Great interview, Pam is very talented.

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  8. What a talented lady! I think there must be some sort of talent to be a vendor like that, on top of being able to make awesome things. Because my human has done a few and she LOATHES doing them! Maybe it is because she's a writer, and they aren't exactly known for being outgoing. MOL!

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  10. Wow, she is such a talented lady! I love the watercolor paintings!

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  11. Wow, she makes such cool stuff! :)

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  12. Such talent! I LOVE those watercolors. Thank you for sharing Pam with us!

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  13. So beautiful! We LOVE that sign (so appropriate around here!). Thank you for sharing Pam with us!

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  14. the watercolors are really awesome !!!!! best fishes to you in sales this year Pam !☺☺

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  15. TW wishes we had a farmers' market around here where she could easily walk to but some days she's glad she doesn't since she's on a fixed income. Those items look wonderful.

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  16. That sure is a lot of nice stuff and handmade too. We love the paintings. Wish we had a place like that around here. Have a super day.

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  17. I strive to be the person Madi thinks I am....love that quote.
    Hubby had a very lovely bday our bff's came over for lunch and birthday cake. We laughed and had a fined time.

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  18. Wow. Those watercolors are stunning! I love the sign, "Be the person ..." ... I've lived the last ten plus years of my life that way and things have only gotten better!

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  19. That right there sure is some talent! Sounds like a lot of fun, though I'd always much prefer focusing on cats...

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  20. That stuff is fantastic. Gorgeous. What a talent.

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  21. Pam and her business sound awesome! Too bad she doesn't come out this way - I'd love to see her and her products.

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  22. She is talented! Wonderful stuff! I love "Be the person you're cat thinks you are!"

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  23. Those treats look so cute! You are definitely very talented with making treats and crafts for pets and it looks like your business is doing well! Btw the sign is pawsome, so appropriate around here!
    World of Animals

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  24. That is one talented lady. She sure makes nice stuff. Thanks for telling us about her.

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  25. Pam's creations are stunning! I love her watercolors.

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