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Former Radio Guy Now a Multi-Store Pooch Pamperer

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Keith Miller
Bubbly Paws and Pampered Pooch Playground, Minneapolis, MN

Before getting into the pet business, Keith Miller was in radio for 11 years, which enabled him to meet music giants Usher, Jewel, NSYNC, Goo Goo Dolls, 50 Cent and others. His 11-year-old Bernese mountain dog, Roxy, inspired him to launch a new career, and now he’s the co-owner of Pampered Pooch doggie daycare, which turns 9 this year, and Bubbly Paws dog wash and grooming, which now has three locations in the greater Twin Cities. Hobbies include techie pursuits, ranging from creating custom software called “poochworks” for doggie daycare businesses to launching a video podcast at pettechgeek.com. 

 

This article originally appeared in the March-April 2017 edition of PETS+.

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When Not Enraptured by Reptiles, Richard Allen Hops on His Harley

And pumps those muscles!

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Richard Allen REPTILE RAPTURE, MONONA, WI

Richard Allen breeds, sells and even rescues reptiles at the store he owns and operates with his wife, Cheryl. Pictured here is one such breeder, a male black-headed python from Australia named Mr. Awesome. When not working, Allen enjoys spending time with his family, which also includes daughter Paige and pup Pebbles.

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How Groomer Gabriel Feitosa Keeps a Sharp Edge

His newest adventure is learning Japanese.

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Gabriel Feitosa
GABRIEL FEITOSA GROOMING SALON,SAN DIEGO, CA

Not only does Gabriel Feitosa own and operate a successful grooming salon inside Bow Wow Beauty Shoppe, he also travels internationally to teach and judge at grooming and dog shows. He even has sponsors: Hydra and Utsumi. When not working, Feitosa enjoys spending time with his husband, Jeremy, and their Scottish Terrier Poncho and Poodles Cronos, Blue and Mimo (pictured here).

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This Texan Pet Lover Sure Is Having a Blast with Life

…and tons of caffeine!

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Trace Menchaca
Flying M Feed Co., Houston, TX

Matriarch of the Flying M family. Friend to rescue animals large and small. Facebook Live superstar. Trace Menchaca wears multiple hats and never seems to slow down. In addition to scoring a PETS+ America’s Coolest Stores nod in 2018, she also accepted a local Small Business of the Year Award. Even her just-for-fun activities keep her moving — she regularly cheers on her beloved Houston Astros with husband Miguel, son Max and daughter Lea.

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