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Niki Libarios’ Secret to Sanity: Power Naps, Escape Rooms and Bargain-Movie Tuesdays

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Niki LibariosHAWAII DOGGIE BAKERY, HONOLULU, HI

Thanks to Chinese New Year bringing with it Year of the Dog, 2018 has gotten off to a crazy-busy start for Niki Libarios. Demand was high for Hawaii Doggie Bakery’s Doggie Lai See and Growlin’ Gau treats, her take on the traditional Chinese dishes, both at the store and pop-up shops. She got through the rush with help from boyfriend Chris Luke, who co-manages the business, and cuddles from Shiba Inu sisters Kuri (left) and Katsumi Firefox (right).


 This article originally appeared in the May 2018 edition of PETS+.  

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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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With 5 Locations, Nancy Guinn Has a Menagerie to Keep Her Sane

Pets of different kinds can go together!

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Nancy Guinn

Dog Krazy, 5 Locations In Virginia

Piglet the English Bulldog inspired Nancy Guinn to open the first Dog Krazy location. Thirteen years later, she has opened five in total, with help from her husband Chris and their menagerie of pets: pig Jimmy Dean, bird Max, cat Ozzie, and dogs Stirfry Fatguy, Pork Wonton, Sushi and Tala. Nancy also finds time to consult with customers and fellow pet business owners alike on pet nutrition, in which she holds a 500-hour degree.

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Movie Nights, Yoga, Golf — These Pet Lovers Love Doing Things Together

Togetherness is fun for this couple.

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Sal & Jamie Salafia

EXOTIC PET BIRDS INC., WEBSTER, NY

Mona the African grey parrot (at right) inspired the Salafias to open a pet store in 2017. “We had a difficult time finding her and decided we would work hard to create a company that would be an outlet for many to find their perfect companion,” Sal says. The couple hand-feeds and raises a variety of bird species, including macaw parrots (left and center), until they are ready for a forever home.

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