Pup business sees paw-sitive growth

Over the past 20 years, Dogeden has provided a dog day care for hundreds of canines. That’s a lot of tail wagging, compared to its humble beginnings.

Started by animal lover Jennifer Brunke, Dogeden opened its doors in a Stouffville farm house and has since then turned it into a successful pet care establishment located in Markham on Bullock Dr.

“Busting at the seams in the Stouffville farmhouse, I moved into a retail space in a plaza on Highway 7, which was 400 square feet. But the location turned out to be too small, so I relocated to my current place, which is 4000-square-feet,” said Brunke.

She is a pioneer in the industry, having begun one of the first dog day cares in the GTA, though it wasn’t an easy start.

“I had to sell the idea, but I was very tenacious to get it going,” noted Brunke. “It was very challenging. A lot of people said it was never going to work, that no one was going to pay to have their dog cared for.”

She never took no for an answer.

“I did it, and the business is still here after 20 years.”

She said the other secret of keeping a business running for so long is having an amazing staff.

“Big part of it is finding the right people to work for me,” Brunke commented. “Employees really make the business strong. If it wasn’t for them, then there would be no Dogeden.”

Photo: Jennifer Brunke poses with Lily, one of the many dogs to enjoy a good grooming close to home.

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