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When Birmingham Goes To The Dogs…

Colleen and I love this time of the year. Fall in Alabama can be a time of spectacular weather, and the start of October is no exception.

This is also the time when Shelby Co. and Birmingham area pet owners gather for what has become a popular annual event, sponsored by the City of Alabaster and the Shelby Co. Humane Society. Bark In The Park, held at Alabaster’s Veterans Park, continues to grow every year.

With new video camera in hand, we thought we’d share a few sights and sounds of this year’s festivities … for man and his best friend, too, it was a lot of fun…

Veterans Park is a fabulous park developed by the City of Alabaster. A lot of folks buying homes in the area wind up falling in love with this park, and for good reason.

We know some folks who are already planning to attend next year’s Bark In The Park. It’s held the first Saturday of October.


Bama Barkery: Healthy Treats For Alabama Dogs

Michael and Johnna Mathews felt Gracie and Sister Sue, their two black labrador mixes, deserved better treats than they could find in stores around Birmingham and Shelby county. So, armed with cookie sheets, rolling pin and oven, the McCalla couple decided to try their hand at creating canine treats that are healthy as well as tasty.

Bama Barkery owners Michael and Johnna Mathews (photo by Alisha Bamberg)

Bama Barkery owners Michael and Johnna Mathews (photo by Alisha Bamberg)

Their efforts led to the April, 2007, birth of Bama Barkery, a business that provides wholesome, homemade treats for dogs. And yep, you can take a bite out of a Pumpkin Paw or any of Bama Barkery’s other treats yourself, because all are made with ingredients safe for human consumption.

We caught up with Michael and Johnna during Bark In The Park, a fun event for pet owners held in Alabaster’s Veterans Park October 3rd. Michael shares with us the tale (or should it be tail?!) of how Bama Barkery turned in to a lot more than just treats for Gracie and Sister Sue (who, by the way, are official taste testers for the company).

Michael greets visitors interested in Pumpkin Paws

Michael greets visitors interested in Bama Barkery Pumpkin Paws

Right now, you can order Bama Barkery products on line, but who knows … it may not be long before you see PB & O’s, Love Me Slenders or some of their other treats in area stores, too. And in case you’re wondering, Fisbo, our five pound spoiled rotten poodle, has given his stamp of approval to Bama Barkery’s treats!

Click the player just below to hear Michael — enjoy!