Meet the shop dogs that keep Parish Pets’ store running 

(Collin Richie)

It’s hard to find good help these days. Take a look at Parish Pets: Employees are sleeping on the job, licking customers and even chasing their tails instead of working. But, owner Nikki Kipps says they won’t be called into HR anytime soon.

“I can’t imagine going to work every day and not having my dogs with me,” she says.

In 2016, Kipps started Parish Pets, sewing collars and other accessories out of her house. As the business grew, her space looked more like a pet store than a home. It was time to expand into a brick-and-mortar. She had a few requirements for the building: She didn’t want to be in a shopping mall, and a yard for dog birthday parties was a must. But most importantly, she had to be able to bring Mannie and Lia.

A former barbershop in Mid City was a match. One renovation and many coats of paint later, Kipps opened the space two years ago—with her pups by her side. 

Read the full story about Parish Pets from the latest edition of 225 magazine.