About Central Bark Charlotte-Matthews

Jennifer moved to Charlotte, NC in 2004 upon graduating college to start her career in the financial services industry.  Prior to moving to Charlotte, Jennifer, a Cleveland, OH native, attended St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY where she earned a BA in Marketing.  Jennifer is married to Steve, who also works in the financial services industry.

In 2013 Jennifer and Steve welcomed into their life a new puppy, Annabelle, and, like most people, felt guilty about leaving Annabelle home alone all day.  Jennifer immediately began researching potential solutions and found a local doggy day care, which according to Jennifer, had Annabelle smiling upon pick up at the end of each day.  Simultaneously, Jennifer, after 14 years in the banking industry, started to consider her next career move – one that did not involve sitting in an office all day.

While Jennifer began the arduous task of researching new career options, she had an “a-ha” moment and realized purchasing a doggy day care might be the ideal scenario in that she could surround herself with happy dogs (not grumpy bankers), get out of the “office” environment and bring Annabelle to work every day.  So began the journey that led her to becoming a Central Bark franchisee.  A major part of Jennifer’s decision to purchase a Central Bark was based on the 17-year-old franchise’s “Whole Dog Care” philosophy, a personalized approach designed to enrich a dog’s whole health and well-being – throughout their entire life, which was exactly what Jennifer was seeking for her own dog.

In their spare time, Jennifer and Steve enjoy working out, cooking together, the occasional “glass” of wine, and spoiling their 7-year-old American Boxer, Annabelle.

“We welcome you to join our Central Bark family.”

Jennifer and Steve, Central Bark Charlotte-Matthews Franchise Owners

Awards & Achievements

Our Family Photo Album

Nancy K.

I cannot say enough wonderful things about Central Bark! Our Scottish Terrier has been there weekly since they opened. She literally runs toward the door and inside when we arrive there for "Fun Friday." Jennifer and staff operate a spotless, energetic environment where you can be assured your pup will be safe and have a blast with others. They take great care to group compatible breeds and personalities. They get a HIGH FIVE from our Paisley!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a schedule of activities and safety rules?

Yes. Our day is broken up into areas of play, rest, feeding and more. And we always keep a watchful eye on canine good manners. […]

What is Stay-n-Play?

Our Stay-n-Play program offers boarding for dogs that have not enrolled in our day care program. Each overnight guest gets a restful night’s sleep, followed […]

Do you offer dog birthday parties?

Yes! We love to celebrate our dog friends’ birthdays. You can rent space in our facility to celebrate, then bring in your treats and decorations. […]

What are flexible playgroups?

Flexible playgroups allow us to match your dog with the social atmosphere and play schedule they can enjoy and benefit from most. This helps give […]

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Central Bark® Whole Dog Care

Our whole dog care approach offers a full range of fun and personalized products and services. To promote your dog’s physical, mental, and emotional health and happiness throughout their entire life.

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