About Central Bark Oakdale

Angie was born and raised in Minneapolis, while Chris is originally from Milwaukee.
In 1999 Chris moved to Saint Paul (with his boxer Arlo) to take a job as a sales rep for a building materials wholesaler, which he still does to this day. Angie graduated from Southwest High, then the U of M, then became a commercial property manager eventually running the fifth tallest skyscraper in Minneapolis.

We met in an acting class, which we both took for fun and exploration, in 2002, and married a year later in 2003! We lived in Saint Paul until ‘after the events’ of 2020 when we decided to move to Woodbury. During this transition we decided to invest our time, savings and business experience going forward in life in a new direction that we are both more passionate about (instead of working for corporations) and that is our love of animals, in particular our love of dogs.

That’s when we found the Central Bark franchise; which mirrors our core values of passion, compassion, integrity and respect – for all people and all animals. Like so many, we grew up with pets our whole lives, and have had cats and dogs our entire marriage. After Arlo came another boxer named Baxter. After Baxter came our current puppy Daisy, a high energy ‘bugg’ (boston terrier-pug). Our cats Pooh and Domino have passed.

Outside of work, in recent years Angie has spent time volunteering for MN Boxer Rescue and Meals on Wheels, while Chris has been an unpaid political activist on the side. We are super excited to launch our Whole Dog Care business in the east metro because we will get to meet and bond with owners and pets for years to come and provide Enrichment to both to make their lives Healthy, Happy, and Whole! These aren’t just tag-lines, they are truths, and our dreams coming true.

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

Angie & Chris Holbrook, Central Bark Oakdale Franchisees

Our Family Photo Album

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best puppy food?

Puppies have unique nutritional needs that require specially formulated food to keep them healthy and happy as they grow. The best food for your puppy will depend on their dietary needs, breed, and personal preferences. Every item in our Central Bark® Market is specially selected to enhance your puppy’s physical […]

Do groomers sedate dogs?

No. At Central Bark®, we never sedate dogs in our salon. Our expert groomers always aim to help your dog feel as calm and relaxed as possible during their bathing and grooming experience.   Suppose your dog has shown extreme stress or anxiety toward grooming in the past. In that case, we suggest […]

How does Central Bark mentally stimulate a dog?

At Central Bark®, our goal is to provide a balanced day of play, learning, rest, and love. Learning and mental exercise can happen in various ways, including training activities, brain games, scent work, and more. Our playgroups offer several hours of active playtime paired with learning opportunities during Group Play […]

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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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