Laura Betti, Owner
Laura's friends and family like to say it all started with a dog -
her beloved Sheltie named Empi. If you ask Laura, the owner of Pause
Dog Boutique, however, she'll tell you that she can never remember a
time in her life when she hasn't been surrounded by dogs. Always an
important part of her family and the loved ones around her, their
presence has kept her grounded and fulfilled.
Empi (pronounced Em-pay)
certainly did provide some impetus for the creation of Pause Dog
Boutique. Laura has loved shopping for her, as well as Ella (a half
adorable/half monster of a Russell Terrier), for years. But, Laura's
background has propelled her toward owning her own business since
After doing extensive research and visiting numerous dog shops
nationwide and online, Laura became certain that a dog boutique
could serve the Rhinebeck community and visitors well.
Laura has a B.S. in Psychology from Springfield College and a M.S.
in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State
University. She currently serves as an editor and a writer for a
K-12 and higher education publishing company.
Empi is a Shetland Sheepdog (commonly called a Sheltie). Laura
obtained her from a breeder in Cleveland, Ohio, while she was living
and working at John Carroll University.
Empi is now 8-years-old. She loves barking (although we are working
on that!), playing with Laura’s husband John, lounging on the couch
and she likes to steer clear of Ella and Ramona whenever possible. Empi is a bit shy by nature,
but she knows lots of great tricks, and will do anything for a
treat! Empi has been forced to take a bit of a "back seat" because
our terriers have such big personalities, but she remains Laura's
first true love and is still her "special girl."
Ella and Ramona are Russell Terriers. Nope, not Jacks. Their parents
were both Hunt Terriers, but since they were born with 51% or more
white, they are actually...shhhh....misfits. Hunt Terriers are the
ancestors of Russell Terriers. Ella and Ramona are atypical colored
Hunt Terriers and/or the purest Russell Terriers descending directly
from the Hunt Terrier lines. (We know it's confusing!)
Laura and John got Ella and Ramona from Aislinge Bray Terriers in
Delhi, NY (www.huntterrier.com). Ella is 4-years-old and has loads
of...shall we say..."spunk." She's full of fun and is a clown by
nature! Ella loves to terrorize Empi, she’s amazing with a Frisbee,
and she enjoys curling up for a good snuggle. But most of all, she
loves to shadow Laura. She follows Laura everywhere she goes.
Ramona, the newest addition to the pack, is 1. If we thought Ella
was spunky, we were in for a rude awakening with this one! Ramona
loves to play, climb on anything she can and snuggle when she's
tuckered out. If there's trouble, Ramona knows how to find it. Turns
out she was appropriately named after Beverly Cleary's children's
book character "Ramona the Pest." Her and Ella are best buds...her
and Empi, not so much!
|Sammy Schreiber & Her Dog
Having grown up in Rhinebeck, Sammy received her B.S. in Digital
Media from Marist College. When not working at Russell Refuge, she
spends many hours doing freelance graphic design as part of 7 dog
design and Scratch Design & Photography. Sammy enjoys drawing
cartoon portraits for Pause, along with logos and stickers for
Companion Ware. She can sometimes be found working at Pause Dog
Boutique with Riley, her 4 year old Australian Kelpie. Riley
particularly enjoys chewing on whatever Ramona has left behind the
counter. He is always willing to high five or take a bow for a
Pause Dog Boutique - 6423
Montgomery Street Suite 8 - Rhinebeck, NY
12572 - 845.876.4330 -
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