Who is Audrey?

People ask us all the time, “Who is Audrey?” Well, here’s the story of Audrey. She will forever be our favorite beagle.

Audrey is the reason we started our amazing life full of dogs! Audrey was Mandy’s first fur child that ignited her passion for animals that would one day bring so much joy and meaning to the Donahue family. Mandy adopted Audrey in 2006. She was a nervous, neurotic, beautiful beagle and soon convinced Mandy that hounds will forever be her favorite breed. Audrey was Mandy’s best friend and saw her through everything as she entered adulthood and to become a cherished member of the family.

Some of Audrey’s favorite things were baby carrots, catnip (turns out it’s not just for cats!) and joining Mandy when she was on the go to places like farmers markets, breweries or the beach. Ironically, Audrey was NOT a fan of doggie daycare so the only time she’d join Mandy at work was to “help out” at the front desk! She was true to her breed and followed that nose like it was her mission. Needless to say, they didn’t cover much ground with their walks! Audrey was the first long term commitment Mandy ever made and she couldn’t have enjoyed her days with her more!

Sadly, Mandy and Josh had to help Audrey cross the rainbow bridge in August of 2018, but they will forever hold such a large piece of her in their hearts. Mandy and Josh cherish the fact that Audrey embodies the business that has become a home to so many Wake Forest families. Audrey is the spirit of love, play, safety and fun that is Audrey’s Barkyard.

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Monica Slubicki

We were so lucky to find Mark Herrmann to train our dog. We are first time dog owners. Mark was approachable, thoughtful, a great communicator, knowledgeable, and dedicated to helping us. He also loves dogs. I called about a dozen places and when I spoke with Mark, I knew he was a good fit. He was very interested in hearing what we needed and what our dogs unique needs were. He had a set of lesson plans which he provided to us and these were helpful. He also made adjustments based on us and our dog. He spent time getting to know our dog and observing his personality, behavior, and temperament. He was good at giving us feedback on our practice. One of the best things about Mark is he really addressed the issues that all of us were facing with this new dog. For example, I have a history of being afraid of dogs, and my daughter loves dogs and always wants to play with them. I felt like Mark got to know us in just four sessions and he did become our friend. Later an issue came up with the dog and I contacted him just as he had said we could. He came to the house, free of charge, and helped with the issue which was a big relief! He contacted me later to follow up. He even checked in to see how our dog was doing after neutering surgery!
We couldn’t have asked for a better experience and we are so grateful for Audrey’s and Mark!

Riley Freeman

The whole staff just loves their jobs

Riley Freeman
Basil Loefler

Absolutely fabulous place. Audrey’s Barkyard loves loves loves what they do and it shows. They pamper and treat their pups and owners with so much love. Wouldn’t go anywhere else!

Basil Loefler