Meet Your Merchant | Scraps Dog Bakery in new location, under new ownership
Special to the Sun
What: Scraps Dog Bakery and Pet Store
Location: 12030 Donner Pass Road, No. 1
Don’t be fooled by the pupcakes, cannolis and grrr-nola — the treats at Scraps Dog Bakery are for pets, not people.
In addition to tasty treats, pet owners can find just about anything related to pet care at Scraps Dog Bakery and Pet Store in Truckee. Scraps is under new ownership and in a new location and the store carries a variety of products for a variety of pets.
Owner Arlene Morero calls the store her “little baby,” as the endeavor of opening the business was an idea from her childhood.
“My mom always jokes — ‘you finally got your dream,’” Arlene said. She took over Scraps on Sept. 1 of last year and has loved every day of being at work.
“I love coming to work everyday and I love talking to people about their dogs.”
A self proclaimed animal lover, Arlene and said it isn’t rare for her husband to call her “The Dog Whisperer” when she takes care of pets. She couldn’t imagine her life without them. Each day when she goes home, her dogs Gidget, Abby and Oso greet her at the door. Arlene also has an orange tabby cat called Cheddar that she likens to the famous comic strip cat, Garfield.
“You treat them like they’re your family,” Arlene said of her animals. “When you walk through the door they’re excited to see you.”
Arlene is an advocate for high quality products for dogs and carries the brands in her store.
“I don’t sell things I wouldn’t give my own animals,” she said.
Arlene helps customers understand the importance of their pets’ food by making the comparison to humans eating fast food. Many pets’ stomach issues and skin problems can be remedied by a change in diet, she said.
Truckee local Jim Pace owns three dogs and one cat. He buys pet food at Scraps because of the product’s higher quality.
“The cat doesn’t puke this up as much,” said Jim as he bought five cans of canned kitty food.
Many of the brands at Scraps list chicken as a main ingredient, versus “chicken meal,” a common filler in other dog foods. Grain-free diets for animals are important and often overlooked, Arlene said.
“Dogs are meant to eat meat, not grains,” she said.
Even the treats at Scraps are good for dogs. The products are made mostly with yogurt and can be eaten by humans as well. Giving pets a treat that’s healthy is important to her customers, Arlene said.
“Dogs are their children. They want to give them the best.”
In an effort to best serve her community Arlene added a grooming service to Scraps and the community has responded with gratitude.
“Arlene was so kind and so wonderful,” said Sara Kuttle, owner of an adopted poodle. When Kuttle adopted Frosty last year and needed help with his matted coat, she took him to Scraps.
“She offered to come in and do a special grooming because he was in such bad condition,” Sara said.
Scraps also offers a stand-up dog washing station. The convenient feature offers hot and cold water hoses, restraints for active pups and a high efficiency drier that leaves dogs with a clean and smooth coat. Arlene said the dog self-wash, for $15, is a good alternative so “you don’t have to ruin your shower.”
Although the dog food is kept mostly above nose level, pups still love to visit Scraps and check out the smells throughout the store. On any given day Scraps is full of dogs of all breeds and customers exchanging fun stories about their pets.
“A lot of our customers are regulars and they come in and they share their lives with us,” Arlene said. “All dogs are welcome as long as they’re friendly.”
Scraps is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends. The new location on Donner Pass Road near Smokey’s offers ample space for parking.
Jenny Luna is a freelance reporter for the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and Sierra Sun newspapers. She may be reached at email@example.com. More Info