About Other End of the Leash Pet Boutique & Bakery

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About Other End of the Leash Pet Boutique & Bakery

Other End of the Leash Pet Boutique & Bakery is Durham’s locally owned source for the highest quality, fairly traded dog and cat supplies. Independently owned by longtime Durham residents Diane Groff and LeAnn Hinson, our staff is here to assist you with all of your needs. We take pride in providing individual nutritional and wellness counseling, and will work with you to find the right products to meet your pet's unique needs.

Other End of the Leash serves Durham area pet owners seeking a distinctive, locally owned source for USA and fairly traded health supplements, food, toys, leashes, and collars, as well as pet-themed jewelry and merchandise for your home. We bake treats daily in our on-site gluten-free kitchen as well as host in-store informational workshops, speakers and special events on a regular basis. We look forward to meeting you and your pet soon!

Our number one goal is and always has been providing the best quality products for our customers and your fur children.

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Meet Our Team

Makana and Zander

Chief Product Testers

Dr. Diane Groff, Ed.D, CTRS/TRS

Diane has 16 years of experience as a professor of Recreation Administration and Recreation Therapy. During her career she has worked in a variety of capacities including: Outdoor Coordinator for Parks and Recreation, Whitewater Raft Guide and Canoe Instructor, Recreational Therapist, and co-owner of the Outdoor Institute. She has worked with animals while leading outdoor interpretive programs where she educated youth and adults regarding snakes and birds of prey. She has also worked with an animal assisted therapy program that utilized dogs to help patients with spinal cord injuries achieve treatment goals. She will utilize her experience in research to fully analyze the products purchased and although she does not have any formal training, she has a passion for baking and cooking and will use her love of cooking to bake healthy treats your pets will love.

LeAnn Hinson, R.N., MSN

LeAnn is a registered nurse with 30+ years of experience in the health care industry that includes front line care of patients as well as management, both departmental and senior team leadership. Her clinical background makes her uniquely qualified to understand and educate customers regarding the specific nutritional health care needs of their pets. Indeed, part of her competency training within the Air Medical Transport field included canine practicums because of the similar anatomy and physiology shared with humans. Her past work experiences uniquely positions her to assist our customers, in consultation with your pet care provider when appropriate, in making potential decisions regarding the specific nutritional health care needs of their animal(s).

Katelyn Jolin

Assistant Store Manager
Katelyn has had a deep love for animals for as long as she can remember. Originally from Maine, she spent a lot of her time looking after family and friend’s pets at an early age. She moved to North Carolina in 2015 and immediately fell in love with the Durham area. She began working at a Veterinary Hospital in Durham, gaining a new appreciation for the important role pet’s play in our family’s lives. Currently, she resides in Mebane, NC with her two cats, Willow and Gigi. She loves being able to spend time with animals on a daily basis. She feels extremely lucky to be able to help families find the best food and products to ensure their pets live the healthiest and happiest lives possible!

Marisol Ariza

Sales Associate
Originally from Colombia, Marisol grew up surrounded by dogs and feeling passionate about animals. She has a bachelor’s in Microbiology and clinical laboratory science with a focus in small animal health. She moved to United States in 2012 and lived in Washington D.C where she shared a lot of time with family pets while dog walking and pet sitting. She moved to Durham in 2018 to continue with her studies and found the perfect place to work at OEOTL. Marisol is an enthusiastic knowledgeable pet lover who will help with all your pet’s needs.

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