PAMPERING PICKLE owner Theresa Corley arranges photos on a customer bulletin board that's crammed with photos even though the store has been open for only about a month. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

PAMPERING PICKLE owner Theresa Corley arranges photos on a customer bulletin board that's crammed with photos even though the store has been open for only about a month. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins


Picky pooches pine for Pampering Pickle

By From page A3 | March 9, 2011

Miss Pickle, of course, is a beloved border terrier mix who calls Theresa Corley her pal, and it doesn’t hurt that Corley, 36, of Diamond Springs owns a Placerville store that caters to canines.

Pampering Pickle at 312 Main St., No. 103 (behind Zia’s in the Fountain Courtyard), is chock full of doggy delights, including specialty biscuits and other treats, fun and fancy dog jewelry and clothing accessories, along with an eclectic selection of Fido favorites.

Pickle is not the only pooch in the home Corley shares with Tom Sistek, 34. Dexter, a rat terrier adept in agility training, also enjoys the benefits of having an owner who runs a dog-friendly store, and in fact, Tuesday, agility training day for Dexter, is the only day of the week Pampering Pickle is closed.

If it’s not already apparent that Corley loves animals, a visit to her store will dispel any doubt.

“I have a big love for animals,” said Corley as she sifted through a collection of dog biscuits to find the perfect pick for Rita, a 6-year-old long-haired dachshund who convinced her buddy, Jess Gibson, 32, of Placerville to swing by her favorite haunt.

“We’ve been here several times,” said Gibson of the store that has been open for only about a month. “Theresa is very nice and she has some great stuff.”

Rita obviously was impressed as her tail danced to the beat of her crunching teeth as she scarfed down what apparently was a good choice from the Biscuit Bar.

Pampering Pickle contains all sorts of practical and simply fun items for dogs, including Swarovski crystal-studded collars, i.d. tags and other jewelry, along with more practical items such as sweaters and other clothing accessories. There are charms, collars, eyewear, travel gear — well, just make paw prints getting down there to see for yourself. Dogs are more than welcome to help their buddies browse.

“We have everything for the doggy diva and unique items that are very affordable,” said Corley, who added that the popular dog biscuits sold there are hand-made in Oregon and Sacramento.

The inventory at the brand-new store includes the Nerdy Dog line, along with VibraPet. There also are “green” dog toys and other merchandise, including Earthdog that uses hemp in manufacturing items, and Doggles of Diamond Springs, which uses recycled plastic bottles in making some of its popular dog toys.

Before opening the downtown Placerville store, Corely was an online entrepreneur, and the business evolved into a storefront enterprise.

Corley has a background in animal health and welfare, having been with the Humane Society in Santa Clara and in Denver for 15 years.

“I have a degree in marketing and human development, and I started the Website on the side,” she said. “I found that I just love to pet the dogs and see the tails wag, and so I decided to get into this business,” she said as Rita focused her big, brown eyes on the Biscuit Bar in hopes for another go-around.

Sistek helps out at the store, which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. In addition to selling dandy doggy delights, Pampering Pickle also offers its services for weddings. No, not dog marriages, but the handling of any canines that are incorporated into “human” wedding ceremonies.

Call Pampering Pickle at 530-344-7451. Better yet, grab the leash and take Rover to what will likely become his favorite part of a walk downtown.






Pat Lakey

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