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Just Dog People is the result of Katie and Jason’s desire to live a more rewarding and fulfilling life—obviously with our dogs by our side.

After selling our dog kennel and taking some time off to plan our future, we saw an opportunity to continue serving our community and took it. The rough ‘outline’ of Just Dog People was born in October of 2015. We knew we were going to open a pet store, but we wanted to do it in a way that best fit our personalities. The store would be clean, and well lit. Organized and absent of the usual ‘pet store smell’. We would cater to dogs and their people (hence our tagline: A specialty store for dogs and their people). Our goal would be to create Superior Customer Experiences, one customer at a time. Our employees would be educated, engaging and helpful.

We came up with our name, Just Dog People, merely by accident on February 1, 2016. We were sitting down brainstorming the outline of our business, when Katie mentioned something along the lines of us being…well, just dog people. BAM! It was born. The name is somewhat odd, we know, but it also best describes us. Anyone who loves their dogs like we do, and trust me there are plenty, can relate to being, just a dog person!


To call Katie a dog person is an understatement.From the time she was a little girl, dogs have always been her passion. So by following her passion, she got her first job in high school working at a dog kennel, following it up with being a dog food demonstrator during college.

After studying at Appalachian State University, she realized her focus in Advertising took her away from what she loved, so she went to Atlanta and apprenticed with Comprehensive Pet Therapy and learned how to train dogs.

In 2004, she moved the Garner area and opened Bone Voyage, a well-known dog boarding, training and daycare facility. After 12 great years, Katie sold the business in 2015, setting her sights on what would be next!


Jason has always been a dog person, but married into the “obsessive about dogs lifestyle”!

After serving in the United States Navy, Jason entered the corporate world where he has been in business development and sales and marketing for the past 20 years. Starting and running several businesses on his own, he has always been an entrepreneur at heart.

After years of unfulfilling corporate work, he was ready to roll up his sleeves, grow a beard and trade in the tie for the “dog fur is part of my outfit” look.

Just Dog People is a result of the combined efforts of Jason’s expertise in the business and marketing field and Katie’s knowledge of the pet industry and their owners. It’s a store where being called a certified crazy dog person is a good thing, and other people understand your need to provide and care for your fur kids!

Just Dog People | 919-977-7822 | jason@justdogpeople.com |