By Carla M. Dubis Tedeschi

WE LOVE OUR PETS. Two-thirds of Americans live with an animal, and according to a recent Harris Poll, 92 percent of pet owners think of their dogs and cats as more than just a pet; they think of them as members of the family. I personally think of my three rescue cats as my children, and if you think that’s weird, 92 percent of the country would disagree with you.

Tampa Native and “Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming – Carrollwood” owner Ashley Sayers, really LOVES pets. As a matter of fact, she loves dogs and cats so much she completely changed her life to be able to work with them and their owners daily.

Having worked many years as a commercial real estate asset manager, Ashley decided that career path wasn’t as fulfilling for her anymore. So earlier this year, Ashley decided to start her own business. A business that truly reflected her true calling; caring for pets.

“For some people, what I did could be considered a risky move, but it is also the most rewarding for me,” says Ashley. “I’ve always been a pet lover. I have a dog named Callie, who is a 45 lb rescue mutt, and the happiest wiggle butt ever! She will be at the store with my husband and me every day. Callie will act as our store ambassador,” says Ashley in between laughs. “I also have two amazing rescue cats, Gus and Nero; they will stay home though, as they would get too nervous around too many people.” I know how that goes, even though my cats adore me, they don’t feel the same towards anyone else.

Ashley grew up volunteering at rescue shelters and the Humane Society, so caring for pets, and their well-being has always been a big passion of hers. “When the opportunity presented itself of owning my own business working with pets and providing them with the best products, of course, I jumped right in,” Ashley added.

Ashley’s dog Callie was a regular at Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming in South Tampa. That’s how she originally came to know about the franchise, and how she fell in love with the concept and their motto of providing not just the best products but the best customer service as well. 

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming is the leading specialty retailer of pet food, pet supplies, and professional pet grooming in the country! Woof Gang Bakery offers the very best in pet care by providing quality products and grooming with a service-oriented approach. Each location is a neighborhood store committed to the well-being, health, and happiness of pets.  

“I feel the difference with Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming and other pet boutiques is their undeniable commitment to providing not only the best and top quality products for pets but also their goal of offering superior customer service to every pet and pet owner that walks through the doors,” says Ashley. “We truly want to get to know you and your pet(s). We want to know their story, and we want to know about their health and how we can help them live longer and happier lives. We will make sure to give you specific product recommendations for your pet and follow up with you regularly to see how things are working out your pet. We are truly committed to serving you and your pets.” Ashley’s passion for customer service (and animals) truly exudes with every word. When you’re so determined and committed to something as Ashley Sayers is to Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming, the sky is the limit.

The upscale Carrollwood pet boutique and grooming salon will accept Cats and Dogs of all breeds, without restrictions! So yes, even pit bulls are welcome at Woof Gang! 

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming is the ultimate retreat for the pampered pet, designed to provide a calm and luxurious spa experience in which your pets can be groomed, indulged and revitalized. 

“The grooming salon is aimed for cats and dogs,” says Ashley. “It’s more common to find dog groomers, as kitties usually ‘self-groom’ but many cat breeds need regular baths and hair cuts, especially the long-haired breed that can get matted if not brushed regularly. And all cats would benefit from a nail trim.” I completely agree with this, my three cats get bathed, groomed and get their nails trimmed regularly, trust me, you’ll furniture will last longer this way. Woof Gang Grooming proudly accepts walk-ins! “You can bring your dog or cat for a walk-in nail trim,” says Ashley. “No appointment necessary.” 

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Carrollwood is conveniently located at 13156 N Dale Mabry Hwy, a location known for its many successful businesses, restaurants, and retail shops. “This location couldn’t be more perfect for us and pet owners alike. They can park at the main parking lot, or choose to park by Walgreens and Wild Birds Unlimited and come straight to us,” says Ashley. “That way is not so busy or stressful for your pet if they tend to get anxious or nervous at new places.”

The Carrollwood location couldn’t be more perfect for Ashley. “I grew up around here… so it felt like coming back home.” Ashley alongside her husband James, who will be mainly working “behind the scenes” are planning for a late March 2020 opening, so probably by the time you read this, Woof Gang Bakery Carrollwood will be open and accepting new four-legged clients.”

“We look forward to serving you and your pets at Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming Carrollwood,” says Ashley. “Thank you in advance for your support.”

For more information, please call Ashley at Woof Gang Bakery and Grooming Carrollwood at (813) 200-9200 or visit