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Our Story

Our Story

 

   “Dexter’s is an example of commerce causing a ripple effect of goodness. By offering a selection of goods made not only in the U.S., but in the Hudson Valley family, their small independent business keeps other similar businesses alive.”

- Claudia Cooley, Executive Director of the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce

 

 Photo courtesy of Dave Aisenstat of SoCreative845 @Dstat

Photo courtesy of Dave Aisenstat of SoCreative845 @Dstat

     We're Eric and Dana Peterson, owners of Dexter's. Welcome! The moment a customer walks into Dexter’s Dog Boutique, they’ll immediately notice a difference. The cleanliness, the simplicity, and most of all, the quality goods. We’ve all been in those stores before....the ones where the shelves are too cluttered and filled with dangerous items from all around the world. Some of which could even be lethal to your dog.

     We decided it just wasn’t good enough for our Dexter, and wanted to do something about it. Dana's love for dogs runs deep. Couple that with her needing a change from the corporate world, and the idea was born. When we saw the location available in Rhinebeck, it was like fate had stepped in. Being lifelong area residents, location was important for us, so important in fact that the Hudson Valley would influence the very nature of the store. We knew right off the bat that we wanted everything to be American made, but as we started to conceptualize the shop, the desire to seek out high quality, unique Hudson Valley companies grew and grew.

Seek and ye shall find.

     Dexter’s Dog Boutique features ten local companies in the front of the store, with the brand’s town of origin prominently displayed. How can you get any better than leather collars and leashes made locally in a family Tannery? Or organic treats sourced and made locally?  Aside from the local goods, we've got you covered when it comes to everything else, including dog food. We carry high-end lines from Fromm and Zignature. The particular lines at the shop have never been recalled. We can also proudly say that Dexter has been on both brands. It's very simple; if we wouldn't feed it to Dexter, we won't carry it.

     When you have a chance, stop in to see us. And bring your dog with you! The small town charm and the atmosphere in the shop will be sure to keep you coming back again and again.

- Eric and Dana Peterson