Q & A Session with Leah Barbieri
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Getting to see how much people actually care for their pets is amazing to me. Every day there are more and more pet owners who are self-learning and researching the truths of their pet’s food, pushing them to make healthier and fresher choices for their pet’s meals. With an awesome customer base and extremely knowledgeable staff, we will be able to educate more every day.
What brought you to work at NPP?
I spent quite a few years working in a corporate retail pet store and wanted to learn more than the company itself could teach me. I stumbled upon Northpoint Pets and got to talk with Nicci, the owner and realized there was a whole world of nutrition that I was missing out on. I have learned more than I could have ever imagined, about many different subjects in addition to good nutrition.
Tell us something you’ve learned since working at NPP.
There is always more than meets the eye when it comes to pet foods, a label is not as straight forward as it should be. Finding a good food for your pets is already overwhelming and confusing to start. Then you have everyone making recommendations for you – trainers, retail stores, vets and more. Working with everyone at NPP has taught me self-research and that fresh food is one the best routes to take.
What’s your MUST-HAVE item from NPP?
One of my many must-have items from the store would be Green Lipped Mussel.
This comes in many different forms, but my dog enjoys the whole mussels as treats. Being a large breed dog, I like to make sure he has many options for hip and joint health. GLM is a great source of glucosamine and chondroitin plus many other beneficial vitamins and minerals and antioxidants. Great as a treat or natural food topper to keep those hips healthy!
What’s your absolute favorite product to recommend?
Out of all of the awesome products we get to offer to our customers, my favorite to recommend is goat milk. For most dogs, this is an awesome addition to their food that helps provide extra hydration (especially for kibble or dry foods) and adds good bacteria to help out their gut. It also helps immensely with allergies and inflammation. I have nothing but good things to say about goat milk and I give it to my own dog every day.
Tell us about your pets!
Currently, I spend most of my free time with my dog, Echo, a large shepherd mix. I feed Echo an all raw diet to keep him at his best even as he is aging. One of our favorite things to do is camp and take nice walks in the woods near our house.
I am also owned by a cat who many know as Siren. She used to spend a lot of her time traveling to work with me and spending her days in the store. Since covid, she has adjusted to being a house cat and no longer wants to live the working life!
In addition to Siren and Echo, I have a small Green Cheek Conure named Michonne. A feisty little bird friend who is actually in charge of all the house guests.