Grand Pawformance: Lowcountry Strawberry Festival to Feature Dog Show

Grand Pawformance: Lowcountry Strawberry Festival to Feature Dog Show

Pompeyo Dog Show at the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, SC.
A family business that prioritizes having fun with dogs sounds like a dream, but it’s a reality for the Pompeyo family. Semi-finalists on “America’s Got Talent,” Jorge and Natalya, daughters Katerina and Isabella and almost 5-year-old son, Nicolas, handle rescue dogs of all ages and breeds, using each dog’s unique talents to entertain audiences throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.

Pompeyo Dog Show at the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, SC. Photo #2.Over 10 years in the making, the Pompeyo Dog Show continues to grow its fan base through exhilarating festival and television appearances. They will soon be captivating audiences at the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival, which will take place at Boone Hall Plantation over two festive weekends, April 5 – 7 and April 12 – 14.

Their first time in Mount Pleasant, the Pompeyos are looking forward to bringing their act to one of the largest spring festivals in South Carolina. Though their performance boasts a rugged Western theme, they can’t wait to explore the Lowcountry’s vibrant culture and soak up the Southern charm.

Performing their one-of-a-kind dog show, the Pompeyos often travel with as many as 10 dogs representing a wide variety of breeds — namely “rescued.” From mixes that include poodles, heelers, rat terriers, border collies and jack russells, the Pompeyos don’t get hung up on genetics. They can tell if a dog is going to be a good addition to their performance troupe simply by having them engage with their children.

Pompeyo Dog Show at the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, SC. Photo #3.

“I know by watching a dog’s body language if he or she is going to be a good match for trick training and performances, especially during playtime with my kids. We observe their natural abilities and what they can do. Then, we base our tricks on their natural abilities,” noted Jorge. The family patriarch, Pompeyo comes from a long line of dog trainer s and started to trick – train dogs at a very young age. He and his wife, Natalya, use their platform to promote animal rescue and adoption. “We feel that it’s important to bring the message to audiences that dogs in shelters can be stars. Right now, shelters are full. If audiences see how talented rescue dogs are, we can motivate them to adopt,” he added.

Pompeyo Dog Show at the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, SC. Photo #4.

They also showcase the power of positive reinforcement. Their cheerful approach to training fosters happy and focused performers. On stage, the dogs exude unwavering confidence, seemingly oblivious to the sizable audiences around them. Every successful performance is met with enthusiastic celebration and, of course, delicious treats.

The Pompeyo Dog Show wows audiences with colorful, high – energy acts that typically include a mix of acrobatics, dog tricks and dance routines. The dogs perform a variety of impressive feats including jumping through hoops, walking on tightropes and balancing on balls. It’s easy to see the dogs enjoying their contributions to the show, working in harmony like a joy – filled machine. The younger members of the Pompeyo troupe also enjoy participating in the family business. “They like to travel and meet people,” said Jorge. “It’s fun for them too,” he affirmed

By Isabel Alvarez Arata

Michael’s Barkery: Barking Up the Right Tree!

Michael’s Barkery: Barking Up the Right Tree!

Michael Patrohay smiles with some of Michael's Barkery's creations.While winning Best Of in two categories this year is a true honor, the real winning happens every day at Michael’s Barkery, Pet Spa and Boutique in Mount Pleasant. This one-stop-shop for all your pet needs started with a boy named Michael:

  • The Boutique – harnesses, dog apparel, leashes & collars, dog toys.
  • Grooming – see complete line of services. See the Grooming Services and Prices.
  • The Barkery – with many edibles from treats, cakes, cat edibles, and more.

At his high school in New Hope, Pennsylvania, Michael was known as “the mayor” because he was always engaging people with his magical personality and his beloved dog, Sunshine. For his senior project, Michael explored his career aspirations and knew the answer right away: bake and sell dog treats. Receiving rave reviews for his canine confections, Michael experienced instant success and inspired Michael’s Barkery. His parents have worked diligently to help him choose paths that would not limit him because of an intellectual disability but rather make his strengths and abilities shine. As owner Karen Patrohay says, “He is the heart and soul behind Michael’s Barkery, and we hope his story can inspire others to work towards their dreams!”

Michael’s Barkery is truly the place for all your pet care needs and dreams. It’s just the place to spoil your four-legged friends. Every treat is made with wholesome, human-grade ingredients and is absolutely adorable. April Malott is their head chef and has worked in bakeries and restaurants since 2001. From Michael’s Barkery, your pet will receive top-of-the-line bakery items that will fill their tummies with joy. The Barkery offers custom treats, personalized barkday cakes, bagged treats and even a cat corner for your feline pals. You’ll find everything needed to make an extra special day for your fur baby.

The shop has a friendly, informative and caring staff that loves animals and can’t wait to create a bond with them. They know all pets by name and treat them as their own. There are five highly experienced and caring groomers who are ready to pamper your pet during a spa day. Be sure to check out the beautiful boutique, which sells everything from top-of-the-line pet supplies to unique pet-themed gifts.

Winning Best Of means a lot to the staff and family at Michael’s Barkery. It’s an honor to them, and they cherish the wonderful relationships that they have built with each customer and pet. The hardworking and dedicated teammates with intellectual disabilities at the Barkery are also a point of pride to the owners, and they are thankful they can support their employees with job opportunities and training. “They are such a joy and inspiration to work with every day,” said Patrohay. “You can’t help but smile when you are with them! We hope that by showcasing their awesome abilities, other doors and opportunities will open up for them.”

Michael’s Barkery is located on Daniel Island but they also have treats to purchase online through their website. If you’re looking for a place to pamper your pooch, readers agree: this should be your first stop.

For more information, please visit, or (843) 471-11991.

By Cari Lawson

Pet on the Street

Pet on the Street

Cat and Dog Reporters

The following is a capsulation of a roving pet reporter who recently interviewed several dogs and a few cats on their outdoor walks. With the current weather we are having, it was a great time to interview Mount Pleasant’s four-legged residents. The hardest part of this assignment was getting the interviewee to talk to strangers. As every pet owner knows, when our pets are at home with us we can’t get them to be quiet. I was having a hard time getting them to open up to this reporter. Thanks to their owners, who are Mount Pleasant Magazine fans, they agreed and their answers were surprisingly honest and direct.

After approaching a golden retriever, I was able to get him to talk to me after some encouragement from his owner.

How do you like living in Mount Pleasant?

We used to live in New Jersey and when I found out my family was moving to Mount Pleasant, I asked some of my pack friends if they had lived in the south before. No one had, but everyone said the four-legged Southern residents were friendlier than up north.

Did you find that to be true?

Honestly, my new Mount Pleasant pack friends are just like my New Jersey pack friends. I think dogs are dogs no matter where you live. I will say, I love Mount Pleasant and have made a lot of nice friends since my family moved here.

My next interview was with a poodle who opened up to me right away. I had always been told poodles were smart, so I was excited about this interview.

Where did you move from?

I was born and raised in Mount Pleasant. None of my pack members can say that. There are fewer and fewer four-legged residents who could say they were born in Mount Pleasant.

Since you were born here, what is the biggest change you’ve seen?

Like a lot of our two-legged friends, the traffic has increased tremendously. There was a time when my pack could run across the road without the fear of getting run over, which is not the case anymore. On a more positive note, the town of Mount Pleasant has more dog parks and greenspaces for my friend and I to visit. I love my quality time with my two-legged friend and family member.

Do you plan to move or leave Mount Pleasant?

Why would anyone want to leave here? There are multiple reasons I will always try to live here. One of those reasons is our health care. Have you noticed all the veterinarian specialties and health care for us four-legged residents? I think Mount Pleasant has better health care for us four-legged residents than most towns our size. I love that.

If you would like to be interviewed in our Pet On The Street column, please email [email protected]. Please send us your paw picture when you send us your email.