Karen's background was in animal rescue, getting started as a volunteer with Michigan Humane Society in the late 1980's. At that time, she was Vice President of an advertising agency and loved her job. She quickly realized her true passion was working with animals and ultimately traded her briefcase for a poop scooper. She left her advertising job and opened Bed & Biscuit in 1996. Since her start with MHS, Karen rescued and rehomed over 1500 animals. Please have a look at the "Rescue" section of our Facebook page for some of those she has fostered.
Karen sadly passed in June from a difficult battle with espohageal cancer. Although she is no longer physically part of Bed & Biscuit, her legacy will live on through the very capable staff that have been with the business for years. Her presence is sorely missed.
Renee comes to us with a long background in rescue. Karen and Renee knew each other for many years and she was one of the people who immediately started packing when Karen suggested a trip down south to aid in the rescue efforts after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Renee comes to us after a long stint working at All About Animals Rescue in the clinic and has fostered and continues to foster lots of homeless babies. She has also been a long-time client at Bed & Biscuit. Renee is now training a lab for the Leader Dog program and works part-time as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Bed & Biscuit has been so fortunate over the years to have had consistently wonderful people working for us. Due to the nature of this business, the staff is more of an extended family. Thank you to all for being an integral part of the success of Bed & Biscuit! They know your dogs, and your dogs know them. Each member of our staff provides the same love and care to your animals as they do their own, and we all have a houseful! We love our pets and understand how you feel leaving them, especially for the first time. Rest assured, the B&B staff is very attentive to each client and they do everything possible to make your pet's stay as close to home as possible!
Since January 2022, Jennie Geml is the Manager for Bed & Biscuit! Jennie has worked at B&B for several years and is now primary contact at Bed & Biscuit since Karen's passing. Jennie is full of life and energy and love for animals! She likes people too ;-) Check out our Facebook page and you'll see immediately that the dogs love her and she loves them! Jennie keeps our office, staff and kennel running smoothly. Amanda, Karen's daughter, maintains ownership and oversees the kennel in the background while Jennie continues to run it on site as Karen has for two and a half decades. Jennie's passion for animals is second only to Karen's and we hope that she will we be with us for years to come! Jennie and her husband Ryan live on site with their 2 dogs, Bandit and Daisy, and their cat Mini.
Rachel, Savanna, and Ashley
These are the newest (although they all have been with us since the beginning of 2022) members of our Bed & Biscuit family who are great additions to the staff and take excellent care of your pets! We are so blessed to have this group of ladies who love animals and will be with us for years to come! Each one of these ladies sweet and caring and wonderful with the animals!