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Summer Street with Susie Bower Rodriguez.

Allow me to introduce myself, I’m Summer Street and as of March 2023 I am the new owner of End of the Leash. Many of you know the origin story of End of the Leash but allow me to reflect on the history of this store.

In 2005, Susie Bower created an idea for a pet food store that focused on holistic companion pet care with firm roots in the nutritional aspect of health. This was a fairly revolutionary approach at the time, and Susie started out in a small location in Mukwonago.

That’s where our paths first crossed. I had just moved to Wisconsin from Illinois and was feeding my kids premium kibble and raw food. I accepted that moving to a more rural area (I live on the outskirts of Waterford and am surrounded by farmland) would limit my access to premium diets and that I would be back in the kitchen, making their food from tried-and-true holistic recipes.

And then one fateful day I drove past this adorable building in downtown Mukwonago called End of the Leash. I immediately went back to see what it was all about. I met Susie and we had a long discussion about nutrition. I knew instantly we were kindred spirits, and I no longer was a slave to the kitchen to feed my furry family. From that moment on, I knew that anything I bought in Susie’s store was going to be the highest quality of food available in the market.

Over the years I watched as Susie educated the community on nutrition and her store grew and grew and grew! I was so happy for her success and that her mission was being realized. And I was proud to live in a community that embraced the reality that they could improve the health of their companion animals simply by improving their nutrition. Watching people discover the health benefits of quality foods for their pets was heartening to see.

During the 17 years of Susie’s rising success, I was working in the corporate world. In late 2022 the universe showed me that journey was complete. I had to decide what I really wanted to be when I grew up. This was simultaneously frightening and exhilarating. I was working at a street fair in Burlington for my husbands’ store, Musicology, and a couple came up to me asking where a pet boutique was. I realized Burlington did not have its own version of End of the Leash and immediately I thought of Susie.

I reached out to her and asked if she was interested in a joint venture or if she had ever considered selling End of the Leash. After several amazing meetings, a new future opened for both of us. For Susie, time to enjoy some quiet after 17 years of hard work developing a brand that is now a household name in our community. For myself, embarking on a dream come true. I had worked in pet supply retail in my youth, and I enjoyed those years more than anything else in my ‘professional’ career. My love affair with animals began from my first memories – and includes not only furry friends but insects (my house spiders and I have a deal), woodland critters, ocean life, and pretty much everything included in the Animal Kingdom.

My husband and I have horses, dogs, and cats, and I co-parent a flock of chickens with my dear friend and neighbor. For fun I like to embrace my inner-nerd and spend hours researching animal (from cats to horses) diets and food, supplements, holistic treatments, training, gear (saddles to hand-beaded dog collars) and love to talk endlessly to anyone who shares those interests. This is why Susie and I got along so well and why this passing of the baton feels very right for both of us.

My commitment to the founding mission of the End of the Leash will not change, and you can count on our same knowledgeable staff to deliver the customer service experience you are accustomed to when you shop at End of the Leash.

Our MISSION is to help pets live a long, healthy and happy life.

Our PASSION is to help owners become aware of what is in pet food and help them choose foods that are all natural and nutritionally complete, and to encourage them to be proactive about their pet’s health.

I am honored to continue the good work that Susie started 17 years ago, and will bring the same passion for all of our companion animals to the store that our loyal customers deserve and expect.

I look forward to serving you, and thank you for your business and continued support.

All my best,
Summer Street

Meet Our Team


I have been the Owner of End of the Leash for seven months. I have four cats, three horses, and 2 dogs (listed in descending order for fairness) Working at End of the Leash is so meaningful to me for countless reasons, but the best part is being surrounded by a community of people who are very committed to the health and happiness of their companion animals. Our staff and customers take the responsibility of sharing our lives with these amazing creatures very seriously, and that is what it's all about. With the amount of animals my husband and I have to take care of, we have figured out how to enjoy many things at once. Reading a book down by our pond with the dogs is the go-to in decent weather, we have a lovely catio where we can safely enjoy the outdoors with the felines, and I'm lucky that several friends also have horses so barn time = social time as well!


I am the Manager at End of the Leash. I’ve been here for 14 years, 11 of them as Manager. I have four cats (Walter, Harley, Pepper and Poppy, and three dogs (Daisy, a Lhasa Apso mix, Phoenix, a Golden/Chow mix and Tank, a Pitbull). I love almost everything about working at End of the Leash! I get to meet and interact with such a wide variety of pets and pet lovers. I get to know our customers and their pets, celebrate their milestones with them, and spoil them with some yummy treats before sending them home with their parents. I enjoy the problem solving aspect of my job as well, from troubleshooting computer issues to helping find obscure products to discussing possible solutions to an issue with a beloved pet. When I’m not at End of the Leash, I love reading, writing and kayaking.


Assistant Manager
I’m the Assistant Manager and I’ve been here for four years. I have five cats - Simon, Kizzy, Ruta, Mama and Jasper. I like working at End of the Leash because of the quality products we carry and being able to meet and help all of the great pets and their people!


Sales Associate
I have worked at End of the Leash for 4 1/2 years now and I have absolutely loved it! I am a sales associate/consultant along with my 7 month old puppy Cedar who is a weekend store dog here as well! My favorite part about working at EOTL is being able to see all kinds of animals and also being able to work with my own dog. When I am not at work I love to go on hikes with Cedar, spend time with family and go camping.


Sales Associate
I have been a Sales Associate at End of the Leash for almost two years! I have two dogs – a Chihuahua named Maxx, a Chihuahua mix named Olive – and a brown tabby cat named Kiki. The best part of working at End of the Leash is obviously meeting all the animals that come in! But I also enjoy helping people pick the best possible foods and supplies for their fur babies. When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, boating, fishing with my husband, shopping with my daughters, and baking. But my ultimate happy place is sitting in my recliner with all my animals on my lap!


Sales Associate
I am a Sales Associate/Customer Service and have been here at End of the Leash for 17 years. I am married and a mother of two daughters. I have three Labrador Retrievers (Brinkley, Finnick and Paisley) and two cats (Moe and Sergeant Tibbs). I like working at EOTL because I enjoy helping and educating customers about a natural approach to healthy nutrition for their pets in helping them live long and happy lives. Dogs and cats are a huge part of my life and my goal is keeping them healthy and living the longest life possible, and I like to pass the knowledge I have onto my customers. My dogs also love to come to work with me where they are the head of quality control in the treat department! In my spare time I love spending time with my dogs, and snuggling with my kitties. My husband and I enjoy going to our place in the north woods and love to go fishing in the summertime. I also enjoy gardening and tending to my indoor collection of African Violets, Streptocarpus and holiday cactus, along with a few orchids.


Sales Associate
I’ve been a Sales Associate for four years. I like working at End of the Leash because I love dogs and I like helping customers find the best products for their fur babies. In my spare time, I like hanging with my dog, Harley, as well as painting, hiking, photography and video games.


Sales Associate
I have been a Sales Associate at End of the leash for the past 11 years. I have four pets – an American Bulldog named Seamus, a Pitbull/Boxer mix named Stella, a black cat named Will and a Chocolate Seal Point Siamese named Lizzy. I love helping customers find the right food and supplements for their pets. I also love talking to customers about allergy issues and how to help alleviate them, especially since I have a dog that deals with allergies myself. When I’m not at work, I enjoy making leather masks, working with fine silver, making jewelry, crystal mining and collecting art glass.


Sales Associate
I’ve been a Sales Associate at End of the Leash for four months now. I have a long haired Chihuahua. I like the positive environment here, there is always something to look forward to whether it is an event or just a regular day! In my free time, I like to play tennis and I am a student.


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