My name is Tara and I am a true Colorado native. I was born and raised in the Colorado Springs area. I went to college in Denver to become an engineer and after graduating and getting a good engineering job, it lasted all of 6 months! I moved back to Colorado Springs where I received my MBA from UCCS. During this time, I began working at a local steak house to pay the bills through school but quickly learned that I loved the restaurant industry. I spent 12 years there learning everything I could in hopes that I would be able to one day open my own restaurant. I love spending time with my family and friends, cooking,  traveling and taking my dog, Riley, to the dog park.

Riley, is an English Springer Spaniel and definitely makes life more interesting. He loves to chase bunnies and go for long walks. His favorite thing to do is curl up in my lap and snuggle.  I rescued him from the English Springer Spaniel Rescue of America and he absolutely LOVES being a Colorado dog!

Pub Dog came to be on a trip I took to Italy with my mom in 2014. Every since that trip, I have spent all of my time trying to make Pub Dog a reality. I now spend a lot of my time working growing the Pub Dog business and brand.  I’m also the resident handy woman as I like to try and fix things myself if I can. 

My dad, Scott, who many of you will see at Pub Dog doing yard work (I kill plants) or hanging out on the patio getting to know many of our regulars, was a fireman in Colorado Springs for 20 years. He retired in 1997 and now owns a dog friendly boutique motel (shameless promotion coming) in Woodland Park, Colorado called Eagle Fire Lodge & Cabins. He has an awesome dog named Rudy who is a Welsh Springer Spaniel. He’s probably one of the coolest dogs I’ve ever met and just likes to hang out and is happy as long as he is with his people!

My sister, Brenna, is married to my wonderful brother in law, Tyler and they have two kids, Lincoln and Finley. Brenna has her own salon and also, in little over a year, has quickly become one of the top consultants within the Rodan + Fields system. They have two Cavalier King Charles Spaniel’s named Freya and Bella. 

My mom, Lynne, was a nurse at Memorial Hospital for over 30 years. She has retired and now for fun, and to satisfy her love of travel, is a flight attendant for United Airlines. She shares custody of Rudy with my dad.