Meet the Owners of Topsailstar Pet Center in St. John’s

Our owners, Valerie and Barry Reid, purchased Topsailstar in October 2003, after having owned and operated a grooming shop in CBS. Valerie and Barry have adored pets from childhood. The love they have for animals has resulted in a successful business where they provide the utmost care for your pet. Our owners are proud volunteers for the St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program. Valerie has developed a passion for showing and breeding Standard Poodles.


  • December 1997 - graduated from the Career Academy - graduated with Honors and received an Award of Excellence
  • 1998 - Dog Groomer for Pam’s Pet Parlour in CBS
  • August 1998 - bought Pam’s Pet Parlour and renamed it Pet’s Day Out. Operated this successful business for 5 years and bred toy poodles
  • October 2003 - bought Topsailstar Pet Center
  • Breeder of CKC champion standard poodles
  • Volunteer with the St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program


  • Worked side by side with Valerie at Pet’s Day Out
  • 2003 - Present - Owner and Operator of Topsailstar Pet Center
  • 2003 - Present - Obedience Dog Trainer with Topsailstar Pet Center
  • Volunteer with the St. John Ambulance Dog Therapy Program


  • 2003 - Present: started working with Topsailstar Pet Center as my first job during High School. 2013: I became more involved with the family business and became the manager.
  • In 2013 I started as an obedience trainer under my father Barry.
  • Since October 2015 I have been training full time with Barry.
  • 2 time CKC Provincial Confirmation Junior Handler Champion (2005 & 2006)
  • Confirmation Dog Handler for CKC Dog Shows. Started handling in 2004 with our family's purebred standard poodles and then continued handling other breeds for clients.
  • Involved with dogs all my life helping my mother with her breeding program.
Did You Know?

To help keep your puppy from chewing on the carpet and furniture, be sure he has his own rubber toys. To protect furniture (table, chair legs, etc.) that he is chewing on, try putting a little oil of cloves on the wood. The odor should keep him away; if not, the bitter taste will.

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