Bronx Barx History
In the summer of 2015, while enjoying beers in an outdoor bar in Long Island City, Renzo and Steven began envisioning the possibility of expanding from local dog walking and boarding services to launching a brick and mortar business that applied their passion and experience with dogs. It seemed like fantasy until 2016, when they moved back to Steven’s home town of the Bronx, where they quickly realized the value and need of pet care services as they sought out care for their two doggies, Ralph the Golden and Coquí, the Maltese. Since then, they worked to build Bronx Barx as the very first full-service dog business in the Bronx - a personalized canine club offering daycare, boarding, grooming and training, for the full life every dog deserves!
Renzo V. Pereda
Renzo is a founding owner and the manager at Bronx Barx. His passion and love for dogs goes back to when he was a kid in Lima, Peru, and his best friend was his rescue dog, Gringo. Growing up with dogs since an early age taught him about the care, dedication and passion required for raising dogs. Renzo gained almost a decade of experience and knowledge on handling and working with dogs via dog walking and boarding. Renzo’s love for animals extends to his personal practices of being eco-conscious and vegetarian, and he is active in social movements against animal cruelty as well as supporting animal shelters. Renzo loves running and coffee, sometimes at the same time.
Steven A. Toledo
Steven is a founding owner and member at Bronx Barx. Steven was born and raised in the Bronx and lives with his husband Renzo and two dogs, Ralph and Coquí in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. Steven is a non-profit executive and believes deeply in his commitment to social justice, and is excited about supporting growth in the local community with the launch of Bronx Barx. He loves the outdoors with his doggies (camping, hiking, swimming), exploring the best eateries in NYC, and geeking out on projects with spreadsheets. Steven will be responsible for all the fun back-office work in Bronx Barx, to ensure a fun, safe, and loving environment for all our canine members.