Preferred Puppies owner dies; business closed after 35 years

She later moved to Hamilton West Mall, into a former clothing store, whose location was during the early 1990s.

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Favorite puppies are closed on Main Street in Hamilton. Nick Graham / Staff

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Favorite puppies are closed on Main Street in Hamilton. Nick Graham / Staff

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“She went back to Main Street, and decided ‘I’m going to change the name of the store from Noah’s Ark Pet Shop to Cheri’s Preferred Puppies, and I’m just going to sell puppies, maybe some dog food, or some bowls or leashes.'” In 2018, she shortened the name to Preferred Puppies.

“It went on like this until, in fact, the last day was January 1st,” Pompeo said. “We sold the last four dogs that day.”

She also had several dogs of her own, always trying to find one of her own like the lovable Bichon Frise which she named Puppet.

A private funeral was scheduled for today, and he was buried at Greenwood Cemetery.

Her family put a sign in the window thanking Hamilton for his 35 years of business. Before they added a picture of her mentioning her death, people would knock on the window asking what happened and telling the family how much they enjoyed the store.

Dalton loved animals, and had horses as a child. She attended Business School at the University of the Americas in Mexico City.

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Cheryl Dalton, owner of Cheri’s Preferred Puppies in Hamilton, has passed away. She loved dogs and had a lot. Submitted

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Cheryl Dalton, owner of Cheri’s Preferred Puppies in Hamilton, has passed away. She loved dogs and had a lot. Submitted

Her son suggested years ago that she retire and enjoy her golden years.

“I loved puppies,” he said. “I loved the puppies. I really loved it when someone came and found a puppy and it was a good match. It made her really happy because the puppies got a good home.”

He said his mother was careful to avoid buying from puppy mills, and encouraged people to visit the dogs pounds first to try and find pets there.

She was born on March 23, 1945 to parents Ralph and Martha (McCollum) Brown. The Taft High School graduate married Raymond Dalton in 1977. She survived her children; Anthony (Melissa) Pompeo, Diana (Rick) Stockton, Tara (Chris) Vale, Bev (Jeff) Owens, and Jeff Dalton; Brother: Patrick (Ann) Brown; 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Souvenirs may be given to Breast Cancer Research, or the Hospice of Hamilton, where Raymond volunteered. Condolences are available online at weigelfuneralhome.com

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