Length of time working here: Since October of 2011
Do you have any pets?
I have three American Quarter Horses that I ride and show in the summers- Fransis, Zeke and Randy. I also just got a new Welsh Corgi puppy named Z! (or Topaz, or Turbo, or whatever nickname he gets next!)
What do you do in your spare time?
I’m currently finishing my masters degree in flute performance at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. I graduate on April 26th and I couldn’t be more excited! I hope to eventually get my doctorate and have a flute studio at a college somewhere. When I’m not practicing or playing with the pups at PPP I spend most of my time having fun with friends or my horses. I also love spending time and working on my family’s 300 cow dairy farm in northern Wisconsin!
What is your favorite part about working at PPP?
Growing up on a dairy farm turned me into a real animal person! A few weeks off the farm and not around animals is like the dementor to my Harry Potter. Working at PPP helped me out a lot in this aspect. No matter how crazy the dogs get, it’s so nice to get away from school and hang out with some sweet pups for a while.
I’ve also found some really great friends in some of my coworkers at the Pooch! We have a lot of fun working together and when it’s been a rough day, I’m always there crackin’ a joke or ten to get everybody laughing again.
Funniest PPP moment:
I’d have to say the funniest PPP moment for me took place just a couple months ago when I was in Waggers on a Monday morning. There weren’t very many dogs there yet, but there were three Frenchies- Benson, Frankie and STEVE. I LOVE making crazy voices and doing silly things to get the Frenchies riled up because they have the most hilarious snorting noises and they get SO CRAZY. So Im standing there trying to get these three as snorty as three frenchies can get and I start saying “Steve” over and over, kind of like this…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFhNJ8ozDBk
And these dogs are just going nuts. All of the sudden, in the midst of all of our carrying on, Keith walks in and is just staring at me with the most terror stricken look on his face. (there also may have been some crazy dance move involved too… I’m not sure)
I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard in my life!
All of our staff always work so hard everyday and this is the least we can do to show them that we appreciate all of the love and care they put into the job everyday. It really is hard to find great employees and we have a bunch of them!! Awwwww… Group Hug!! Before the night was over, the Bubbly Paws staff had to take a picture of the fun they had… Click Here to see it.
Have a great night!
Hope everyone had a great weekend!
To make the party happen, we had 2 of our ex-employees (Erin and Steph) come in and close the daycare so our current staff could attend the party! IT was funny when they came in, all the dogs spending the night were regular dogs, and they knew each one of them from when they worked for us! A big thanks to both of these ladies for coming in and helping out!
Have a great night!
I want to say a special “Thank You”, to all of our staff who worked on thanksgiving. The holidays are always the hardest days for us to staff, because I really want to give everyone the day off so they can spend it with their family. Most daycares and boarding places only let the dogs out for 2 hours in the morning and at night on holidays so they don’t have to staff it…. We staff it as a regular day for all the dogs staying over, meaning that they were out playing all day long. It obviously takes much more man power to staff like this, but for quality care it is worth it. I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving. Roxy had lots of turkey, and was stuffed yesterday!
Now.. About the floor…. This is a new concept in flooring and we are the first in the Twin Cities to use it! It is not epoxy, it is not rubber, but a mix of the 2. Rolled rubber flooring (even when properly installed) can hold smells, and epoxy floors are hard on dog’s feet and create injuries.. But when you mix the 2.. You get doggy daycare gold! The next room on the list to get a makeover is Waggers Way.
Just wait until tomorrow, we know the dogs will love it! The big question.. Who will be the first to break it in???
Have a good night!
Have a good day!
Last night we had our Pampered Pooch Playground holiday party for our staff. Every year we try to pick something fun to do, and this year we took them indoor rock climbing. We rented out the entire place and everyone loved it! Our staff is amazing and they work so hard, this was the least we could do to reward them!
Have a great night.