Meet the Staff

Meet the Crew - Alicia

aliciaName: Alicia Length of time working here: Since November 2012

Do you have any pets?

I have a Border Collie mix named Georgia, Golden Retriever named Hunter and a Hedgehog named, Noka.  Georgia loves people and everyone that works at PPP wants to steal her!  Hunter loves playing with the dogs in the playrooms :)

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Adventures with the pups!  Hiking, camping, exploring and swimming!  Whatever the dogs want to do, we'll do it!

What is your favorite part about working at PPP?

Would it be cliche to say, the dogs?  Because it's clearly the dogs : )  What better place to work than a place where everyday is, "take your dog to work day"?!  They love it, I love it, it's the perfect job!

Funniest/Favorite PPP moment:

First Wednesday of the month... Tornado alarm testing day: All the dogs thought they would help by howling.  100+ dogs howling to the tornado sirens - at first I was trying to get them to stop but gave in and laughed while they sang for at least 10 minutes straight! :)

Meet the Crew - Emily

emilyName: Emily Length of time working here: Since September 2012

Do you have any pets?

I don't currently have any pets of my own but love spending time with my parents dog, Hannah (shih tzu x in picture).  I'm hoping to get a dog as soon as I move into a dog-friendly place :)

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I volunteer with the Animal Humane Society and Audubon Minnesota. This summer most of my time is spent growing vegetables on my sister's farm, Belle Creek Gardens, near Cannon Falls. It's great to be able to work outdoors; at least when the weather cooperates!

What is your favorite part about working at PPP?

My favorite part about working at PPP is getting to know all the different dog breeds and of course the individual dogs - they all have such distinct personalities! I've always loved dogs but working at PPP has taught me more about them than any other experience. I also like working here because my coworkers and I are always able to have a fun time!

Funniest/Favorite PPP moment:

My favorite moment is probably anytime there were cupcakes in the break room :)

Meet the Crew - Jamie

554699_10100227656906126_627998037_nName: Jamie Length of time working here: Since October 2009

Do you have any pets?

I have a Shepherd mix named Mika, a Husky mix named Victor and 2 cats named Aidan and Maya.  Mika and Victor like to come with me to work and play in the Ruff House :)

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love hiking and camping with my soon-to-be-husband and my dogs, especially the Superior Hiking Trail!

What is your favorite part about working at PPP?

The best thing about working at PPP is working with so many unique dog breeds.  It's great to experience so many different personalities!

Meet the Crew - Kelly!

kellyName: Kelly Length of time working here: Since August 2011

Do you have any pets?

I have a Chihuahua named Wilma, a Corgi named Hubble, a foster Japanese Chin named Panda and a Cat named Waffles!  You will often see Hubble and Panda, in the lobby, greeting people in the evening :)

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Most of my spare time is spent being a foster care leader for Underdog Rescue which entails looking through applications for potential adopters and answering questions about the dogs they are interested in, along with conducting home visits and even doing transport to bring puppy mill dogs from Iowa to Minneapolis!  I am also available to an assigned group of fosters for Underdog and they can ask me any questions or express concerns about their fosters and I help them out any way I can.  Every weekend I attend adoption events and help run them along with other volunteers. I also recently signed up to help out with Chicken Run Rescue and am looking forward to getting more involved during the summer!

What is your favorite part about working at PPP?

My favorite part about working at PPP is, of course, the dogs and people I get to meet. I have really enjoyed getting to know different dog breeds and learning more about their personalities and play styles. When I meet a breed I never knew about, I like to do some research and read what they were originally bred for and see how that comes through in their individual personalities and the way they interact with other dogs!

Funniest/Favorite PPP moment:

In general, my favorite moments at pampered pooch are when the weather changes and we get to go outside.  So when it first snows, the dogs go bonkers and run around and I love to throw snowballs for them.  In the summer, I enjoy going outside and sitting in the sun. My favorite human moment is doing a tequila shot with my wonderful coworker, Lexi and my awesome boss, Keith at the last PPP powwow :)

Meet the Crew - Julie

julieName: Julie Length of time working here: Since March 2010

Do you have any pets?

I have a Mini Aussie named Duchess and a Boxer named Thor.  They love to come and play each week!

What do you do in your spare time? 

I am a full-time stylist at JB Cavour Salon + Spa.  Doing hair is my passion; I love making people smile by the work I do.  I also love being outside, going to dog parks, cooking for my husband and am addicted to many TV shows :)

What is your favorite part about working at PPP?

The dogs, of course!  They all have such unique personalities and it's fun to get to know them all!  It's a nice break from my full-time gig as a stylist.  Also, my co-workers are awesome!

Funniest PPP moment:

I have an intense fear of spiders.  One day, Sarah and I were in waggers and a spider continued to lower itself from the ceiling to taunt me.  We moved the couch to the middle of the room and I held Sarah as she stood on the couch to grab the spider.  She knocked it down and we both screamed.  We turned around and Keith was video taping it on his phone.  Whoever was watching the webcams that day, got some entertainment!

Meet the Crew - Lexi

photoName: Lexi 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!