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Employee Spotlight: Courtney

Everyone, meet Courtney! Courtney has been working at The Urban Hound for almost two years, and is one of the most integral members of our team. Read on to learn more about her and what she does when she isn’t at The Urban Hound…

Where do I recognize Courtney from?

Great question! Courtney works several weekdays and weekends, so you’ve likely seen her bringing your dogs up to you, taking them back to daycare, and walking them around our South End neighborhood. Otherwise, you might have met Courtney if you’ve been to Warren, RI to get a tattoo lately…

A tattoo? Does she do that?

You bet she does! Courtney recently passed her licensure exam and can officially tat you up. Thus far, she’s tattooed several members of The Urban Hound staff, and has plans to convince the rest of the staff to lend her their skin in the next few weeks, too. You can find her at 1001 Troubles Tattoo in Warren, Rhode Island. If you need ideas for your next tattoo, Courtney has a degree in illustration from UMass Dartmouth and can sketch you up a few ideas.

If Courtney could have any dog, what would it be?

Aside from stealing Hammy, May’s dog of the month, Courtney would love to have a husky one day. When she has her own place, she will likely get 10 huskies!

What else should we know about Courtney?

Courtney is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. She is always ready to help, make you laugh, and pet your dogs. She is obsessed with coffee, and absolutely runs on Dunkin.

Employee Spotlight: Krista

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Meet superstar Urban Hound daycare attendant, Krista! Krista has been with us for 2 years now, and brings a positive attitude and smiling face to each day. Learn more about Krista below!

Where have I seen Krista?

As a morning Daycare Attendant, Krista can often be seen shuttling dogs from the lobby to our play parks during rush hour. She can also be found out and around the South End walking some of our daycare and boarding dogs.

What does Krista do when she’s not at the Urban Hound?

What doesn’t Krista do?! When she’s not hanging out with us, Krista can be found walking some pups in the suburbs. Krista can also be found around New England seeing her favorite bands. So far in 2018, she’s been to 12 shows! Krista’s music taste is diverse and she is always up for an adventure. Krista loves to travel, as well, and #1 on her bucket list are the Northern Lights.

Krista also is a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, a nonprofit dedicated to honorably recognizing active duty service members and veterans in many ways. With permission from families, Krista and her fellow Guard Riders hold flags at funerals and services to show their respect. They also attend send-offs and homecomings to show their gratitude to the troops. Krista and the Patriot Guard Riders will be attending an “Honor Flight” in April, where Southwest Airlines will be providing a plane from Logan to take many WWII and Korea vets to see their monuments down in D.C.

Is Krista secretly a cat lady disguised as a dog lady?

I’m glad you asked! The answer to this question is, well…maybe. Krista is a super cat lover, and her family has rescued many throughout the years. Most recently, they had cats named Capone and Rocky, who were rescues from the Quincy Animal Shelter. The answer, really, is that Krista is a crazy ANIMAL lady. She has a number of dogs she cares for, and she even has pet sit for ferrets, birds, and fish.

Employee Spotlight: Jess

While Jess hasn’t been at the Urban Hound for a year just yet, it is hard to remember what Hound life was like without her. Jess is a vibrant presence everyday and always has a smile on her face. Here’s a bit about Jess so you can get to know one of the awesome humans caring for your pup day in and day out!

Where you’ve seen her: As one of our Daycare Supervisors, you’ve likely seen Jess all around the hotel. Jess is either bringing your pup into daycare in the morning, or bringing them back out to you nice and tired at the end of the day. In between, she’s making sure that all of our dogs are safe and happy all day, everyday. Jess has also filled in as a dog walker when we’ve needed her – both in the South End and the Seaport – so you might have also seen her strolling around Boston, pups in tow.

What does Jess do outside the Hound? When she’s not at the Urban Hound, Jess can be found spending quality time with her fiance, Josh, and their rescue dog, Eva. Jess and Josh also have two bunnies and an ever-rotating crew of foster pups. Most recently, Jess and Josh fostered a momma Yorkiepoo (they think!) and her puppies, all of whom Jess helped adopt out to their perfect homes.

What does Jess do for fun? Jess can always be found doing any number of activities with Eva at her side. She also loves hanging out with friends and exploring the city. Josh is a lights engineer and has worked on a number of high-profile musical tours. When she can, Jess likes to catch up with Josh on tour and even went to Paris this past fall.

Will Eva be in Jess’s wedding? The answer is a resounding YES! OF COURSE! Jess and Josh’s wedding will be spectacular for a number of reasons, but the most important is that Eva will be part of the ceremonies.

The Urban Hound + Best Buddies

The Urban Hound made a resolution this New Year to be more socially involved and civically engaged. We have been fortunate enough to be introduced to the amazing Best Buddies organization, and the M Team, one of its fundraising crews. We are so excited to be involved with some great events over the next few months, all of which benefit the Best Buddies organization. Read on for more information about how you can join the cause.

To donate to our team, please use this link. Thank you!

Donor Thanks & Raffle Drawing
April 26 at the Urban Hound, 6-8pm
From now until April 26th, anyone who donates to our Best Buddies fundraising cause will be entered into the Urban Hound Super Raffle! Simply by making a donation, you will be entered into an amazing raffle full of Urban Hound services and goodies. There are a bunch of items up for grabs, including:

  • One month of daycare (2 winners)
  • One week of boarding (2 winners)
  • One 1-week Resident Board & Train/Day School with Nick
  • One 2-week Resident Board & Train/Day School with Nick
  • One full groom with Pupgrade (2 winners)
  • One week of walks
  • A full year’s worth of spa pupgrades (2 winners)
  • A birthday party for your pup & 20 friends
  • Urban Hound swag basket for you and your Hound (2 winners)

On April 26, we will host a “thank you” event for all of our donors, and we will announce the winners of the raffle. This event will be held at the Urban Hound and will feature beer, wine and snacks. We’ll also have some of the wonderful advocates of Best Buddies and the M Team on hand to answer any and all questions about the organization and the Urban Hound’s partnership with the M Team.

Best Buddies Challenge Hyannisport
June 2 at Craigville Beach in Hyannisport, MA
The organization’s flagship event, the Best Buddies Challenge, offers a variety of ways for individuals and families to contribute to an amazing cause. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can sign up for the 100-mile bike ride along with our fearless leader, Rebecca. If you’re into biking – just not that far! – you can sign up for a 50-miler or a 20-miler. If “it’s just like riding a bike” isn’t a phrase that makes sense to you, join me (Olivia, along with trainers Nick and Nicole) for the 5k run/walk. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll be rewarded with a 5-star lobster and clambake, massages, an open bar, and great live music. Oh, and did we mention Tom Brady will be there…?

If you can’t join us for any of these events, please consider making a donation. Any amount means the world.

At Some Point, The Behavior Was Allowed

At some point the behavior was allowed. At some point the behavior was encouraged. Whatever the behavior is that we want to change in our dog, the first step is realizing that at some point our dog heard us say “Yes!”

True, we might not have actually said it, but in our inaction that’s what we communicated.
Because we let the puppy wander into another room and go potty, and it was another five minutes before we figured out what happened: the puppy heard “yes.”
Because we let the young dog jump up on us for a moment (I know, I know, it was only for a SECOND!) and we gave them affection for it: our dog heard “yes.”
I can’t tell you how many dogs I’ve met that can hold the worlds longest sit stay in their house right before dinner. Any other time, it’s a hopeless cause. Why is that? Because we rehearsed it, we practiced it and the dog has a very clear idea of what the “yes” looks like.
Now don’t get me wrong, sometimes a behavior has been going on for a long time and we will have to tell our dog “no.” But after that, once we move closer to the behavior that we want, let us always remember to tell our dog “yes.”