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.
A little bit about Emily…
Emily is a Massachusetts native who grew up in Taunton. Ever since she was a little girl, she has loved dogs. However, she was not allowed to get a dog until she was older, so Emily grew up with cats and still has an affinity for them, as well. Emily and her boyfriend have a cat, Khloe Katdashian, who was rescued after she was found living beneath a porch with her siblings. Khloe is very feisty and is best friends with the dogs in Emily’s household.
Where you’ll see her…
As one of our Daycare Supervisors, Emily’s job is to make sure that our play parks are as safe and happy a place as possible for our doggy guests and our staff. When she is not overseeing a play group, Emily can be found zipping around the building, bringing dogs out to their owners in the evenings, and making sure things are running smoothly.
What does Emily do for fun?
In her spare time, Emily enjoys going to concerts, adventuring with her dog, hanging out with her friends and boyfriend, or just laying low. Emily loves pop-rock and pop-punk. She has seen many of her favorite bands live, including All Time Low and Fall Out Boy.
Does Emily have a dog?
Yes! Emily has a beautiful rescue dog named Fenway. Fenway is half german shepherd, and half pitbull. Fenway is sweet and snuggly, and she loves treats. Emily and Fenway go on many adventures together, especially in the nicer weather. Fenway was adopted through Last Hope K9 Rescue and is almost a year old.
A little about Keri…
Keri was born and raised in Massachusetts and is a lifelong Bostonian. Her favorite thing to do is hang out with her dog, Otis. More on him in a minute! Keri has been with the Urban Hound for 5 years now, and is one of the most valuable members of our team.
Where have you seen her?
Clients will recognize Keri as our Daycare Manager. She brings their dogs out to them at the end of the day and chats with clients as needed when they have questions. Prospective clients will recognize Keri as their tour group leader on Saturdays. Behind the scenes, Keri is always working hard to make sure that our play parks are the safest, happiest environment they can be for all of our pups.
Does Keri have a dog?
She sure does! Keri has a Schnauzer/Westie mix named Otis, affectionately known also as “Chicken” or “Chicken Wing.” Keri and Otis do almost everything together, and Otis’s favorite days are the days he gets to come to work with his mom.
What does Keri do for fun?
In her free time, Keri loves taking Otis for long walks and hikes. Keri does yoga to relax, sometimes Otis does, too. Keri’s favorite human is her nephew, Ryan. They have a lot of fun together watching old movies. She also enjoys traveling (most recently to New Mexico), and is on a constant mission to find the best tacos in Greater Boston.
In the spirit of being thankful this month, we are so happy to put the spotlight on one of our star employees, Liz. We are so thankful for Liz because she is truly a ray of sunshine. Everyday, Liz comes to work with a wide smile on her face, ready for anything. The dogs love Liz because she has this amazing, innate sense of how best to communicate with them without saying a word. The staff loves Liz because she’s ready to lend a helping hand wherever she’s needed, and she exudes a constant positivity that’s impossible to ignore.
Outside of the Urban Hound, Liz is just as amazing. First and foremost, Liz is an excellent mother to her 7-year-old son Miles. If you were at our Ghouls, Gimlets & Grrrowlers party, you may have met Miles, who served as one of our costume judges. Liz’s all-time favorite activity is snuggling with Miles and their Beagle pup, Ginger. When Liz and Miles have spare time, they are at the park with Ginger, attending one of Miles’s Boy Scout meetings (he takes his pledge very seriously), or rooting for the Celtics.
Since growing up in the Milton/Boston area, Liz has loved dogs. She loves pitbulls, Bernese Mountain Dogs, and Border & Rough Collies. (And, of course, Beagles.) Liz graduated from Roxbury Community College with a degree in Veterinary Assistance, so you know your dogs are in great hands when she’s around. If you are looking for a great with amazing staff to go to then check out Pharr Road Animal Hospital.
In addition to working full-time and being a great mom, Liz finds time for the things she loves. Liz enjoys drawing, especially old 90s cartoons. Liz is also a passionate advocate for survivors of domestic violence.
The Urban Hound is lucky to have Liz on our team, and we hope you’ll feel just as lucky knowing your pups are in Liz’s capable, caring hands when they can’t be with you.
April’s Employee Spotlight is on the lovely Kim, who has worn many hats here at the Urban Hound, but has most recently moved upstairs to help out with training. Kim also works in the daycare, serves as a dog chauffeur, and fills in for our walkers when they need it.
While Kim’s achievements at the Urban Hound are important and impressive, we’re here to find out what she does in her spare time!
Once a bonafide cat person, Kim gradually morphed into a dog person after her commute to an old job brought her by the dog park everyday. Of course, one can only see cute dogs playing and having fun so many times before that feeling sets in. You know the one…the I-MUST-HAVE-A-DOG-NOW feeling.
So, Kim found herself a near-perfect little pup, the one and only Moose Pug.
Now, Kim and Moose spend most of their time together. Whether they are hiking, playing at the park, or having sleepovers with friends, Kim and Moose are happiest with each other. If Moose sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because you’ve seen him on Instagram or in our previous post, Moose Pug’s Hipster Christmas Playlist.
Kim is also an avid softball player when the weather allows. She is in two separate adult softball leagues and busies herself all summer with practices and games. (Yes, Moose is there to cheer her on.) Kim also loves traveling and is currently packing for a trip to Europe with her best friend. (No, Moose cannot join on this one.)
Kim spends the rest of her time with family and friends, camping throughout New England, and attending concerts and shows in the Boston area.