Employee Spotlight: Vicky

Meet this month’s Employee Spotlight: Vicky! Vicky heads up our grooming department. When she started 7 years ago, she was a department of 1. Now, she oversees a department of 4, which is only growing! Vicky is an integral part of our staff and she is likely an integral part of your pup’s life, too!

Has Vicky always been a dog groomer?

I’m glad you asked! Vicky has not always been a dog groomer. Vicky received her degree in journalism form Ohio University, and spent more than 8 years working as a reporter and editor before shifting gears to pursue dog grooming. Before she worked at The Urban Hound, Vicky had a writing job at Boston University.

What is Vicky’s favorite part of working at The Urban Hound?

There are so many great things about being a part of The Urban Hound team but, of course, everyone’s favorite part are the dogs. Vicky has had the privilege of knowing thousands of dogs during her time at The Urban Hound. She considers it a privilege to watch each dog mature and age, and to even to help send them off on their journey across the rainbow bridge. So many dogs hold a special place in our hearts long after they are gone. Vicky also loves her squad of “spa dogs” who hang with she and her team during the day.

What does Vicky do in her spare time?

When she is not at The Urban Hound, Vicky has many interests that occupy her time. Vicky is an avid reader, and some of her favorites include “The Glass Castle,” “Jacob I Have Loved,” and “A Tree Grows In Brooklyn.” Vicky and her partner, Jenn, enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities, especially hiking. Vicky & Jenn live with their cat, Nina, who Vicky has had since college.

What does Vicky want to be when she grows up?

Vicky is loving her career as a dog groomer, and is content to stick with that for some time. However, she does harbor many dreams, most notably moving to Maine or Vermont to raise goats and revisit her writing career.

Employee Spotlight: Sam – Farewell Edition!

This is a different kind of employee spotlight. You see, this is Sam’s last month at The Urban Hound. We are so sad to see her go and knew we couldn’t send her off without making her the Employee Spotlight before she left.

Where do I recognize Sam from?

Sam has worked at the Urban Hound for almost 2 years. In that time, you’ve likely seen her smiling face bringing your pup up to you at the end of the day, or bringing them back when you’ve dropped them off for daycare or boarding. Sam’s cheerfulness and attention to detail have probably given you the warm and fuzzies when you’ve handed your pup over to her in the morning a time or two.

Does Sam have a dog?

Yes! Sam recently became a dog mom, after years of longing for a pup of her own. Sam adopted Rhyme, her tiny Corgi/Terrier Mix, and she could not be more in love.

What does Sam do in her free time?

The last few years have not left Sam with a ton of free time, since she’s worked here with us in addition to going to school full-time. When she does have free time, Sam spends time with her friends and boyfriend, attends concerts, explores the city, and takes Rhyme to do many activities in pursuit of Instagram fame!

Why is Sam leaving the Urban Hound?

I know, right?! We wish Sam could stay forever, but she’s off to do lots of good in her new position as an Emergency Services Coordinator in the Brockton area. Sam was working towards her Master’s Degree in Social Work, so we knew we couldn’t hang onto her forever. We will miss her and know she’s going to be amazing in this new position.

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.