Employee Spotlight: Jillian

Jillian is our stellar Weekend Supervisor. She works hard everyday and always has a smile on her face. Below are some fun facts about this month’s Employee Spotlight!

Does Jillian have a dog?

Jillian does have a dog! She and her girlfriend recently adopted Phoebe, a lab mix, from the Northeast Animal Shelter. Phoebe was recently featured on The Dodo, so she’s basically famous.

Why was she on The Dodo?

Phoebe has struggled with lots of anxiety since she was adopted, and The Dodo wanted to write about the steps that Jillian and Becky are taking to help Phoebe. You can read the article here.

What does Jillian do in her free time?

When she is not here at the Urban Hound, Jillian can be found spending time with her girlfriend, her friends, and Phoebe. Jillian loves to cook and has gotten pretty good at it after trying various recipes over the last few years. Jillian is also a theater buff. She has seen four shows in the past year, and is slated to see Hamilton next month. (Lucky!!!) Jillian is also a book nerd and is never without reading material.

Anything else we should know?

Jillian is going back to school soon to become a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She loves animals and we know she’ll excel in school!

Employee Spotlight: Anthony

I feel like I’ve seen Anthony around for a long time, is that true?

You are correct, indeed. Anthony has been with the Urban Hound for about 5 years now, and has probably walked one million miles around the South End by now.

What does Anthony do in his spare time?

Anthony is a self-proclaimed foodie who enjoys trying new restaurants in and around Boston. He enjoys spending time at Trader Joe’s, as well. I mean, who doesn’t?

What else?

Anthony’s passion for food helped him get a 6 week gig working on an organic farm. He also does a lot of work with local non-profit organizations.

Can Anthony break-dance?

The short answer is kind-of. Anthony has been known to bust a move or two, especially the famous break-dancing move called The Windmill. He hasn’t done it in a while, but we’re pretty sure he still could. Perhaps he’ll incorporate that into his dog walking….

Employee Spotlight: Saydie

Saydie is one of our longest tenured staff members here at the Urban Hound, and we don’t know how we’d exist without her. She is a daycare superstar and spends her days at the Hound making sure your dogs have as much fun as possible.

Where do I recognize Saydie from?

You’ll see Saydie weekday and weekend afternoons, bringing your dogs up to you after a fun day of play. You also may see her about town picking dogs up and dropping them off.

Does Saydie have a dog?

Yes! In fact, Saydie has two dogs. She has Deuce, a black boxer who is full of love and playful energy. His sister, Pocah (short for Pocahontas), is a pit mix, rescued from Last Hope K9 here in Boston.

Hey, didn’t Saydie used to work mornings?

You are right! Saydie used to work as the Morning Supervisor, but has since enrolled in cosmetology school and had to change and cut her hours at the Urban Hound. Saydie is set to graduate in October and be the most legit hairstylist in Greater Boston.

What does Saydie do in her spare time?

Since enrolling in school, Saydie’s free time has been limited. When she isn’t studying or here at the Urban Hound, Saydie is usually playing with her dogs and taking them on adventures. She can also be found trying the latest vegan cuisines in Boston and hanging out with her friends.

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.