Featured Employee – Susan

All About Dogs Featured Employee Susan

Susan & Reagan

Susan joined our team in March of 2017 as a daycare technician. She works for us part-time in our large and small dog daycare.

What is your favorite part of your job?  My favorite part of the job is trying to work with all of the dogs on basic skills and listening to make them better dog citizens. And I get lots of love and kisses in return!

What is your best memory or day on the job? My best memory of daycare is not seeing one of my dog friends for several weeks or months because our schedules didn’t mix. Later when we were together again and he realized who I was, I got the best “where have you been look” that just busted us both out laughing..

All About Dogs Featured Employee Susan

Where did you grow up?  I was born in Cleveland, Ohio. My parents moved my brother and I to Burton, Ohio when I was in 3rd grade.

What is your birthday?  October 7th. I was born the Chinese year of the dog!

What are your hobbies?  When I’m not working, you can usually find me digging and transplanting in my flower gardens. I also like to read fiction of various types.

What is something unique about you?  I have been a licensed physical therapist for close to 30 years. I left full time work last year because I was getting burned out and needed a change. The dogs love when I practice massage skills on them and learn my dog muscles!

If you didn’t work here what would you be doing?  I work 3 days a week at my other job. But if I wasn’t at doggy daycare, I would probably be looking for something else to do with dogs, at least part-time. Working with dogs is very rewarding to me emotionally. I love to make them happy!

Tell us why you are passionate about dogs and any involvement outside of All About Dogs that you have with dogs or animals.  I have always had dogs in my life thanks to my parents. I spend a lot of time at a friend’s farm who breeds and raises Alaskan Malamutes. Someone has to love all of those puppies!

What is your favorite dog breed and why?  My parents had Labrador retrievers when my kids were born, and they are the best K9 nannies. But I also love those Malamutes. I currently have a 4 year old boy named Reagan. My husband Jim and I compete for his attention, but he usually chooses “mom”.

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Alicia K.
Professional Groomer

Alicia has been in the pet grooming industry for nearly 20 years. She has learned techniques from many different groomers. Alicia has participated in several grooming expos and educational seminars. She specializes in all breeds, but personally enjoys grooming mixed breed dogs. During her spare time she enjoys hiking with her dog and doing Yoga.

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Kelli K.
Daycare Attendant, Kennel Technician, Bather & Overnight Care

Kelly started here in October 2016, and is a daycare attendant. Her favorite part of the job is “spending time with every single dog and making sure they are safe and happy in their setting .” She has 5 cats named Berlioz, Valentina, Kevin, Bandit & Jovi and 2 dogs named Daisy and Skylar. She loves to read, sing and completing coloring pages.

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Melinda K.
Kennel Technician & Dog Trainer

Melinda joined our team as a Kennel Technician and Dog Training in February 2018. Her favorite part of the job is “how there is never a dull moment and I learn something new everyday!  I also love when I get to have one-on-one time with the dogs and really get to know them.”  She has 4 dogs a Puggle, a Chihuahua / Dachshund mix, a Beagle / Jack Russell Terrier mix and a Border Collie / Lab mix.  Melinda has a strong interest in animal behavior outside of work. I love to go hiking with my dogs, camping and I have a love for aquatic animals as I own a 20 gallon and 55 gallon freshwater aquarium.  I also take my dogs to agility classes.