Featured Employee – Ryan
Ryan joined our team in November 2016 having had little dog experience. He started as a technician in our kennel and quickly became a daycare tech. While Ryan only works part time, he has become a valuable member to our team!
What is your favorite part of your job? I love spending one-on-one time with the dogs in the kennel, especially with dogs that love to play fetch and tug-o-war. It’s great to get them outside and keep them active!
What is your best memory or day on the job? The day Oliver P. learned he could untie my shoes is pretty notable! I spent the morning tripping over my shoelaces, and I’m sure Oliver thought it was hilarious. Now, when I notice Oliver on the daycare list, I make sure to keep my shoes double-knotted!
Where did you grow up? I was raised in Mantua, Ohio. I went to school at Crestwood, and went to college at Case Western Reserve University.
What is your birthday? June 24th
What are your hobbies? I was a band geek in high school, and my love for music stuck with me ever since. I teach percussion lessons and play percussion gigs. In my spare time, I love playing video games too!
What is something unique about you? In high school I bought an accordion on Craigslist, and ever since, I’ve started learning how to play strange instruments including; sitar, organ, and cajon. My top-notch accordion skills won me second place in a contest in college. Lately I’ve been buying broken electronic instruments from the 1970’s and 1980’s and restoring them to working order.
If you didn’t work here what would you be doing? I’ve started recording and mixing songs for my friends, and I’m really learning to enjoy the challenge! I’m considering taking classes in audio engineering, and perhaps I could make a career out of that. If all else fails, I’d make a great stay-at-home husband.
Tell us why you are passionate about dogs and any involvement outside of All About Dogs that you have with dogs or animals. Dogs are such social and intelligent animals that they truly need human or canine interaction to strive. I used to volunteer at animal shelters to cater to their needs, and I give the same attention in our boarding facility.
What is your favorite dog breed and why? The breed of a dog does not matter to me; I just love dogs that are relaxed, happy, and cuddly. If I have to choose, I am partial to Dachshunds, Pugs, Labradors, and Bull Dogs.
Kara J.Daycare Attendant & Kennel Technician
Kara started here in July 2017 and is a kennel technician. Her favorite part of the job “All of it! I love getting to meet tons of new dogs all the time and getting to play with them, pet them or just show them any love they might need. There is a lot of cleaning but I know it is necessary to make the pups comfortable.” She has 1 dog named Klondike, he is a Pekingese, Poodle and Chihuahua mix. He only weighs 8 lbs but he thinks he is a big guard dog. Kara absolutely loves music. She enjoys going to shows, playing guitar and ukulele, and collecting vinyl. She also loves writing. One of her goals is to write and edit a book even if she is the only one that reads it.