Meet the Staff

Jennifer

 

Jennifer

Opening in 2010 was a dream of 40 years coming together. Through the support of my family and friends, this facility became a reality. Every day is fun and interesting and you learn something new each day which fuels the mind to evolve. Keeping the dogs safe,  mobile and content each day is extremely hard work and the staff who have landed here are amazing. It is not an easy job, it’s not all fluffy puppies and rainbows. but it’s rewarding. Aside from Dog E. Woggy’s, I co-direct K9 Orphans Inc., an all breed canine rescue who has taken in over 255 dogs (4/15-12/17). This may be the hardest job in the world but there is nothing like seeing a dog thrown away by someone going into a new home to be loved and cherished.

I live in Webster with my husband Jamie, my 15-year-old daughter Talia, and our four dogs: Jenny, Frankie, Baby Girl and Violet. In my spare time I like to say I’m going grocery shopping or being constructive but you can usually find me napping. True story.

Jack

 

Jack

Hi, I’m Jack. I’m the general manager here at Dog E. Woggy’s. I’ve been working here since 2011, almost as long as we’ve been in business. I first took the job as a part time when I was in school, but it just felt good to work with the dogs, so I’ve stuck with it.

Due to a family allergy, we never had a dog in our house growing up in New Jersey, but ever since I was young, I always loved visiting other family who had dogs around. My parents would visit with my aunts and uncles, and I’d hop on the couch with the dog. I always looked forward to the day I could get a dog of my own. Since then, I’ve made up for lost time. I adopted my first dog, Chloe, a Chow-Golden mix in 2010 and since then have fostered 11 other dogs for rescue organization (and one for a soldier who was on active duty in Afghanistan for two years). But more than that, I feel like I have hundreds of dogs with all my family at Dog E. Woggy’s. I laugh when they’re silly, love when they love, and cry when they reach the end of their journeys. Each of your dogs has a place in my heart.

When I’m not working, I enjoy the outdoors, love watching football (Go Big Blue!) and hockey (Go Devils!). Other favorites include Chinese food, golfing badly and exploring Rochester.

Debbie

 

Debbie

Hi, I’m Debbie and I’ve been a very happy member of the best family ever: Dog E. Woggy’s.  Growing up I didn’t have a dog of my own, well a real one anyway. I did drag my stuffed dog Tuffy around on a leash up and down the road for many years!  My first act as an adult was to finally have my very own real pup. I’ve had quite a few since those days: until recently, my “once in a lifetime” boy was Bailey, a six week old chocolate lab from Lollypop. He became my sidekick, 24/7. He was certified as a pet therapy dog, at that time I worked in a nursing home and he was awesome with the residents as well as the children that were there in the childcare area. Bailey was by my side until his passing at the age of 16! Since then I’ve had several others and at present I have three: Jake, another chocolate lab, Dewey, a crazy viszla, and Mozzie, a American Bull dog. Mozzie has now become “that other dog in a lifetime” for my family.

I have been with my boyfriend David for ten years now. He has two children Owen and Cari. I have one daughter, Kelly.  She and Donny have given me my greatest gift: my 8 yr old grandson Liam. In March she is expecting my granddaughter Emerson. I retired from my full time position in January of 2016 and am happy I did. I now have time to be with my daughter and her family, volunteer,  and be much more relaxed than I’ve ever been.

When I first became part of the DEW family it was for putting your babies to bed when they were boarding. I always snuggled with them, gave them their frozen treat on their cushy soft blanket, tucked them in and put on the lullabies for them to snooze off to.  I absolutely love being a part of this wonderful group of people. Even when there’s barking galore and different opinions on how to play tag, it is by far the most rewarding position I’ve ever been in. I’m not there very often anymore, but when I’m able, I love it.  I’ve never known one quite like Jenn: she’s fair, loving, generous, silly and hard-working!  I must say I have never met a person more dedicated to what she does and that is to put your beloved furbabies in a safe, loving environment.

Larina

 

Larina

Hi everyone. My name is Larina. I am the morning manager/canine handler. I’ve been working here since 2013. These dogs are part of my family. I’ve loved dogs since I was little. My mom gave me a picture of myself when I was two holding my uncle’s puppy. When I’m not at work I spend time over at Rochester Animal Services/Verona Street walking the dogs there or spending time with my dog Jax. He’s a handful! He’s five, but with the energy of a 6-month-old. He was a Craigslist rescue at just 7 weeks old. He does everything with me which included moving all the way to Georgia where I had my first day care job. When I moved back to NY I knew I had to find another job just like it and that’s when I started at Dog E. Woggy’s. Besides dogs I love to travel and eat. I love trying new restaurants. My favorite food would have to be donuts by far. I am certified in pet CPR/first aid.

Darlene

 

Darlene

DARLENE has two dogs of her own (Chooch and America), spends her summers on the lake and winters on a ski slope. Her veins have coffee flowing through them, she likes to refinish furniture and paint in her free time. She lives in Fairport. Life if good for Darlene!

Sam

 

Sam

My name Sam and I started working at Dog E. Woggy’s in the spring of 2016. I began fostering for K9 Orphans in January 2016 and that is how I became a part of the DEW team. I mainly work nights, taking care of all the dogs boarding. I also work some weekends. My love for animals started at a very young age. I grew up with 2 dogs and 2 cats. I had every small pet a child could have, fish, hamsters, genuine pigs and rabbits. When I was 10, my parents allowed my older sister and I to adopt our own dog. We ended up adopting an Australian Shepard. Little did we know how active the breed is, but we loved every minute of it! The sweet lab in my picture above is my beloved Anna Banana who was my first foster and of course I “failed at fostering” her. I lost her to cancer in early January of 2017. Anna taught me a lot in the short time I had her. She was my heart and soul. I currently own 2 dogs, Remi and Zeta; they are my four legged children, as currently I do not have any 2 legged children. Remi is an 8 ½ year old mix breed that my husband adopted from Charleston South Carolina Animal Society. Zeta is a 1½ year old Pitt mix that we “failed at fostering” through K9 Orphans.

As I mentioned previously, I foster for K9 Orphans. This is not just my passion but my husband’s as well. This is one of the most rewarding things we have ever chosen to do. Fostering dogs, saves lives! I am also apart of another organization called Order of the Eastern Star. This organization is about charity, truth and loving kindness. We spend a lot of our time volunteering around Monroe county. When I am not working with dogs or volunteering in my community, I spend most of my time working at a credit union. I have been in the financial industry for over 8 years. When I finally have some free time I love shopping with my mom. I also love to take road trips to see family and friends down the east coast. But honestly, my biggest passion is dogs. I have made them apart of my everyday life!

Natalie

 

Natalie

My name is Natalie and I am currently a k9 handler here at DEW East! My obsession with dogs had started at a very young age, as I grew up with two Husky/German Shepard mixes that were my best friends! Now, I have two dogs of my own, Lennon and Lucy who are both pitbull terrier mix. I can not imagine my life with out them! I have spent many years searching for what it was I loved to do. After having a job in almost every field, I knew I had to be working with dogs. I have been at DEW since March of 2017 and have grown to love each individual dog as if they were my own. I have learned so much in the amount of time I have been here and continue to learn more each and every day! There is nothing greater then coming into work to see a bunch of wagging tails eager to see you.

Alisha

 

Alisha

My background is unique. I received my degree from the University at Buffalo in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems. I worked as a software quality engineer for 5 years in Buffalo before moving back home to Rochester where I switched my focus from testing and coding to becoming a canine handler.  My love for dogs started at a young age when my parents came home with an Australian Shepherd who we named Bear.  My college graduation gift to myself was a lifelong friend; a long hair mini dachshund named Stella, who loves coming to daycare almost as much as I do!  I’ve been at Dog E. Woggy’s since late September and my love for dogs has only grown in this time.  My main goal in life is to pet ALL of the dogs.

Jenelle

 

Jenelle

Hi! My name is Jenelle and I am a canine handler at Dog E. Woggy’s.  I work here part-time on the weekends and I work full time in finance at a law firm.  I graduated from Mercy High School here in Rochester, and from Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. I received my Bachelor’s in Political Science with a minor in Juvenile Justice.

I applied to work at the daycare because I cannot get enough of dogs; they are the sweetest and goofiest animals! I have rescued two dogs and a cat in the last 6 years. Their names are Anya, Buddy & Nora.  I love meeting all the different breeds and personalities at the daycare.  I take care of the dogs like they are my own dogs. I play with them, I cuddle them, I love them and make sure they feel safe with me.  I work with great coworkers who are hard-working and share the same passion for animals as I do.

Lexie

 

Lexie

Hey guys! I’m Lexie and I’m a current K9 Handler/ Opener for Dog E. Woggy’s and I’ve been working here since the beginning of September 2017. I know it’s not too long but I have grown such a strong love for all of the dogs that come to daycare here! Working with animals has always been my dream since I was a little girl. Animals have always been my passion and my dream and I hope to go back to school here soon to become a Veterinarian or a Vet Tech. Before working for Dog E. Woggy’s I also worked in the PetSmart hotel as a daycare attendant at the Henrietta location. I truly love coming to work everyday and getting to spend time with all of your furbabies! Working for Dog E. Woggy’s has been nothing but a great experience and I couldn’t be happier. I do have two kitties and as I wish I had dogs of my own as well, I’m just grateful to treat and love your dogs as they are my own and know they will ALWAYS be in good hands.

Marlon

 

Marlon

Hello. My name is Marlon and I am a Canine Handler at Dog E. Woggy’s K9 Playtime. I started here in October of 2017. When my family moved here from Germany, one of the first things we did was get a dog. Since then we have had two more dogs, and I’ve loved them all, so I’m happy that I now get to work with all different kinds of dogs. I also cannot wait to get a dog of my own. When I’m not working I’m most likely watching a basketball or football game, while eating some pizza and wings.

Kelley

 

Kelley

Hello, I’m Kelley. I’m your nighttime/weekend girl. I get the joy of spending time with all the sleepover kids! While you are away enjoying your vacation, I am most likely cuddling up with your furkids after their long day of play and listening to music or a podcast. My favorite part of the job is tucking your kids in for bed! I get to give them their “night nights bone” (allergies permitting) and make sure they have enough blankets.

I am currently a full-time mortgage processor at a local bank. A far cry from doggie daycare work, but I am also extremely active with a few animal rescues and I can be found at Rochester Animal Services where I am a Play Yard Leader. 2-3 times a week I spend a few hours monitoring homeless dogs in off-leash play! If I’m not at the bank, the animal shelter, or at DEW, you will probably find me exploring local parks with my own mini pack. I have two pit mixes. Bug is a Great Dane mix that I got through K9 Orhpans, and Gia I recently adopted after my Rottweiler passed away. These two are my life, and I work hard to be able to spoil them.

If you walk into Dog E. Woggy’s and hear country music coming from the back, it’s a surefire bet that’s me back there!

Don

 

Don

This is THE DONALD. DON is the morning greeter (without the red vest) on Mondays and some Tuesdays and some other misfit days. Usually cheerful yet especially so on golf days, he comes in early to make sure the morning girls have coffee and he leaves me (Jennifer) notes to tell me what I should do differently or what I am doing wrong (according to the world of Don). I always look forward to these notes. Aside from greeting and coffee making, he cleans, fixes things, hangs flowers, calls me at horribly early normal work hours to make sure I’m awake and is there for just about anything I need him for. However, he will NOT foster a dog so don’t bother asking! In Don’s off time he and my Mom Judy travel and dine out often, he golfs, is a gardening fool, and always has a smile for you. Usually.