2020 Staff Spotlight: Ang

Name: Ang
Primary Location: Fitchburg

Q: When did you start?

A: April 2014 

Q: What made you apply for this this job?

A: I wanted a job I enjoyed going to. At the time, I was still considering vet school and knew I would enjoy a job working with dogs. I very quickly fell in love with the behavior side of things, dove in head first and never looked back! 

Q: What is your favorite part of daycare?

A: Forming bonds with all the dogs. I love when you can see them come out of their shell and their personality shines! I also really love doing holiday pictures! I have so much fun being silly with the dogs 

Q: What is your favorite part of training?

A:  Watching those lightbulb moments happen! I love watching the celebrations that happen when the dogs and their families figure it out together! 

Q: Favorite thing about your team?

A: That I can truly call them family 

Q: Favorite thing about the clients?

A: That they let us love their dogs and share so many success stories and funny stories of the things they do at home 

Q: Favorite thing about the dogs?

A: That they are unapologetically themselves, I just love all their silly personalities 

Q: Something unique about you – not related to the dogs

A: I grew up with horses and love going horseback riding, I wish I was able to do it more often 

Q: Something you’d never guess I’d do/peg me for

A: I love doing Sudoku  

Q: Which dog breed are you based on this quiz:

https://play.howstuffworks.com/quiz/what-dog-breed-are-you?utm_source=share-copy&utm_medium=referral

A: Labrador: You are a strong, fierce, intelligent person with a strong playful streak. You can be naughty and rambunctious, but your loyalty is until death. You are extremely social and gregarious and you love to swim and to run with your friends. You love to work hard at your job, and nothing makes you happier than a good snuggle with your boo. 

Q: Which breed did you grow up with? 

A:  I’ve had a Cocker Spaniel, a Beagle, and Yorkies. Sunshine was my shadow for many years and the best tiny dog a girl could have. 

Q: Tell us about the pets that you live with now?

A: I have a 6-year-old lab mix named Grady. He is a complete ham; he LOVES learning new things and knows upwards of 200 tricks. He thinks other dogs are the worst and people should not talk to him while he’s walking and he is the best hiking buddy a girl could ask for. When he’s not out hiking or showing off his favorite tricks, he is the LAZIEST boy in the whole world and embraces the couch potato life to the fullest.  

I also have a 3-year-old cat named Glitch. He is VERY sure he is a dog and wants to be a part of everything, he’ll sometimes even ride along when we go hiking. He completely idolizes his brother and loves getting Grady to play with him. He loves hanging out in the backyard, birdwatching from his window and just generally causing mischief.

Q: Favorite color

 A: Teal 

Q: If you got stranded on an island & it’s just you and your best buddy dog, what other animal would you want with you and why?

A:  I’d bring a cat, but not just any cat, my old barn cat Tigger. That cat had an amazing knack for hunting, which would come in quite handy considering me and Grady are hopeless in the hunting department 

Q: If you were a candle, what scent would you be?

A:  Vanilla Patchouli 

Q; If you could have one super power, what would it be?

A:  Definitely teleportation 

 Q: What weird collections do you have?  

A:   I have an unnecessary number of coasters… It’s not an intentional collection, but a collection nonetheless 

2020 Staff Spotlight: Jo

Name:  Jo
Primary Location: Fitchburg & Puppy

Q: When did you start?

A: May of 2019 

Q: What made you apply for this this job?

A:  I am obsessed dogs, and I figured what better way to spend my time than surrounded by them. 

Q: What is your favorite part of daycare?

A: I love getting to learn the dogs’ personalities. It is super fun to slowly find all their weird quirks! 

Q: What is your favorite part of training?

A:   I think it is amazing to see the change in both the dog and owner from the beginning of class to the end. Not only do they learn the class objectives, but their bond and confidence grows so much! 

Q: Favorite thing about your team?

A: Our team is full of some of the kindest people I’ve ever met. But what I like even more is how weird we all are and the crazy conversations we have. 

Q: Favorite thing about the clients?

A: I don’t think there is a better group of people than our clients. They really are just as much a part of our family as their dogs. 

Q: Favorite thing about the dogs?

A: My favorite thing about the dogs is the fact that no two are the same. Each dog brings something unique to the pack.

Q: Something unique about you – not related to the dogs

A:  Something unique about me is that I can say the alphabet backwards. It is not a very helpful skill, but for some reason I thought it was a skill I needed. 

Q: Something you’d never guess I’d do/peg me for

A: I have shot bow and arrow since I was young. I don’t hunt, but it is a fun hobby. 

Q: Which dog breed are you based on this quiz:

https://play.howstuffworks.com/quiz/what-dog-breed-are-you?utm_source=share-copy&utm_medium=referral

A: A French Bulldog 

Q: Which breed did you grow up with? 

A: My family had an American Eskimo/Springer Spaniel mix that we rescued named Mouse and a Border Collie/Blue Heeler mix named Mia. 

Q: Tell us about the pets that you live with now?

A: I have two Pomeranians, Knox and Nike. I could not think of a breed I’d rather own. Honorable mention to my sister’s two Australian Shepherds who are always around! 

Q: Favorite color

A:  Green or Gray. 

Q; If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

 A: I would want to be able to control time. I think it would be nice to be able to go back and enjoy my favorite memories, pause time to take a nap, or skip forward through tedious tasks. 

 Q: What weird collections do you have?  

A:   I love blankets, and I have to stop myself from buying a new one every time I go to Target. And I go to Target more often than I’d like to admit. 

Q; What ice cream are you?

A:  Caramel Collision, but only from The Candy Shoppe in Bayfield and it has to be eaten on the dock.

2020 Staff Spotlight: Bre

Name: Bre
Primary Location: Fitchburg & Puppy

Q: When did you start?

A: Fall 2017

Q: What made you apply for this this job?

A: I grew up surrounded by animals and I have always been interested in their care, so I jumped at the chance to be able to work with dogs on a daily basis.

Q: What is your favorite part of daycare?

A: Watching the puppies form friendships at The Puppy Den and then watching them reunite at The Dog Den as adults. Seeing them go ”oh, I know you!” is possibly the cutest thing of all time!

Q: What is your favorite part of training?

A:  Helping shyer pups become more confident. I have found few things more rewarding than gaining the trust of a shy and fearful dog and helping them to become a more confident version of themselves.

Q: Favorite thing about your team?

A: Everyone here truly cares about the dogs in our care and everyone works hard to put the dogs first in every decision that we make.

Q: Favorite thing about the clients?

A:  Our clients are amazing! They are loyal, funny, and kind. I’m honored that they put their trust in us to care for their wonderful pups.

Q: Favorite thing about the dogs?

A: Everything! But if I had to pick one thing, it would be watching a dog have that light bulb moment in class when they connect the dots and understand exactly what it is their owner is asking them to do. They stand a bit taller, the confused or frustrated look in their eyes goes away, and they might even do a confident prance, because in that moment they’ve connected with their owner and all they want is to connect with us and have fun.

Q: Something unique about you – not related to the dogs

A:  I enjoy ballroom dancing!

Q: Something you’d never guess I’d do/peg me for

A:  I speak Japanese! I studied abroad in Japan for a semester during college.

Q: Which dog breed are you based on this quiz:

https://play.howstuffworks.com/quiz/what-dog-breed-are-you?utm_source=share-copy&utm_medium=referral

A:  Labrador!

Q: Which breed did you grow up with? 

A: A pair of mixed breed pups we got from a family friend who had an accidental litter. They were half English Springer Spaniel and half we have no idea what! I come from a farming family and so I spent a lot of time at our family farms growing up. At one farm we always had a miniature schnauzer and at the other we always had a German shepherd. Big, small, or medium – I love them all!

Q: Tell us about the pets that you live with now?

A:  I have a 1 year old pup named Colette! She seems to be part Jack Russell Terrier and part Cattle Dog although I don’t know for certain what she is. One day I’ll get a DNA test for her and find out! She’s spunky and loves making new friends, whether they have two feet or four. She’s a smart lady and she keeps me on my toes. Her favorite thing is when she gets to meet a new doggie friend at daycare!

Q: Favorite color

A:  Purple

Q: Share a boring fact about yourself

A:  I can’t whistle.

Q: If you got stranded on an island & it’s just you and your best buddy dog, what other animal would you want with you and why?

A: One of Colette’s dog friends, probably Argie. They absolutely love each other and it would be fun watching them tear up the sand.

Q: If you were a candle, what scent would you be?

A:  Lilac

Q; If you could have one super power, what would it be?

A:  To pause time so I could spend more time with my loved ones.

Q; What ice cream are you?

A:  Death by chocolate

2020 Staff Spotlight: Katie

Name: Katie
Primary Location:  Fitchburg and Puppy

Q: When did you start?

A: September 2019

Q: What made you apply for this this job?

A: I always wanted to work with dogs, but I knew a medical setting wasn’t for me. It took me a while to figure it out, but then I saw The Dog Den and knew it was where I wanted to be!

Q: What is your favorite part of daycare?

A:  The relationships that are built with each of the dogs! And all the cuddles that come with it 🙂

Q: What is your favorite part of training?

A:  Seeing the progress that both client and dog make!

Q: Favorite thing about your team?

A: They are such an amazing group of people! We have all come together in our mutual love for dogs and from that we’ve gotten to know each other and become a family.

Q: Favorite thing about the clients?

A: I love seeing the love that both client and dog have for one another. It never fails to put a smile on my face!

Q: Favorite thing about the dogs?

A: How different and unique each dog is and how excited they are to come and play with their friends! 

Q: Something unique about you – not related to the dogs

A: My favorite thing to do is rollerblade! I started when I was young and just fell in love with it. I also find it really hard not to dance when rollerblading 🙂

Q: Something you’d never guess I’d do/peg me for

A: Backpacking! I grew up in a family of backpackers and we’ve taken many trips over the years. I once hiked 30+ miles in the Grand Canyon with a fractured spine! 

Q: Which dog breed are you based on this quiz:

https://play.howstuffworks.com/quiz/what-dog-breed-are-you?utm_source=share-copy&utm_medium=referral

A: Greyhound – not sure I completely agree with this one but I’m not mad about it! 

Q: Which breed did you grow up with? 

A: I grew up with Giant Schnauzers and a couple mixed breeds 🙂

Q: Tell us about the pets that you live with now?

A: I currently have my dog Dott, she’s a 15yo rat terrier/fox terrier mix. I got her when I was 10 yo as a gift and no other gift had measured up since 🙂

Q: Favorite color

A:  It’s either grey, pink, or yellow

Q: If you were a candle, what scent would you be?

A:  Definitely something earthy, like pine or cedar wood

Q; If you could have one super power, what would it be?

 A: A green thumb! It would definitely be nice to grow anything I needed.

 Q: What weird collections do you have?  

A: Rocks! I’ve definitely been drawn to rocks my whole life, collecting them, climbing them, you name it. My nickname as a kid was Rockbiter!

Q: If you could pull one thing out of your belly button for the rest of your life, what would it be?

 A: An endless supply of fruit roll-ups! They are my weakness 🙂

2020 Staff Spotlight: Charlie

Name: Charlie
Primary Location:  East

Q: When did you start?

A: January 2019

Q: What made you apply for this this job?

A: Ever since I can remember I have had a passion and love for animals. It is a privilege that I have the opportunity to work with dogs every day.

Q: What is your favorite part of daycare?

A: My favorite part of daycare is building strong friendships with the dogs here.

Q: What is your favorite part of training?

A:  My favorite part of training is being able to witness the progress and development of each dog 

Q: Favorite thing about your team?

A: I love my team! Here at the Dog Den the staff are like a family. I always feel supported by my coworkers.

Q: Favorite thing about the clients?

A: The clients are wonderful!  I appreciate that they entrust us with the safety and well-being of their dogs. I take that trust to heart.

Q: Favorite thing about the dogs?

A: I love being able to play with and snuggle with them. I also love the diversity of different breeds I get to work with.

Q: Something unique about you – not related to the dogs

A: I worked with Chacma baboons is South Africa, helping with their rehabilitation and release back into the wild. Primates are the reason I am so in love with animal behavior.

Q: Something you’d never guess I’d do/peg me for

A: I have a love for Opera and listen to it every day.

Q: Which dog breed are you based on this quiz:

https://play.howstuffworks.com/quiz/what-dog-breed-are-you?utm_source=share-copy&utm_medium=referral

A: I am a French Bulldog

Q: Which breed did you grow up with? 

A:  I grew up with a pug, pitbull. Rottweiler, and hound dogs.

Q: Tell us about the pets that you live with now?

A: I have a 3 year old pitbull named Sumo. He’s a sensitive big baby.

Q: Favorite color

A:  Indigo

Q: Share a boring fact about yourself

A: You can’t face backwards on stairs.

Q: If you were a candle, what scent would you be?  

A: I would be a sandalwood and pine scent.

Q:  If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

A:   I would have to power to speak every language known to man.
Q: What ice cream are you?

A: Dolce de leche

2020 Staff Spotlight: Katy

Name: Katy
Primary Location:  Fitchburg and occasionally Puppy

Q: When did you start?

A: April 9, 2019

Q: What made you apply for this this job?

A: I wanted a job I could be passionate about. I have always loved dogs. Being able to care for them and help them learn and grow felt really meaningful to me.

Q: What is your favorite part of daycare?

A: Giving snuggles and belly rubs!

Q: What is your favorite part of training?

A:  It encourages dogs and humans to work together as a team. I also love how happy and proud the dogs look when their people praise them.

Q: Favorite thing about your team?

A: None of us is that weird dog person, because all of us are that weird dog person. It’s fun working with a bunch of dog geeks and knowing that no one will judge me for telling yet another dog story. 

Q: Favorite thing about the clients?

A: They are so considerate! I also enjoy the funny conversations they have with their pups. 

Q: Favorite thing about the dogs?

A: How they can surprise me. Some of the dogs who challenged me when I first met them have since become my favorite ones to work with. I love building a bond with each dog, learning what makes him or her unique, and earning his or her trust. It takes patience, but every little victory is so dear to me.

Q: Something unique about you – not related to the dogs

A: I play violin occasionally in my free time. I also sing in the car. A lot. 

Q: Something you’d never guess I’d do/peg me for

A: My family had two pet tarantulas when I was growing up…but I’m afraid of house spiders.

Q: Which dog breed are you based on this quiz:

https://play.howstuffworks.com/quiz/what-dog-breed-are-you?utm_source=share-copy&utm_medium=referral

A: Labrador

You are a strong, fierce, intelligent person with a strong playful streak. You can be naughty and rambunctious, but your loyalty is until death. You are extremely social and gregarious and you love to swim and to run with your friends. You love to work hard at your job, and nothing makes you happier than a good snuggle with your boo.

Q: Which breed did you grow up with? 

A: A cairn terrier named Toto

Q: Tell us about the pets that you live with now?

A: My dog Rocky recently passed away so I don’t live with any pets right now. She was a tiny Chihuahua who was very sassy, but also very sweet.  

Q: Favorite color

A:  Turquoise

Q: Share a boring fact about yourself

A:  I love office supplies and stationery.

Q: If you got stranded on an island & it’s just you and your best buddy dog, what other animal would you want with you and why?

A: A homing pigeon 😉

Q; If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

A:  The ability to travel between alternate realities – so I could see how various choices and factors affect the outcome of my life, and so I could try a bunch of different things!

2020 Staff Spotlight: Lin

Name:  Lin
Primary Location:  East

Q: When did you start?

A: April 2019

Q: What made you apply for this this job?

A: When I applied at the Dog Den, I had recently dropped out of business school and was just looking for something that I would be happy doing – and boy, did I find it! I have always wanted to work with animals, and I fell in love with the dogs and the atmosphere immediately. 

Q: What is your favorite part of daycare?

A: I love how excited the dogs get to see us and all their friends, and I always look forward to dressing them up and taking holiday photos! 

Q: What is your favorite part of training?

A:  Watching the bond grow between the dogs and their humans as they learn to understand and communicate better with one another is something really special. 

Q: Favorite thing about your team?

A: We come from such different backgrounds and areas of expertise, but we all ended up here because of our passion for dogs! 

Q: Favorite thing about the clients?

A: I love how open and willing they are to share their dogs’ lives with us, and all the funny stories that they share! 

Q: Favorite thing about the dogs?

A: They never fail to put a smile on my face – whether it’s an enthusiastic hello, a flirtationship between friends, or trying to climb into my skin for snuggles, it’s impossible to have a bad day with these dogs. 

Q: Something unique about you – not related to the dogs

A: I am a drag performer! Performing, hosting, and competing in drag has been such a fun way to explore my gender identity and expression, and I was even interviewed in Teen Vogue about it! 

Q: Something you’d never guess I’d do/peg me for

A: I spin fire – contact staff and hoop! 

Q: Which dog breed are you based on this quiz:

https://play.howstuffworks.com/quiz/what-dog-breed-are-you?utm_source=share-copy&utm_medium=referral

A: Labrador – “You are a strong, fierce, intelligent person with a strong playful streak. You can be naughty and rambunctious, but your loyalty is until death. You are extremely social and gregarious and you love to swim and to run with your friends. You love to work hard at your job, and nothing makes you happier than a good snuggle with your boo.” 

Q: Which breed did you grow up with? 

A: We always had rescue dogs growing up, including a beagle and a few shepherd mixes. My favorite dog that I had growing up, Chewy, looked almost exactly like my boy now! 

Q: Tell us about the pets that you live with now?

A: I have two dogs, both German Shepherd mixes. Zoey is five years old and is on the shyer side, but once she warms up, she is the sweetest, quirkiest dog you’ll meet. The only thing she loves more than snuggling into you is stealing your spot, but she can always be bribed with a piece of food! My other dog, Beau, is a year and a half, happy-go-lucky, pile of fluff that wants to be friends with every person and dog that he meets. He and Zoey have been inseparable since the day we brought him home, and are the best of friends. I also have a corn snake named Kenny, and a crested gecko named Lenny!

Q: Favorite color

 A: Matte black everything 

Q; If you could have one super power, what would it be?

A: The power to change probability – I could change the weather, odds I’ll win the lottery, anything! 

 Q: What weird collections do you have?  

A: According to my roommates (and kitchen cabinets), I have too many water bottles… 

Q: If you could pull one thing out of your belly button for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A:  Dog treats! I never seem to have them when I need them, and I could never have enough!

2020 Staff Spotlight: Haven

Name: Haven
Primary Location: Mix between Puppy & Fitchburg

Q: When did you start?

A: February of 2020

Q: What made you apply for this this job?

A: I was about to graduate UW-Madison with a B.S. in animal sciences and wanted to find a job that I could learn from and grow in (that was also involved animals).

Q: What is your favorite part of daycare?

A:  I love the bond you create with each and every dog you come in contact with. Being able to go to work and have the dogs be excited to see you is the best feeling!

Q: What is your favorite part of training?

A: Being able to see the “light bulb” moment that both dogs and owners have is really special. 

Q: Favorite thing about your team?

A: The HUGE amount of knowledge that the team brings to the table. I am constantly learning something new from every single one of my team members. 

Q: Favorite thing about the clients?

A:  The love and devotion they show for their dogs! 

Q: Favorite thing about the dogs?

A: That they are always excited to be at daycare and learning new things! 

Q: Something unique about you – not related to the dogs

A: Something unique about me is that I work part time as a zookeeper. This was the first step I took into a career focused more on animal behavior rather than animal health/medicine, and it so fun to see how training exotic animals can be so similar to training dogs. 

Q: Something you’d never guess I’d do/peg me for

A:  Something most people wouldn’t peg me to do is sing. I was raised in a musical family so early on I fell in love. I am classically trained, participated in competitive show choir and even was a part of a competitive collegiate a cappella group where I not only sang, but arranged music and gave musical direction to the group!

Q: Which dog breed are you based on this quiz:

https://play.howstuffworks.com/quiz/what-dog-breed-are-you?utm_source=share-copy&utm_medium=referral

A:  Although I don’t totally agree, I am a French bulldog. 

“You are a French bulldog. You don’t like to work very hard, you’re not particularly sociable, and you have a beautiful mind that you don’t especially like to use because mental and physical exercise aren’t exciting to you. Instead, you use your smarts to get away with not pulling your weight, and you’re so darn cute that no one minds.”

Q: Which breed did you grow up with? 

A:  When I was a baby, my parents had a Great Dane mix and throughout middle and high school we had rat terriers, a pit bull, a German shepherd and boxers. 

Q: Tell us about the pets that you live with now?

A:  Currently, I have a 4 month old Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppy named Mesa and three fancy rats named Freddie Mercury, Grey and Goose. 

Q: Favorite color

 A: My favorite color is a lilac purple. 

Q: If you got stranded on an island & it’s just you and your best buddy dog, what other animal would you want with you and why?

A: I would like to have a dolphin with me because they are so intelligent and would be very fun to train! Hopefully I would be able to train it to swim us back to the main land. 

Q: If you were a candle, what scent would you be?

A: Spiced Apple because it is a pleasant mix of sweet and spicy

Q: What weird collections do you have?  

A:  I have a collection of flat stones that I collected  from Madeline Island! 

2020 Staff Spotlight: Steph

Name:  Steph
Primary Location:  Mostly Puppy with a sprinkle of adult from time to time

Meet Steph

Q: When did you start?

A: April 2014

Q: What made you apply for this this job?

A:  Good Question. I started at The Dog Den as a client with my brand new Great Dane puppy, Bane. I took one puppy class with Daniela and decided that is what I needed to be doing with my life. I had just completed a masters degree in Project Management, yet followed my heart to dogs and have NEVER  looked back ((or been happier!))

Q: What is your favorite part of daycare?

A: There are quite a few so picking just one is hard. Here are my top 3: 

1. Seeing puppies that start at The Puppy Den grow up and join us in The Dog Den. 

2. Helping shy puppies “find their brave” when they first start daycare

3. Forming relationships with the dog and puppy guardians and laughing, joking, and experiencing their dog or puppy right along with them.

Q: What is your favorite part of training?

A:  Again..picking just one is impossible so here again are my top 3: 

1.  PUPPIES!  I love love helping pet guardians get their little one off to a great start 

2. Seeing the progression from week 1 of class to the last week of class and seeing the smiles and genuine joy families have when training with there dogs or puppies. 

3.  Learning all kinds of new things to apply to our classes to stay on the cutting edge of positive reinforcement pet training

Q: Favorite thing about your team?

A: My favorite thing about my team is how genuinely caring everyone is. Every single person on this team has the BIGGEST heart I have ever experienced. All of that all in one place is a whole lot of caring and smiles.

Q: Favorite thing about the clients?

A: My favorite thing about all of the clients is watching them interact with their dogs and puppies when they think no one is watching (both in class and in daycare). The cute “how was your day Fluffy” as you leave daycare or “WOOHOO You did it—high five” when they nail a trick in class will ALWAYS bring me joy.

Q: Favorite thing about the dogs?

A: My favorite thing about the dogs and puppies is watching them learn. Whether it is learning to recall out of play with your very best friend or keep 4 on the floor while getting snuggles I LOVE celebrating those “YES!” moments. 

Q: Something unique about you – not related to the dogs

A: I’m an introvert (yep —you read that right) who expresses herself through a full-sleeve tattoo and colored hair. Oh, and squeaky puppy voices 😉 

Q: Something you’d never guess I’d do/peg me for

A: Have a side hustle in photography. I have had a TERRIBLE memory most of my life and started taking lots of pictures early so I can remember things. The more pictures I took the better I got at it 🙂

Q: Which dog breed are you based on this quiz:

https://play.howstuffworks.com/quiz/what-dog-breed-are-you?utm_source=share-copy&utm_medium=referral

A: Greyhound…which is interesting. I pictured myself as more of a German Shepherd

Q: Which breed did you grow up with? 

A: Black lab mixes 

Q: Tell us about the pets that you live with now?

A: Happily! I have 4 dogs right now:

Bella, a beagle/corgi mix who is going to be 10 in march

Avi, a hound dog mix who is going to be 9 in November

Bane, Great Dane #1 (and the one that brought me to The Dog Den) who just turned 7! 

Bruce(y) Wayne, Great Dane #2 who will be 6 in January

Q: Favorite color

A:  You aren’t even ready for this excitement: G…R…E…Y. Is that really a color though? If it doesn’t count, purple is a close second. 

Q: Share a boring fact about yourself

A:  I don’t even care which way you put the toilet paper on the holder *gasp*

Q: If you got stranded on an island & it’s just you and your best buddy dog, what other animal would you want with you and why?

A: Definitely NOT snakes and DEFINITELY something that is a BABY ONE because hello cuteness!  Probably a penguin..or an elephant. Both bring equal amounts of squeals

Q: If you were a candle, what scent would you be?

A: Bourbon Maple from Bath and Body Works. It smells like fall mixed with winter in a jar <3

Q; If you could have one super power, what would it be?

A: Isn’t it obvious—converse with doggos. I want to know what they are actually thinking when I narrate for them —or do I? 

 Q: What weird collections do you have?  

A: This might qualify as the “things to know about me” section, but I am not a collector or the type that holds on to things. In fact, if I haven’t used it in the last 4 hours —get rid of it (joking…but only kind of) so I don’t have any weird collections.

Q: If you could pull one thing out of your belly button for the rest of your life, what would it be?

A: Shoes. I LOVE SHOES.

2020 Staff Spotlight: Samee

Name: Samee
Primary Location:  Fitchburg & Puppy

Q: When did you start?

A:  July 2020

Q: What made you apply for this this job?

A:   I have always loved being around and working with dogs so when I saw that The Dog Den was hiring I jumped on the opportunity to learn more about dog training while also getting to be around animals that I love! 

Q: What is your favorite part of daycare?

A:  Getting to snuggle with all the wonderful dogs! 

Q: What is your favorite part of training?

A:   Seeing how each individual dog parent communicates with their dog and watching their bond grow as each member of the team learns more! 

Q: Favorite thing about your team?

A: How positive and welcoming everyone is! And how we all share a love for dogs! 

Q: Favorite thing about the clients?

A:  Learning more about them and getting to see how each individual client and their dog’s personalities compliment each other! They really do say that people’s dogs represent them and I love getting to see that firsthand!

Q: Favorite thing about the dogs?

A: Getting to see all their cute faces! And all the good pets and snuggles I get to give! 

Q: Something unique about you – not related to the dogs

A:  I love plants! I’m actually a horticulture major and hope to one day work in conservation. 

Q: Something you’d never guess I’d do/peg me for

A: My roommate told me I give off vegetarian vibes- so I guess eat meat?

Q: Which dog breed are you based on this quiz:

https://play.howstuffworks.com/quiz/what-dog-breed-are-you?utm_source=share-copy&utm_medium=referral

A:   Greyhound

Q: Which breed did you grow up with? 

A: My family had a large mix of dog breeds. We’ve had multiple Rottweilers, a German Shepherd, a Portuguese Water Dog, and a Coton de Tulear. My extended family has always had Poodles though so I’ve spent a lot of time with them as well! The dog I currently have now is actually my first mixed breed. I love getting to see how the personalities of each breed I suspect he is come out in different ways! 

Q: Tell us about the pets that you live with now?

A:  I have a 1-and-a-half-year-old Golden Retriever Husky mix named Arlo. He is extremely goofy and loves attention! He loves snuggling, going on hikes, and playing with his dog friends or by himself. I also have a 4-year-old Ragdoll cat named Finnegan. He is extremely spicey! He loves rummaging and finding new places to explore but also loves to cuddle (especially in the morning). 

Q: Favorite color

A: My favorite color is pastel yellow

Q: Share a boring fact about yourself

A:   I don’t like the color red

Q: If you were a candle, what scent would you be?

A: Definitely something floral scented, like peony or lavender

Q: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

 A: Time Travel