Meet the Staff
Owner/Manager: Samantha (Sam) Hart
Puppy Mentors: Aero, Noka, Asher, Fern
Employees: Kailyn P., Nicole S., Megan T., Conrey H., Darien W.
Volunteers: Nik B., Samuel V., Ella C.
A story about Sam: Working in the pet industry since 2008, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Lethbridge in 2013, she is happy to be anywhere the animals are. Her Bachelor's degree emphasized on Biology, Chemistry, and Psychology; more specifically Animal Psychology. She also took a Business course, and then she became certified in Canine Massage Therapy because she always desired to help animals, and that was the perfect route. To be able to own and operate her own Doggy Daycare and Canine Massage Therapy business where she could work with animals, help animals, and educate people at the same time, is what she's wanted to do her entire life. She even became certified in Pet First Aid! She may be small in size, but don't underestimate this young woman's strength, knowledge, or skills. Whether small pups or large ones, she has plenty of love and lessons for them all! In her spare time, Sam tends to her geckos and her bunny, and loves to be outside with her pup, Aero. She loves to be with her husband and cozy up on the couch, go outdoors and do something active, or travel to wherever they can and have any sort of adventure together.
A tale about Aero: This handsome Siberian Husky has been raised by his "mom" Sam since he was only 2 months old. He loves long walks outdoors, laying in the snow, and chest scratches. He was born in the spring of 2012 and has a huge passion for giving high fives and low fives. Being one of our older mentors for the pups, he helps them learn how to properly socialize and communicate in doggy language. He has helped rehabilitate a few pups who came to us with a developed fear and impatience for large breeds after having negative experiences before. Aero's tolerance, communication, and respect in combination with Sam's techniques were helpful in rehabilitating those pups. And as much as his tall and lanky stature might intimidate some smaller ones, his big heart usually wins them over quickly.
A clip about Kailyn: After working in Pet retail for 10 years Kailyn made the switch to Doggy Daycare in May of 2018, and hasn't looked back. Asher, her canine companion loves to come to work with her and enjoys his role as "Honorary Den Father" to the new pups. During the Summer Kailyn can be found doing the other thing she loves: Gardening and will return for the Winter months to rejoin the pack at Doggy Daycare.
A note about Nicole: She is an avid swimmer and a fierce competitor in the water. She's been to Provincials twice for 100 meter backstroke and received a gold medal each time. She even holds a provincial record in a relay and is currently ranked first in the region for one of her events. For the 100 meter butterfly stroke, she ranked 6th in the province as well. She loves dog sitting her "niece" Ellie, and being with us at the doggy daycare. She started with us as a part time volunteer in the summer of 2017, and became an official employee in June of 2019. A fun fact about Nicole is that she can speak three languages. Her first language is English, second is French, and third is Spanish. She also does not like mushrooms, mostly because she is allergic to them.
A monologue for Megan: She has been in love with animals since she could walk. She has become SPCA approved so she can work with wildlife. She is one of only two people in Lethbridge who are SPCA certified. She has a passion for protecting those that don't have a voice. She joined our team in June of 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her zoo of animals (including 2 dogs, 2 cats, a turtle, and fish). If she's not with her animals, she is dirt biking, or spending time with family and friends.
A chorus about Conrey: He joined the team as a part time volunteer by July of 2019, and became an employee in April of 2021. He likes to longboard, spend time with friends, and be extra nerdy. He enjoys playing Magic the Gathering, D & D, and also really enjoys eating carnival food.
A dialogue for Darien: She has thirteen cats she has rescued and adopted, two dogs (a small and a large), and two 75 gallon aquariums that she loves caring for. When not taking care of her animal crew, she likes to go for walks. Currently she is also enrolled in school to become a Vet Assistant, and one day she would love to open her own cat sanctuary. Darien has been best friends with Sam for over twenty years now, and had finally been able to join our daycare pack in May of 2021.
A note about Nik: He loves to hang out with dogs, play on his PS4, and be outside in the backyard. He wants to work with dogs in his future career and enjoys training his own family's dog. Swimming and hanging out with friends are some of his other favourite activities. He joined our team in November of 2017, and loves to volunteer for us. Nik enjoys learning about all sorts of dog behaviours, and is the designated dog snuggler.
A snippet about Samuel: He enjoys swimming, reading, video games, and animals. Working with animals when he is older, is his goal. Ideally, he would like to open a no-kill animal rescue. He is certified in canine first aid, and currently learning grooming and training methods. He took care of several farm cats when younger, and always found animals to be a calming presence. At home he has a toy Manchester Terrier named Radar. He joined our team as a part time volunteer in 2020.
An Elaboration of Ella: She is currently a student eager on completing her high school diploma. She joined our team as a part time volunteer in the fall of 2020. Her interests include music, animals (especially dogs), and travelling. The violin, flute, and piano are among her favourite musical instruments. University is her goal, as well as travelling the world.