Meet the Staff

Owner/Manager: Samantha (Sam) Hart

Puppy Mentor: Aero (Sam's beloved Husky)

Employees: Kailyn P., Sarah A., Crystal M., Delaina R., Nicole S., 

Megan T., Conrey H.

Volunteers: Savannah M., Sammie H., Ray L., Jennie G.,

 Megan A., Aaron W., Layne.

Instagram Manager: Krystal G. 

A story about Sam: This upbeat and outgoing little lady brings smiles and fun all around. She's a 29 year old with plenty of knowledge and experience under her belt. 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. If all that school wasn't enough, she also took a Business course in Lethbridge, and then she used her B.Sc. degree to complete even more schooling at the International College of Canine Studies based out of Ontario. Her dream has always been to help animals, and becoming a Certified Canine Massage Therapist (using Swedish Massage techniques) was the perfect route for her. To be able to own and operate her own Doggy Daycare and Canine Massage Therapy business where she can 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. 

 

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A tale about Aero: This handsome Siberian Husky has been loved, cared for, and taught by his "mom" Sam since he was only 2 months old. He is a goofy and sassy pup, who 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, low fives, and paw shakes. He loves to use his nose or his paws to say hello or just to get your attention, yet he sometimes plays the shy and cautious role and becomes timid if he's approached too fast by human or canine. Once he learns who you are, he will open right up and speak all sorts of things at you, while trying to vigorously rub against you, or excitedly give you an awkward high five. He is our awesome mentor for the pups who are learning how to properly socialize and communicate in doggy language. He has even 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 patience, communication, and love 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. He is definitely quite the character and we love him.

Sam's Puppy Playhouse business owner, Sam Hart

A clip about Kailyn: Cats. Those are her jam. And she actually is really good with all animals, especially dogs. Her and Sam have known each other since 2010, and worked together for several years in the pet store industry. Kailyn has over 10 years of pet store experience to bring so much knowledge and skills our direction. In her spare time she enjoys to read, garden, and go camping. 

A snip about Sarah: She is currently enrolled at the University for a degree in Accounting. Her favourite chocolate bar is Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. She enjoys swimming, and watching / participating in theatre plays. Between work, school, and travelling home, she still manages to dedicate time to Daycare and is always eager to learn new things and assist in any ways she can.

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, where she got her start as a volunteer. 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 chord about Crystal: She recently moved from Ontario with her family and comes with quite the credentials for our daycare. She has intermediate skills in dog training and Obedience, and has even done an apprenticeship with T.I.K.O. She understands dog body language well and loves to be around them. Most of her life has been spent around dogs. Her first dog was a retired police King Shepherd, and she spent most of her younger life playing vet to farm animals. She has a little boy at home whom she loves to spend time with, as well as a rambunctious little Boston named Pixel. A fun fact about Crystal is her passion for The Nightmare Before Christmas and Alice in Wonderland. She's also an avid knitter, crocheter, and sewer.

A declaration about Delaina: Her border collie is her best friend. She loves camping, quadding, and farming. She loves animals. Dogs and chickens are her favourite. The mountains are her happy place. When she isn't working, she loves to spend time out there. 

A monologue for Megan: She has been in love with animals since she could walk. Currently she is in school to become SPCA approved so she can work with wildlife. She has a passion for protecting those that don't have a voice. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her zoo of animals (including a dog, cat, 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 is one of Sam's nephews and has proven himself worthy in the dog department. Between practicing and performing for Show choir, 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 summary of Savannah: She has a lot of energy for life and is a student at LCI. She enjoys listening to music, reading, and watching Supernatural and Forensic Files. Savannah loves all animals and would have hordes of animals if her mom would let her. Savannah is planning on participating in a working holiday program so she can work and travel the world after high school before deciding on a career goal. Savannah is so selfless and a lover of learning, that she even dedicates her free time out of school to help Supervise all the pups at Daycare (and learn as much as she can in the process).  

A gist about Jennie: Her hobbies include reading and colouring. She really enjoys curling, swimming, and gymnastics in her Special Olympics. She enjoys spending time with her pup, Abby, as well as her boyfriend, family, and friends. 

A smidgen about Sammie: She is a young and energetic lady who loves dogs and Disneyland. Reading and listening to music are her passions as well as dancing (which is also one of her many talents). Sammie also loves volunteering her days off school to come play with all the pups at her aunt's daycare, while learning how to read their behaviours, and especially getting all the puppy kisses possible. 

A reflection about Ray:  He is studying Criminal Justice at the College, striving to become an RCMP. He has three dogs and has lived with pets all his life. Working out and playing video games are some of his hobbies. He enjoys to socialize with animals as well. He is a hardworking individual who likes to interact with people, and do anything he can to help others. 

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You are welcome to visit our facility, and we would love to answer your questions.

 

We pride ourselves on great service at a very reasonable price.

 

“I know what it's like to be busy with everything life gives you in a day. I also know what it's like to have a furry family member who has needs that are juggled with the busy levels of life. I wanted to provide a safe place during the day where your fur-baby can feel at home while being away from home.”

"I've had a desire to help animals all my life, and an intuition with them that isn't really explainable. A wise woman sent me in the right direction so I could utilize my gifts and my education. So here I am to help as many canines (and their people) as I can."

Owner: Samantha Hart – University of Lethbridge B.Sc. & International College of Canine Studies CCMT & "Walks 'n' Wags" Pet First Aid Certified.

 

Feel free to browse the site for more of our information and we hope to meet you and your pup(s) soon!

DAYCARE LOCATION

230 12C Street North 

Lethbridge, Alberta, T1H 2M7

 

Phone: 403-715-5259

samspuppyplayhouse@gmail.com

DAYCARE HOURS

MONDAY-FRIDAY

7am-6pm

Closed Statutory Holidays​

MASSAGE THERAPY HOURS

Mon/Tues/Fri: 2pm-4pm

Weds/Thurs: 9am-4pm

Saturdays by Appointment

Closed Statutory Holidays

(hours subject to change based on Daycare productivity)

 

 $ For payments, we keep our rates low by accepting cash or e-transfer $

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