In 2009 I was a sophomore in high school and working at a local kennel in my hometown of Daphne, AL. I absolutely loved my job but a new manager with poor leadership skills soon lead me to rethink my decision to continue working there. After leaving I couldn’t get over how much I missed hanging out with the pets I used to care for in the kennel, I had built relationships with these animals and really missed them!
My own dog Reggie had terrible separation anxiety and never did well at the kennel, his neuroses got my wheels spinning… What if I started watching my neighbors dogs, but with the twist of I’ll be the one who does the traveling, the pets can stay home and enjoy their normal surroundings, routine, and have fun in their own space.
As it turns out there are a lot of pet owners who hate dropping their best friends off at the kennel, they know their pet is uncomfortable during their entire stay.
It’s been a little while since I first hatched the idea to create pet care options that focus on your pet’s comfort and happiness, in the past 10 years I’ve created a team of animal loving staff in two locations that share my mission of keeping pets happy, active, and stress free. My goal has and always will be for each pet that we care for to be as happy as possible, and for each fur parent to enjoy a stress free vacation confident in their choice of pet care.
I started Happy Hound August 9, 2009 when I was 15. It started out all fun and games, but people took me seriously... It's been one adventure after another, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Since starting this business, I've been blessed with unimagined success in the forms of friends, mentors, life lessons, and best of all a profession that makes me look forward to getting out of bed everyday.
Thank you all for making this dream a reality!
As most soon-to-be empty nesters, I was contemplating the “What next?” phase of my life. While seeking something different, an intriguing opportunity arose: Dog-walker/Pet Sitter. I’ve always been around animals of some sort and even taught some pet first aid classes. Working for Happy Hound seemed like an ideal fit. Besides, what job could be better than one where the client is always excited to see you!
Currently, I am the parent of two awesome children, two rescue kitties (complete with “tortitude”) and one very prickly hedgehog. I look forward to meeting your adorable pet and giving them lots of attention until their favorite person gets home!
This is where our heart is. We love animals and the people they belong to. Loving animals, people, and our community comes naturally.
Community service is rooted in the hearts of the Happy Hound family. Each of our pet sitters are involved in community activity like medical missions, youth group outreach, special need programs, and animal rescue projects.
We're proud to say that 10 percent of all Happy Hound profits go directly to local missions and animal rescues! By partnering with Happy Hound, you're not only partnering with a company that values you, but you're investing in a company that values your community at large.