Staff (with dates of hire in parentheses):
Chelsea (2008), Debbie (2004), Joseph (2009), Julie (2002), Christie (2008), Brian (2010), Ryan (2011)
Judy Gee, Owner
The success Doggie Pause has enjoyed is due in no small part to an outstanding staff. They, too, love dogs, and dogs love them! (The reaction of the dogs to a prospective employee is the deciding factor in the hiring decision.)
Julie Ramsey shares management of the facility with Chelsea Lyall. Julie started with us in 2002, with experience in a dog breeding facility. She developed grooming skills working with several groomers, and now (along with her managerial duties) keeps a number of client dogs looking their best. Chelsea came to us in 2008 with excellent office skills, a background in dog rescue, and a strong desire to know more about dogs and dog issues. She is knowledgeable in nutrition, behavior modification and training issues, is responsible for our Puppy Program, and is completing the coursework for a PhD in Animal Behavior. These two share responsibility for hiring, training, and supervising staff, are experts in reading dog behavior, and routinely evaluate new dogs who have applied for admittance.
GOLD STANDARD ACCREDITED - We received Gold Standard Accreditation from the Colorado Association of Dog Daycares in 2010, and place great value on continuing education. The staff attends Pet First Aid classes and seminars on behavior and body language, as well as watching educational videos.
We keep a few toys on hand (more at Christmas) and some miscellaneous items like Placque Off and Pet Odor Eliminator, but our main retail emphasis is on food. We are passionate about feeding good food, and encourage our clients to become more knowledgeable regarding diet - whether they choose to feed a food we sell or not. The truth is there are now many excellent foods on the market. We can't stock them all, and we have chosen lines from Taste of the Wild, Bravo, Primal, and Northwest Naturals.
Judy has served on the board of directors of the Colorado Association of Dog Daycares since its inception, and helped develop the Gold Standard Accreditation program. This program certifies facilities who meet specific criteria re staff training and the evaluation of applicant dogs. We are extremely proud of the fact that Doggie Pause is one of the few to receive this accreditation, and we believe that your dog will benefit.