LUKE & KERRY
Luke and Kerry both grew up with pets and love keeping dogs at the center of their daily lives. They have three of their own dogs, who range in size from 25lbs to 60lbs. They also foster dogs and tend to foster the hardest to place dogs that need special care. Before purchasing BLDHTX, they gained a lot of knowledge in the pet industry through their other business Boon Pet Care (booncare.com) where they do in-home dog walking. Kerry is also the founder of Houston Cares Animal Rescue, a 501c3 animal rescue in Houston (houstoncaresrescue.org). Kerry and Luke became the owners of The Best Little Dog House in Texas in 2015 and love the daycare environment, all the dogs, and making a safe and loving place for your little ones.
Joey has experience in customer service and front desk work- at BLDHTX he enjoys combining that with his love for animals. At BLDHTX he enjoys interacting with lots of different types of dogs and seeing their personalities shine through. He says his favorite thing is "seeing their little tails wag when they walk through the door". His love for animals has been life long- growing up he loved both dogs and amphibians. At home, he enjoys spending time with his partner and with their miniature schnauzer mix named Bowser.
Cristina grew up with all kinds of animals in her home and when she became a mother herself she made sure to raise her children around animals also. She was a stay at home mom when her kids were young but later looked for part time work. In 2010 her love of animals brought her to Petsmart where she started as a bather in their grooming department- a job that she really liked that eventually turned into full time work and which she did for two years. A year into her work there, she continued to pursue her passion at the next level and went to the grooming academy. At BLDHTX, she loves that the dogs are cage free and happier. She loves making the pet parents happy by grooming the dogs so they go home looking beautiful. When not at work, she is a homebody and enjoys relaxing at home with her kids and dogs.
Sabrina found her love of grooming through her love of rescue and helping animals. She grew up in a home full of rescue animals- her mom was always bringing stray dogs and cats home and now Sabrina does the same. She currently lives with her pit mix, 5 foster cats, and 3 foster dogs! She started grooming by being self-taught and helping very matted rescue dogs in need. She says she loved seeing how the dogs were transformed and how you could tell they felt better afterwards- this led her to seek a career in grooming. In 2018 she attended PetSmart Grooming Academy and then became a full time groomer at PetSmart. She says she feels like she definitely found her career path- she’s doing something she loves, working with animals, and making a difference for the dogs. She loves the quiet and friendly environment of BLDHTX and says that it is conducive to really focusing on connecting with the dogs and perfecting each groom. When she is not at work she likes to walk her dogs, hike, and help with emergency animal rescue situations.
Jocelyn found her love of grooming through her love of dogs. Her love for small dogs is obvious- she has six of her own small mixed breed dogs. She started her animal career path as a cashier at PetSmart which led into being a bather for a year and then to grooming academy and being a full time groomer. She worked with Cris (another one of our groomers) for years at PetSmart and found out about BLDHTX through her. When we had an opening, Jocelyn was excited to join the BLDHTX team. She loves how nice the people and the dogs are at BLDHTX, the relaxed environment, and getting to work exclusively with small dogs. When she is not at work, she likes to relax at home and enjoys watching movies
Shift Supervisor & Trainer
Jeff has lived with rescue dogs his whole life- he was born into a home with a Dachshund and has lived with dogs big and small. He currently doesn’t own a dog but loves taking care of his family’s dogs and knows he’ll own his own rescue dog again in the future. Some of his favorite things about dogs are how excited they are to see people and their never-ending amounts of love. When not at BLDHTX, Jeff enjoys spending time reading and writing.
Eric has been with us since April 2016. He has 3 little dogs of his own and loves being at BLDHTX where he gets to spend time with more little ones. In his free time Eric enjoys photography- his dogs and the dogs at BLDHTX are some of his favorite models! Eric is also a foster parent for Houston Cares Animal Rescue because he loves making a difference and loves dogs.
Care Staff & Care Staff Supervisor
Matt grew up around dogs, lots of dogs. His first dog was a large street rescue but his parents also bred labs so there were always a lot of dogs to play with. He loves that being at BLDHTX keeps him on his feet and busy and the fact that every dog is really different and he gets a chance to learn each dog's personality. When he is not at BLDHTX, he enjoys cooking and playing with other people's dogs. Matt has recently started studying to be a dog trainer and looks forward to continuing to work with dogs in daycare while also adding training in the future.
Mauricio first fell in love with dogs at the early age of 4 when his family got a Rottweiler who quickly became his friend. Throughout his life he’s lived with everything from Chihuahuas to 90 lb German Shepherds and usually both at once! He has volunteered in animal rescue and likes to give back to animals because they bring him so much joy. He loves how the dogs each have unique personalities. When not at BLDHTX you can find him as a referee for soccer, bringing the family dogs to the dog park in one big pack, or spending time with his wife and their young son.
Care Staff & Shift Supervisor
Ellicia has always lived with and loved dogs. She has had dogs in a range of sizes from a Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix to a Great Dane/Boxer mix! She has worked as a dog walker and at a facility that focused on basic training, enrichment, and small group work for dogs that weren’t able to play in larger groups. Her favorite thing about coming to BLDHTX each day is that she gets to meet a lot of dogs yet gets to really know each dog’s individual personality while spending quality time with them. When not at BLDHTX, she likes to play video games and learn new languages- she is currently studying Spanish and Korean. She hopes to one day finish a graduate degree in Intercultural Communication.
Jose enjoys his overnights at BLDHTX. He says one of his favorite things is the cage-free environment and "being able to soothe and comfort little dogs that might miss their parents when they are not there". Jose is a pet parent and lives with 2 chihuahuas (Lola and Oreo) and a pitbull/lab mix (Lucky). He also fosters for Westbury CARE so he has a lot of experience with dogs of all types including fearful dogs just adjusting to new situations. When not at BLDHTX, Jose keeps himself busy with other jobs and volunteering at Habitat for Humanity and The Mission Continues. In his free time, Jose enjoys jamming on his guitar, mountain biking, skydiving, or camping!
Care Staff & Shift Supervisor
Jessica lives with and grew up with German Shepherds. She loves animals and also has snakes and a hedgehog. She has been working in doggie daycares since 2016 and loves having a job where she enjoys going to work each day and can play with dogs. She says that she particularly likes BLDHTX because of the positive teamwork environment and ongoing learning about working with the dogs. When she’s not at work you can find her skateboarding at the park, taking care of her animals, or working on her car- she plans to go to school to become a mechanic.
Alondra grew up with large dogs- boxers, labs, and pitbulls. She currently has two pitbulls of her own – a puppy and an adult. This is her first animal related job and she says she loves meeting different people, different dogs, and working in a fun environment. When she isn’t at BLDHTX she enjoys socializing with friends and spending time with her family- including her son who is almost 2.
Front Desk & Care Staff
Although Parker grew up with cats, she always knew she was a dog person. She always wanted a dog and loved spending time with friends’ dogs. As adults, her sister got a dog and Parker was able to spend more time and develop a deeper bond with the dog. This led her to realize she wanted to spend more time with dogs and she joined the BLDHTX team- where her sister’s dog attends daycare. She loves being around dogs every day and says it is impossible to have a bad day when the dogs come in and are so excited to see you. When not at BLDHTX, she enjoys hanging out with friends, family, and her roommate’s dog. She likes going to Galveston, binge watching shows, and going to restaurants.
Arthur is from Houston and grew up in and around the city. Arthur grew up with cats but always loved spending time at his grandparents’ home and playing with their dogs. Before coming to BLDHTX he worked a desk job in a hotel and says he loves the change. He loves having an active job- playing with dogs and learning their different personalities. He says working at BLDHX is never boring because every dog if different which makes it so much fun. When not at work, he likes to spend time with his girlfriend and niece and enjoys watching movies.
Brittanie grew up with dogs and has always loved them. Once in college, she got a Labrador of her own and she’s been adding more animals ever since. She currently owns 4 dogs and also fosters dogs and cats. She loves coming to work and seeing the dogs she knows and having the chance to meet new ones and make new relationships. She says she also just loves coming to work and playing with dogs - it’s so fun. Brittanie works part-time at BLDHTX year around but you will see her there a lot more during the summers because she is also the head of the math department at a local private school. When she isn’t working, she enjoys crocheting and hanging out with her dogs and family.
Leevy grew up with birds and lizards in her home and always loved visiting relatives who had dogs. She currently has 4 geckos, 2 fish, 4 snails, and a new puppy! Before working at BLDHTX she did dog sitting for family and through Rover and worked in a local grooming salon. At BLDHTX she loves being able to be very involved with the dogs and building individual relationships with them. She says that she has always loved animals and is excited to know that you can grow that love into a career. When she isn’t at BLDHTX she enjoys playing the cello (she has a music degree in cello performance), listening to music, watching movies in theaters, and learning to cook from her fiancé.
Kristy has lived with dogs her whole life but now has dogs and other animals- she says that instead of a living room she basically has a reptile room with several enclosures! Besides having pets of her own, she has also worked and volunteered with animals since she was 14. She loves doing overnights at BLDHTX where she gets to cuddle with the dogs and give them love. When she is not at BLDHTX you can find her managing a restaurant that her family owns, spending time with her family- including her animals and 4 kids, or enjoying one of her favorite hobbies- reading, painting, and baking.