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OUR TEAM

Luke Garbenis Kerry Adams

LUKE & KERRY

Owner/Manager

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 small dog boarding and daycare environment, all the dogs, and making a safe and loving place for your little ones.

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ASTER

Dog Trainer

Aster grew up with small dogs and now has 5 dogs of her own plus one foster dog. She loves training and that training can make a positive change for dogs, their pet parents, and the homeless animal population by helping dogs stay in their homes. She has been working with animals professionally since 2016 and is a certified dog trainer who uses positive reinforcement (with certifications as an AKC evaluator and CPDT). She has extensive experience training dogs and even training other trainers! She says “I absolutely love training. I put an emphasis on building bonds, focus skills, and helping pet guardians with management and enrichment to benefit themselves and meet their dog’s needs”. She loves the positive relaxed atmosphere of BLDHTX and getting to know each dog’s personality. When not at BLDHTX, you will find her still focused on dogs- participating in dog shows, doing dog sporting events (weight pull, wall climb, hedge jump, and fast cat), grooming her own dogs, or reading about dog training. 

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SABRINA

Groomer 

Sabrina found her love of dog 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.

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CRISTINA

Groomer 

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.

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ALYSSA

Groomer

Alyssa has always loved dogs and grew up wanting to bring home all the strays she saw but not being allowed to have a dog. She eventually got a Boxer when she was in middle school and she says that dog was her baby. She currently has two cats of her own and lives with and enjoys her roommate’s many dogs. Alyssa is a very creative person and wanted to pair her creativity with her love of dogs which brought her to grooming. She worked at PetSmart as a bather for 2 years before attending grooming academy and then groomed there for a year before joining us at BLDHTX. She says she loves to see the transformation that happens through grooming- both the before and after photos and how excited or happy dogs seem after their groom. When she is not at BLDHTX, she loves to spend time at the gym, trying new restaurants, or doing creative intricate baking (she used to work at specialty chocolate shop).

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JESSICA

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.

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JOEY

Care Staff

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. 

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MATT

Care Staff 

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. 

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ERIC

Marketing Manager

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. 

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MAURICIO

Care Staff

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.
 

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PARKER

 Front Desk, Care Staff, & Shift Supervisor

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.

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ANGEL

Care Staff & Shift Supervisor

Angel has had all kinds of pets- dogs, rabbits, hamsters, rats, and guinea pigs. She currently has 4 dogs and an aquarium of fish. Her current dogs are a German Shepherd, a Chiweenie, a doodle mix, and a Chihuahua Terrier mix. Angel worked at a dog daycare before BLDHTX and also worked at a shop that did sugar glider retail and breeding. She loves working with animals and says she loves that dogs are always happy to see you and loves how quick they are to trust you even when they don’t know you. When not at BLDHTX, she enjoys reading novels of all genres and watching Criminal Minds.

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MOISES

Care Staff

Moises had dogs from an early age- he started with a Mini Poodle who is still alive and enjoying his senior years with his family. As a kid he would often feed and play with the local stray dogs and throughout his life he and his family would get dogs off the streets and enrolled in rescues. He currently has 8 dogs - both big and small. At BLDHTX, he loves getting to know each dog's unique personality and enjoys building bonds with them. When not at BLDHTX, he enjoys going to the gym, playing soccer, being a ref for soccer games, and playing video games. He plans to go back to school to pursue a career in the medical field- starting with nursing and then maybe becoming a family physician. 

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KYRSTEN

Care Staff & Shift Supervisor

Kyrsten grew up with dogs of all sizes and currently lives with her mini schnauzer named Walter. Kyrsten is currently in school for nursing and says that she was drawn to nursing because of the compassion that she feels towards all people and animals and because she loves the science in her studies. She loves working at BLDHTX because she loves the team of people and her time bonding with the dogs and developing those relationships. She says that the BLDHTX environment makes her happy and she misses the dogs the days she is in school. When not at BLDHTX or at school, she enjoys driving around, hiking, playing with her dog, listening to music, and going to art museums. 

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ANDREW

Janitor

Andrew was born and raised in Houston. He has always had dogs- both big and small. He currently has a little scruffy terrier. Besides caring for his own dogs, he has always loved helping the stray dogs and cats in his neighborhood. Although he doesn't work directly with the dogs at BLDHTX, he loves seeing them around, brief hellos in the hallway, and being in an animal friendly environment. He is currently in school and studying psychology. When he's not at BLDHTX, he enjoys photography, playing guitar, and playing piano. 

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KAT

Care Staff

Kat grew up in Houston and was always with dogs of all sizes- from chihuahuas to a mastiff. Her family also fostered dogs and she says that they are big supporters of rescue. She currently lives with 3 rescue dogs. She says she likes working at BLDHTX because it is a happy job and she loves connecting with the dogs. When she is not at BLDHTX or school, you can find her spending time with her family, painting, or writing poetry. She plans to study architecture.

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EMILIO

Care Staff

Emilio grew up with dogs of all kinds and with a lot of senior dogs. His mom worked as a vet tech at the SPCA and would often bring home senior dogs who needed a foster or a forever home. He currently has three dogs- a pitbull, a yorkie, and a jack russell / chihuahua mix. Before coming to work at BLDHTX he worked as a kennel tech at an animal hospital and at another dog daycare. He enjoys working with animals and says he likes getting to know each dog individually and seeing the funny things they do. When not at BLDHTX he enjoys writing (poetry and rap), playing video games, and going on walks with his dogs.

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ALEKZ

Care Staff

Alekz has had dogs her whole life and has had dogs of all sizes. Currently she has two Old English Bulldogs and a bearded dragon. She has always loved being with dogs and enjoys coming to BLDHTX because she says the work is fun. She plans to go to school to be an esthetician and is excited to pursue this passion. When not at BLDHTX, she loves to binge watch crime shows.

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MAX

Care Staff

Surprisingly, Max grew up with cats and was afraid of dogs at a young age. After spending time with a friend’s dog, he quickly learned to love them and got one as soon as he was on his own. He currently has a corgi mix. Max has a degree in illustration and pursued this as a career until he decided it was taking the fun out of the work and now he does illustration as a hobby. Max says he likes how busy and engaging BLDHTX is and how there is always something to do or a dog to pay attention to. When he isn’t at BLDHTX you can find him playing video games with friends, watching movies, or drawing. 

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COURTLANDT

Care Staff

Courtlandt grew up with a cocker spaniel and now lives with two large dogs. She has always loved dogs and is excited to work with them at BLDHTX. She says that she loves working in such a fun environment and enjoys giving the dogs love and cuddles or watching them have fun. She is currently in school studying graphic design. When not at school or work, she enjoys doing computer art, making emotes, designing websites and logos, spending time with her dogs, or swimming. 

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NICK

Care Staff

Nick grew up with dogs and currently has 3 big dogs and 1 small dog. Nick has always loved dogs and says that he loves how being with dogs is fun, enjoyable and brings out the kid in people. Besides loving his time with the dogs, Nick likes being at BLDHTX because of the friendly environment where he feels everyone treats each other like family. He is currently in college working on his associates degree and plans to focus on graphic design. When he isn't at BLDHTX or at school, he enjoys watching music videos and youtube, working out, and listening to music.

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SARA

Care Staff

Sara first got a dog when she was 5 years old and has always loved them. She currently has a big dog and three cats. She has worked at two other doggie daycare and has been working in doggie daycares for almost 4 years. She says that she loves BLDHTX because she loves being with little dogs. Her face lights up when she talks about loving the little dogs and she says she especially loves their playful energy. She started studying to be a Radiology Technician and plans to return to school to pursue this and says she is interested in sonography. When she isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time with her dog (including going hiking and watching her dog have zoomies in a field they play in) and she enjoys playing video games.

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YESENIA

Front Desk & Care Staff

Yesenia grew up with a Yorkie and now lives with 4 dogs. Most of the dogs belong to her family but Bonnie, the Rottweiler, is her own. BLDHTX is the first pet care facility that she has worked at but she has previously worked reception. She enjoys working reception because she likes to engage with everyone right when they come in. She is really enjoying being at BLDHTX and says her highlights are learning about different breeds, interacting with the dogs, seeing how happy the dogs are and watching them play with toys. She is currently in school for nursing and wants to be a labor and delivery nurse. When not at work or school, she enjoys spending time with her dog Bonnie- especially going on car rides and going to the dog park.

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NICOLE

Front Desk & Care Staff

Growing up, Nicole was always in a home with a lot of animals- her mom would often find strays and foster them until they were adopted. She lived with dogs of all sizes as well as cats, birds, turtles- anyone in need of help. She currently lives with two cats and says that she loves coming to BLDHTX so that she can spend time with dogs. She has over 10 years of customer service experience, but this is her first job with animals. She enjoys greeting people and their dogs and loves giving the dogs some pets or cuddles on their way to play. When not at BLDHTX, Nicole enjoys socializing with friends, trying new restaurants, and relaxing at home. 

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 DENAISHA

Janitor

Denashia grew up with dogs of all sizes and has always loved dogs. She currently has a Rottweiler. Before BLDHTX, she worked as a daycare attendant at another facility.  She says BLDHTX is a great fit for her and she loves everything about it but especially being around the dogs all day. As she is moving from one task to another she loves when she passes dogs in the hall and gets to say hello to them. When not at BLDHTX she enjoys doing Diamond Painting kits. 

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KRYSTAL

Front Desk and Care Staff

Krystal says that her and her family’s rottweiler grew up together. Now, she has one large dog and one small dog (her small dog has just started at BLDHTX and is enjoying it!) Before BLDHTX, she did pet sitting but this is her first job at a daycare facility. She is enjoying working in daycare, front desk, and cuddling the dogs during overnights. At BLDHTX she enjoys spending time with the dogs, learning more about dogs and dog behavior, and the fast-paced environment.  When not at BLDHTX, she enjoys going to movies, concerts, and the gym. It is her dream to one day open a shelter so she can help more dogs in need. 

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DESTINY

Front Desk

Destiny grew up with lots of animals- turtles, guinea pigs, and dogs (and she was always bringing stray dogs home to help too!) Now she has Coach- a Shih Tzu/Maltese mix. She loves working at BLDHTX because she says being around the dogs raises her serotonin and makes every day a good day. She also loves working front desk and talking to the pet parents. When not at BLDHTX you can find her out in nature (she loves to hike), spending time with family, baking, or working on floral design. She works part time at BLDHTX as she also owns her own floral design company- Get Her Flowers. 

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