As President and Founder of Bay View Bark, it’s no surprise that my background in the animal field stretches back to when I was only 14 years old! My first “dog job” was as a bather for a groomer. Through the years I have also served as a dog walker, a kennel attendant at a no kill dog shelter, a kennel tech at a humane society, a dog training assistant, a City of Milwaukee Inspector investigating dog bite cases and inspecting pet stores, groom shops and day cares around Milwaukee, the kennel manager at a humane society, a dog trainer for the humane society and a private dog training business and now find myself with just over 20 years of experience in the animal care industry. My degree in Psychology (with minor in Biology) has also furthered my understanding of canine behavior and the basic mechanisms of positive reinforcement training methods that we use every day at Bay View Bark.
Bay View Bark got its start in 2011 when some friends came to me with their resources and a good idea for an indoor dog park with boutique style day care, grooming and classes. I jumped on board then and never let go. Although the original dog park idea didn’t work out, our unique doggy day care thrived and grew to be the mainstay of the business. Through the years the other people that were initially involved have moved onto other pursuits and now I run Bay View Bark with the help of a great staff and my sweet, handy, and accommodating husband, Matt.
In December of 2016 we transferred Bay View Bark to a newly renovated building about a half block north of the previous location. Starting from scratch and designing the play yards, boarding area and training space was a huge benefit. We now have a space built to suit our unique needs and are really loving every minute of it!
We want to be an asset to our customers, providing high quality doggy day care, boarding, grooming and training that they can trust to be safe and kind and that they can rely on whether they need us every week or just once and a while.
Mission Statement: Providing compassionate care and a safe environment to every dog in our care. Engaging the dogs with friendly handling staff and a cohesive training team for the best doggy daycare and boarding experience in the industry.
The way we include training in the daily routine of the dogs in our care truly serves the dogs, their people and us! The increased vocabulary, command recognition, response rate, confidence and communication result in improved behavior both at home and within our facility.
I enjoy all things “dog” and find tremendous pleasure in the pure excitement and affection they share, the honesty in their communication, and the surprises they bring to each and every day. I also really relish speaking with and working with and for “dog people”. In a way it’s like we have a language of our own with an underlying understanding of the furry gifts were sharing with one another. I have a strong passion for compassionate care; making sure the animals’ needs are met in a kind and empathetic manner, in which we focus on the positive and work things into our practices and procedures, so the dogs are happy and safe while they are having fun in our care. I look forward to meeting you and your dogs!