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The retreat originally consisted of 52 indoor/outdoor runs, a small room for cats, a bathing room, and a holding/crating area. Since 1998, we have made numerous improvements and updates:
The present day facility consists of 52 indoor/outdoor, spacious kennel enclosures, 10 little dog spaces, a bathing and grooming room, a laundry and storage room, a drying room, and a large romper room for our daycare and training classes.
When you get right down to it, boarding facilities are more alike than different, except when it comes to staff. The caregivers on duty are the bottom line between warehousing pets and truly caring for them.
The staff at the Hairy Moose Pet Retreat are without question some of the finest people I have ever had the joy of knowing. I am fortunate to call them my friends and even more fortunate to call them my colleagues. They are caring, compassionate, conscientious and knowledgeable. They are all responsible and particular dog owners themselves and believe in caring for your dog as they would want their own to be cared for.
You can rest assured that your pet will be observed carefully, fed properly, exercised sufficiently and provided for in a manner that is second to none.
LISA — Lisa is the axis upon which the Hairy Moose turns. She loves dogs, I mean truly LOVES dogs and knows what dogs LOVE. She is very attentive to their every need and whim. She shares her home with several dogs, many of them dachshunds, and a very tolerant husband. Lisa knows every dog by name, even though she may not know yours!
CHRIS is our Day Care Counselor. She takes pride in caring for and playing with all of her charges. She comes to us from a career of caring for people and now she has "gone to the dogs!" All of the Day care dogs adore her and would follow her anywhere. She always has something special for the group to participate in, be it bubble catching, sit contests, or playing tag. When dogs go home from being with "Miss Chris" all day, they are POOPED!
BRENT is our helper with the little dogs. He is a great little dog referee and they all love him. We are proud to have him here. He is a good worker and an excellent cleaner. The Hairy Moose is a cleaner place because Brent is here.
KIM comes to us with years of experience at Best Friends Pet Suites in Massachusetts. She is very attentive to their individual needs and is very sensitive to their wants. We are thrilled to have Kim as a part of our team. She adds even more comfort and conscientious care for our guests. She has several dogs of her own, from a tiny Chihuahua to a 45 lb. Symon.
KRISTINA has been with us for awhile now. She is a diligent worker with a tender heart and we couldn't ask for a more responsible, attentive person. We have seen her grow from an unusually dedicated teenager into a remarkable young woman. She supervises the Little Dog Room, helps us with the big dogs and anything else that may need doing.
ANN originally came to us as a volunteer, she helped socialize some of our needy dogs. She was such an asset we decided to hire her and what a wonderful decision that was. She is a very hard worker and a funny person.
LINDA, PRISI, AND ANNETTE make their homes on the Hairy Moose property and work together on the day to day operations of The Hairy Moose Pet Retreat. We really enjoy the challenge of operating a small family business. There are personal aspects that are woven into the fabric of a small family business that you just can't find with a corporate affair. Animal nuts through and through, we have spent our lives opening our homes, hearts and purse strings to less fortunate critters of all shapes and sizes.
MISSED BUT MOVED ON
ALEX — While Alex is always nearby to help out when needed he has moved on to bigger and better things. He is now working as a mechanic, his true calling. He will always be part of the Hairy Moose Family.
ELENA took excellent care of the little dogs when she was here. We wish her well in her studies at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
JESSIE is now working at Knox Doss Middle School and at a photography studio where her specialty is, of course, dogs.
NATALIE started here as a puppy herself, she was practically a fixture here. However, Natalie has moved on to married life and motherhood. We enjoyed having her around here to help with anything and everything. She is now wife to B.J. and mom to Titus. We miss Natalie, but know that she is exactly where she wants to be. We wish her and her family all the best.
DALLAS — When Dallas was here, he was the minority male. He led the way for all the other great fellows to follow. We wish Dallas all the best in everything he wants to do in life. For now, we wish him great success in the class room and on the ball field at Station Camp High School.
CASSANDRA — After taking great care of the Hairy Moose horses, Cassandra is off to bigger and better things. She is a freshman at UTK and only comes here on her holidays off from her studies. We wish her the best of luck at that precarious balancing act that comes with that first year at college.
AMANDA — After years of working here and being very active with our rescue efforts, she has ventured out on her own with a petsitting business in the Columbia-Spring Hill area. Her business is called For the Love of Dog.
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