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Meet DogBoy’s Team of Dog Lovers!

Ashleigh Banks, Office Manager

Ashleigh BanksAshleigh came to DogBoy’s from her dad’s IT management company, Remote to PC in her home town of Fort Worth, TX. She has two sweet fur babies – Sadie, a teenage German Shepherd, and Coach, a young Golden. Ashleigh is a graduate of TCU, with a Bachelors of Art is English. She loves to read, write, and do hot yoga! You can find Ashleigh writing blog posts, greeting customers and working hard to make DogBoy’s customer service shine!

Faith Lenz, Kennel Manager

Faith Lenz, Kennel ManagerFaith came to DogBoy’s by way of Divine intervention. A former team leader at Onion Creek Kennels, Faith was recommended to us when she took the leap and moved up to Round Rock. She has managed teams at Target and CarMax and is having great success with our team of dog lovers as well! We love having her lead our team, and you’ll love getting to know her too! Faith shares her home with her husband Dustin, daughter Audrey, and furry family members Audi, Oliver, Mr. Blue and Aspen.

Erica White, Accounting Assistant

Erica was born and raised in the Austin area. Always having a pet by her side, she was raised around all sorts of animals from pot-bellied pigs to goats to horses and of course, dogs! Because of her passion to take care of animals, she decided to pursue an education in veterinary medicine and went to school at Colorado State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Zoology with studies in Equine Science. There, she spent lots of time volunteering with various animal rescue groups and also in an emergency vet hospital as a vet tech. After missing home for 4 years, she decided to move back and further her education here. When Erica’s not at DogBoy’s, you can find her caring for her 12-year-old Bull Mastiff, Mercedes, hiking, or training for her next Spartan race!

Ferrell Jackson, Receptionist

Ferrell JacksonFerrell joined the DogBoy’s team in the summer of 2012, after returning to the area from a 7 year stint in Colorado. She was born and raised in the Austin area and began hearing about DogBoy’s as far back as high school, when her best friends began to work here. Living in the very dog-friendly state of Colorado really developed Ferrell’s love of our canine friends and helped to steer her toward adopting her own pup named, Elsie, upon her return to Austin. You’ll find her at the front desk of DogBoy’s where she loves to answer questions and to help you and your dog get checked in and out for doggy daycare or boarding! When she’s not answering phones or chatting with customers in the office, you’ll find her planting gardens and obsessing over her flowers at home.

Kate Van der Voort, Receptionist

KateKate has been working at DogBoy’s since April of 2007, after being a customer here for over a year. Kate hails from Pittsburgh, PA, and she came to Austin in 2005 after a stint in Monterey, CA. Kate adopted her first dog, a Catahoula mix named Ralphie, from a shelter in California. She found Max, a Corgi/Shepherd mix, through a local rescue group here in Texas.

As a customer, Kate felt so lucky to find DogBoy’s and the staff here, who have always been so supportive and helpful with both of her special needs dogs. Kate has worked in the kennel, coordinated for the training department, and managed our office staff. Currently, she’s back at the front desk, training our new team members. You may catch her playing the marimba in the all-girl band, SeVana Marimba, at various events around town.

Shala Johnson, Pet Care Technician

ShalaShala came to DogBoy’s Dog Ranch in January 2015, with a background in Business Management and Finance.  She is excited to step away from the desk to pursue her passion for dogs.

As a child, Shala loved spending quality time with her Black Lab, teaching her all the tricks she could.  Her current dogs, a Chihuahua/Rat Terrier mix and a French Bulldog, are eagerly and patiently earning treats via clicker training, as Shala is a new student to the topic.

Fueled by a desire to help others reach their potential and attain their goals, Shala also has recently wrapped up a career working with children, ages two through nine, in the education setting where she brought her sports business to various preschools and elementary schools as an enrichment program offering.  The business was a franchise focused around a detailed specialized sports curriculum scientifically researched to help children, at specific ages, reach critical landmarks in cognitive, emotional, physical, and social development.

Although Shala loves to work with children, she still has had an ongoing burning desire to do the same with dogs, with the ultimate goal of becoming a trainer of guide dogs.  Her hope is to one day train a guide dog for her sister who is deaf and legally blind, due to Usher syndrome type I.  Shala’s sister does not share her appreciation for dogs and their ability to enrich people’s lives, but that is not stopping Shala from holding out hope that one day she will be able to present to her sister the gift of a guide dog that is the right fit to enable her to experience higher levels of freedom, safety, and quality of life than what is possible without the assistance of a guide dog.

In the mean time, Shala is enjoying being a full-time student of dog behavior while working as a pet care tech at DogBoy’s and reading books on the subject in her spare time.  She is eagerly embracing her opportunity to work with the people and canines of DogBoy’s and loves the family feel that DogBoy and DogGirl have created at the Dog Ranch.

Michael Singer, Pet Care Technician

Michael SingerMichael met DogBoy & DogGirl through their church youth group. Born and raised in Pflugerville, Michael has always had dogs. His favorite was an abandoned black lab named Emma, who after being taken in by the Singers gave birth to ten puppies! His current dog Landon, a Chihuahua/Terrier mix, was adopted from Williamson County Animal Shelter during a Yappy hour event. Michael started working at DogBoy’s in early 2014, and is currently studying to be a pastry chef at Le Cordon Bleu.  We think he’s a pretty cool dude, and hope he brings us pastries soon.

Zac Russell, Pet Care Technician

Zac RussellZac started his animal career in 2011 when he was attending the Art Institute of Austin for graphic design. Zac began working with animals at the Austin Humane Society and he found he had a real passion for rescue. Zac loved seeing so many animals find great homes and new family members. He found himself needing a change of pace and then he stumbled across this little slice of heaven- Dogboy’s Dog Ranch.

Zac loves coming to work everyday and loves being around people who share the same passion as him. It’s really an incredible environment to work in, and the dogs agree as well!

Rachael Roosa, Pet Care Technician

Rachael was born and raised in beautiful upstate New York. As a kid, she loved spending time with her dogs and cats and especially loved hiking in the woods and playing in the creeks with her dogs at her side. After graduating from a local college in New York, she moved to Alexandria, VA to seek out a new adventure. That new adventure came in the form of Doggywalker.com where she rose through the ranks and became a manager. During her free time, she volunteered for Dog World rescue and fell in love with a boxer/mastiff mix named Duke. He quickly became the love of her life and joined her on the road trip from Virginia to Texas. After settling in Austin, she came on as a Kennel Tech for DogBoy’s Dog Ranch in October 2016. When she’s not at DogBoy’s, she spends her time hiking and swimming with Duke, traveling, and finding the best food spots in Austin!