Renee Staszak, Office Manager
Renee worked for a successful team of orthopedic surgeons for 22 years before making the decision to become a stay-at -home dog-mom 2 years ago. Renee has a passion for all animals and has been pet-parent to a pot belly pig, 3 Quarter Horses and currently lives with 2 cats, Deena and Sam, 3 dogs, Sydnie, Chloe and Allie, and a “teddy bear” hamster, Harriette. Renee spends her time gardening, sunning, enjoying her animals and traveling regularly with her family. Prior to DogBoy’s, she channeled her love of animals into volunteering with an animal shelter and becoming a vet technician; Renee has boundless energy! Renee’s kindheartedness and compassion have made her a great addition to the team.
Becca Garcia, At Home Services Lead
Becca comes to us from the veterinary world where she was a technician. Working in the animal field, she’d heard great things about DogBoy’s for some time and felt compelled to apply; she fell in love with the property after checking it out! Becca started as a Pet Care Technician with us, however, quickly moved into a role spearheading the newest faction of DogBoy’s, DogBoy’s at Home. You will now find her around town caring for both dogs and cats in their own homes. Becca has a 4 year old Chihuahua, Carla, and 2 Aussie/Border Collie mixes, Athena and Apollo, who are 9 and 10. She stays very active outside of work reading, puzzling and working out.
Alec Vargus, At Home Services & Pet Care Technician
Alec brings a variety of experience to our ranch as he joins us from a background in corporate finance, military and dog walking. Looking to get back into the pet world brought Alec to DogBoy’s; he’s really looking forward to building relationships with all of the dog’s, owners and fellow dog-lovers he’ll be working with! Alec enjoys staying active and fills his time with travel, sports, camping and spending time outdoors. Alec has 1 pup of his own, a 10 pound Terrier named Theodore who is CGC certified and is a future therapy dog. Alec’s energy is a great addition to the DogBoy’s team!
Natasha Hindmarsh, Videographer
Natasha has been a freelance videographer for the last few years, taking on any opportunity to further her passion for film. When Natasha heard about the position at DogBoy’s through family and friends, she was so thrilled by the idea she’d be able combine her love of dogs with her love of filming. Getting to document the day to day activities on the Ranch and interact with the pups makes coming to work such a joy. Natasha enjoys adventuring, filming and playing the drums in her personal time as well as spending time with her 8 year old Yorkipoo, Chloe. Chloe is Natasha’s joy and has a great personality, just like Natasha!
Madison Maddox, Receptionist
Madison joined the DogBoy’s team in the summer of 2016 after deciding there just weren’t enough dogs in her life! Prior to becoming a receptionist here, Madison was busy earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature at University of Texas at Austin. Not long after graduating, Madison found herself itching for even more brain food and eventually enrolled in a graduate program where she began earning a Master of Arts in Counseling psychology at St. Edward’s University. She hopes to someday combine her two passions of dogs and psychology to help humans heal with power of puppy love. Madison enjoys spending her free time watching movies, reading books, and finding different and fun creative outlets. She also always makes time to spend with her two dogs, Ingrid, a 6 year old miniature dachshund, and Karl, a 3 year old Anatolian Shepherd mix.
Calvin Householder, Pet Care Technician
Calvin is a student at one of our high schools here in Pflugerville. He participates in the band program as the Drum Major and it is through band that Calvin met Mason Emken and then Gabby Emken and learned about DogBoy’s Dog Ranch. Working here sounded like a great opportunity to be in a job he would love. He really enjoys spending one-on-one time with the dogs doing hikes, playing fetch and playing around with water with the dogs. Turning a hose on and watching a dog go nuts is one of his favorite sights! Calvin has 2 dogs of his own, Molli, a black Lab mix adopted 9 years ago and Zeke, a stray Aussie mix that’s been with his family for the past 6 years. They both love hiking and car rides!
Clara Scott, Pet Care Technician
Clara was a dog trainer with PetCo prior to joining our team in 2017. While searching for her next move within the pet industry, she found DogBoy’s and was so excited by the employment opportunity! She has a passion for learning about dogs and finds great joy in playing with and caring for the pups each day. Clara’s furry family includes a Chihuahua mix named Oreo and 2 Guinea Pigs named Augustus and Achilles. Keep an eye out for her infectious smile!
Gabby Emken, Pet Care Technician
Gabby, the daughter of DogBoy and DogGirl, has grown up right here on DogBoy’s Dog Ranch, you could say dogs are her life! She has 2 family pups, Rebel, an 11 year old Great Dane mix and Noodle, a 10 year old Chiweenie. Gabby first began working as a member of the DogBoy’s Social Squad helping to post great Ranch moments on social media, and is now a member of our Pet Care Technician team. Her favorite thing about her job is watching how happy dogs are when they reunite with their owners at the end of a stay. When not watching over your furry-family member, you’ll find Gabby participating in her nationally recognized, high school marching band.
Jordan Lowery, Pet Care Technician
Before joining the DogBoy’s team, Jordan worked in the restaurant industry as well as with children through the YMCA. Looking to pursue her love of animals, she found DogBoy’s online and fell in love with the spaciousness and play opportunities for dogs. She loves working with the amazing dogs and her co-workers; you won’t find any one sweeter or more patient than Jordan! Norman, her 10 year old, large, mixed-breed pup loves accompanying her to work daily and being the unofficial mascot of DogBoy’s Team Huddles.
Liz Sengler, Pet Care Technician
Liz is a recent graduate from Texas A&M University. During her university years, she was employed as an after school program staff member working with kids from kindergarten to 5th grade aged students. She discovered DogBoy’s when accompanying her parents on a tour of our facility when they were looking for daycare and boarding for their 7 Dachshunds. Liz learned of an available position on the ranch when on the tour and jumped at the opportunity to work with dogs! She and her family are avid dog lovers, in addition to their own brood, over 20 dogs were fostered in her home while Liz was growing up. Liz has a pup of her own, a 3 year old Basset Hound/Heeler mix who’s been with her for about a year. When not hanging out with all of the pups in her life, you’ll find Liz enjoying time with her friends and country dancing.
Melissa Morelos, Pet Care Technician
Melissa worked as an Animal Care Attendant for a local vet prior to joining the DogBoy’s team. Looking for a new opportunity in the animal field brought her to us! She loves getting to learn about dog behavior and play style and really enjoys seeing how happy the dogs are to be here. Melissa grew up with a Boston Terrier named Cocobella and a German Shepherd named Lobo. While she is currently without a dog of her own, she loves spending time with her “god-dog” and is excited about fostering or adopting soon!
Molly Corbin, Pet Care Technician
Molly is one of our clients, turned employee. She started by bringing her 3 and a half year old Giant Schnauzer, Bella, out for daycare and after a short time, decided joining our team was the right move. Molly’s background is in insurance underwriting in the Houston area; she relocated to Austin for the outdoor lifestyle and all of the fun activities Austin offers. She loves working with her coworkers and being outdoors with the pups. It’s hard to have a bad day when surrounded by all of these dogs! Molly stays very active outside of work flying airplanes, running with her dogs, and spending time with her family and 2 Dachshunds, Oscar and Rudy in addition to her Schnauzer Bella.
Dakota Dobbs, Ranch Hand
Dakota met DogGirl through a local business networking group while employed as a handyman. When the opportunity to join DogBoy’s as a Pet Care Technician became available, Dakota jumped at the chance to work with dogs and be outdoors. He has since moved from our kennel to the role of our trusted Ranch Hand and loves getting to work with his hands outdoors. Outside of work, Dakota stays very busy with his 2 – 1 and a half year old dogs, Rogue, a mixed breed pup who’s been with him since the summer of 2017 and his newest addition, Cedric, a Black-Mouth Cur mix who was adopted in the fall of 2017. As a former member of the Army Airborne Infantry, Dakota’s hobbies include working out and running with his dogs. All three love spending time on the water and being active!
Cali, Ranch Cat
Cali joined the DogBoy’s family in 2010 as a working barn cat. She was adopted through a local feral cat program designed to move cats with little socialization into an environment that allowed them to remain in a spacious, outdoor setting as they were accustomed. Though it took some time, Cali learned that humans are actually pretty cool and that hanging out in the DogBoy’s office is the life. You will now find her lounging near the fireplace in the winter, relaxing in her cat-hammock or laying around on the desk just waiting to greet you and your dogs! Cali has an amazing sense about the pups and knows who’s safe to hang around and when to make herself scarce. Her hobbies include hunting small game and birds, laying on needed paperwork and keyboards, sleeping and helping our training team desensitize cat-reactive dogs.