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Meet DogBoy’s Team of Dog Lovers!

Neil Coleman, Kennel Manager

Neil is an East coast native who came to Austin in 2007.  His work with animals began on a volunteer basis while living in Mexico, where he ran his own restaurant in a sleepy beach town.  A lifelong dog lover, he  began rescuing street dogs in his spare time; nurturing them back to health, training them to adapt to domestic life and then finding them homes.  Through this, he became involved with a like-minded group of animal lovers who needed assistance in organizing and funding spay/neuter clinics for the local dog and cat population.  He organized and hosted several fundraisers through his restaurant, raised the necessary money and assisted in the clinics themselves once they got underway.  The initial successes enabled the group to become a self-sufficient rescue operation that continues its fine work to this day.

Neil had planned to only make a quick stopover in Austin when he returned to the U.S., but has remained since.  Having fallen in love with Austin’s pet-friendly vibe, he began volunteering at local shelters, and eventually discovered that his long-term goal was to train dogs for therapy.  He was fortunate enough to cross paths with DogBoy’s Dog Ranch, who have welcomed him into their Training and Wellness Center and are helping him work towards his necessary certifications. He is currently serving as DogBoy’s Kennel Manager, which will further sharpen his dog behavior knowledge.

In his free time, Neil manages to balance a side career as a writer with the knowledge that he is the worst musician in Austin.   His dog Linus and his cat Sid don’t seem to mind.

Michael Singer, Assistant Kennel Manager

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 is a Brittany Spaniel named Mikey. Michael started working at DogBoy’s in early 2014, and is currently serving as our Assistant Kennel Manager.  He has an amazing knack for knowing almost everything about the dogs at DogBoy’s and their humans.

Shannon Eakin, Office Manager

Shannon is a true Austin native! A former client of DogBoy’s, Shannon has always loved dogs. Her newest sweet boy is Jasper, a little mixed breed who was rescued from Hurricane Harvey. He is her current pride and joy! Shannon loves getting to know clients and loving on their pups.

Jen Larson, Training Manager

Jen moved to Austin in 2014. A graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy and a student of Dr. Patricia McConnell, Jen brings a level of positive training knowledge and passion that is unrivaled here on the Ranch. Read her full bio.

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. She is now in charge of all the financials here at the Ranch. When Erica’s not at DogBoy’s, you can find her working out, hiking, or training for her next Spartan race!

Ferrell Jackson, Office Coordinator

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.

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!