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Our Staff – Are Pawsome! #thebest

Get to know the friendly, fully trained, experienced and pup-loving people who will provide the best possible care and attention to your dog, along with cuddles!

The Waggery prides itself on providing you and your dog with a caring and personalised service. We are a small, hard working group of passionate dog lovers. Staff are fully trained in dog behaviour with years of experience. Basically our staff know dogs inside and out. Your dog will receive expert handling, care, cuddles, oh and did we mention FUN! We love nothing more than to see your dog having fun playing in a fully supervised cage free environment, providing them with lots of enrichment and plenty of fun and games. Our staff take the time to get to know all of our dogs, their play styles and how they behave in the daycare environment, are able to read and understand dog behaviours and can quickly identify any possible unwanted behaviours, and intervene if necessary before it develops.

Roy and her mates

Roy - Managing Director

G’day I’m Roy…and before you assume wrongly - I am a girl...a girl with a boys name...basically I’m like a dog straight outta Hollywood.

Now to get a few things straight – Regardless of what my Mum says, I am the boss around here. I am her first born and therefore heir to this business so I run the show and call the shots. In addition to all my MD jobs I’m also responsible for the quality testing of all toys, beds, fences, gates and leads. Everything is passed by me and unless I wag my tail like a mad woman it ain’t happening.

I’m so happy mum created this business for me – now I get to see my friends every day. I look forward to meeting you soon.


Tilly - Office Manager

Oh hi I’m Tilly. I’m not really too sure what to write here…I’ve never been one for public speaking. I look after things in the office here at The Waggery. My main duties include keeping Mum’s feet warm and perfecting my sad dog eyes for sympathy pats.

Mum adopted me about 4 years ago…my life is so much better now I don’t have to chase sheep all day. I love it here at The Waggery – I am a lady of leisure and I am mad for it.

I look forward to nudging your hand so you continue to pat me very soon.


Tessa – Roy’s 2IC

Hi there, I’m Tessa and I am the proud owner and manager of The Waggery - Roy’s 2IC.

After many years working in different office environments I realised I had no desire to climb the corporate ladder so I took a chance and opened The Waggery. 

I have a deep love for dogs and their welfare and I also know firsthand how hard it is to leave your fur kid at home all day every day. They say if you work hard enough dreams come true! My dream was to create a place for owners to have their dogs cared for in a safe, friendly environment where they are free to interact and play with other dogs. I’ve worked hard for many years and think I can safely say I have now accomplished my dream. 

I feel honoured to have the trust of so many dog owners, it is not something I take lightly. 

My team and I love making life easier and guilt free for parents, and creating fun filled days for dogs. There is nothing I love more than greeting happy tail waggin’ dogs at the door.  

I’m so proud of our facilities and our trained and talented team. 

Roy, Tilly and I look forward to meeting and playing with you and your fur kid really soon.


Melissa – Head Safety Officer

Hi, I’m Melissa. I am a fully qualified veterinary nurse working at The Waggery three days a week and nurse the other two days at a popular vet practice here in Ballarat. I grew up on a large farm and was lucky enough to have many pets ranging from dogs, horses, geese, chickens and even a goat! I am a long time animal lover who loves nothing more than to work with animals of all shapes and sizes. Except…maybe spiders. 

I love the diversity of my two jobs, The Waggery is a nice change from nursing duties - the dogs are always happy to be there, which makes my job much more fun! With nursing I can make a huge difference in lots of animals lives and sometimes can even save them. 

I’ve completed my Certificate III in Animal Behaviour and Training, this is where my real passion lies and can’t wait to put my skills to use at The Waggery. 

I have two dogs and one horse. You will no doubt see my much loved GSP Whipper wandering around The Waggery while I am here. He was The Waggery’s very first daycare kid and thinks he owns the joint. He is also Roy’s, our Managing  Directors boyfriend so thinks he is pretty important around here. 


Sharni – Fun and Games Co-ordinator

Hello there! I’m Sharni. I have a real passion for dogs and have always wanted to pursue a career in the animal industry. I love coming to work each day and I am very lucky to love my job! 

I'm always furthering my knowledge through study, I’ve completed my Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training and Certificate III in Companion Animal Services that will be completed by the end of the year. Getting to know each individual dog’s personalities and traits is just one of the things I love about working at The Waggery. I love to enrich dogs lives and am the creative genius behind many of the activities that the dogs participate in each week. I work closely alongside Roy, our Managing Director to ensure we have just the right balance of learning, games and fun.

I have two fur kids of my own, Tilly the Cavoodle and Marlee the Australian Shepherd – you will see them at The Waggery every Tuesday.