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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

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.

Sharni

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. 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.

Jill - Chief  Cuddler

Hi I’m Jill and pairing with my name I am a bit of a Jack of all trades here at The Waggery. After 30 plus years in the meat retail world (25 of those in our own butcher shop) and not quite ready to retire. I jumped at the chance to work along side my daughter Tessa and here I am.

You will usually see me in reception saying “hi and bye” to all of our wonderful Waggers and their owners. Oh and cuddling, I am a great cuddler for any Wagger that needs one!

Brendan – Pawparatzi

Hiya, My name is Brendan! I always wanted to work with animals and what better way to get up in the morning than knowing you get to work with man’s best friend every day!

I’ve completed my Certificate III in Dog Training and Behavior and previously worked through the RSPCA in retail, education and re-adoption. I love being able to see dogs really getting to live their best lives and helping their owners learn how to take the best care of their furry friends!  Every dog we work with is quite different and I think the diversity and fun loving staff is what really makes The Waggery such a great place to be.

I have one dog Delilah the Greyhound X who often comes to The Waggery, she’s usually the awkward big dog trying to be a small lap dog.  

I can’t wait to meet you and all of your fur kids!

Abbi - Professional Pooch Patter

G’day I’m Abbi. Whilst completing year 12 I had no idea what I wanted to do or where I wanted to work. All I knew is my love for dogs was real. I set out to find work placement, and well…I haven’t left. I loved every minute of my placement and knew I’d found my calling. I’m now full time and pinch myself everyday that I get to hang out – oh I mean “work” along side some of the coolest dogs in town.  

My world revolves around my Labrador Sami and now also my fur friends at The Wag and I couldn’t be happier, I look forward to learning from my fellow work colleagues and completing some certificates of my own in the near future.

Cait - First Paw Officer

G’day, I’m Cait! I have been working in the animal industry for just over 5 years. My love for animals has led me to obtaining my cert IV in Veterinary Nursing in 2016. I have grown up on a sheep, cattle and cropping farm just outside of Ballarat, and I have ridden horses my whole life. You could say I was just born to work with animals! I went too far North Queensland and worked on a cattle station for a year to build my skills in the agricultural industry, I am now back in Victoria to gain more experience, knowledge and certificates in the animal industry. I absolutely love working with dogs!

I have a border collie called Ellie who comes in on a Wednesday to play with all the dogs at The Waggery.

I can’t wait to meet you all and look after all your fur kids at The Waggery.

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