Owners

Mia and Whitney Troy-Vowell encountered the same conundrum many pet parents face when forced to leave their dogs for any period of time… they had to find the perfect place to board them, as several of their dogs had special behavioral and medical needs. After trying a few options in the area, from daycare to in home boarding, they continued to have trouble finding a reliable option when it came to the care of their dogs.

Shortly thereafter, with the support of her husband Whitney, Mia decided to leave her decade long career in the realms of marketing, advertising, public relations and communications to open Oh my DOG. Because Mia and Whitney had such high standards for just the right facility for their dogs, they are in a perfect position to provide you with the quality dog care that you expect for your babies.

Mia graduated with a BSBA, majoring in marketing, from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business. Mia can be found working the front desk at OMD on most afternoons, in her spare time she enjoys spending time with her own dogs and reading.

In an energetic, enthusiastic and compassionate manner, Whitney brings many years’ worth of experience and knowledge from his background in human services and work in general construction; all of which combined have been instrumental in his success working with dogs, as well as a business owner. Whitney is a proud husband, father, and dog-lover, and in his free time enjoys spending with his family at home.

Staff

Hannah

Hannah studied expressive arts therapy at Burlington College. With learning and exploring creative and unique outlets for ways to deal with stress, happiness and just everyday life she found that the most comforting and easiest form to connect with was animals, but more so- dogs. Hannah has 5+ years working with dogs. From learning experiences at other dog daycare facilities, volunteering, a kennel assistant and adoption counselor at Salem Animal Rescue, and the growing experiences at Oh My Dog.

Hannah says, “My favorite part about working at Oh My Dog would have to be the team that I am apart of, and of course. the dogs. Getting to know the personalities, and quirks about each pup that comes to visit us is so rewarding. I’ve always had a pull towards the more “socially awkward” nervous type. Seeing them open up and “get loose” over time is so special and creates such a strong lasting bond, Almost like a best friend.
Behind me, and all of that I have my team to thank. The communication, support, drive and passion we all share is what sets us up for success everyday a dog and client walks through our door. The team at oh my dog aren’t just
my coworkers they are my family.”

Within this short but expanding life of hers, she can proudly and confidently say that this is not just a job, its a way of life. Hannah has hopes to one day start her own small rescue to be an advocate and voice for dogs in need. For now, she enjoys her time with her Fiance, two dogs Linus and Dobby, and family exploring and eating her way around Vermont.

Patrick

Working with dogs is a pleasure because patience and creativity are rewarded when you look to understand what dogs need to be happy and safe in a crowd of dogs all seeking the same thing in their own strange ways. I helped raise my goddog for the first six years of his life before his family moved across the country, and the dog companionship at OMD has been wonderful. Between my coworkers and the dogs, there’s a lot of ways to learn. If I am not with dogs, you can find me with my books. I come home to a one-eyed dog named Flash.

Abby

I’m a recent graduate of Utica College with a degree in animal behavior as well as a NY transplant. I am absolutely loving VT living and couldn’t ask for a better job post grad. I get to work with animals every day and other individuals who are just as passionate about them as I am. The best part of working at Oh My Dog is getting to talk dogs with the other staff members and be able to share our knowledge and continually grow as a team. Outside of work I spend all my free time hiking, running, and skiing in the mountains. Any chance I get you’ll catch me on a mountain.

Walter

I really enjoy working at Oh My Dog because everyone here cares deeply about the well-being of our dogs. It’s a fast and focused environment, with tons of dog cuddles and kisses. It’s the best mix. Getting to work with all different breeds is really fun, and the energy the dogs bring to work is incredibly recharging and rewarding. When I’m not with the dogs, I’m out fishing, hiking, or tending my garden. I am currently looking for a new pup, as my pitty Nino recently past away.

Jenny

What I like the most about working at oh my dog is getting to see so many sweet, furry faces every day! It’s a wonderful feeling knowing that we can provide a safe, clean and fun environment for parents to drops their dogs off at and have the parents be comfortable while they are away. On days that I am not at oh my dog I enjoy getting a breath of fresh air and spending time with friends and family.

Taylor

I love working at OMD for one simple reason; I love dogs. The pups that I get to play with every day have taught me patience, love, kindness. And along with the dogs my co workers have shown me what it’s like to work in an environment where I can be myself, wholeheartedly. Being part of this team has made my life a brighter place, and I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.

Jeff

I have been working at Oh My Dog for almost a year now, and I truly enjoy coming to work every day. Engaging with the dogs and their different personalities, as well as meeting new dogs coming in to join the pack, make this job fun and unique. I have always enjoyed being around family dogs, and although I don’t currently own a dog, I hope to in the near future.

Hali

My favorite part about working at OMD is being surrounded by dogs and great coworkers every day. I never fail to leave without a smile on my face! I am finishing up my undergraduate degree at UVM currently, but in my free time I like to go hiking, spend time with animals of any kind and explore Vermont. I have three dogs, Baeli a Bernese Mountain Dog, Lincoln a black lab and Grizzly a chocolate lab, along with my cat Marla.

Alex

I love working at OMD because the energy is positive, the people are passionate, and the dogs are happy. The environment is one I am proud to be a part of and I find myself learning new things every day I work. If the dogs are happy, I’m happy — and vice versa. One of the most rewarding feelings is working with dogs that are a little more shy or timid. Getting them to open up and be comfortable always brings a smile to my face and (of course) a couple of belly scratches to the dogs! I have one dog of my own, Skye, who loves hiking and and fetching sticks, and snoozing. Outside of work, soccer is a large part of my life, and I enjoy being out in nature in general — volleyball, frisbee, hiking, swimming. Anything as long as I’m with the people (and dogs!) I love.

Lauren

It is a dream come true to work at a place where I get to hang out with dogs and dog people all day! My favorite part of working at Oh My Dog is learning all the different dog personalities and especially connecting with the older dogs who need a little extra love. Outside of work, I love traveling, eating good food, reading, and exploring the outdoors with my wife, Theresa. We have a pyrenees/lab mix named Oates, who thinks he is athletic but is really just a big dork. I feel lucky to have found such a wonderful community of dogs and humans at OMD!

Ali
I’ve worked as a daily dog walker in Atlanta and Brooklyn but OMD is my first doggy daycare. Working here is actually more fun than walking pups because our objective here is healthy play or relaxation! Ive learned a lot because I get to watch dogs be dogs every day and getting to supervise their fun is always hilarious. When I’m not at work I make art and tend to houseplants. I also have a wonderful dog named Amos.

 

Tyson

I started working with dogs in early 2001, but the most lovely experiences by far have been at OMD. My favourite part of the day is inspiring confidence in a dog, getting the shy kids to express themselves and play their sweet faces off! I love to bring the new guys into the yard and get them moving towards some excellent new friendships!

Tyler

What I like best about working at OMD is the fact that it rarely feels like “work”. You’re seeing important, sometimes difficult tasks through, but you’re more likely than not to have fun doing it. In my free time I try to skateboard everyday. I have two dogs named Sampson and Ari. They have more friends than I have.

Ross

I’m an aspiring biologist at Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, Florida, but I’ve returned home for the summer and have the pleasure of working at Oh my DOG! I’ve lived in Vermont for the past 14 years and this summer I’ve been working here and it has given me a glimpse at what a career in animal care might be like. In my free time I love to play volleyball. I have one dog and he is an Australian Shepherd, his name is Fergus.

Blake

The thing that I like the most about working at OMD is the atmosphere and general work environment. Whit and Mia have established a very positive “we can do it” attitude with everything that’s done at OMD. This positive vibe makes for a fun and very rewarding place to work. In my free time I very much enjoy being outside. I am sports fan so a good chunk of my free time goes to watching football, hockey, or SportsCenter. I have a longhaired lion lop rabbit named Gizmo and a cheagle puppy named Jack Daniels (seen in my bio pic under my right shoulder).

Tamara

Being a huge dog lover my entire life, it was only fitting that I work at a doggy daycare, and Oh My Dog was my number one choice. I absolutely love working here; I have some of the best co-workers, amazing bosses, and the dogs are so much fun to work with! I have two dogs of my own, Nala and Bella, they are my four-legged children. Outside of work, I like to hang out with friends, enjoy the outdoors, read if I ever get the chance, attempt to bake without burning down the house, doodle in my sketchbooks, and sing whatever song pops into my head.

Carl

Getting to know each dog is what I like most about working at OMD. There are plenty of familiar faces each time I come in but lots of new ones too. It’s extremely rewarding to manage a pack smoothly with a great crew each day. When I’m not working I’m either at the rink playing hockey in a men’s league or relaxing talking dogs with my good friend Ben Draper. I don’t currently own any pets but a dog is in my future.

Joe

My favorite part of working at Oh My Dog is the amount of positive energy that everyone puts forward everyday, and how that positive energy is reflected in the attitudes of the dogs. Getting to meet so many dogs of all sizes, ages, and personalities is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. In my free time I enjoy hiking with my girlfriend, snowboarding, and spending time with my puppos. I have two dogs of my own, Stella is a pitbull mix who has the power to steal your heart with one glance, and Gruber is a very shy boy but he is the sweetest love bug.

Sean

Working at Oh my Dog is like being a part of a family. Everyone brings positive and compassionate energy with them everyday. This energy is palpable and helps to create a calm and comfortable atmosphere for the dogs who are always happy to be there and see their OMD family. It’s a unique and amazing work environment, although it rarely feels like work. When I’m not at OMD I enjoy riding and racing fixed gear track and single speed cyclocross bikes, and nerding-out on Grateful Dead. I don’t have a dog right now (although I do have a few favorites), but it’s inevitable. I love the retrievers and would like to get back to training and handling field dogs.

Shelby

I just love being with the dogs and getting to work with other amazing people who have the same passion for dogs that I do. I feel so lucky to be working at the best pet daycare in Vermont. It doesn’t feel like work at all. All of my pets now live with my parents but they also live in Burlington so I get to see them all time. I have a rat terrier named Odie, two cats – Meeka and Georgie, two cockatiels Romeo and Jewel and a psychotic but lovable sun conure named Pita. I love being outside – doing everything or nothing. I often go for long walks through the woods with my dog and my brother’s Australian shepherd. Sometimes, my parrot Pita even comes along. I also love long boarding, biking, snowboarding and hiking.