Hi, my name is Christine and I am the manager at the North Shore Pet Connection. I began working at the North Shore Doggy Daycare in February of 2011 and the North Shore Pet Connection in May of 2013. I live in Glendale, but am originally from Menasha, WI. In 2009, I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from UW-Milwaukee. In 2013, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, also from UW-Milwaukee. Besides dogs, I love reading, knitting, listening to music, and adding to my large shoe collection.
My family has included seven dogs thus far in my life; five of them have been from 75-100+ pounds (three Bouviers, one Bouvier Mix, and one Giant Schnauzer.) The other two I consider my furry children. My 14 pounds Brussels Griffon/Cairn Terrier Mix (male) and 16.5 pounds Bichon/Shih Tzu Mix (female) are my ultimate pride and joy. In December 2013, I adopted the female one from one of our ill and elderly customers. Now and then, my babies can be seen hanging out with the other dogs in one of their cute little outfits.
I love getting to work with such a variety of dogs. Whether they are diabetic, geriatric, blind, or just plain happy and healthy, I love taking care of them all. Getting to take care of the occasional cat, rabbit, bird, or fish at the Pet Connection is always a neat experience. I always like learning more about the care for other animals.
My favorite part about working at NSDD and NSPC is being greeted everyday by my enthusiastic furry friends. When I come in, I make sure to say “hi” to every dog individually. It makes me feel good when I make a new dog feel welcome; it’s important to me to make sure all of the dogs staying with us are comfortable and happy. I like to dance silly to the radio for the dogs’ entertainment and sing to them, a bit, out of tune. It takes a lot of patience and love to work in this business, and when it comes to animals, I have plenty of both. I’ll do whatever is needed to take care of your furry family member. Every dog that comes through our door is special and you can be sure they will know it.
Hi, my name is Stephanie and I have been working at the North Shore Pet Connection and the North Shore Doggy Daycare since March 2014. I am originally from Wisconsin Rapids where my family owns a small hobby farm. We have a variety of animals including horses, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs, cats, and Sir Pickles the hedgehog. I moved to Milwaukee to attend school at Milwaukee Career College and graduated in February 2014 with a veterinarian assistant diploma with honors.
When I’m not working I am at home enjoying spending time with my two daughters Zoe and Charlize. We have a cat (Keefe), a Pit Bull (Smoke) and a Cocker Spaniel (Rebel).
Hi, my name is Desi. I am a Certified Veterinary Technician. I have worked with Diane for approximately 8 years now. I started out as a volunteer at The North Shore Pet Connection at the age of thirteen. When Diane opened up the North Shore Doggy Daycare in July of 2008, I started working here! It has been such an honor to work with and learn from someone who has such passion for animals is so full of knowledge. I am animal CPR certified and have learned a lot about animal behavior just from working at North Shore Doggy Daycare. I have had other jobs before such as waitressing and retail, but none of those compare to the enjoyment I get from NSDD. I have grown with this facility and its’ furry friends and continue to gain so much from working with each and every one
Hello, my name is Emily. I am from Simi Valley, California and now I attend Marquette University as an elementary education and psychology major. Diane is my aunt, and I am very glad to have the opportunity to work with family at North Shore Doggy Daycare. I grew up loving animals just like Diane, and I loved visiting her and playing with all the animals at NSPC and NSDD. I had a dog at home for fifteen years: a white German shepherd and dingo nix Dena. Now I have an eight year old border collie named Sage. I love my dogs so much and I am so happy that I get to work with so many every day at NSDD!
Hi, my name is Kelsey. I grew up in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and have always been surrounded by animals! As a child I bonded with my cat, Buddie, which passed away a couple years ago. My family now has 2 dogs–Lily, a white Boxer, and Lilah, an Australian Cattle Dog and Border Collie mix.
I currently attend the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and am studying Biological Sciences and Pre-Veterinary Medicine. My dream is to become a wildlife Veterinarian and work with the conservation of big cats.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my furry friends! Luckily, working at the North Shore Doggy Daycare has allowed me to channel my passion for animals into something that makes a positive impact on the lives of all the dogs! Hiking, gardening, fishing, and playing soccer are some of my favorite hobbies as well.
I’ve never loved my job as much as I do now that I get to work with animals!
Hello, I’m Rhonda. I am a certified groomer at North Shore Doggy Daycare and North Shore Pet Connection. I have 16 years of experience working with dogs and cats in various grooming businesses. I have worked for the Wisconsin Humane Society, Petland, and as a caretaker for horses at The Ranch and Erin Meadows Farm. Put simply, I love all animals…any size, age, temperament, or special needs.