Humans: Amy •
• Sampson (Sammy)
Amy, resident "Pack Mom" and owner/operator of the Dog
Stop Doggie Day Care, is an experienced animal handler. She grew
up with dogs as members of the family and developed a deep respect
for them. She has raised her own family the same way.
Amy started her own dog walking/sitting business and worked with
horses and dogs at a local wildlife rehab center as a kid in her
Connecticut home town. Those early experiences helped her realize
that only a non-traditional training approach would work for her.
She sensed that compassionate, non-threatening training was the
best way for her to achieve lasting and fulfilling bonds with animals.
And this is the handling style she uses today at the Dog Stop.
Her natural ability to communicate with animals, particularly dogs,
has lead to a thriving canine-centered business. And the dogs know
that they are in good hands.
Amy Says: "Working with dogs is like being on vacation every
day. They are all fun, honest, warm members of my family.
And the whole family is involved by the way -- including her canine
companions Trooper, Sammy,
Tracker and Coach.
Brent, Amy's son and second resident human in command, helps with
daycare duties when he's not attending high school. With Amy's upbringing
and respect for animals, it makes perfect sense that Brent was raised
the same way and has the same respect. His intuitive handling style
is a big hit with all the Dog Stop members.
Brent is also the designer and creator of many of the Dog Stop
All the dogs are curious when Brent begins a new project -- and
they can't wait to inspect his latest work.
Meet Trooper - In Memorium
Trooper was a mild mannered canine partner and day care moderator
at the Dog Stop. He was the big canine brother to all the other
Before Trooper was born, Amy and her children were foster parenting
his mom. Trooper was first of the litter (which probably explains
his big brother tendencies). Brent and Amy were there for his arrival
and named him on the spot. The deep bond that's developed between
them was clearly evident -- a bond that words can't quite describe.
Trooper was well known for his morning greeting to all who came
to The Dog Stop, even as his illness progressed. He was always
happy to see a friend arrive. In fact he practically sang for joy.
He kept a watchful eye out for all the dogs (as well as everyone
else around the facility), and if anything looked suspicious to
Trooper, he'd let Amy know.
Trooper passed away November 2004 and now watches over his family
and friends from a favorite spot in his yard. We all miss him dearly
for he was a truly unique canine personality who brough joy to
all those around him.
Meet Sampson (Sammy) - In Memorium
Sampson found his first human family when he was 6 months old
at a campground in New Hampshire where he'd been abandoned. After
11 happy years with his adopted family, life changed. His family
worked and traveled a lot and the children went off to school.
Lonely at home alone, Sammy frequently stayed at the Dog Stop while
they were gone. One day, when they came to pick him up, Sammy calmly
walked into the Dog Stop house— and stayed. He'd once again
made his own decision and adopted his new home and family. And
his former family was happy that he chose a safe, attentive environment.
Gentle Sammy, who was hearing impaired, was an older dog who enjoyed
living with his Dog Stop family. He was usually on hand for hellos
and goodbyes. His sweet personality is missed by his family and
These are just a few of the family members. Meet the other members
- Terese, Amy's daughter, who now works
off site in the non-canine world, helps out when needed. She's
known for her compassionate nature and has a knack for finding
those in need. Critter is one of her "great saves".
- Tracker loves to play and chase tennis balls,
so if he's in the yard when you arrive and brings you the ball,
throw it for him. He's small, but he doesn't know it, and he's
fast and has and has bold convictions.
- Coach is a lively black and white dog who
has the cutest dog smile ever. He's a happy young guy who learned
all there is to know from his best buddy and mentor, Trooper.
He's now in charge of round ups.
- Houston, a cat who born into an
unwanted litter and taken away from his mother at three weeks,
now lives a pleasant life of leisure as official "Office Cat",
keeping watch from perches far away from the dogs.