Our Receptionists are the faces of Bear Brook. They are always ready with a kind word and a cheerful attitude in person or over the phone. They can pretty much help you with anything you may need. Many of our receptionists are cross-trained for doggy daycare and as kennel techs. We all work together to give your pets the best!
Our Kennel Technicians are the ones that take care of your pets during their stay at Bear Brook! They provide loving care and attention for all of the animals and make sure that your pets are comfortable during their stay. They have all been taught how to read dog body language and how to detect signs of irritation, illness, etc. Many of our employees are animal science majors or other professions at local Universities and colleges.
Sarah is one of our head trainers here at Bear Brook Kennel. She became involved in our training program about two years ago, where she shadowed our certified trainer in multiple sessions. She previously volunteered at the Bangor Humane Society for over a year where she had the opportunity to work one-on-one with a variety of animals. This experience came with a diverse amount of personalities and behavioral issues. Sarah started working here in September of 2019, where she was able to peruse her love for animals. When she is not working at Bear Brook Kennel, she is studying nursing! She is a very busy lady!
Emily has been with us since October of 2019. When she adopted her first rescue pup, Moto, she found her love and passion for animals. She has continued this loving demeanor to all the pups at BBK since. If you can’t find Emily, she is typically in the back giving extra cuddles to our boarding animals. She is cross-trained as a kennel tech, receptionist, and daycare attendant. On top of this, if you are trying to find a bigger yard for your four-legged family member, she is a licensed realtor at Realty of Maine!
Patrick has been with us since March of 2021. He is currently enrolled at the University of Maine, studying Animal Veterinary Science. When he is not studying or playing with the pups here at BBK, he is with his 7 animals back home in Massachusetts. He is also quite experienced in animal rehabilitation and fitness! Now that Patrick is coming up on his last year of schooling, he is hoping to find a job where he can work with animal wildlife. We will miss him once he graduates!
Holly has been with us since 2007 as our Day Care Director. She also has worked as a kennel tech, as a receptionist, and as a training assistant. She has taken a Dog Day Care: Beyond the Leash, seminar to help further her knowledge of dog behavior. She has worked with animals for over 12 years, can read the dogs very well, and all the dogs in Day Care love her! She has always owned dogs and loves interacting with them in the Day Care setting. Her hobbies include dancing at Native American pow wows, making native regalia, doing beadwork and other art-related crafts.
Cathy came to Bear Brook in early 2018 bringing a background in management and customer service. She has Minnie, a miniature schnauzer, and Abracadabra (aka ABRA), a Bengal cat. She is the lead receptionist and works on special projects. Her recent projects include updating our technical needs such as the website and computer software and hardware.
Giovanna has been with us since August of 2019. She has had a passion for dogs since she was young. Volunteering at the humane society with problematic dogs opened her eyes to the world of training. She graduated from Bangor High School in 2019 and since then I have been spending my time working with dogs at Bear Brook Kennel, training my dog, and fostering. I have gained training knowledge from the previous trainer here at Bear Brook, hands-on experience, and online forums. She is an accomplished trainer, receptionist, kennel tech, and doggy daycare attendant. Giovanna does it all!
Faith joined us in June of 2021. Faith has always had a big heart when it come to animals, and tends to surrounded herself with as many dogs and cats as possible. If she is not actively working with animals, then she is doggy sitting or cuddling with her pups at home. Her experience working at a doggy daycare/kennel has furthered her love for animals and understanding of each and every one. Her broad knowledge of dog behaviors and tendencies make her very successful here! When she isn’t spending time with animals, she is pursuing a career in dental hygiene at UMA, or substituting at the Glenburn School.
Catie came to Bear Brook Kennel in May of 2021. She is currently an Animal Veterinary Science major at the local University of Maine. Since her first day here, Catie has been shadowing our head trainers, Sarah and Giovanna. Her goal is to become a very successful trainer in Maine one day. Her experience does not stop there! Previously, she volunteered at a wildlife rehabilitation center in her home state of New York. She is not only passionate about her work with animals but always wants to learn more.