The SwissRidge™️ Staff

I am very lucky to have gathered some great staff and true animal lovers at SwissRidge Kennels. There is no way I could produce so many happy, healthy, well-socialized pups without the support of many capable people. I know that my dogs and my business are in good hands. Please meet them, through their own words, below.

Emily - Operations manager

I have been working as a Kennel Attendant at SwissRidge since January 2016.

For as long as I can remember, animals have always been my passion. When I’m not taking care of the dogs at SwissRidge, you can usually find me at home with my own dog, at the farm riding and taking care of the horses, or at the gym working on my fitness.

The unconditional love that I receive from the dogs makes me really appreciate the job that I have at SwissRidge. I love coming to work every day knowing that there are many wagging tails waiting for me to arrive.

My favorite part of the job, besides being with dogs all day, would be getting the Bernedoodle puppies ready to go home on puppy pick-up day. I love seeing how fluffy they get after being bathed and brushed… especially their paws and tails.

It’s a pleasure to work for Sherry, someone who is so knowledgeable about breeding and caring for dogs. In the short amount of time I have worked for Sherry, I have already learned so much!

My love for animals makes this the perfect job for me!


Mellonie - Head of administration

I provide administrative support at SwissRidge Kennels. My job includes answering phone calls and emails, booking flights, organizing all paperwork, booking appointments and making sure all clients’ needs are covered from the day they contact us until they get their pup and afterwards. 

I’ve held other customer service/receptionist jobs in the past, but none has been as fulfilling as this one. The best part of my job is interacting with future and existing members of our SwissRidge family. I love helping families find their newest furry friend.

Working for a committed professional like Sherry, and being around cute pups and beautiful dogs top off my list of why I enjoy my job. 

I have had dogs most of my life, and there’s nothing like the love and companionship of man’s best friend. 


Rachael - Receptionist for training

I’m in charge of getting all the training reports and updates to owners who have enrolled their puppies in our imprint program.

I have a long history of loving animals, my two passions are horses and dogs. I am so proud to be a part of SwissRidge Kennels! I have a few furry friends at home, pictured is my rescue Joey. I also have an Australian Shepherd, a SwissRidge Golden Retriever, two horses, and cows. I enjoy going on hikes with my dogs and giving them lots of love, and it’s pretty incredible that my job is to simply care for and love someone else’s. A lot of time is spent keeping their kennels clean and cozy, while the rest of the time is spent romping around with all the doodles and their parents. I love it! My favorite part is meeting the puppies’ new parents and watching how appreciated and involved our dogs are in their new furever families.


Hailey - Receptionist for first inquires

I work as a receptionist at SwissRidge and will be your first point of contact when you send your initial email. I love getting everyone started in their journey to find the perfect puppy!

I grew up on a small hobby farm in Northern Ontario. There, we raised animals of all kinds; chickens, ducks, turkeys, horses, cows, pigs, dogs and cats. Almost every photo from my childhood has a baby animal in it. I had the opportunity to grow up alongside these animals and develop a deep love and respect for them. When I became old enough I began volunteering at a local horse riding and petting zoo facility. I have never looked back.
I spent my teenage years working at farms and riding horses. In my early twenties I attended the University of Guelph; Kemptville Campus to complete their Horse Industry Technician Certificate and worked as a groom for elite show jumpers. Being a show groom is a very demanding job that includes a lot of travelling. I wanted to slow things down and began looking for something different. I didn’t know where I was going to end up but I knew the best place for me was somewhere with animals. That is when I found SwissRidge Kennels. Sherry offered me the opportunity to work in the office and still be able to spend time around the dogs and puppies.
Working at SwissRidge Kennels has been incredibly rewarding. I get to not only work with families and help them to find their perfect puppy but I also get to love and care for the dogs and puppies. Getting to learn from Sherry about this business and about these incredible dogs has been a wonderful experience.


Guy - Dog Trainer

Guy is a retired Toronto police officer who was a member of the Police Dog Services (K9 unit) for several years. He had been working with a general purpose police dog until the tragedy of 9/11 in New York City.  Guy and his K9 partner, Taz, were selected and sent for specialized training in Explosive Detection. As a result, Guy was the first member of the Toronto Police Service to have a police dog who was trained in both General Purpose work and Explosive Detection work.

Guy and his K9 partner were then used to protect many dignitaries over the years, such as members of the British royal family, Pope John Paul II, a U.S. president, Canada’s prime minister, and many other celebrities. They were also tasked with investigating bomb threats and searching for firearms.

After retiring from the Toronto Police, Guy was hired by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority Explosive Detection K9 Unit at Toronto Pearson Airport. Over the next 12 years, Guy worked with and trained a number of dogs, specializing in Explosive Detection and Obedience. He was responsible for training and assisting team members daily.

Guy and his K9 partners attended the K9 Training Center of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the International Police Work Dog Association, and the International Association of Bomb Technicians and Investigators K9 Group, and were certified on every occasion. Guy and his K9s have been guests on the radio station Q107 on Derringer in the Morning. He was also involved in K9 Cards for Kids, which raised money for the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children.

After retiring in 2015, Guy, because of his love for dogs and training, started his own venture “The Tracking Guy.” In December of 2015, Guy joined SwissRidge as a Puppy Imprinter.  And in May of 2016 he was hired on as a trainer for SwissRidge. He is now training the kennel dogs in basic obedience.


McKenzie - Groomer

Hi, I’m McKenzie, the groomer at SwissRidge Kennels. I have my groomer’s certificate from Northern College, and a small background in veterinary technician.

I love working with all the dogs at SwissRidge, getting to know them and making them look great! When I’m not at work, I enjoy hiking with my own shih tzu, Tia, and my aunt’s dogs.


Nevio - Driver

I have been working at SwissRidge kennels as the dogs personal chauffeur since 2016. I deliver pups to the airport. I guess you would say I’m the last guy they see before they fly to their new families. I also take them to and from vet appointments or anywhere they may need to go. I also do yard maintenance and other maintenance around the property.

I’ve been working here long enough to get to know all the girls and they are Angels from Heaven. It isn’t always the most glamorous job but they go about their job with so much love and care for every dog. We all truly love these dog and treat them as if they where our own.


Brittany - Kennel Attendant

I am a recent graduate from the University of Guelph where I majored in Animal Biology and minored in Nutritional and Nutraceutical Sciences who is now currently attending Seneca College part time as part of the Veterinary Assistant Program.  I am also currently in the process of applying to the Ontario Veterinary College so I can pursue a lifelong dream of becoming a large animal veterinarian working primarily with cattle and horses.  

 I joined the Swiss Ridge team in May 2018 so I could gain valuable experience working hands on with dogs and puppies learning everything I can about breeding, whelping, and caring for these amazing dogs.  I have enjoyed my time working with a great group of people who all share my love and passion for every dog and puppy here at the kennels.  

 I have recently welcomed home a retired mom, Zoey, whom I fell in love with while working at Swiss Ridge Kennels.  We look forward to many new camping and canoeing adventures together during the summer time. 


Kayla - Kennel Attendant

I have always been a lifelong animal lover, especially dogs! I graduated from Georgian College’s Animal Care Worker program as well as the Animal Enforcement program.

Now, I am part of the fabulous SwissRidge team in Schomberg! The standards are high at SwissRidge and I work hard to make sure all the dogs and puppies have tons of care, cleanliness and lots and lots of love!!! I enjoy working with these awesome dogs and the great team here so much, that it almost doesn’t feel like work at all!

When I’m not at work, I enjoy hanging around with my own two dogs, Sam and Tyson, and two cats, Tim and Reggie.  🙂


Amanda - Kennel Attendant

I was born and raised in Ireland as an animal lover. In Ireland, I started working in dog kennels at the early age of 16 and it was at this time that I realized that working with dogs was of supreme passion. Throughout my various job experiences, I knew that being surrounded by dogs and my joy for them is what I wanted to do. I have traveled all over the world working in various kennels and shelters in Australia, Malaysia, England, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Spain, Japan and Thailand.  When I walked into the reception at SwissRidge Kennels and was greeted by the owner, Sherry, the facility and her passion for what she does made it very clear to me that I wanted to become part of the SwissRidge Team.  At SwissRidge I train, groom, and nurse puppies and spend quality time with the breeds by exercising and having play time with them out in the incredible acres that this facility has to offer. The breeds at this facility make it a welcoming place to come to every day.  It’s a great feeling to be able to see the puppies that you raised go to their forever homes and the absolute joy they will bring to their new families. The dogs of SwissRidge Kennels have the best care facility I have ever seen and they are treated like Kings and Queens, which is why I plan to be a part of this team for a very long time.


Nicole - Kennel Attendant

I graduated from Northern College with 2 certificates, one for Veterinary Assistant and the other for Animal Grooming.

I have loved animals all my life, especially dogs, and that is why I decided I wanted to work with them. Being able to show my love to dogs at SwissRidge is my favorite part of the job. Cuddling a dog never gets boring.


Erin - Kennel Attendant

Ever since I can remember I have loved dogs. I use to read all the dog books and magazines in the library. Now, I get to work with them! What a dream come true. After graduating school for kinesiology I started working for a dog walking company where I learned that I went to school for the totally wrong program. Now, I attend Georgian College for pre-health sciences in hopes of going to school for Veterinary Technician.
With SwissRidge I am already learning so much. It’s great to not only work with such amazing dogs but also a knowledgable team.
I also do volunteering with other dog organizations such as dog walking, rescue drives, and foster but this is by far one of the most rewarding jobs.


Katie - Kennel Attendant

Ever since I was young animals have always been a big part of my life, from family pets to horseback riding I always knew I wanted to pursue a career working around animals. Since working at SwissRidge Kennels I have gained so much  valuable experience to help me in the future. This position has made me sure I want to work around animals. I love working with all the dogs and seeing these amazing puppies go to there fur ever homes!


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