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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.

Rachel Palmer - Operational Manager

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, taking care of these beautiful dogs and their puppies every day! 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.

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Mellonie Guillet - Office

I provide administrative support at SwissRidge Kennels, and often I might be your first point of contact. 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. 

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Guy Woolhead - 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.

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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.

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Vicki Kamphuis - Kennel Attendant

I have worked at a few different places working with animals but SwissRidge is by far the most amazing of them all. The dogs are all amazing. I love going for long walks, or working on training with all our dogs or just being with our newest members that are soon to go to their forever homes. As a team, we all work hard cleaning and training and enjoying company with the best tempered, amazing dogs I have ever seen. SwissRidge Kennels makes every day coming to work a pleasure!

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Rachel Hobbs - Kennel Attendant

SwissRidge Kennels is one of my favorite places on earth. I love learning and working with this intelligent breed that was new to me in the beginning. I have worked with dogs in a doggy daycare center, along with boarding and grooming, but at SwissRidge I feel like I’m truly fulfilling what I love to do with dogs the most, like bathing, walking and training. I’ve never been so happy to come to work and to see my team embark on another day of raising all these beautiful dogs.

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Kayla Recker - 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.  🙂

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Emily Lloyd - Kennel Attendant

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!

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Amanda Dillon - 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.

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Tarin Llewellyn - Kennel Attendant

I am a Guelph University graduate now working at SwissRidge Kennels. Animals have always been my passion, whether they were pets or rescue animals I brought home. I grew up in a barn working with horses and competing around Ontario with my late partner Aleron (Big Al).

A big part of my job is caring for the dogs and puppies while maintaining a clean space for them. I will never forget the first litter I delivered by Penelope. There are once in a lifetime experiences with this job and I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of the puppies under my care.

My favorite part of my job is that each day is different and when I walk into work I am always greeted by happy barks and excited wagging tails. Each staff member at SwissRidge is dedicated to the happiness and well-being of our dogs. It truly is like being part of a family, we all work together to see our dogs get the utmost care.

When I am not working I can normally be found out on the water in my kayak or volunteering around the community.
I grew up with Newfoundlands and Great Pyrenees and have always had a soft spot for the “gentle giants.”

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