At Hillside, dogs are our passion, but most importantly, their parents are our family! Therefore we take every opportunity to reach out and get to know our clients so that we may better serve those who support us, and keep our facilities open to serve the public. Today we are honored to sit down with two of our loyal customers, and very important citizens, Tina and Jodi, to learn what drew them to Hillside, and how their experiences here have affected their lives.
Tina and Jodi have been coming to Hillside with their dogs for almost a year now. Originally from Indiana, Tina has lived in the Verde Valley for over a decade, and serves the community through Social work. Jodi moved to Arizona from New York close to four years ago, and also serves Verde Valley residents as a respiratory therapist. These two community members are avid dog lovers. “Working dogs have always been a part of my life. Growing up, my dad trained our beagles to hunt rabbits. My favorite beagle was named bandit. We were pretty close!” shares Tina. Jodi’s favorite family dog growing up was a Lapso Apso named Spunky.
Thanks to training and socialization in their daycare and boarding service, he is now doing great! We are seeing his health improve immensely, and his confidence is growing every day. Samson now smiles and thinks he is a lapdog, which we do not mind!"
In addition to serving the humans in their community, Tina and Jodi have made it a point to open their home to animals in need. For years, they have indiscriminately taken in rescues, some with mysterious pasts and behaviors. Their two dogs, Samson and Stella are some of Hillside’s favorite visitors. Samson, the first to be rescued, is a ten-month-old American Staffordshire Terrier and Australian Shepherd mix. “We are not sure what happened to him, but he was only 2 pounds when we got him,” Tina Shares, “ He was severely malnourished, and was scared of his own shadow. Thanks to Hillside training and socialization in their daycare and boarding service, he is now doing great! We are seeing his health improve immensely, and his confidence is growing every day. Samson now smiles and thinks he is a lapdog, which we do not mind!”
Stella, their Chiuhuahua , Pomeranian, and Dachshund mix was found by their daughter, Tori. “Tori searched for days for the perfect puppy. Finally she came across her best buddy through a breeder in Phoenix, and we have been delighted to learn that she is extremely smart and picks up tricks quickly!”
In addition to their dogs, Tina and Jodi have a clowder of rescue cats, Jerry Garcia, Marley, and sisters, Alex and Piper. “We fondly call Jerry Garcia ‘Jerry the fat cat’. We found him in a rescue shelter as a kitten, after he had been pulled from a fire with a burnt tail. Sadly, the smoke caused him to lose his meow. After some tender love and care, he is doing great now, with all of his hair regrown, and even his meow has returned! He loves food, and will start knocking over things when hungry. He loves to affectionately rest his paw in your hand, and out of all our cats, we think he is the best snuggler.”
Their second cat Marley, was rescued from a shelter in 2010. “She was sadly abandoned by her owners in their home after they moved out. She is a great and quirky cat, who will only accept affection on her terms. She is not shy, however, and will head butt you when it is time to pet her.”
Alex and Piper were found in a dump as kittens, and also came to Tina and Jodi via a shelter. “We’ve found that Alex does not like being inside at all., so now she is a happy outside cat. Piper loves to roam around outside as well, but is more comfortable inside.”
We have really loved getting to know Tina, Jodi, Stella and Sampson in their many visits to Hillside for grooming, daycare and training! We are also super excited to welcome their daughter Tori as the newest member of the Hillside family this month, and look forward to many years of serving them and the community.