In April, we were so excited to hold HIllside’s open interviews day at our facilities. So many wonderful Verde Valley residents came out and put their best foot forward. We were also pleasantly surprised that a few familiar faces came out, as well, our clients! This month we are turning the spotlight on the newest addition to our team, Tori Bracy.
Tori moved to the Verde Valley from Phoenix just over a year ago, when her mother was offered a position at the Verde Valley Medical Center. Although she had the option to stay and finish school in her hometown, she decided to make a change and migrate up here, as well. “I really wanted to get out of the city and try a different lifestyle. It was a good choice. I really enjoy the slower, more relaxed lifestyle of the Verde Valley, and it is so beautiful!” Tori shares.
Tori is no stranger to Hillside. Her dog Sampson, has been a Hillside K9 Academy pupil, and she has joined him on occasion in his training. “I really love the atmosphere here, and when I heard that a kennel tech position was available, I thought it would be a great opportunity to do what I love for a living.” Tori now has a hands-on job, caring for (and playing with) Hillside’s daycare and boarding residents. “My favorite thing about working with dogs is just how rewarding it is! They are always so happy to see me, especially when I have treats. It is so much fun, I really had no idea that work could be so enjoyable. I don’t know if I could ever move to a desk or counter job after this.”
I really love the atmosphere at [Hillside], and when I heard that a kennel tech position was available, I thought it would be a great opportunity to do what I love for a living."
In addition to the daily joy of working with both Hillside’s canines and their paw-parents, Tori hopes that she will be able to witness her wards grow and provide a positive influence on their lives, like she does at home with her own animals. “I currently have 2 dogs and 2 cats at home. Stella and Sampson, my two dogs are around 10 months old. Stella, our Dachsund mix, is great, she is such a happy dog. Sampson, our Staffordshire, however, developed some serious aggression issues.” After bringing Sampson for an evaluation, they began one-on-one training at Hillside, and with work, graduated to group classes. “Sampson has really come a long way, he is so much more relaxed around other people, and now is a regular client of Vicky, Hillside’s groomer!”
We are so excited to have Tori on our team, here at Hillside Canine Resort and Spa, and want to invite you to come and meet our newest family member! She can be seen interacting with our residents in the play yard, or taking walks around the property with our more shy fur-guests.