Meet the Owner of the emBARKERS Hound Lounge, Dog Daycare in miramar, Wellington


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Making the decision to leave my marketing career was simple.  As owner and team member at Hound Lounge I’ll get to satisfy my childhood dream of working with dogs and I get to spend more time with my wonderful family.

I’m also very excited that I can now watch funny dog clips online and call it research for work.

I’ll treat each, and every, dog as I do my own, because that's the level of care I’d expect for my furry family member.

We are an animal loving family with, at last count, 12 chickens, 4 frogs and 10 fish (3 inside and 7 outside).  Sadly, we have no dogs of our own at the moment, but when the time is right a dog, or two, will find us.


Hound Lounge Carers

Meet our wonderful carers. Each carer brings their own personal skill set to the Hound Lounge. We then train them in all areas of dog behaviour and care, and positive reinforcement training techniques.

PETA -Manager

I have always had a love for animals and always known I wanted to work with animals. From a young age I've had many pets and have enjoyed being around them. My own dogs Anakin and Boba attend daycare.

I have a national certificate in Animal Care and Husbandry. I run the day to day operations at the Hound Lounge, so I make sure that the staff are going above and beyond to provide the best care for your dogs and the best customer service.

I've been working at the Hound Lounge since 2014 so have a huge amount experience within the company.

In my down time I enjoy playing video games, binge watching Netflix and collecting Star Wars memorabilia. 



I have always been fascinated with animals since I was young. As the nerdy kid at intermediate, I would spend many lunch breaks in the library reading about wild animals. 

My love of animals continued through my education, and I now hold a Bachelor of Science from Otago University with a double major in Zoology and Ecology, and a Certificate in Animal Care from Weltec.  At some stage I would also like to get into dog training.

I have been with the Hound Lounge for about 5 years and I continue to enjoy meeting, and learning about, all the different personalities of our furry friends, and forming bonds with each and every one. It's been a truly rewarding experience.

I am very passionate about football (soccer) and I captain 2 indoor teams. I also have an interest in crime fighting and model railroads. My family owns 3 dogs and 2 cats.



For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved animals.

I have a NZ National Certificate in Animal Care and love coming in to work each day at the Hound Lounge to put as much of this knowledge into practice. 

My family and I have called Miramar home for nearly 7 years. At home things are busy; I have two human boys, our rat and a 28-year-old cockatiel named Max and our dog Lewie, who joins us regularly to play with his dog friends at daycare.



Since a young age I have loved animals. My family dog had multiple litters, my older brothers had dogs and other family members lived on farms. Fair to say I've always been surrounded by animals of all kinds! Then, at the age of 16 my love and need to understand dogs began to kick in. And now we're here! I spend every day with beautiful for legged woofers.

I have recently completed the National Certificate in Animal Care at Weltec and I've been fortunate enough to be an assistant for dog training classes with ACE dog training; a job I pursue on weekends.

New to Wellington, my partner and I have found our home here. Our puppy Kaia comes to day care almost every day and sleeps like a log every night. In my down time I enjoy being crafty, going on walks and doing a whole lot of nothing!

I’ve enjoyed getting to know the awesome crew and dogs here at the Hound Lounge and can't wait to play with your pup!



I have always wanted to work with animals, especially dogs!

My love of animals saw me enrol in the National Certificate in Animal Care, which I graduated in 2017. As part of this certificate I got to work with animals at the Wellington SPCA and I've continued to volunteer there for over a year and a half up at the dog run and in the vet clinic.

I have also recently passed a Veterinary Nursing Assistant course where I got to learn about animals on a deeper level, and I'm so grateful I get to work at the Hound Lounge as my first animal related job where I get to know the personalities, care for, and have fun with all the beautiful doggies that attend.




Born and raised in the Wairarapa, animals have been a life long passion for me. I moved to Wellington in 2011 and now can't imagine being anywhere else. I love the community feel here.

Having completed the Animal Care course at Weltec, I am a qualified animal handler and I seriously love dogs!

I really enjoy my work at the Hound Lounge, it's challenging but so rewarding. I look forward to coming in each day and spending time with the dogs, keeping them safe and happy, and meeting their needs.



My family and I grew up surrounded by animals, our house would have felt empty without them. They become such an important part of everyone's day to day lives so much that when I left home, I was quickly drawn to the idea of a qualification regarding animals. Recently, I have completed the New Zealand Certificate in Animal care and this was my start to my career with animals.

When I heard that there was a position opening at the Hound Lounge I immediately jumped at the opportunity. I love dogs, being able to work with them and keep them entertained and happy while they are away from home almost feels like I won a prize rather than got a job!

I have 3 cats and although I do not have the space for a pup right now, I have many doggy friends at work to fill that void.

The team are awesome and have been very welcoming and I can't wait to spend more time with everyone and the dogs.