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Ryan Fochler Owner   Burnt out as an IT specialist, Ryan Fochler, top dog at Bark + Boarding, decided on a whim to go back to his first career inclination: working with animals. At the time, he had little notion that his temporary foray into the dog-walking world—inspired by his then-girlfriend and now-wife—would became an entirely new career, an independent business, and a groundbreaking approach to pet care in the DC area.  He learned by listening and watching. Each dog had a story to tell, and Fochler paid attention to what each dog said through aggression or fear or stress. He also listened to the dog’s laughter and play. He saw how others in the pet-care industry worked with animals in their care. And, he put all of it together into a daycare, boarding facility, retail center, and home visit business that puts pets and their needs first.  Fochler knows from experience that a happy pet is a pet that gets its needs met—its needs for regular meals and potty breaks, play, socialization, and rest—and he set up systems and hired staff members that enable him to constantly refine how best to meet the needs of Bark + Boarding’s many clients on site and at home. A proud owner of a dog that remains a work in progress, Fochler knows how to give pets what they need and how to help owners in the never-dull task of creating a happy life with their pet.

Ryan Fochler
Owner

Burnt out as an IT specialist, Ryan Fochler, top dog at Bark + Boarding, decided on a whim to go back to his first career inclination: working with animals. At the time, he had little notion that his temporary foray into the dog-walking world—inspired by his then-girlfriend and now-wife—would became an entirely new career, an independent business, and a groundbreaking approach to pet care in the DC area.

He learned by listening and watching. Each dog had a story to tell, and Fochler paid attention to what each dog said through aggression or fear or stress. He also listened to the dog’s laughter and play. He saw how others in the pet-care industry worked with animals in their care. And, he put all of it together into a daycare, boarding facility, retail center, and home visit business that puts pets and their needs first.

Fochler knows from experience that a happy pet is a pet that gets its needs met—its needs for regular meals and potty breaks, play, socialization, and rest—and he set up systems and hired staff members that enable him to constantly refine how best to meet the needs of Bark + Boarding’s many clients on site and at home. A proud owner of a dog that remains a work in progress, Fochler knows how to give pets what they need and how to help owners in the never-dull task of creating a happy life with their pet.

Erin Driscoll General Manager   Erin, a transplant from Boston MA, has been with Bark + Boarding for 2 years and has always been a huge animal lover.  Erin started off her passion for pets as the Cat Program Director for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. She enjoyed creating new systems and overseeing both the animals and foster program. After leaving HT, she sought out opportunities in the pet care industry where she could combine her passion for animals while using her vast experience with customer service. Enter Bark + Boarding.  Erin joins the team as our General Manager and is looking forward to being a part of a team committed to excellence.  Erin’s chihuahua Sadie likes to think of herself as the official B+B greeter and can be found hanging out at the front desk while Mom is working.

Erin Driscoll
General Manager

Erin, a transplant from Boston MA, has been with Bark + Boarding for 2 years and has always been a huge animal lover.

Erin started off her passion for pets as the Cat Program Director for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. She enjoyed creating new systems and overseeing both the animals and foster program. After leaving HT, she sought out opportunities in the pet care industry where she could combine her passion for animals while using her vast experience with customer service. Enter Bark + Boarding.

Erin joins the team as our General Manager and is looking forward to being a part of a team committed to excellence.

Erin’s chihuahua Sadie likes to think of herself as the official B+B greeter and can be found hanging out at the front desk while Mom is working.

Amy Duff In-Home Manager   Amy joins us from NY with over 15 years of animal care experience. She loves animals of all sizes from her own horse to her Great Dane Harley and all the way down to the little chihuahuas she’s fostered from Operation Paws for Homes.  When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending her time at the gym workin’ on her fitness.

Amy Duff
In-Home Manager

Amy joins us from NY with over 15 years of animal care experience. She loves animals of all sizes from her own horse to her Great Dane Harley and all the way down to the little chihuahuas she’s fostered from Operation Paws for Homes.

When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending her time at the gym workin’ on her fitness.

 
Miranda Namrow Retail + Marketing Manager   Miranda has been with Bark + Boarding for 9 years starting from a General Admin and working her way up to Retail Manager responsible for growing Bark + Boarding's ever expanding retail boutique.  As a graduate of Boston University, she joins our staff with over 10 years of administrative training and a degree in advertising. Miranda is excited to bring her expertise to a field she truly enjoys: pet care. She and her husband own 3 dogs: Jaxon, Boz & Kobe and grew up with multiple dogs & cats. She loves being around animals and it has always been her dream to combine her passion for animals with her career. She is also a Dog Adoption Coordinator for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.  In her spare time she likes to break it down on the dance floor and watch her favorite team on Monday Night Football -- Go Patriots!

Miranda Namrow
Retail + Marketing Manager

Miranda has been with Bark + Boarding for 9 years starting from a General Admin and working her way up to Retail Manager responsible for growing Bark + Boarding's ever expanding retail boutique.

As a graduate of Boston University, she joins our staff with over 10 years of administrative training and a degree in advertising. Miranda is excited to bring her expertise to a field she truly enjoys: pet care. She and her husband own 3 dogs: Jaxon, Boz & Kobe and grew up with multiple dogs & cats. She loves being around animals and it has always been her dream to combine her passion for animals with her career. She is also a Dog Adoption Coordinator for Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

In her spare time she likes to break it down on the dance floor and watch her favorite team on Monday Night Football -- Go Patriots!

Don Hogans Daycare Manager   Donavon has been with Bark + Boarding for over 10 years when he started as a Daycare Attendant and worked his way up to a Shift Leader; he was promoted to Daycare Manager after showing a true passion for animal behavior.  Don has always been an avid animal lover and loves learning about the animals in his care by reading their body language and non-verbal cues.  His true passion is working with our rescue partner, Operation Paws for Home. He thinks helping get them ready for adoption with proper socialization is the best part of his day!

Don Hogans
Daycare Manager

Donavon has been with Bark + Boarding for over 10 years when he started as a Daycare Attendant and worked his way up to a Shift Leader; he was promoted to Daycare Manager after showing a true passion for animal behavior.

Don has always been an avid animal lover and loves learning about the animals in his care by reading their body language and non-verbal cues.

His true passion is working with our rescue partner, Operation Paws for Home. He thinks helping get them ready for adoption with proper socialization is the best part of his day!

Rosie Faris Grooming Salon Manager   Rosie recently joined the Bark + Boarding team but brings with her an expansive knowledge and history in grooming. Her cheerful personality and true love for all pets makes her grooming experience one of kind!  She believes grooming should be a positive experience for dogs and cats and is committed to making each groom a happy time for pets through positive reinforcement and a loving manner.  Rosie has two dogs of her own (Ashlyn & Austin), fish & guinea pigs!

Rosie Faris
Grooming Salon Manager

Rosie recently joined the Bark + Boarding team but brings with her an expansive knowledge and history in grooming. Her cheerful personality and true love for all pets makes her grooming experience one of kind!

She believes grooming should be a positive experience for dogs and cats and is committed to making each groom a happy time for pets through positive reinforcement and a loving manner.

Rosie has two dogs of her own (Ashlyn & Austin), fish & guinea pigs!

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