We've Gone To The Dogs
Meet our staff
Meet our staff
Vanessa Armstrong Owner
Vanessa’s professional experience includes forty years as a trainer and show handler, showing and breeding Akitas. She is skilled in dog obedience training, puppy training, and behavior modification techniques for troubled dogs. Vanessa owned and operated a horse stable business in Howard County, Maryland. She offered boarding and training for over twenty horses, horseback riding lessons, and summer camp for children aged seven to fourteen. Vanessa has developed her training philosophies from a life lived with dogs and a love of learning. she has spent years gathering information about dogs and techniques from other trainers and dog behaviorists. "My best teachers by far have been the Dogs themselves".
Alexis Odoms Co Manager
Alexis is an animal lover of all kinds, and has loved animals ever since she was young. She has worked many jobs in the pet industry, and has found her happy place at WGTTD. She loves coming in to work every day and loving all the fur babies like they were her own. She loves every part of her job; from throwing the chuck it ball, to handing out belly rubs and hugs, to bathing the muddy but very tired happy pups at the end of the day!
Jen Norris Co Manager and Groomer
Jen has grown up with animals of all kinds but she has always had a soft spot for dogs. Jen currently owns Pitbulls named Remy, Nico, and Tucker. This job inspired her to switch careers from Early Childhood Education to her passion of dogs! Jen loves coming into work and playing with all the lovely pups. She is also our groomer and loves pampering your pups!
Doug Summerhill Assistant Manager
Doug joined our family over two years ago and wouldn't dream of being anywhere else. He loves coming to work and taking care of your furry family members! On the weekends, you can find Doug adventuring with his friends.
Rebecca Noyes Office Manager
Becca is a dog lover and has always dreamed of having a bakery dedicated just to dogs. There were always animals in her house growing up and she took on the responsibility of having her own Dachshund at the age of 14. Within the past couple of years she has added a black Lab mix, a Beagle mix, and two black kittens. She now makes her own custom dog treats!
Lisa Pastor Play Group Supervisor
Lisa is probably your dogs best friend! She spends all her time playing with the pups to make sure they are tired for you. Her favorite thing to do is play fetch with them and see how happy they are out in the fields. She has worked at many shelters in the past and has a huge heart.
Jasmine Hubbard Playgroup Supervisor
Jasmine has grown up around dogs her whole life and has always loved them! She has her own German Shepard at home. One day she hopes to open her own shelter to help pups in need find the forever home that they deserve.
Rob Wheelton Playgroup Supervisor
Rob has grown up on farms his whole life. He has a degree in Marine Biology but decided to pursue a career in the animal industry! He loves playing with the dogs and tiring them out for you at home!
Rowan Adams Playgroup Supervisor
Rowan has worked in the animal industry for a couple of years at other kennels and has found a home here. He loves being outside with our pups! He has three of his own dogs at home and loves spending his days with them.
Hailey Ness Playgroup Supervisor
Hailey's passion for dogs is like the passion you have for your kids. She believes that caring for them is everything! The smiles and joy they bring is what makes her happy. She says they are the reason she wakes up with a smile on her face!
Kylee Feeney Playgroup Supervisor
Kylee has been working and volunteering with animals for most of her adult life! Growing up she always had a variety of pets and and she knew early on that her dream was to work with animals. Though her favorite dogs are northern breeds, she loves them all. She has her own crazy cat family at home!
Mandy Barna Playgroup Supervisor
Mandy is an aspiring veterinarian and currently enrolled in school on a pre vet path. She hopes to open her own veterinary practice. She has grown up with dogs and loves to make sure they are happy and healthy. She loves playing with your pups and learning about them from their breeds to their temperaments. She truly enjoys working here!
Alyssa Owens Playgroup Supervisor
Alyssa has grown up with dogs her whole life and she has been in the field for a few years now. She is an aspiring veterinary technician and continues to share the love she has with the dogs. She has her own Pitbull at home that is her best friend!
Jenn Vega Play Group Supervisor
Jenn has been a lover of dogs her whole life from the smallest breeds to giants. After a tour with her husband, Jenn convinced Vanessa she would be a great fit for the WGTTD family and has loved it ever since! You can see her around the farm with her Mastiffs, Olive and Beatrix!
We've Gone To The Dogs
1219 Old Taneytown Rd
Westminster, MD 21158