Jennifer just wanted you to know how excited I was to actually be able to talk to a professional dog trainer with your reputation. I don't know any trainer that would have even tal... (more) - Pat Pretti
Jennifer Broome, Founder and Lead Dog Trainer
Quinebaug Kennels, LLC was founded by Jennifer Broome in 2001. Her experience extends from years of training and teaching. She is a highly professional, published author, and expert in raising and training dogs. Jennifer began her dog training career as a child. Her love of animals encouraged her to begin a dog walking and pet sitting service in her neighborhood. She quickly became an entrusted employee to many families that sought after her loving care and dedication to their beloved pets. As an avid outdoors woman and successful hunter, Jennifer simply loves spending time in the field with dogs. Clients travel from all over New England seeking Jennifer's advice as a prominent gun dog trainer. Her other passions include her artwork, fishing, shooting, and competing with her Arabian horse in endurance riding.
Jason Smith, Operations Manager and Builder
Jason Smith is the silent force behind Quinebaug Kennels. He is Jennifer's husband, business partner and best friend. Jason and Jennifer built Quinebaug's new kennel complex themselves 9 years ago. It took a year to complete the building, working together as a team nearly every evening from 6pm until midnight. Currently, each season Jason works on new projects to add to the facility. Jason is an extremely talented custom builder. Since joining forces with Quinebaug full time in 2011, there is hardly a day that goes by where Jason is not on the farm solving maintenance problems, assisting employees, or on the tractor. He handles all of the "behind the scenes projects" such as the major day to day operations from ATV mechanic, to custom carpentry, to a supportive shoulder to cry on! Jason is a kind, caring animal lover and he allows QK to run like a well oiled machine. If it breaks, bleeds, or blows up....Jason can fix it! Jason is adored and respected by all who meet him, and he is Jennifer's greatest supporter.
John Ireland, Business Manager
John M. Ireland President – Upfront Analysis. John Ireland has an extensive background in Business Development and has worked in many industries helping companies prosper. He has been engaged by various companies including: a small electronics company, an electronic component manufacturer, an upstream energy transaction exchange, a healthcare leasing company, a medical imaging enhancement company, and a transaction based marketing company.He has held formal positions as CEO, CFO, COO, and head of Business Development. John has consulted for the Corporate Finance department of Jesup & Lamont focusing on Energy, Water and Environmental opportunities. He was also requested to aid in the analysis of biotech and healthcare opportunities because of his experience and academic background in those areas. John gained a great deal of experience by spending eight years at Tosco Corporation in Business Development and Strategic Planning. He served Tosco as Manager of Strategic Planning, Corporate Planner and Manager of Business Development for East Coast Terminals. John was instrumental in the growth of Tosco Corporation through mergers and acquisitions from a single refinery to the largest independent oil refiner and marketer in the United States whose assets included 7 refiners and over 5000 retail assets before its sale to Phillips Petroleum in 2001. Upon graduation from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a master's degree in biochemical engineering, John served as a biochemical process engineer for Life Sciences Inc. He also holds an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management. John has been a tremendous support system, mentor, and business leader to Jennifer and Jason throughout the large growth of Quinebaug Kennels. We are so thankful for his dedication, knowledge, sense of humor and friendship.
Jan Kopec, Office Manager
Thank goodness for a license plate that read "Lab Lvr"! I saw this on a car parked at a bank and decided to leave my Quinebaug Kennels card on the window. Well it must have been fate, because that car owner quit her job (as a banker!) and has been with us for 10+ years! Jan Kopec is the manager at Quinebaug Kennels, and she is truly spectacular. Jan loves dogs, plain and simple. Her yellow lab, Owen, and her black lab Jezzie, are her best friends. Jan is compassionate, caring, and manages all of the canine scheduling and office work superbly. Jan will clearly explain our programs, our policies, and answer all of your questions. She will give you updates on your dogs while they are here. For the many that stay with us for extended training, Jan will shed tears when they leave us! Our clients find Jan as well as the Quinebaug Kennels staff so personable, it is no surprise that many become our friends. Thank you Jan for all your hard work and dedication!
Patricia Barkas, Assistant Office Manager
Patricia Barkas has been with us for 8 years. She has successfully worked a variety of positions at the kennel such as manager and groomer while we have been growing and building our staffing teams. Patricia comes with a lifetime of dog handling experience and feels at ease helping with all aspects of canine care, from nutritional and health needs, to exercising and training. Patricia is simply in tune with the needs of dogs and quickly assesses each of our boarder’s temperaments and requirements so that they can be matched up with playmates (or NOT!). She knows how to keep our boarders happy, comfortable and content. Patricia is like a family member at Quinebaug Kennels and we adore her! “P” as we all call her is also extremely passionate about greyhound rescue and owns a wonderful greyhound rescue, Frankie, whom she has beautifully trained and given a wonderful loving home. She owns two beautiful standard poodles, Chowder and Willow. Patricia now best enjoys being part of the Kennel Care Staff where she spend her time caring for all of our kennel dogs. Thank you so much Patricia for your outstanding dedication, devotion and commitment to Quinebaug Kennels!
Darcy Roberts, Kennel Manager
Darcy grew up riding horses competitively all around Connecticut and was ranked among the highest in both the English and Western divisions. Her love for horses grew into an even deeper love for animals of all kinds as she began pet-sitting around her area when she was a kid. While attending Killingly Vocational High School’s Agricultural Mechanics program, she got a job at the Plainfield Dog Track, where she worked her way through almost every position at the company at just 17 years old. From there she rescued several horses and worked at numerous horse barns and dog kennels in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire until landing here at Quinebaug Kennels in 2006. Darcy has just been promoted to Kennel Manager and does everything from caring for the dogs to providing customer service and selling our programs. When she’s not at the kennel she’s raising her awesome son Drae, who was born in 2007 and suffers from Long QT Syndrome. You can also find her riding her five horses, and spending time with her six dogs and her massive assortment of other household and outdoor animals.
Valerie Duffy, Animal Wellness Manager
We are so very excited to have Valerie join our QK Team! Valerie is our new Animal Wellness Manager, aka our go-to guru on canine health, wellness, nutrition, and overall well being. Valerie has over 15 years of full time veterinary technician experience. She has an extensive background in the care of small animals, pocket pets, birds, exotics and farm animals. Valerie grew up on a small family farm in the Northeast Corner of Connecticut, with a love and deep interest in animals of all species. She started her veterinary technician career in Massachusetts in 1997, and worked at Quinebaug Valley Veterinary Hospital for 5 years where she assisted the veterinarians in examinations, surgical procedure and emergency care. Valerie shares her passion for animals by volunteering for local animal shelters and educating current and future pet owners about preventative care. Continuing education plays a vital role in her professional services. Each dog that comes into our facility is inspected by Val. She keeps a watchful eye over every dog in our care, communicates with owners about their pet's health and well being, helps make judgement calls when we need to seek veterinary care, and keeps up to date on all of the latest information regarding vaccines, protocols and procedures in order to help us maintain a healthy facility. Valerie works closely with owner Jennifer Broome in all aspects of the daily kennel operation to implement and enforce our code of ethics and our mission statement as well as overseeing the kennel care staff. In her spare time you will find Valerie watching her favorite sports teams with friends and family, spending time with her two dogs, Nora and Edie, as well as her clowder of rescue cats. Next time you visit, please come meet Valerie and ask away if you have any questions about how we can help you with your pet's fitness, diet, and wellness.
Kara Ames, Senior Kennel Care
Kara grew up less than a mile from Quinebaug Kennels and has always had a love for dogs, especially Boston Terriers. She has been a part of the Quinebaug Kennels pack since May of 2012 and works as a kennel care assistant exercising, feeding, and cleaning all of our boarders and trainees. Kara is working her way through college studying Psychology and Animal Science while gaining valuable practical experience caring for and handling dogs with us at the kennel. She has hopes of not only caring for dogs in the future, but learning to train them as well.
Carrie Savino, Senior Kennel Care
Carrie is a keen dog lover, who joined the team in November of 2013 as a kennel care worker. Born and raised in CT, she has always had a love for working with animals and has been passionate about dog rescue and rehabilitation from a very young age. She is most passionate about rescuing Pitbulls and hopes to apply some of the knowledge she’s gained from working at QK to helping more dogs find forever homes. Carrie is a certified veterinary assistant who graduated high school in June of 2013, and she is excited to expand her knowledge in the animal field. She spends her free time training horses, teaching riding lessons, and competing in barrel racing. Whether she is working with dogs, horses, or anything in between, you can always find her surrounded by animals.
Joseph Lussier, Senior Kennel Care
Joe has been with us for almost a year now. Older brother to our Assistant Trainer Phil, Joe has quickly worked his way up the ranks from Kennel Care to being a wonderful leader and trainer to new employees as a Senior Kennel Care member. You'll never see this guy standing still for long as he always seems to be racing around caring for the dogs, supervising and working hard all the time with a BIG smile on his face! We love that about Joe. He embodies the spirit of hard work, enthusiasm, and a team player. While not at QK, Joe is also a Professional BMX Bike competitor and he travels the country representing his sponsors and doing all kinds of bike tricks that I'm sure makes him Mom wince and look away. His other hobbies include his fishing obsession with his brother Phil, hunting and anything outdoors. Joe is currently hard at work in college pursuing Forestry, Environmental Studies with his future goal to become an Environmental Officer. With that kind of schedule and motivation, we know that Joe will succeed wonderfully with anything that he tackles!
Sharon Ywarsky, Obedience Trainer
We are happy to have Sharon back with us! Sharon worked at Quinebaug Kennels previously for two years as a kennel care assistant and dog training assistant. She then took some time off to have a family, and now that her son Scott is 3 years old, Sharon has rejoined our team as one of our obedience trainers. Sharon grew up around dogs, she went to school for animal care and also worked as a vet assistant. Sharon has trained dogs eight years professionally and she specializes in puppy obedience, general obedience and private lessons. Sharon is a wonderful communicator and has been an energetic addition to our team assisting with client questions, follow up care, and concerns. Sharon will also be teaching some of our new group puppy classes in 2013.
Heather Grist, Obedience Trainer
Heather Grist is one of our Assistant Dog Trainers specializing in obedience and problem dog behaviors. Heather was raised with a variety of animals and early on she developed a passion for all animals and an the outdoors lifestyle. As a volunteer with the Pomfret Audubon Society Heather assisted with a variety of Biological work from collecting bugs, to testing water quality, tracking animals and mist netting and tagging birds. In 2012 Heather began working for Packleader Pettrackers where she performed K-9 search and rescue for missing pets. From arial mapping and GPS techniques to deploying other K-9s to track and trail the missing pets, Heather assisted with bringing home many lost pets. Heather also worked as an Assistant Trainer for obedience, sport dogs and police K-9s using leash and electronic collar techniques. Heather is a ball of energy and enthusiasm. She is passionate about her work with dogs and her greatest joy is forming that bond and creating a working relationship with the dogs she trains. Heather's other hobbies include hiking, camping, animal rescue and rehabilitation, tracking/trailing and scenting work, and evolutionary astrology. We are so excited to have Heather as a QK Trainer!
Jordan Wells, Gun Dog Trainer
We are so pleased to add Jordan Wells to our Team! Jordan grew up in CT where his family raised German Shepherd Dogs. He began hunting at an early age and he enjoys time in the field shooting, fishing, and riding horses. As an avid outdoorsman Jordan loves to be outside working and recreating. Jordan graduated from The University of Connecticut in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Turfgrass and Soil Science from the College of Agriculture. He had previously obtained a degree in Diesel Technology and worked as a Mechanic. Four years ago Jordan became involved with AKC Pointing Dog Field Trials and he has been running his two German Shorthair Pointers in hunt tests and trials for the past several years both walking and horseback. He is also involved with conformation/show handling and obedience training. Jordan has spent time afield working with some great local Labrador Retriever Pros and Amateurs and he has assisted with AKC Working Certificate tests and training. As and active member of the Fin, Fur and Feather Club Jordan helps to raise 4,000 pheasants yearly as well as maintain the field trial and hunting area owned by the Club. We are super excited to have Jordan as one of our Quinebaug Kennels Gun Dog Trainers. Jordan is calm, kind, and so passionate about training dogs! The QK staff and all of the dogs adore his gentle fun loving nature.
Phil Lussier, Assistant Gun Dog Trainer
Phil was the neighborhood kid who Jennifer always saw outside with a fishing rod, dog, or on a (LOUD) motorcycle. She threatened that she was going to either wring his neck or hire him some day! Well, it has been almost three years since Phil joined our QK Team. He started while still in high school and worked hours here and there volunteering and apprentice training. It was evident that Phil's love for the outdoors, innate ability to pick up dog training easily, and his strong work ethic was going make him a perfect addition to our team. Phil apprentice trained for almost two years, and under the guidance and mentoring of our Gun Dog Trainers Jennifer and Jordan, Phil has recently become our new Assistant Gun Dog Trainer. Phil does an outstanding job with the puppy basics for all of our gun dogs to include leash training, e collar conditioning, fetch training, and he is an awesome bird shot assisting Jordan with the daily bird training afield. Phil's older brother Joe joined our team last year (see bio) and they are best buddies and outdoor fanatics. Phil loves to fish, and fish, and did I say fish!? Ice fish, fresh water fish, you name it. He also enjoys hunting, riding motorcycles, and anything outdoors with his two Brittany Spaniels. We would like to give a huge shout out and thank you to The Lussier Brother's Mom Heather who is often overseas with the National Guard protecting our Country and our Freedom! YOU ROCK HEATHER! .... and we adore your boys!
Sharon Lane, Kennel Care Custodian
Sharon Lane is our cleaning aficionado! She grew up in Jewett City, CT, attended school in Griswold, and is now happily married with 2 children residing in Moosup, CT. After 10 long years working for the Plainfield Greyhound Park, we welcomed Sharon to our staff in 2006. She’s here every Monday and Friday cleaning this entire kennel spotless from top to bottom. While the kennel care staff cleans up after the dogs nonstop, Sharon helps to not only clean up after the dogs, she dusts, vacuums, sweeps and scrubs every corner of our messes too! We so appreciate her hard work and cleaning expertise!
Rob Becher, Cabela's Boat Sales and QK fan
Born and raised in Connecticut, Rob grew up with Collies. Dogs have always been a part of his life. His passion is his Labrador Retriever, Cody, who has been both an Orvis and L.L. Bean catalog model as well as a therapy dog for the VA. Whether during the season, or in the off-season there is nothing Rob thinks about more than the aspects of waterfowling, upland bird hunting or fishing with his lab Cody. Rob assists the QK team through sales and networking. He works full time as a salesman in the boat department at Cabela's in East Hartford. Rob helps with some of our shows and demonstrations and is always willing and able to provide great information and insight into our training program and events. Rob believes that the dedication and devotion to both dogs, waterfowling and fishing will create memories for a lifetime. Rob has hunted and fished all over and has met some of the nicest people while doing so. Rob believes the education and understanding of both dogs, waterfowling and fishing needs to be correctly taught to our youngsters, and in doing so will provide them with the same fire that burns in many of us. We sadly lost our dear friend Rob in January 2014. Rob will forever live in our hearts. His smile, kind words and contagious enthusiasm for life and his friends will always be embraced and remembered. While he may no longer physically be in our presence, his spirit will always remain a strong force with Quinebaug Kennels forever. We miss you dearly.