I know I have probably said it hundreds of times but thank you doesn't even begin to cover the gratitude Chris and I feel for all you have helped us accomplish with our Wirehaired... (more) - Amy Welch and Christopher Cournoyer, Pomfret, CT
Jennifer Broome, Founder
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
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.
Jan Kopec, Kennel 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 8 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 the kennel superbly. 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!
Amanda Tosetti, Assistant Kennel Manager
Amanda grew up on dairy farms in upstate Vermont. All of her days where filled with chores and animals. This developed a passion for the care of animals that has lasted a life time. She has been bringing home strays since she was old enough to play outside and has fostered more dogs and cats than she can count. She spent time at Mystic Aquarium as a volunteer docent and in the Seal Rescue clinic. Amanda spent seven years working in a Veterinary Hospital, where she learned so much from five amazing doctors and after having her third child she was looking for something closer to home. Since Amanda and her family live right across the street from QK it was obviously meant to be. She joined us in 2013 as a kennel care worker and future Manager in Training and brings valuable expertise to our team from her many years as a veterinary professional. Amanda was promoted to Assistant Office Manager in 2014 and we cannot be more pleased with her wonderful way with our clients, her bubbly nature, and her gift for cheerful, knowledgeable customer service! UPDATE 3/1/15: Amanda is no longer with QK due to her busy family commitments and flourishing photography career. We adore knowing that Amanda is only a phone call away if we need her and we wish her the best. We miss her!
Darcy Roberts, Kennel Care Team Leader
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.
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, Assistant 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, Assistant 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.
Kara Ames, Kennel Care Assistant
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.
Patricia Barkas, Kennel Care Assistant
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!
Carrie Savino, Kennel Care Assistant
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.
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.