pursue a career in dog training; concentrating on psychology and behavior. She would also like to run her own rescue. Ally wants to save, train, & rehabilitate furry friends with the hope of giving them a second chance at life. When Ally isn't working with animals she is a tattoo artist in Bristol. She also does dog portraits through Pack Tracks for our clients. Ally's true passion has always been dogs & art.
Our Guardians; Ally, Sylvia, Amanda, Heather, Danielle
Our Managers; Ashley, Bree, Mary
Wally joined Pack Tracks in October 2014. He is responsible for all or our maintenance, snow removal, and builds all of our beautiful woodwork products. Wally has an extensive background from construction to truck driving. He attended four years at a technical school for major appliance repair. Wally was previously a
Ally joined Pack Tracks in August of 2013. She began working with dogs in 2008, at dog daycares & kennels. After working with animals for six years and growing up with dogs, Ally has truly come to realize that animals are her passion & career choice. Ally started apprenticing Wendy in March 2015. She hopes to one day
Mary joined Pack Tracks in June 2014. She previously worked at a rescue for five years, which is where she discovered her true passion for dogs. During her time at the shelter Mary also completed a EMT course. Mary has
Brianna (Bree) Giannelli
Bree joined Pack Tracks in June 2013. Though she has never worked with animals before, this is by far the most rewarding job she's ever had. As one of the facility managers here, she takes pride in educating staff and clients on Pack Tracks methodology. She's been assisting Wendy at her public training classes which has expanded her knowledge of dog behavior and dog psychology, immensely. Other than dogs, Bree enjoys beach adventures with friends, travelling to cities
Ashley has worked for Pack Tracks since February 2013. Ashley thinks her job is very rewarding and she LOVES all the dogs. Her favorite breed is a German Shepherd. Ashley is studying to be a probation officer.
Meet our staff
Kim, Christina, Olessa Stepanova, & Wendy
Kim Gravel has had a love for all animals since she was young, but she is very partial to dogs. Kim has worked in the animal field since 2002, where she has expanded her skills in management, customer service, and the handling of animals. Kim and her 7 year old daughter Jordan, have a pug named Ruby and have found a real love for the breed. She is very excited to be a part of Pack Tracks Country Club and can't wait to have many years of success in business with her partners. Kim also has a pitbull named Opal.
Christina Kirkwood began working with dogs in 2005. She has worked at several dog daycare facilities in the Farmington Valley area and is very happy to have realized her dream of owning her own daycare! In 2006, she started apprenticing with dog trainer Wendy Shaw. Christina enjoys continuing to learn about dog psychology and believes that the best place to do that is in dog daycare. She has adopted 5 dogs (Pebbles, Roo, Woodstock, Wednesday, & Boris) and 4 cats (Salem, Samantha, Watson, & Beefy). She also makes homemade dog treats and hopes to run her own dog bakery.
Wendy feels she was truly meant to work with animals. Ever since she was young, Wendy was always found playing with animals; in fact she was bitten by a Doberman under her eye at 4. Now, at 36, Wendy is a renowned dog trainer and behaviorist. She specializes in dog psychology and aggression. Her love for animals grows stronger every day. Her passion drives her to want to educate animal owners. With over 20 years of experience in the animal field, Wendy strives for further education. She continually attends seminars and reads the latest materials. Wendy is also a nutrition consultant for canines & felines with over 10 years of experience. Her dream has always been to have her own store where she can educate consumers and provide the very best in quality. Wendy has 2 dogs (Timber a Bernese Mountain Dog & Cedar an Australian Shepherd) and 5 cats (Phantom a Chartreux, Salem a Bengal, Ghost a Ragdoll, Rain a Bengal, Whisper a Ragdoll).
Christina and Kim worked together at a local kennel in the Farmington Valley where they started their working relationship in 2005. They work very well together and developed a new friendship when Pack Tracks Country Club was born in June 2011. In late 2006 Wendy started working at the same facility. Wendy and Christina worked in the daycare section together where Christina became interested in learning more about training and dog psychology. Christina began apprenticing Wendy and assisted her in private trainings and public classes. In 2008, they opened Pack Tracks in Unionville which was
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a health food store for dogs and cats. Kim and Wendy managed the kennel/daycare together where their friendship started in 2006. In 2008 Kim apprenticed Wendy in public training classes to further her knowledge. In 2009 Wendy left the facility and dedicated all of her time to training and Pack Tracks. In 2010 Kim left the facility and started a new career in insurance but always felt a void in her life without the dogs. Wendy approached Kim about expanding Pack Tracks and after consulting her family, Kim was on board. Wendy, Kim, & Christina opened Pack Tracks Country Club on September 7, 2011.
fish to chickens. Sylvia currently owns Oscar (an Amazon Parrot) and Benjamin (a rat terrier). Sylvia has really found her passion working with dogs at Pack Tracks and enjoys her work!
Sylvia joined Pack Tracks in September 2014. Her first job with dogs was at a kennel where she learned how much she loved working with animals. Sylvia also has a background in medicine and is working towards becoming a phlebotomist. She has owned a variety of pets from
maintenance manager for two years at a privately owned fast food restaurant. He was responsible for all the maintenance at four stores. Wally is at Pack Tracks because it's a family atmosphere (literally for him he's Wendy's big brother) and a great place to work. He has great pride in his job and feels the rewards are endless.
Amanda joined Pack Tracks in March 2015. She started out in the law enforcement field first with Meriden police explores then joining the Army right after high school. Not long after Amanda realized she wasn't happy. She has loved dogs since childhood and wanted to realize her dream of working with dogs. Starting with no
experience she has learned so much working here and she continues to learn something everyday! In the future she would love to become a professional trainer and continue to expand her knowledge about animal behavior.
Heather joined Pack Tracks in March 2015. Her background began with property management . After 20 years she decided to follow her passion. She started by volunteering at a Human Society. She was later hired there to care for the large dogs, she stayed there for 6 years. As soon as Heather started working at Pack Tracks as a Guardian she knew she found her calling!
to see her favorite bands and expanding her cheeseburger palette.
wanted to be more involved with dogs, so she applied at Pack Tracks! She is now loving her new job as a Doggy Daycare Attendant.
Daniellejoined Pack Tracks in March 2015. She has always had a passion for working with animals. Danielle has owned a wide variety of pets, from hamsters to horses. Her true passion has always been with dogs. She has successfully completed a course in veterinary assisting.
Danielle started her career as a dog bather where she
been apprenticing Wendy since September 2014. Her dream is to be a professional dog trainer and open her own sanctuary/rehabilitation center for hard to place breeds.