Meet Dog’s Day Out Bather Jesse!

Jesse joined the Dog’s Day Out team in October 2022. They’re the one typically walking around with big, ear protectors on their head. Like Mickey Mouse (whom some of us think they look like with those headphones perched atop their head), Jesse is incredibly calm, kind, and optimistic. This is evident in their interactions with dogs here at the salon and at home.  

In this ongoing blog series for readers to learn more about our the team that cares for their pups, let’s hear from Jesse:

Q: What led you to work in the animal field?

A: Working with animals brings me more joy. Everyday at Dog’s Day Out I’m fully engaged and challenged with new opportunities and responsibilities.

 Q: What are your favorite and most rewarding parts of working at Dog’s Day Out?

A: Being seen as a trustworthy person for animals to be safe around is the biggest goal and point of pride for me. It’s fun to meet new clients and to see how happy returning owners and dogs are both to see us!

 Q: What is the most challenging aspect of your work at Dog’s Day Out?

A: The biggest challenge we all face at Dog’s Day Out is getting dogs who are uncomfortable in a grooming environment to build up the confidence to be handled. For many good reasons, some dogs have a low tolerance for being touched. They might be nervous or uneasy about the noise in a groom shop too. It can take multiple visits to build up the rapport, but we’re all happy to do it because it’s so important! 

 Q: We understand that you care for dogs who might otherwise not get adopted from the Humane Society. Can you tell us more about this? 

A: Unfortunately, to absolutely no fault of the shelter or the pup, there always seems to be dogs in any adoption organization that end up staying longer than others. Most people are interested in young dogs or puppies, often without any discernible health concerns. Incontinence alone is a huge factor for many people, and that is broadly a reality for most senior dogs who are going to need diapers or extra bathroom breaks. The seniors and animals with higher levels of care generally are going to be the ones who stay in the adoption facilities longer. Thankfully there are some people (like me) who often seek out these dogs. 

 Q: What advice would you give people who are considering adopting an older dog or one with health concerns? 

A: Aside from the likely research someone would do prior to adopting an animal with specific needs of any variety, the biggest advice or consideration is their ability to accommodate those needs.

 Research and learning are a critical part of the adoption process; however, people should also strongly consider the day-to-day aspects of a dog with any sort of health concern. Just thinking about the range of my experiences – from a dog experiencing dementia (Mr. Paws), to severely bloody nose clots (Charlie), to lack of physical mobility (Atticus), to blending/syringe feeding meals (Clover) – every one of those amazing dogs had a vastly different level of care.

 It’s simply the reality of the lifestyle! Some dogs can range from making an extra mess in the house than usual, to your sleep being severely impaired for hours a night for weeks. I say this not to dissuade anyone, because after your dog leaves your care, you’ll still have years of great memories and hilarious photos to think about and look back upon. Despite the hard times that can occur, you’ll never think your efforts for caring for a senior/disabled dog wasn’t worth it. You’ll know your animal will appreciate it as well.

 Q: What dogs are currently lucky enough to be living under your roof? 

A: I’ve currently got the pleasure of sharing my time & space with:

Mr. Brightside (15-year-old Long-Haired Dachshund) is not only the eldest of the group, he’s the biggest troublemaker and most adventurous of my gang. 

Tillamook (13-year-old Cocker Spaniel) has been with me for four years and I have never once seen her have a bad day. She’s unrelentingly happy and always excited to play. 

Paimon (12-year-old Boxer) is my sensitive, 60 pound cuddler of the group. He’s always the first in bed and leans up against me, snoring, all night long. 

Fester (10-year-old Tuxedo cat) is an interesting mix of a former street cat with dozens of scars and missing hair to prove it, while also being the friendliest, most unbothered animal I’ve ever met.

 Q: Besides being a pet parent, what are your interests outside of work?

A: I’m always on the lookout for pins and buttons to add to my large collection, acquired from multiple oddities, antique, and thrift stores. I’m also always riding my bike around town and listening to music, if the weather permits.

Finally, we as ask all the team members we profile these two questions:

Q: What has working with dogs taught you about life?

A: I believe that patience is a skill that needs to be developed and practiced at every opportunity. If you rush or are careless when working with dogs who are more resistant to socializing or grooming, you can not only endanger yourself but also undo much progress you had already made. This is true when interacting with people who are behaving disagreeably. Being  impatient or not trying to understand them doesn’t get you too far for your own interests or others.

Q: Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers/customers?

A: Never ever be afraid or nervous to come into a grooming shop because your dog’s coat has mats or longer nails. At our shop the only goal is to get your dog looking as great as they can — there’s no judgment or questioning here, ever. (Most professionals in our field have gone longer than they should have without cutting their own dogs’ nails, myself certainly included.) 

We asked Jesse’s colleges to share some thoughts on what it’s like to work alongside them. 

Downtown Dogs Manager Jess says, “We can always count on Jesse to pitch in over on our side when asked. If we need help with a nail trim or a dog needs a rinse, Jesse is there. They are a great team member!”

Dog’s Day Out Manager and Lead Groomer Andy appreciates Jesse’s amazing work ethic. “Jesse is upbeat and flexible. They have a great way of calibrating their positive energy to meet dogs where they are and make them feel comfortable. They’re always busy and moving. If they’re not with a dog, they’re cleaning.” 

Dog’s Day Out Assistant Manager Tyler agrees with Andy.  “Jesse is very patient with dogs, especially ones that have difficulty with the grooming or are older. There have been multiple times I’ve walked by the Dry Room and seen Jesse sitting on the floor with a nervous dog, just spending time with them to build rapport and trust.”

Tyler continues, “Jesse is super personable and welcoming to anyone who walks through our doors, be it dog or human. I appreciate their positivity and we have fun working together too. We have many common interests, so there’s always something to chat about while we work with our respective dogs.”

Jesse’s pups actually like to dress up and wear clothes. Here are some photos of them showing off their duds. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Abbe is our Retail & Community Outreach Liaison and the editor behind all Downtown Dogs and Dog’s Day Out blogs. A life-long dog lover in her own right, Abbe is wife to Ralph (whom she calls “the Big Dog”). Together they parent resident bloggers Frannie, Helen, and Lyle.