Quarry Dog Daycare was founded by pet adorer Rikki Garson. Rikki has worked in the animal industry for over 15 years and she always knew that’s where her life would take her. In the third grade, she wrote a report on being a veterinarian when she grew up and how much animals meant to her. When she was 15 years old, she got her very first job in a grooming salon working as a receptionist. Throughout her high school career, she volunteered at animal shelters, learned how to properly interact with dogs and cats and how to care for them, found the quirkiest ways to make money that revolved around animals, learned how to professional wash/bathe dogs and cats and pet sat for multiple families. She then went on to complete her degree in Small Animal Care at the University of New Hampshire, moved home, managed multiple retail pet stores to further her knowledge and worked endless hours at a corporate kennel to make sure she gathered all the information she needed to then open her very own business. Now, in 2022, she is four years in to owning Quarry Dog Daycare, co-owning and running Outrider Dogs, a rescue that focuses on transporting dogs from harsh beginnings/conditions, fostering and adopting for a much needed second chance at life and just opened a dog/human inspired boutique. Rikki resides in Simsbury with her husband, Ben, their pack of 4 dogs and their baby boy, Rye Henry. She looks forward to years of learning and growing and making her business into exactly what she dreams of.
Alyssa is 23 years old and has grown up around dogs her entire life. When she turned 20 she rescued her first dog, a Blue Tick Coonhound mix named Walker. Alyssa began working with dogs in 2016 as a pet sitter, where she took care of dogs, goats and horses for people going on vacation. In 2019 she began working at Quarry Dog Daycare, where she has become a key part in the business. Along with her passion for dogs Alyssa is very passionate about criminal justice. After graduating high school in 2016, Alyssa went to college at Northwestern Connecticut Community College for Criminal Justice where she became the President of the Criminal Justice Club, toured a prison and interned at a food pantry and homeless shelter named Friends In Service to Humanity, in Torrington. Alyssa graduated from Northwestern in 2019 with an associates degree in Criminal Justice. She currently works for Quarry Dog full time, helping the dogs play safely and watching them grow into great pups. When she is not working, Alyssa enjoys going on hikes, to the drive in movie theater and to her lake house in Maine. Alyssa was born and raised in Barkhamsted, CT where she has her own farm with chickens, turkeys and ducks.
Come Work With Us
Interested in working with our pups? Here is what we look for in an employee:
- Confidence in handling dogs
- Willingness to learn and adapt to new training techniques
- Customer service including taking phone calls and checking clients out
- Willingness to take directions
- Flexibility in scheduling, open to both opening and closing shifts
- Reliability, showing up to your scheduled shifts, no calling out last minute unless completely necessary, etc.