Meet the Diamond Family
T.J. and Janice Hunter
Proud “Parents” of Diamond in the Ruff
Janice Hunter is also our resident Groomer at Diamond in the Ruff.
Before they had Diamond built in 2004, Janice had a mobile grooming service called “Silver Snips”.
Meet the Friendly Faces of our Staff!
Jess – Manager
Date Started: October 2008
About: Jess has been working closely with dogs for the past 10 years. She has been an animal lover all her life, and although she didn’t have a dog growing up, she discovered her love for dogs while working at a security company that housed trained guard dogs – mostly Dobermans and German Shepherds. She came to Diamond soon after that and has been with us ever since! Jess is the proud owner of 2 pugs named Olive and Dexter and a chocolate lab named Moose.
Date Started: October 2011
About: Her passion for working with dogs started when she was thirteen and began using her family dogs to dog sled. Mandy has been working with dogs for quite some time professionally. In 2010 she graduated from Sheridan with a diploma in Animal Care and the same year she became a Certified Training Educator. Before joining the Diamond gang, Mandy worked for three years as a doggy daycare attendant at a vet clinic. Mandy is always willing and able to help out owners in need, and can definitely assist with any behaviors dogs might be exhibiting. Mandy is the proud owner of two golden retrievers named Charlie and Dyson.
Jessica - Assistant Manager
Date Started: June 2013
About: Jessica has been an animal lover her entire life. After working in retail she decided to make a change and work with dogs. Jessica graduated with honors from Mohawk College’s Veterinary office management program. She is now the proud owner of her German Shepherd mix named Oakley and Vizsla named Miller.
Date Started: October 2015
About: Calista has been working in the Animal Care Industry for over five years now. Having worked previously at a dog kennel in her home town of Sydenham before leaving for university, she was ecstatic to become a part of the Diamond family. Calista enjoys working with dogs of all breeds and temperaments, and has a passion for understanding various types of dog aggression and their triggers. She will talk your ear off about anything to do with dog behavior, and loves to educate her friends and family on how to correctly read dog body language. In 2016, Calista graduated from the University of Guelph with a degree in Animal Biology, and has plans to return to school in the fall to pursue her Master’s degree with the Department of Animal Biosciences at UoG. Calista is the proud owner of a cat named Primrose, who, in her defense, acts quite like a dog. She hopes to get her own dog when she has finished school., but for now, she has her two family dogs, Bear (a Doberman) and Kya (a Whippet), along with the kennel dogs to keep her busy.
Date Started: September 2012
About: Kirsten grew up loving dogs and animals of all kinds, and knew she wanted to work in the animal care field when she was very young. She grew up in New Hampshire, but moved back to Canada to go to the University of Western Ontario for Zoology. She started working as a Zookeeper in 2011, graduated in 2012, and started working at Diamond that same year. Kirsten started as a part time kennel staff, while she worked full time as a zookeeper at African Lion Safari, and did that for four years. She has since come back to Diamond full time and is loving having puppies to snuggle and take care of every day at work. She recently adopted a German Shepherd Cross named Jethro, who has been settling in very well with her three-legged cat Marble.
Date Started:February 2014
Date Started: May 2016