I’m an Arkansas girl, originally from Jonesboro, and have called Conway home since 2011. Today, I call myself the Head Human here at Hounds Hideaway. Animals have been front and center in my life for as long as I can remember, from showing horses and bottle-feeding a baby deer as child, to working with local and national animal rescue organizations today.
There’s never a dull moment in our world. My husband Chad and I keep busy with our rescued terrier mix, Gunner, our beagles Jetta, Brown, and Yellow, and whatever rescue beagle(s) is calling our house a home while waiting to be adopted. We also have a Human Puppy named Scarlet!
Moving to Conway in 2011 proved to be tough for us anytime we traveled, since we didn’t know many people. It was difficult to find someone to care for our pack of pups while we were away, which made traveling stressful.
Working in the oil and gas industry allowed me to visit a number of interesting places. During these work trips to large cities, I discovered the popularity of pet resorts. I was fascinated with them, and we realized there was a need for specialized boarding and daycare in Conway.
From 2012 to 2014, we researched many pet resort facilities. We even conducted a feasibility study thanks to the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center and Arkansas State University.
In 2014 we set out on our mission to bring our ideas to life. With partners who share our love of small business and furry friends, we formed Hounds Hideaway.
We officially opened our first Hounds Hideaway location in Conway in December 2015. By October 2017, we were able to open a second facility in my hometown of Jonesboro. Most recently, in September 2019, we opened our third location in Rogers. We’re so excited to be able to serve each of these communities!
Part of the reason we opened Hounds Hideaway was because opening an animal shelter wasn’t an option…but we knew that our hearts would always lead us back to rescue. We are deeply rooted in animal rescue and strive to be both a resource and a partner for animal welfare organizations near all of our locations and beyond.
In 2019 we were able to start our own nonprofit organization, Beagle Basecamp, which rescues beagles in Arkansas and connects them with Colorado Beagle Rescue in Denver. Since 2015 our small group of fosters has been able to help save over 100 local beagles!
The only thing I care more about than animals having an awesome time with us is keeping them safe while they’re at it. All our human Pack Leaders are trained in Pet CPR and First Aid as well as Head to Tail wellness checks. On top of that, they complete dog behavior courses on a regular basis to strengthen their knowledge of dogs’ body language and play styles. The people leading our packs are the best people in the world, and you’ll notice their passion for their work from the first moment you meet them.