Sam James is a dog whisperer in her own right.
James, 22, is a day care handler at Dogtown, a kennel-free boarding, day care and grooming business on Burnet Avenue. During her shift, she monitors the dogs while they’re playing or calms them down when it’s time for a nap.
“My favorite part of this job is being around the dogs and getting to know them,” said James. “I’m comfortable around them and there is a certain spark that gets me.”
She started working at Dogtown in September and has done “awesome,” according to assistant general manager Kellie Sicurella.
“Sam was very quiet when she started, but now she’s more comfortable and very social,” Sicurella said. “She knows almost every dog that comes here and does a really good job. We love her here.”
James credits her success at Dogtown to her previous job at a pet supply store and having two of her own dogs at home – Otis, a Chihuahua-terrier mix, and Toby, a 3-year-old English mastiff her family rescued from a shelter.
“Having my own dogs helps me here because I know what behaviors to watch out for with the dogs at the day care,” she said. “Dogs are my passion and I really enjoy it here.”