Amanda lovegrove (with her dog, Burger)

Amanda Lovegrove is co-owner of The Houndry. Amanda has lived in Oak Ridge since 2012. She began her animal career working at an animal clinic in Maryville in 2006. After moving to Chicago in 2008, she started at Pooch Hotel where she became the General Manager over their West Loop facility. Amanda moved back to Tennessee a few years later and built up a stronger animal background at McArthur Animal Hospital. In 2016, she started The Houndry with her friend, Leah. She has certifications in Animal Care and Canine Water Therapy she received while in Chicago. Along with her fiancé and daughter, she has five dogs, three cats, and a guinea pig.


Leah hunter (with her dog, Lynsey)

Leah was raised down the road in Spring City, and moved to Oak Ridge in 2010 after marrying her husband, James. In 2009, she became a registered x-ray technologist and worked in that field until the fall of 2016. She has always been an animal lover, and although she liked performing x-rays, decided to follow her dream of “playing with dogs all day.” After lots of support from family and friends, she and her friend, Amanda Lovegrove, pursued the idea of opening a dog daycare. Leah’s love for dogs began with her childhood toy poodle, and she know owns a retired racing Greyhound named Lynsey, and a Cattledog mix named Roxy. She and her husband also have a tuxedo cat named Charlie. Leah is now working toward her Professional Animal Care Certification through the PACCC.


vada oberlin (and her dog, Dixie)

Vada has a large heart for dogs (especially Boxers), and has been on the board for SARG (Shelter Animals Rescue Group) in Oak Ridge for almost 13 years. She has 4 dogs of her own Bristol, Rocky, Sugar, and Dixie. She has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources, and puts these talents to use as she runs the reception area at The Houndry. During her day here, she also gives lots of cuddles to the older or anxious dogs would rather lounge around than wrestle in play.


amanda rush (with Tucker)

Amanda was raised in Stafford, Virginia, and moved to Tennessee in 2018. She has experience in many dog care settings, including time as a kennel tech at boarding facilities and veterinary hospitals. Amanda became a certified dog trainer in 2017 through the Animal Behavior College, and has trained many dogs since her graduation using positive reinforcement. She is also certified as a Reiki message practitioner. Reiki is "a hands-on healing method that originated in Japan. The practitioner channels healing energy through her hands to the animal through a light touch either directly on the body" (as described by She has 2 dogs of her own, a black Lab named Lucy, and a mixed breed named Bandit. She frequently fosters puppies or dogs in need, so she tends to have a house-full! Amanda started working at The Houndry in September 2018, and is usually found supervising one of the play groups during the day.


neil kristjansson (With his dogs, Goose and Pellet)

Neil is from Canada originally, grew up in California, and has lived in Oak Ridge since 2017. He has lots of custodial experience, has worked at the Boys and Girls Club of Menifee Valley, and has a degree in audio technology. He is also co-owner of Brass Crab Productions, an independent film crew company. In 2019, he became a certified vet assistant. Neil has a huge heart for dogs which is evident upon meeting him. He especially loves his two pups, a hound mix named Goose, and a Pitbull mix Pellet. At The Houndry, he lends a hand in the daycare rooms, especially giving the dayboarders extra one-on-one attention. He is also a force to be reckoned with in the evenings as we clean the rooms to prepare for the next day!


Vicky Patterson (and Gnocchi)

Vicky is a jack-of-all trades! Vicky lives in Oak Ridge with her husband, Paul, and three kids. She became a certified veterinary technician in 2011, and then worked as a kennel assistant and dog bather. She became a certified dog trainer in 2013 through the Animal Behavior College. Vicky then became a licensed groomer in 2014, and specialized in grooming senior and high-anxiety dogs. Vicky started working with us at The Houndry in March 2019. She helps us get the day started by handling the incoming dogs before daycare, and helps get the play groups started afterwards. She has two cats, Mani and Shinaed, and a Pitbull/hound mix named Gwen.