“Back in 2005 whilst travelling to my corporate role in the CBD, a dog named Qenia came into my family’s lives and inspired me to dream of starting a doggy daycare centre. It was really so my sister, Nicole and I could spend more time with Qenia and also other likeminded owners and dogs! Ally my beautiful Bernese Mountain dog came into my life as a baby a couple of weeks prior to diggiddydoggydaycare’s opening in June 2007 and I was so grateful that I could spend time with her and give her the best life. Because of diggiddy she grew to be an outgoing, balanced and emotionally intelligent therapy dog. She had the best life of adventures at diggiddy, companionship with her favourite person and her auntie Qenia with limited stretches of time on her own. We believe that all dogs deserve such a happy life of companionship, play and love. When Ally sadly passed away, 6 months later I was contacted by a breeder to meet a 12 month old Bernese Mountain Dog who required rehoming due to challenging behaviour. Her name was Cocoa and I thought she was awesome! I knew that she could be balanced out with love, consistency and healthy boundaries at both diggiddy and at home. It didn’t take her long to learn and grow into the divine dog she is today.
In the 10 years of operation that vision for this company has not waivered…..it’s based on unconditional love, consistency and healthy boundaries. Dogs are such beautiful creatures with such a simple message to influence and teach us about life. Live in the moment, play, cuddle, communicate and love deeply.
diggiddy has changed many lives of staff, clients and dogs and continues to make a difference every day. I love this business and everything we do for humans and dogs alike and our collective vision is to touch the lives of as many families with our message as we can.”
“I am the incredibly proud daddy of 2 beautiful fur babies: Ziggy (my “Red Dog”) who is a Staffy X Kelpie and Kami (short for Kamikaze) who is an all-white, all-deaf American Bulldog.
Before coming into fill the incredibly big shoes that Jeanette left of the Centre Manager role roughly 6-months ago, I was a Venue Manager for Bounce INC trampoline centres for a little over 3 years. I actually drove past diggiddy for over a year and every day dreamt about how awesome it would be working with dogs and also peers who love dogs as much as I do – I can tell you that to-date it has clearly surpassed all expectations!
I have heard the endearing term “crazy dog people” thrown around by the fantastic owners/clients we have here and I have to say, this is the best part of the job and also the best challenge … for me to ensure that we as a collective staffing body continually meet the deserved high expectations of our beautifully loyal and committed clients – both 2-legged and 4-legged alike ☺”
‘A dog has no fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water log stick will do just fine. A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he’ll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?’
– Josh Grogan (Author of Marley & Me)
“If my girls and I aren’t hiking, or seeking adventure, you’ll find us at diggiddy where we’ve found our second home. I come to diggiddy with a background in dog behavior and training, and thrive on the daily challenges that leading this amazing team, and working with dogs of all shapes and sizes brings. My family and friends will tell you I’m a human contradiction of a heavy metal listening, organic garden loving, runway walking, pizza devouring, goofball. I don’t know what they’re talking about, but I will fight you for the last slice of pizza.”
“I have a background in animals studies and canine behaviour & training. It’s fantastic being surrounded by dogs all day. We truly have so much to learn from them. If I’m not at Diggiddy, you might find me hanging with my two pups Sam the Labrador and Finn the Beaglier!
Likes: Animals, Desserts, Reading
Dislikes: Not getting enough sleep
I came to diggiddy with an eclectic background in advertising, non-profit, admin and wine touring, and I could not be happier to be part of the diggiddy family!
Taking home the world’s cutest rescue Bull Arab X was the best decision I ever made, and intensified an already strong love of our canine buddies. Having Luna in my life reminds me to “live in the now”: exercise more, worry less and stick my head out the window once in a while. And it mostly doesn’t matter that the bulk of my diet now consists of dog hair…you get used to it.
When I’m not at diggiddy you will find me at the dog park, Kung Fu training or in a dog-friendly beer garden!
Likes: Wine, cheese, music
“There’s a belief that people who are painfully shy don’t tend to go on many adventures, but here I am, working at the best dog daycare in the world after circumnavigating the country solo on a motorbike. After tearfully leaving my little Maltese back in 2015, I’ve only just started to settle into an Aus-some life in the land down under. My diggiddy colleagues are fantastic in that they usually leave me to be my quiet self while I hide in a dark corner of the building. I can socialize with dogs until the end of time, but immediately start choking when I make small talk with humans. Dan lets me rock out to Queen while I write website code, so it really doesn’t get better than that.”
Likes: Motorcycles, top notch coffee, old school video games
Dislikes: Public transport
“Alex is a city-slicking, beach going, Swedish pop star wannabe with a passion for working with pups and a heart filled with music! Alex has hopes of becoming a music therapist (working with dogs and humans!) and thinks that it has the power to heal, improve general wellbeing and bring happiness to all. You can find Alex on the dance floor of a 70’s themed disco or working in her garden during her days off!”
Likes: Animals, coffee, being in things that go fast
Dislikes: Slow walkers
“I was studying at La Trobe doing Animal and Veterinary Bioscience and volunteered at a dog shelter back in Singapore before applying for a job at diggiddy. I have a huge passion for dogs of all shapes and sizes, and my past experience with dogs has given me a deep understanding of dog behaviour. I find that the work culture at diggiddy is very professional, the way we do things is very efficient and everyone is very hardworking and passionate about the dogs.”
Likes: Animals, durian, hiking
Jamie and BailyBaileyBaileyBaileyBailey are always looking for good food and running amok outdoors, whether they’re camping, running or digging holes! Jamie comes from a hairdressing background but with passion for dogs so strong, she just had to make it her life! Nothing more challenging and rewarding than looking after 35+ fur babies each day! She still struggles to believe she gets paid for it!
“I think what draws me to dogs is the respect I have for their attitude toward life. They constantly remind me to prioritise having fun. Over everything. And with everything. I find myself completely enamoured with their curiosity. And how incredibly funny they don’t realise they are. I’m fascinated with the way they communicate with each other, and with people and how that differs. Or doesn’t. I never get sick of trying to figure out what they’re trying to say. Or watching one gain confidence. Or the completely unlikely and totally unforeseeable friendships that develop between them. They remind me of how big a part energy plays between things. And how we are both so influenced by the other. I could go on but I’ll end by saying that I like working here.”
“I have had a passion and love for animals from before I could even walk! I grew up surrounded by animals, and pursued my dreams of working with them. I have completed certificates in Animal Studies, Companion Animal Services, and will go on to complete my last year of Veterinary Nursing, and hopefully a certificate in Dog Training and Behaviour.
Over the years I have volunteered in numerous areas of the Animal industry, ranging from different animal shelters, children’s farms, animal sanctuaries, wildlife rescue and conservation.
Finding diggiddy and being given the opportunity to work here has honestly been the most rewarding and greatest experience I could’ve asked for. There’s nothing better then seeing the dogs so happy to come to daycare each day. diggiddy isn’t just a workplace, it’s a family. Two legged and four legged.”
Likes: Animals, Disney, Steve Irwin & David Attenborough
Dislikes: Bees and Wasps
“I volunteer my time with not-for-profit organisations that look after animal welfare. I have also done some work with guide dogs and studied a Cert II in animal studies. But most fun of all i pet sit and house sit for the community. Diggiddy is just a fun, happy and thriving place to be. I think diggiddy has a great work culture as everyone genuinely wants to be there and have a good time. Everyone is friendly and helpful, what more could you ask for? The best part of my day is definitely seeing all the regulars come in, it’s really nice to have that relationship with them. Working hard and having fun!”
Likes: Music, reading, food
Dislikes: When people eat her leftover food
“I started at diggiddy in 2016 and have been doing work placement for two years for school, studying Cert II in Animal studies at The Gordon. I have always loved dogs and working at diggiddy has taught me so many things. diggiddy is not just a job, it’s a family. The best thing is seeing the gorgeous faces walk through the doors everyday. It’s such a fun and welcoming environment, what more could you ask for? One day I hope to pursue work with therapy dogs and diggiddy is giving me a huge opening to getting my dream job. I couldn’t ask for a better bunch of humans and four legged animals to work with.”
Likes: The outdoors, candles, doctor shows
Dislikes: Tim Tams
“Before I started at diggiddy I was getting my degree in performance, before making a full 180°, and studying Canine Bowen Therapy with the International School of Bowen Therapy. After gaining both my qualifications, I was inspired to apply for a role at diggiddy to not only grow my knowledge of dogs, but also to drown in puppy cuddles! I could not be happier to be a part of diggiddy; being able to come into work each day and be surrounded by the unconditional love that all the dogs bring is truly indescribable! “
“Before I started working at diggiddy I was studying year 12 and the previous year I had done a Certificate II in Animal studies. I decided I wanted to work for diggiddy because I have such a passion for dogs and have grown up with them which has helped expand my knowledge and who else wouldn’t want to spend their day getting cuddles from dogs of all shapes and sizes! I have been at Diggiddy for over a year now and I still wake up every day so excited and happy to be able to spend my days here! Outside of work I like to cook, game and go on various adventures with my dog and just living my life to the fullest with lots of laughs and doggy cuddles!”
Likes: Animals, cars, camping
“I arrived in Australia a little over two years ago from Ireland. I packed my bags and booked a one way ticket on my own to go and be where I have always dreamed to be. Ever since I can remember I have always had this massive passion to work with animals. Then I studied Animal Science and Behaviour back in Ireland and knew it was definitely what I want to do and where else to pursue it but here. Diggiddy is now my home away from home, my extended family. I work with an amazing team and have them to thank for making Diggiddy so special for me.”