Jeremy and I met in 1999 after I moved to Atlanta from New Brunswick, Canada. My brother knew David York, the original owner of Barking Hound Village, and that’s how I started with the company. Jeremy had been working as a white water raft guide at the Ocoee River in Tennessee and we met when he joined BHV a few months later. It was love at first sight.
A few weeks passed before Chip came into our lives. He was abandoned at a grooming salon and needed a new owner. Once again, it was love at first sight.
After several years and many Atlanta locations later, David asked us to begin BHV Austin. We got married at Jeremy’s father’s farm house in Jasper, Georgia then packed up the Isuzu Trooper with Chip and drove to Texas.
Two years later, David asked us to create BHV Dallas. By this time we had adopted Brownie in Austin, so now the four of us packed up (ok, the dogs didn’t do any packing) and drove north on Interstate 35 to Big D. Then in February of 2007 David decided to sell Austin and Dallas, so we worked out the deal for Jeremy and me to buy the two locations. With a few signatures, Barking Hound Village Texas was born.
In July ’11 the most adorable German Shep/Corgi mix came into BHV as a foster from Paws in the City. Banjo only stayed at BHV a couple of nights; he fit perfectly into our family and loves to travel all over the country with us.
The beginning of 2012 was a sad time as we had to say goodbye to our beloved 14 ½ year old Chip. He was our best friend and had been through everything with us. We spread his ashes in the spring at the Georgia farmhouse and the Ocoee River, both of where we spent most of our time for the first four years of our lives together. He was a very special dog and we will always carry him close in our hearts. We love you Chippy choclito, the Chippy dog champion! 🙂
So here we are happily married and loving what we do. We work hard every day to make Barking Hound Village the best experience for you and your dog(s).
Every dog is a guest with us just once. After that, they become a wonderful member of our ever-growing BHV family.
Lisa & Jeremy Jones
Owners, Barking Hound Village Texas
After my 2001 graduation from St Edwards University in Austin I knew I’d have to search far and wide to find an animal-related job. The market was tough, but I landed a job training a variety of domestic animals in a Sea World show.
In September 2003, the show closed and I found myself looking for work back in Austin. I answered an ad for part-time help, met Lisa and Jeremy, and the rest is history. I began as a part time kennel tech with Lisa and Jeremy as my managers. Barking Hound Village was small back then; we were a new business trying to make a name for ourselves. I was excited to work with dogs, but wasn’t so sure about where my future would take me. From the beginning Lisa and Jeremy were supportive.
I took a short leave of absence in 2004 to train birds of prey and exotic birds at a State Fair of Texas show. I returned to Austin after the show and was offered the chance to manage Barking Hound Village full time. I jumped at the opportunity.
I have been an animal lover since I was a small child. Dogs have always been in my life, sometimes as many as five at time, along with many other animals. Currently I share my home with four dogs: ZuZu- a Blue Heeler, Adelaide-a Heeler Mix, Gnocchi – a Pekingese and Kimber – a Great Pyrenees. I also have a cat named Freddie Mercury, two birds including my cockatiel Orville and two tortoises, Shelley and Godzilla! All these animals made up my family, but we just needed one more member to make it complete.
On May 5, 2012 Paul and I got married with one of my dogs and Lisa as part of the wedding party. Lisa and Jeremy have also become family to me and we all share a love of dogs. So along with all the pups I currently take care of at BHV I have a big, extended family. That shared feeling is why BHV will always strive to make your family members part of our family too.
Back in 2005 I was pursuing a job working with animals and came across an ad for the newly opened Barking Hound Village Dallas. I loved the vibe when meeting with then manager Lisa Jones and began work immediately. I originally intended for the position to be a fun, flexible job while attending college, but when Lisa and Jeremy bought BHV Texas they eventually offered me a promotion to store manager for Dallas. Having always lived in Texas and being a dog lover I decided there was no place I’d rather be or work. Having had the opportunity to grow with BHV and our clients has been a huge part of my life.
I’ve had my sassy Red Heeler mix Roxi since 2002 at age of 10 weeks. My new addition is Piper a catahoula/heeler mix born June 2016. Both girls are like my children who work, travel and hang with me as much as possible. Having my very own puppy at such a young age helped me mature into a responsible adult so I could provide her the best life possible. You’ll frequently see Roxi and Piper working in the lobby with me.
I consider Lisa and Jeremy, the staff, and BHV as a whole, a part of my family. Our clientele has grown substantially over the years and I look forward to caring for our long-time clients as well as future ones.