BEHIND the Scenes @ the Jumping Bulldog

Over and over we were asked to introduce our staff. Flattered by your requests, we are now excited to introduce to you the individual team members of the Jumping Bulldog. You will get a small glimpse into their passions and find out why they love what they do.

Unlike many other small businesses, staff turnover at the JB has been relatively low with some staff members working here 5+ years. Needless to say that our clients appreciate the trust that has been built over the years, and as a business owner it makes me proud to have such fine people working at the JB!


Yecid Malaver | senior groomer
yecidYecid + Bam Bam + Taco

This young man, who calls Colombia his first home, is the Jumping Bulldog’s senior groomer.

He was educated in his country in Animal Sciences. Yecid –often called the dog whisperer of Astoria- has obtained his first grooming license with the Oster School of Grooming in Columbia. Yet, this has not stopped this ambitious and passionate groomer to continue his education, both, in Columbia and the US, culminating in a second certification of the prestigious American Academy of Pet Grooming in Manhattan.

Yecid is well versed in many techniques benefitting the wellbeing of cats and dogs. From healing massages, to calming aromatherapy to tooth scaling, Yecid does it with love, patience and the fragile spirit of the animal in mind.

Yecid is the epitome of animal lover and advocate, operating his own animal shelter in Columbia (presently run by his family), he still manages to rescue pets in the United States.

Yecid is the proud dad of two lovely rescue pups, a Yorkie and a Chihuahua.



Melissa Charles   |   junior groomer


Melissa + Lexie, one of our store cats

Melissa, a vivacious and trendy young lady, began as a self-taught groomer. It didn’t take long before she realized that she loves animals and her job so much that she wanted to make it her career. When the opportunity arose to work at Petco and become a certified groomer, Melissa jumped at her chance; she has been a happy and passionate groomer ever since.

Melissa is also the proud mom of a Yorkie and a Pit-bull, both of whom are rescue animals.



img_7952Brandon Combes   |   playtime supervisor

Brandon, a dynamic young man and true animal lover, has been with the Jumping Bulldog for well over a year. Brandon says “I have not met a better group of dogs than the ones I have the privilege to work with every day. These dogs are family to us; we watch and take care of them like they are our own. Each dog has their own personality; it’s amazing to see how they develop friendships not only with the other dogs but also with our daycare attendants. I couldn’t ask for a better job.”

Brandon has the right attitude. Pursuing a degree in animal care his ultimate dream is to become a K-9 trainer for New York’s finest –the NYPD. Brandon has what it takes to achieve this lofty goal, and we will be happy to support him in his endeavor as best as we can.

Brandon is the proud dad to Smokey, a recently adopted and incredibly sweet kitten.



Brandon + Kingston



Natalie Dimeska   |   playtime attendant

Natalie + “boyfriend” Ned

Natalie is a full-time college student, and she loves all four-legged friends! Natalie is a doggie mom to a cuddly and senior Shih-Tzu/ Lhasa Apso mix.

Natalie’s love and desire to care for cats and dogs began at a very young age. Even at a relatively tender age Natalie volunteered to take care of her cousins’ and neighbors’ pets occasionally. She quickly became the go-to person when friends and family were in need of a pet sitter. Her good reputation for reliability and responsibility earned her a pretty penny on the side –not a small feet for a very young lady.

Natalie spent one summer volunteering at the North Shore Animal League with her best friend, Lucia. Natalie says of herself and her friend, that “they now have the very best jobs in the world –supervising dogs all day!”

This playtime attendant plans to adopt five different breeds of dogs –AT LEAST- and live in the city with her future partner, who, just like Natalie, must love dogs!



luciaLucia Lopez   |   playtime attendant

Lucia + her “boyfriend, Dude”

Lucia is a spirited, passionate and determined full-time student who is pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine. No dog is too big for Lucia and she has no problem making a fool of herself when it comes to any of her fur friends! This young lady has been part of team JB for almost 3 years at this point. Albeit being engaged, Lucia claims, “the company of dogs is more fulfilling than any relationship with a “hooman” could ever be.” Well, I’m not sure how her fiancé feels, but one thing is for sure: Lucia is a playtime and pet care attendant after my own heart! Not only our pups adore this “living la vida loca girl”, our clients do as well.

Lucia is a wonderful mom to two rescues, a Pitbull and a kitten. She loves them so much that Lucia created their very own IG account -@DougnBish



img_1471Tun Domgjoni   |   playtime attendant

Tun + Dude

Tun -but if you prefer you can call him Tony- is our youngest addition to team JB. As a child he grew up with Rocky, a Doberman-Rottweiler mix. Best of friends Tun and Rocky always did everything together, and always got into trouble together, too. Sadly, the building he lives in with his family has a “zero tolerance policy” on pets, and for a dog lover like Tun that’s pretty harsh. Growing up Tun’s love for animals steadily grew into a passion that led him to seeking career in animal care. Fueled by his passion Tun decided to cold-call at the JB for a job one day. He was hired on the spot and he’s been a happy camper ever since. Tun said “the reason why I chose to work for and why I love the Jumping Bulldog is because I get a chance to hangout with pups, and love them, care for them and even teach them. It’s an amazing place to be, especially, with all the excitement and unconditional love the dogs bring in.”

We can only second that, Tun!


zoeZoe Manuel   |   playtime attendant

Zoe has worked at the Jumping Bulldog the longest. This young lady has been part of the team for six years already. As an aspiring vet Zoe knows that the dogs that come to the Jumping Bulldog become part of our big family. “Some may come and go”, she says, “but they still hold a special place in my heart.” Zoe knows that it is gratifying feeling to experience the unconditional love and trust that comes from our daycare and boarding dogs, who trust us to make sure they’re safe, but also that they have fun and enjoy their time with us. Zoe passionately says: “The personal bonds we’ve created are something I cherish tremendously.” This certainly shows in her attitude towards every furry friend that comes her way.





Zoe + mega buddy Rusty


img_2250Stephanie Villa   |   playtime attendant

Born and raised in Jackson Heights, Queens, Stephanie is the epitome of “working passion”. She’s been working at the Jumping Bulldog for well over a year, and will be graduating from John Jay College of Criminal Justice soon. Stephanie is working on her dream of getting into a K-9 unit and to have a dog as her partner. Stephanie is also the proud doggie mom of an English Bulldog who is her pride and joy. Every chance she gets she takes her boy out on hikes and to the beach. If it were up to Stephanie, she’d never leave home without him, and you can see for yourself by checking her out on IG!





Stephanie + her sweetheart Moose



fullsizerender-3Diane Manuel   |   sales associate + customer service

Diane has been working at the JB for many years. She came to us after seeking a more mellow work environment with a focus on people interaction and pets.

Leaving a leading position at Snapple behind, this native Astorian joined the team without any delay and jumped right in. To this day Diane claims that she’s never been happier at any other job. This, of course, bodes well for all of us because Diane has long since become our client’s favorite go-to person for all things “Jumping Bulldog”. Grooming and daycare clients alike appreciate her calm demeanor, her friendly nature and the ability to handle whatever type of problem they throw at her.

Needless to say that the JB would not function well during my absence, if it were not for this multi-talented lady!



mandaAmanda W. Hogan   |   Attorney at Law

While no longer actively on the Jumping Bulldog’s payroll, we are happy to say that the JB has helped Amanda along when she was attending law school in Manhattan. Quick witted and passionate about her job, Amanda had been promoted to General Manager by the time she bode farewell to her “life” at the Jumping Bulldog.

Now, that Amanda has joined corporate America (which does regret just a tiny bit) we are proud to say that she is the JB’s official legal counsel. Amanda and her Boston Terrier girl, Starbuck, are loyal customers and friends, and they still an integral part of the team JB.




Amanda + Starbuck



img_4321Donna C.   |   general support

Chanel, Homeland Security’s latest K-9 addition -she’s got us covered! 😉

Donna has been part of the Jumping Bulldog in one capacity or another since we opened our doors in 2007. Loyal customer turned great friend and advisor, Donna has provided her expertise from creative matters over business suggestions to staff counseling many times over. Needless to say that even without being on the JB’s payroll she has become an invaluable part of our family.

Chanel –a tiny Maltese- is Donna’s princess and the Jumping Bulldog’s very own model. Twice a year when we go to market to scout our new seasonal collection, Chanel is the one who helps us decide which clothing items to bring into the store or not. It’s a tough job for a little girl like Chanel. But in doing so she enables us to measure good fit and ensure product quality, so that in the end, when you purchase our garments, are satisfied with each item you bring home for your pup.


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