Our Team

Meet our dog groomers and trainers at Sandy Hill Kennels. 

Sandy Hill Kennel's Staff

Management



'Will MahaffeyWill Mahaffey, Kennel Supervisor
Will Mahaffey came to the kennel in April 2015 after running his own business.  Will started out at Sandy Hill Kennels as a bather in groomer.  He knew this was his new home almost immediately.  Whether he is washing a dog, changing a light bulb, or helping your dog out of the car, he is always glad to help wherever he is needed.  Will has always loved animals, especially dogs.  He loves all types of dogs - from giant Mastiffs to little Shih Tzu's.  Some of his favorites are Bulldogs (any kind), Basset Hounds, Labs, Beagles, King Charles Cavalier, and any dog that loves to play and cuddle.  His specialty is getting the nervous or apprehensive dogs to trust him and Will helps make them as comfortable as possible during their stay.  Will treats every dog that comes to the kennel as if they are his own and he expects every staff member to do the same.  You can always find him with one of the dogs that are currently boarding with us.  In addition, Will has an King Charles Cavalier named Linus..



Liz Pursh, Kennel Supervisor
Liz Pursh joined Sandy Hill Kennels in January 2020.  Liz has 13 years experience in the pet industry, from retail to daycare and boarding.  She has spent the last 4 years managing boarding facilities in Florida.  Liz grew up with dogs, birds, and hamsters, and currently has two cats.  She loves all animals and dog breeds, but has a soft spot for Huskies. She also produces original content for the Sandy Hill Kennel's Facebook and Instagram pages.  We are thrilled to have Liz on the Sandy Hill Kennel's team.
 

Pet Groomers

Jessica Artana(Groomer)
Jessica Artana started working at Sandy Hill Kennels in February 2016 as a kennel worker.  She quickly moved into grooming as a bather and immediately took a liking to bathing/grooming.  Fellow groomers say that Jessica has a special way when working with the dogs to help them relax. Jessica has become an irreplaceable part of the Sandy Hill Kennel's grooming team.  We're glad Jessica is part of our team.






Cheryl Sams (Groomer)
Cheryl Sams joined the Sandy Hill Kennels Grooming Team in the Fall of 2020.  Cheryl started grooming over 40 years ago because she enjoyed the grooming experience.  She got her start grooming show dogs which included Bernese Mountain Dogs, Norfolk Terriers, and Norwich Terriers.  She has been hand stripping Terriers for over 15 years.  She owns a Bernese Mountain dog, Norfolk & Norwich Terrier, and a Rottweiler.  Her favorite breeds are the Norfolk & Norwich Terriers.





Christine Cherup (Grooming Assistant)
Christine Cherup has been working in the grooming room since 2019.  Christine started bathing part-time and has taken on more responsibilities in the grooming room since then.  She is a wife and has 2 daughters.  She is also a pet mom to 2 cats, 2 dogs, and a happy hamster.  When Christine is with your dog, she is giving them the same love and affection that she gives her own pets right down to the kisses on the forehead.  She believes animals, especially dogs, have the same emotions as we do and when not in the presence of their own family, they should still feel loved until they are back home.  We are thrilled to have someone like Christine working with your dogs.