Robert remembers caring for the Dobermans that were being bred by his parents at 4 or 5 years old.Robert showed obvious signs at an early age of his love for animals and their acceptance of him. On weekends, holidays and after school he remembers taking care of the pets, when he was between 11- 15 years old and he learned to bathe and groom dogs then too.Although he admits, he never did get paid then, he did learn a lot about taking care of pets and about the family business.Every Christmas morning, Robert can be found at Suggs Kennels taking care of the pets before opening a single present.But, Robert doesn’t mind, “the sacrifice that you make to take care of pets is enormous, because they need to be cared for first, before anything else.”Robert’s philosophy is simple…'each pet is different and has different needs and they are very appreciative of everything you do for them.' Most of what Robert knows about the care of animals is very instinctual for him as he can typically find fleas or ticks on pets that the owner did not know was there.He is also considered an expert on dog behavior because he can read them and in return they respond well to him.Robert wants potential new clients to know:“that the kennel is a family business that has been in operation since 1963.And, we keep a clean and safe environment for your pets and provide speedy service too. “
Gladys Suggs President
Mrs. Suggs recalls, “We first started out breeding Dobermans, around 1959.My husband, Cecile Eugene Suggs, was working full-time at the post office when a local veterinarian suggested, that because we had the room, that we begin taking in dogs for boarding.”The Suggs also wanted something for their eldest son, who has a disability, to do something that would help him learn a skill and keep him busy.Initially, they took care of a few dogs and then it spread by word of mouth.In the years since, the initial Suggs Kennel building has been extended and a separate annex building was added on too.A little skeptical initially about boarding pets, Mrs. Suggs didn’t think that people would bring them.But, they did…and today 53 years later they are still happily taking in pets for boarding and grooming.
Meet Alex! Alex has been a kennel technician at Suggs since 2018 where she helps care for dogs, handle social media, and ensure every pet is happy during their stay. She believes in caring for the pets the same as she would her four rescue dogs. In 2018, she planned an impromptu trip to Colorado. At the time, she had never boarded her dogs before. Thus began her journey in finding Suggs Kennels. When she returned from her trip, she was beyond happy with how well the staff took care of her dogs. She then filled out a job application and has been working here ever since. The job at Suggs has inspired her to begin rescuing animals outside of work. She truly cares for all pets as her own.