We are delighted to welcome Tina Garcia to the crucial role of General Manager for The Dog House Inn, Inc. Tina is a Gilroy native, and has always been dedicated to this community and the safety of the people who live in it. Her passion has always been to strive to broaden her knowledge of animal health and wellness to continue to help those in need.
Tina’s background is thoroughly about the animals, and she has been impactful in the most positive way in our community. We could not be happier to have her on board, and our staff adore her. She has been working with animals of all kinds since she was a little girl, and lives with her own pack of delightful beings at home.
Here she is, her own words:
• “My world of horses started when I was eight years old when I went to my first horse show and I was hooked for life. I started my first job to support my horse habit at the age of 12, working for Patterson Paint Place, feeding, grooming, lunging horses, and cleaning stalls. Dr. Greg Martinez of Gilroy Veterinary Hospital became my mentor and someone I had a strong desire to learn from. Excited that an Assistant vet tech position opened up, I was hired on at Gilroy Veterinary Hospital in 1985. Later, with my desire to broaden my knowledge, I took a job as an Assistant Horse Trainer to David Busick for Frank Bolea, both World Class Horse Trainers. This led into opening my own horse training and breeding business “Riley’s Quarter Horses” which led to a successful show career in the Quarter Horse world for almost 18 years.
• With personal change in my life came new desires for knowledge. I went to massage therapy school in 1998 through 1999 and opened Body Matrix Massage Therapy. In 2004, Gilroy Police Department’s Volunteers in Policing program caught my eye. I attended their training program and quickly became a team leader, responsible for providing 24-hour emergency response for Gilroy police and fire. I was responsible for vehicle abatement, crime scene perimeter security, traffic control, special events, and missing persons. I loved the job so much that I applied and got a job with Santa Clara County Juvenile Probation. It was such a rewarding feeling to help support our youth down a better path to a brighter future. Sadly, Body Matrix Massage Therapy and my Juvenile Probation job ended in 2012, due to a major hand and wrist injury.
• During my recovery time, I took some continuing education courses in Equine Thermal Imaging; Saddle Fit and Animal Imaging; and Equine and Canine Kinesio Taping. Shortly after, I became the Co-Owner of Infinity Equine Services, a full service equine rehabilitation facility and Owner of Full Spectrum Pet Imaging.
• In December of 2016, I was offered the sweetest job offer of my lifetime! Sweetest because it was as Manager of The Dog House Inn. Sweetest because I have always wanted to work there ever since they opened their doors many years ago! And most of all sweetest because I love working and caring for the dogs!
• The best reward of all is that I now have this huge family who I love and admire at The Dog House Inn. I happily live with my boyfriend Julian Vasquez, my son James Riley, my mother Joyce Duarte, and our two Rottweilers Keno and Kain, a Miniature Dachshund Mini, and my new Quarter Horse Buddy.”
Please welcome Tina to our family!!