Jamie is JP's little sister. From about age 8, until this year, she grew up with a black lab, Jesse. A couple of years ago, when Amy and JP got Vixen, Jamie (and her sister and mom) got Buster, a small tan mix. They also have two cats, a tuxedo named Puddin, and a tabby named Pete. Jamie mostly grew up in Raleigh, attending Douglas and Greene Elementary, Durant Road Middle School and Southeast Raleigh High School, where she developed a true love for dance.
Deciding to major in Dance, Jamie chose to attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, which is where she met Hilal.
Hilal went to Reid Park Elementary School in a French immersion program and graduated from Smith Academy of International Languages and Harding University High School with an International Baccalaureate Diploma. Hilal is now majoring in International Business (Marketing concentration) with a minor in English (fiction writing), and has just returned from a semester of study abroad in Lyon, France.
The timing was great as these two college students needed a job, and JP and Amy needed some help at Unleashed. Amy & JP knew that they could count on these two bright young people to learn all about dog nutrition and much more. They have truly blossomed into very knowledgeable dog lovers.
While living in dorms, they are not able to have dogs for themselves permanently, so they decided to foster a dog over the summer while working at Unleashed and living at home. They picked out an adorable puppy from the pound whose name happened to be Benny. They changed it to Danny, potty trained him, socialized him, and found him a great new home. The rest of the summer, and weekends home during the school year, they will spend pampering Buster, Puddin, and Pete who couldn't be happier that about their job choice. Update January 2010:
Over winter break, they rescued two dogs from chains. Daisy, the solid black one, quickly found a great home. CiCi, the black and white one, tested positive for having Heartworms. Fortunately, Best Friends Pet Adoptions animal rescue agreed to take her in. Jamie and Hilal continued to foster her through her Heartworm treatment and then took her to her new foster home once school resumed. Hopefully she will find a good forever home soon. Update June 2010:
CiCi fully recovered and was adopted! She found a permanent home as Maddie!
We all wish her new family the best of luck with their healthy black & white border collie mix! (You can hit CTRL+F and type "Maddie" or scroll down and find her bio here
Also, Jamie & Hilal moved out of dorms and will not be fostering for awhile because they are the proud owners of a cute little Maltese named Missy!
(Amy & JP decided that she would be in good hands).Update March 2011:
Hilal graduated from UNCG a semester early in December 2010 and is now a full-time asset at Unleashed. Jamie will graduate in May and also be a full-time asset at Unleashed. We are so very grateful that their college summer jobs turned out to be so much more and that they are now full-time, knowledgeable managers. They have fully embraced the Unleashed philosophy and added to it in so many ways. While studying dance or business, I think it's safe to say they have learned just as much about canine and feline nutrition and behavior. During this time, they have also added to their own family. After a brief time fostering a fluffy mix from Best Friends Pet Adoption, they decided to adopt him and named him Fozzie. Recently, we have discovered that what we all thought was a mix, is actually a Pomeranian! Also, while working the Unleashed booth at the NC State Fair in October 2010, they decided to rescue one of the litter of stray kittens that was born at the fairgrounds. She is a small, all-black cutie named Guenhwyvar, or "Guen" for short. So for now their family is complete with Missy, Fozzie, and Guen. And, they will all truly become family this September as Jamie and Hilal are getting married!