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. Hila and majored in International Business (Marketing concentration) with a minor in English (fiction writing), and got to study abroad in Lyon, France. Hilal attended UNCG, which where he met Jamie.
The timing was great as he needed a job, and JP and Amy needed some help at Unleashed. Amy & JP knew that they could count on him to learn all about dog nutrition and much more. He has truly blossomed into a very knowledgeable dog lover.
While living in dorms, he was not able to have dogs permanently, so he decided to foster over summer breaks. He successfully fostered a few dogs throughout their college career.
Hilal graduated from UNCG a semester early in December 2010 and by March 2011 became a full-time asset at Unleashed. While studying business, it's safe to say he learned just as much about canine and feline nutrition and behavior. In August 2011, Hilal became store a manager at our Stonehenge location. And in September 2011 HIlal and Jamie were married!
Hilal & Jamie welcomed their miracle baby in June 2015. While Jamie moved to the office to have and took on a new position, Hilal took her place and is now district manager of 3 Raleigh locations (Lake Boone, Stonehenge, and Crabtree).
Enough about the humans, you want to know about the fur babies!
Guen: The first fair kitty. Hilal & Jamie were living in an apartment in Greensboro their Senior year of college and desperately wanted a cat. They had both always grown up with both dogs and cats, and felt like something was missing. Every year Unleashed sets up a booth at the State Fair. A busy event, it’s nice when we can go outside to take a break or eat lunch. There had been talk of kittens outside at the shed near the fairgrounds office and Hilal decided to investigate. That night before closing up Hilal talked Jamie into going outside and trying to catch one of these kittens. It was only a few minutes before Hilal had lured out a tiny, black kitten and shoved it into Jamie’s arms. There was no going back, they packed her up and brought her to the vet the next day. She was 8 weeks old and was promptly named “Guenwhyvar” or “Guen” for short. Guen has turned into a sweet, shy cat who is the best bug catcher in the house.
Cora: Cora is the second fair kitty. Exactly one year after catching Guen, Hilal decided she needed a brother or sister. Jamie was working at the store, while Hilal was working a fair shift, when she got a call right before she was about to leave for the day. She was told to grab a cat carrier and come to the fair. She said no, but did it anyways. Once she pulled into the parking lot, Hilal ran up to the car with a tiny tabby kitten. Again, she couldn’t resist and took the kitten home. She was named “Corazon” or “Cora” for short. Cora has turned out to be the most affectionate cat of the house. She is usually cuddling with Jamie or Joey, most likely making up for the mischief she causes throughout the house.
Draco: The dog of the house. Draco was a 4 month old lab pit mix puppy that was on his way to the shelter when Jamie & Hilal decided to foster him. It wasn’t long before they figured out he would be a foster failure. He has turned out to be a very happy, playful forever puppy. He has also really flourished under his new role as big brother. He’s taught Joey to run and greet company at the door and hide toys under the couch!