As Lead Guest Service Attendant at Second Home Pet Resort, Cody Cristel ensures employees show up for their shift, prepares the food for the animals, ensures dogs have plenty of water, administers medications and prepares staff assignments. At the end of his shift, Cody ensures that all dogs are safe and inside before he heads home.
When Cody was about 10 years old, he told his mother that he wanted to work with animals. Today, that is exactly what he does. "I have a special connection with dogs," Cody said. "At work they call me the 'dog whisperer' because I can work with the fearful dogs."
Cody grew up with family dogs and currently has three rescued pit pulls, one of whom was adopted through Second Home. He brings his dog Kira to work, and she sometimes sits behind the desk.
In August, Cody will celebrate 8 years at Second Home. He loves meeting the new dogs who come in as well as "working with the rescues and seeing them go to their forever homes," he said.
"Everyone at Second Home
cares about the animals," Cody said. "Everyone there is a family; we're not just a team."