Meet The Staff:


Pete Hoare

Owner of Barn Dog Daycamp

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Pete, a volunteer firefighter and EMT for the town of Essex, has extensive experience with dogs, having co-founded the very successful dog rescue Sweet Paws. Since then, he has fostered over 200 dogs on the farm and has adopted a handful of them himself. Pete currently has three rescues living with him: Otis, Kiki, and Boomer! (Otis and Boomer pictured left) He has dedicated his life to dogs full time, so to say he is a dog lover would be an understatement!

Witnessing the crazy and whacky expressions on these dogs' faces when they get the "zoomies" from running in the meadows for the first time is truly one of his favorite past times.

Having said all of this, Pete has decided to open up his home to other dogs, so they too, can experience what so many others have.


Christina Gelardi

Barn Dog DayCamp Manager


Christina has worked in doggy daycares large and small and has handled dogs of all ages, sizes, and temperaments. She has experience as a dog trainer and is certified in pet CPR and First Aid. 

She has always had a passion for helping dogs, adopting and fostering many with her family growing up. She currently has 4 dogs at home, a rescued Belgian Malinois named Spirit, a rescued Pitbull named Butters, and 2 Goldendoodles named Lady and Cali. You may see some of them at our daycamp from time to time playing along with your pups. She loves working with animals and can't wait to help your pup have a great time at camp!

Jamie Mathison



Jamie currently runs and owns a local ocean conservation clothing business called One Ocean One Love Shop. But before that she was a marine mammal trainer at the New England Aquarium training seals & sea lions. 

She is however, a lover of all animals and has one turtle and three big dogs at home: Brooks, Parker, and Kit. All rescues! She's also know to foster fail..