Meet our Dartmouth Team


Amanda grew up in New Jersey and moved to Canada in the summer of 2013. Since she was a child she had a love for animals of all shapes and sizes, however, dogs always held a special place in her heart. She has been eager to work with dogs for as long as she can remember, so becoming a member of the Jollytails team makes getting up to go to work a breeze. Sadly at the moment, Amanda doesn't own a dog of her own but wishes to own one within the near future and love it unconditionally.

Ainslie Isnor


Ainslie grew up surrounded by pets. She always had a passion for caring for animals, especially dogs (including her German Wirehaired Pointer, Splash, and her roommates' Boxer, Jax). She has spent a lot of time volunteering for ElderDog Canada. After graduating from Dalhousie University with a B.Sc. in Biology, she decided Jollytails would be the perfect place to follow her passion and is very excited to be working with the dogs in the daycare.

Samantha Baker


Samantha has spent her life in Eastern Passage. She has always had a love for dogs, but unfortunately had a busy family life as a child and did not have time for a pet. As soon as she had her own place Samm and her boyfriend got their first dog. A handsome pit Leo. Two years later Chev the dogo flew all the way from Europe to join their family. Samm loves spending her time out in the woods with her boys running free. As part of the new Burnside team Samantha is excited to meet so many new pups and gain more knowledge on our furry companions.

Nikki Vidal


Nikki is new to Dartmouth this year, joining us all the way from Moncton, NB. Although she is new to the daycare world, she has had plenty of opportunities to work with animals of all shapes and sizes throughout the years in the clinic setting as well as an Animal Science Major from Dalhousie University. She is very excited to start this new adventure and to fall for all the wonderful dogs that come to Jollytails. It didn’t take very long as you can see with Lola featured above! 

Travis Tarbox

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Travis grew up in Wellington, Nova Scotia and has been a lifelong lover of animals. After graduating from NSCC's Screen Arts Diploma program and pursuing a career in filmmaking, Travis decided to switch career paths and concentrate on his passion for animals, which led him to Jollytails.

Although he doesn’t currently have his own dog, he looks forward to being able to get his fill of them at work in the meantime. We are happy to have Travis on Team JT!

Lydia MacNeil


Lyd was born in Nova Scotia and has lived here her whole life. She has made it her mission in life to surround herself with dogs! When she isn't at home home cuddling her own two lovable mutts, or out on a hike with them, she's at Jollytails snuggling and playing around with your four-legged BFF. But that's not all! In her spare time she coordinates the foster program for Marley's Hope Dog Rescue. Helping to set dogs up in the right home, transporting dogs, giving advice to fosters, fostering herself, and she also spends time at the shelter walking dogs, cleaning kennels and providing them love and care! It was her dream to be able to turn her love of dogs into a full time gig and she is so thankful to the Jollytails team for taking her on!