Scott and Kimi started with a couple of Labradors: Diamond, a yellow Lab, and her son Onyx, a beautiful black Lab. Kimi and Onyx started competing in the AKC Hunt Test in fall and spring weekends all over the south. Scott got tired of being a chauffeur and spectator, but he love the competitiveness and camaraderie of the events. That’s when he started searching for a competition Lab and found Savvy, a yellow Lab.
Savvy performed so well that she started competing in AKC Field Trials, and eventually Onyx followed suit. Traveling and working together in Hunt Tests and Field Trials only made Scott and Kimi love their babies more, and they were reluctant to leave these furry family members for trips. One long Christmas holiday, Kimi and Scott left their dogs with their dog trainer instead of boarding them so the dogs could still run and play without being cooped up in a kennel. The difference in the dogs’ attitudes was clear when they picked them up — they’d had a great time, and the idea for a cageless dog kennel in Birmingham, Howlin Hollows, was born.
That trip had another unexpected blessing as well: a new family member. When the Welches picked up their dogs, they met a black Lab puppy, the son of the 2012 National Field Trial Champion. He was the cutest little brute of a devil, and on their way back home, Scott and Kimi decided it was time for a new family member — Kimi drove back to get him the next day.
The Welches started looking for a large amount of land their family could enjoy, and their dream eventually led to Howlin Hollows, a full-service animal care facility dedicated to consistently providing high customer and excellent services, quality pet care, daily fun, clean, enjoyable atmosphere at an affordable price.
Kimi and Scott have a passion for animals as well as helping people feel secure that their furry family members are being cared for well. They live and breathe Howlin Hollows — they truly care about every animal that puts a paw on the farm. Their mission is to provide a boarding and daycare facility where pets can play and owners can know they’re getting safe, excellent service. Scott and Kimi live out that mission every day.