The Barks 5th Avenue team is a tight-knit group of professionals who just happen to be absolutely in LOVE with dogs! We are happy that you are entrusting us with your pet, and we want you to feel comfortable with our family members caring for yours!
PENNIE MAHON, OWNER
Pennie Mahon’s passion for animals started in her youth. She was first introduced to the world of animal training at the age of eleven, when she trained her first dog through her local 4-H club. This experience marked the beginning of a lifetime spent exploring and connecting with animals. She has successfully trained, competed and titled in elite level competition with her horses in multiple disciplines and her dogs in Disc, Dock Diving, Herding and Obedience. As a Certified Disc Dog Judge she enjoys traveling internationally to judge competitions and to share her passion teaching Disc Dog clinics.
Pennie has become a world-renowned Disc Dog competitor. She began this pursuit in 2001, and in 2012 she and her dog Psych received the ultimate honor when they were crowned the Hyperflite Skyhoundz Disc Dog World Champions. Pennie and Psych have finished in top ranked placement at the Ashley Whippet Invitational, UFO World Cup, and USDNN World Finals. This polished duo along with the rest of her pack, Disc-Functional K-9’s, are often the highlight at NFL, NBA college half time shows and many events within the community.
PAT MAHON, OWNER
A member of the Houston business community for over three decades, Pat is an integral part of the community. Not only does he run the day-to-day operations of Barks 5th Avenue, he is the founder of the DAWG Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit charity that provides highly trained service dogs to military veterans battling Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), at NO CHARGE to the veteran. Pat’s love of family, country, and dogs shows through not only in his work, but in his volunteering, as well.
JOE SPENCER, GENERAL MANAGER
Joe joined the Barks team in October of 2014 as the Business Development Manager. A Tomball resident, Joe is a veteran of the War on Terror, a volunteer firefighter, and very active in veteran’s advocacy and volunteering. His passion for dogs comes from his five best friends; Prince, a 14-year old Lhasa Apso; Duke, a 3-year old Chiweenie; Keiko, a 3 year old Siberian Husky, Rufus, a 14 year old (blind) lab/hound mix, and Colbie, a 3-year old Rhodesian/Lab mix. When he isn’t knee-deep in paperwork trying to find ways to to pass bigger discounts onto our customers, Joe can be found playing with our Daycare and Boarding dogs, recording video of our dogs in training, or telling corny jokes at the front counter.
OSCAR ALVAREZ,ASSISTANT MANAGER/TRAINER
There is no better job in the entire world for a dog lover than to work as a Barks 5th Avenue Trainer! Oscar tirelessly cares for, monitors, and plays with our training dogs almost EVERY DAY! His stern yet caring nature is the perfect balance for keeping a group of over a dozen energetic dogs safe and active. Oscar’s love for your dogs is evident in the amount of time and energy he spends making sure they are all cared for and played with every day he is here. Be sure to thank Oscar for being such a caring friend to your dog!
GINA COLE, GUEST RELATIONS SUPERVISOR
Have questions about nutrition? Need to book an appointment ? Gina will be ready to help you with a smile on her face! Caring, helpful, and attentive to details, you are in good hands with her 🙂
MATT CRAIG, SALON SUPERVISOR
NICOLE TREADWELL, SALON ASSISTANT