Our Staff

The staff at Barkley Manor are a breed apart. We come from a variety of backgrounds, however what sets us apart is not only our passion for and natural affinity with dogs, but our commitment to create a truly unique environment for you dogs. We look forward to meeting you in person, but here is a little something about us.

Krista Strong ( nee Johnson )   Owner / General Manager

My Top Dog
Retriever / Poodle Cross -
10 years old

Well, I have Dudley, my retriever / poodle cross to thank for making Barkley Manor a reality rather than a much talked about idea.

I grew up in Devon England with a varying sized pack of red setters, gordon setter, collie / setter cross and a rather feisty cocker spaniel. It's fair to say that getting a dog of my own was always going to happen when life allowed. Dudley has not only changed my every day, but allowed me to meet the wonderful array of owners and dogs, that inspired me to make Barkley Manor a reality. I have a background in sales and marketing and worked in London for  13 years in media and digital TV.

I moved to New Zealand 12 years ago, after falling in love with this amazing country and after several years launching a new mobile media business into Australia and the USA, ( managing to visit numerous overseas doggie daycares along the way ) I finally decided to make Auckland my full time home. As the owner of Barkley Manor, my commitment is to make Barkley Manor a truly special place; where dogs can truly be dogs, owners can be assured of the ultimate in care and quality, and our staff can live their career dream. 

Jeanette a.k.a. Aunt Netty.

Hi my name is Jeanette known as Aunt Netty. Mac my gorgeous boy  has been with Barkley Manor for  nearly 6 years. I used to drop Mac off in the morning thinking how lucky he was, and how lucky the girls working at Barkley Manor were. Now I am the lucky one too ! I am the lady who pops up over the reception desk when you least expect it.  I love the interaction I have with our 2 legged clients, just as much as I enjoy our 4 legged clients. I recently launched a Food Club and would love to tell you more. My goal at Barkley Manor, is to help it run smoothly for the staff and clients, and have some fun while doing this. Please pop in anytime to check us out.