Barrie MacDonald

barriedogsBarrie has been associated with animals from early childhood and maintained a considerable menagerie much to the despair of his parents and the delight of the local Pet shop owner who always had a home for a one eared rabbit or a three legged tortoise. This love of animals evolved to breeding and exhibiting Old English Sheepdogs with his wife Jean, followed by resigning his Commission in the Australian Army to open a Dog Grooming Business in Hobart and then purchasing what is now Best Friends Pet Resort


Jean MacDonald

Jean has also had a lifetime association with animals from her upbringing on her parents farm at Wilmot in North western Tasmania. She was renown as a young girl for opting not  to help Mum in the Kitchen but rather to be out with Dad helping with the animals. Jean has been actively involved in the World of Dog showing since she and Barrie returned from  serving in Papua New Guinea in 1975 and is a Licensed Group 5 and 7 Judge at Championship level and Group 6 at Parade level. After over thirty years in the Public Service she  resigned from her position as Manager of the Hobart Passport Office in the Department of Foreign Affairs to join Barrie full time at Best Friends



Loretta Hurst


Loretta has been with Best Friends since September 2006. You may have spoken to her as she is often in Reception helping book your four-legged family members stay at Best  Friends. You will also find her spending time with our guests attending to their needs and welfare, as well she assists with the animal transport side of the Business. Loretta and her  husband, Damon live in nearby Rokeby with their three beautiful children, Zac, Austin and Tahlia,one self opinionated cat “Izzy” and  two dogs “Nui” and “Ester”. Throughout her  life Loretta  has owned a variety of animals from chickens,rabbits,guinea pigs to cats and dogs, her love of animals started at a very young age and she loves to be your pets “best- friend”


Colleen Shaw
ColleenWebpic Colleen lives in Sandford with her husband Rob, they have been happily married for 31 years and have two adult sons. Colleen loves being Nanny to her four lovely Grandsons.  She and Rob share their home with three Dogs, Dee, Bandit and Jasmin and a Cat Muffin.Colleen  started working at Best Friends in 2010 and since that time has made some great friends (some human as well!)