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The Original Vision

The Owners

Margy & David Schmidt

Margy and David, both originally from Pennsylvania, moved to Chapel Hill in 2001 via Los Angeles and then London. In London, Margy belonged to a dog walking society with their beloved British Beagle, Bing. After moving back to the US with their two toddlers, Sophie and Will, in tow, they set down deep roots in NC.

Their love of their own dogs and the idea of creating a dog community gave birth years later to the Green Beagle Lodge. Margy and David enjoy walking their dog, Bing II, sports, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Tammy & Drew Purner

Tammy and Drew have shared a love for animals, especially dogs, since they met in California many years ago. Tammy grew up on property next to the Lodge in Chapel Hill. She and Drew moved back to NC in 2003 to raise their two sons adjacent to her childhood home. Drew was a police canine handler in Southern California which helped expand their knowledge of dogs.


They have two pups of their own, Shiloh, a Beagle born in 2008, and Samantha, a German Shepherd born in 2020. They enjoy hiking, traveling, and meeting all the new furry friends that come to the Lodge.

Exceptional Leadership

Senior Management


Brian Berman

Director of Business Development

Brian, a lifelong Pittsburg Steeler fan, comes to us with a wealth of leadership experience in catering, fine dining, and big box retail. Most recently, Brian led a service-based telecommunications repair company. Brian has quite a sweet-tooth and this is the easy way to his heart and as a bribery.


Brian’s family once ran PBK’s Kennel, breeding and raising Great Danes. Aside from his passion for animals and the Lodge, Brian and his family are huge in the local disc golf community. Brian currently runs the annual North Carolina Junior Disc Golf Championships as well as other tournaments in the area and his son Judah has been rated as high as second in the world in his age bracket.


Emily Feight

Director of Pet Care

Emily is an upstate New York native that quickly took the opportunity to move to the much more temperate climate of North Carolina. Over the past seven years Emily has collected an array of pet care knowledge that was sparked by her love for her childhood rescue, a Malamute mix named Casey.

From veterinary care, shelter medicine, adoption, foster placement, pet nutrition, basic obedience training, and luxury boarding and daycare services, Emily has developed a rounded approach to professional pet care. Emily now live with her two cats and two dogs that were collected through rescues over the years.

Mary Tamez

Director of Client Care

Mary is originally from the Chicagoland area, enjoying the Florida sunshine for 8 years before deciding to make her way up to NC. She has worked in the customer service industry for 25 years and is passionate about personal development, holistic health and leadership.

A cat lover since childhood, Mary decided when she moved to NC, that she wanted to learn everything she could about dogs. She found the perfect role at GBL and has been learning something new every day since! Mary loves going to the beach, traveling, cooking (or at least trying), practicing yoga, and making music. On the weekends she can be found hanging out outdoors with her husband and dog Rosie Bell, or cuddling up with her two precious cats Moose and Luna.

Ceira Watkins

HR Coordinator


David Graham

Operations Manager

Mike Kljucaric

Marketing Manager

Ben Madigan-Fried

Facilities Supervisor

Familiar Friendly Faces

Our Department Teams

Client Care

Our Client Care team is responsible for the care of our clients, human and animal. Ensuring your reservations are made, your records are up-to-date, and your check in and out process goes smoothly, they are here to answer your questions and note every detail of your pet’s care. Our Client Services Team includes our Lodge Liaisons; our Liaisons create our social media posts, report cards for your pup’s first day at daycare, and provide updates to our boarding pets’ families.


As an off-leash play facility, the Lodge is committed to safety and fun on a daily basis! Our Daycare Staff monitor body language, play styles, and energy levels to keep the pups playing in a positive social environment.


While you’re away for a night, a weekend, or a month, our Boarding Team is ready to help make sure your pet’s Lodging experience is a great one! Our Boarding Team manages everything about your pet’s stay from their room set-up to any specialty diets and medications.


Grooming is a vital part of your pet’s overall wellness and our Grooming Team is ready to help! From baths to brushing, nail trims to full grooms, our team is well trained and well equipped to handle your pet’s particular needs.


Training is one of the best ways to strengthen the bond between humans and dogs, and our skilled trainers can work with you on obedience and understanding of the dog’s individual needs. Our trainers can work with you in a variety of services including private training, daycare training, Board and Train programs, and group classes

Interested in a career at the Green Beagle Lodge?

Open Hours

Monday – Friday: 07:00am – 07:00pm

Saturday: 08:00am – 05:00pm

Sunday: 02:00pm – 07:00pm

Holiday Hours

Easter: Sunday, March 31st, 2024

4th of July: Thursday, July 4th,2024

Thanksgiving Day: Thursday, November 28th, 2024

Christmas Day: Wednesday, December 25th, 2024

New Year’s Day: Wednesday, January 1st, 2025


Modified Hours:
Thanksgiving Eve: 7:00am – 2:00pm

Christmas Eve: 7:00am – 2:00pm

New Years Eve: 7:00am – 2:00pm

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