Rocky Top Kennel LLC is owned by Mike and Jessica Shempert. The kennel first opened it's doors in December 2001 by Jessica's parents Russ and Tammy Howlett, who own Rocky Top Pets. Jessica and her husband Mike continue the family business since purchasing the kennel in 2010. Starting with the company in 2002 as a pet groomer, Jessica has years of experience caring for animals. Her love of animals started as a young child and still continues today as she runs the kennel full time. Mike, before becoming fire chief, worked the business full time for five years. When not caring for your pets, Mike and Jessica have three children, three dogs and two cats to keep them busy!