My name is Colby Howell and I’ve been taking on NYC for about 4 years now. My roots lie in Chattanooga, TN (proud to be a southern boy at heart) but I’ve wanted to live in the city since I was a young kid. I grew up doing theater in middle and high school and have been pursuing a career in the field ever since. I most recently landed roles alongside Matthew Broderick, Leslie Odom Jr. from Hamilton, Harvey Fierstein and more so I’m very proud of the distance I’ve come!

My relationship with dogs is so unbelievably special. I grew up with all kinds! From the shy, timid Yorkie to the brazen and unstoppable Lab, I’ve pretty much experienced life with all breeds. Of all the dogs I’ve had in my life, my Boxer “Jazz” definitely had the biggest impact in my life. She was there through thick and thin with my family and often times, served as the glue the kept us together.

Being from the south has enabled me to have experiences with pups on all terrains. It’s just what life is in TN, you start a family and get a dog. Wide open fields, small back yards, no yard at all – you name it, I’ve done it. Some days my grandfather would to take me out in the woods with his Lab, Blackie and his Boxers, Sable and Dixie because they loved to explore. Yet, once I moved here I started walking for a beautiful Husky named Augie and experienced the difference in walking dogs in the city vs home. I understand the importance of keeping them well fed in healthy portions, maintaining the right watering diet and rewarding with a treat or two never hurt!

Dogs are people, that’s how I like to see it. You develop connections, make memories and ultimately become the best of friends; which is why I’m a firm believer in providing them with the utmost care and love, and ALWAYS the right amount of play time! If there was one promise I could make to you, it’s that your fuzzy friends will indeed be in the best of hands with me and the Ruff City team! Look forward to meeting!