ONCE UPON A TIME...
1890A Very Hoppy FarmBrickhouse Farm is lived in by the Pindar Family, owners of the largest hops growing operation in the world.
1900-2000Several OwnersSeveral different families continue to operate Brickhouse Farm as a small scale mixed livestock and crops farm.
2000A Passion is DiscoveredJen answers an ad in the Washington City Paper for a dog walking job and begins her career in pet care. She helps grow one of the oldest and most successful dog walking companies in Washington, DC.
2002Side HustleWhile an undergrad at the University of Maryland studying pre-veterinary medicine, Jen gets a second job at Friendship Hospital for Animals, a state of the art 24 hour animal hospital. A dog walker by day and a vet tech by night, she is full-on living her dream of working with animals. Who needs sleep??
2006A Monumental MoveJen moves to Albany, NY and begins working as a vet tech at Parkside Hospital for Animals. Her experience in animal medicine and handling continues to grow.
September 2006Love Is In The AirJen and Mike meet each other, fall in love and soon after get married.
LET'S MAKE IT OFFICIAL
May 2008Hounds on The Hudson FoundedJen starts Hounds on the Hudson, a dog walking company in Albany NY and blows the minds of dog owners everywhere.
August 2009A Grand SuccessHounds on the Hudson sees remarkable success and needs to hire it's first employee--Mike joins the team. Soon after their son, Thatcher, is born.
January 2010New ServicesOur clients want dog boarding! Jen and Mike turn their city townhouse into a dog hotel. The Bed & Biscuit is born.
November 2010Happiness Haters?The city shuts down The Guidice family's beloved chicken coop in downtown Albany. Jen and Mike create the Albany Chickens Coalition and a nine month legislative campaign to get the chickens back ensues.
August 2011At least we tried!The chickens are gone for good. Jen and Mike begin thinking that it might be time to leave the city and begin searching for some land.
October 2011The Family GrowsJen and Mike's daughter Astrid, is born. The two and four legged pack continues to grow.
2012Business is Booming!More employees are hired. Jen and Mike begin making hard cider in the first floor apartment of their townhouse. The rest of the three story townhouse is absolutely covered in dogs.
2013A Dream Come TrueAfter many Zillow searches and long drives, Jen finds the Brickhouse in Sharon Springs, NY. It is their dream house and they make an offer.
February 2014Moving InThe Guidice family moves to Sharon Springs during a blizzard and one of the coldest winters upstate New York has ever seen.
April 2014The Farm ReimaginedJen and Mike begin planting apple trees and restore goats and sheep to the barns. They have more chickens than they know what to do with. Brickhouse Homestead is reborn.
June 2014The Dust SettlesAfter the dust settles and all of the boxes are unpacked, they begin boarding dogs in their 1799 colonial house. The dogs LOVE farm life.
THE BEAT GOES ON
August 2014More Dog BoardingDogs continue to be boarded at the Bed & Biscuit in Albany and at the farm in Sharon Springs. All of the clients request the farm over the B&B because what dog doesn't want to go to a farm?? The house is once again completely covered in dogs.
April 2015Renovations ContinueWe begin work on the historic barns on the property, converting them into a cider house and dog boarding facility.
September 2015ProgressWork on the barns is finished and we begin pressing our first batch of cider and are now able to accommodate more dogs in a beautiful, newly renovated space. Brickhouse Farm Boarding is born.
PresentMore Happy DogsEvery day more and more happy dogs get to experience the good life at Brickhouse Farm. The sheep flock is growing fat and healthy on green pasture and the apple trees are rooting deeper and reaching higher. More fences continue to be pounded and new projects are dreamed up almost daily. Tomorrow will bring more hard work, fun adventures and a sound night sleep for everyone. It's a good life.