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Juan Antonio Santana, our CTO, tells us about his new dog Boss and his role in helping to create K9 Nation
Juan Antonio Santana
What prompted you to join the K9 Nation Pack?
The K9 Nation app offered a different challenge for me as a developer. Whilst the basics were the same as previous projects I’ve worked on, the user experience is very different for a community-driven app like K9 Nation.
What have you been able to achieve so far as part of the team?
Creating the K9 Nation app has been a great achievement for me and our other developer, Ming. We’ve worked hard over the last few months to create functionality that dog owners will enjoy and find useful. Make sure to keep up-to-date with K9 Nation because we’ve got plenty more to come!
What do you think is in store for K9 Nation in future?
We’ve got lots more features in the pipeline and the K9 Nation Pack, our K9 Ambassadors, and the wider dog-owner community are always coming up with new things for us to add.
We’ll be looking soon at expanding the functionality of our walks section and implementing exciting new features, that we hope will be useful to the dog owner community.
What breed is Boss?
Boss is a black Lab and was recently featured on our social media for black dog day. We didn’t know about the smaller numbers of adoption when it comes to black dogs, we just thought he looked the most energetic!
How old is Boss?
Boss is still only a baby to us, we got him in February so he’s 8 months old!
What made you choose the name Boss?
He’s named after the one-and-only Bruce Springsteen, The Boss!
Does Boss have a favourite toy?
He really likes playing tug of war with someone, so his favourite toy is probably one of the rope toys we use for that. There’s a red one that’s always near the top of the pile.
Does he have any bad habits?
He’s still a puppy so it’s hard to say he’s got bad habits. One of the things I’ve learned from being involved in K9 Nation is that puppies will experiment, and it’s an important time to teach them the right habits. Ask me again in a year!
Where do you like to go for walks?
We love walking on the beach, and Boss seems to love it too. We’ve only really been taking him to the beach in the last few months, but I can see us going back again and again. As he gets bigger, we might let him get a bit closer to the water.
What’s your favourite memory with Boss?
We had taken a walk a couple of months ago on a bright sunny day. Not long after we set off there was a couple with a grown-up black Lab coming from the opposite direction. Boss got really excited and kept turning back as if to make sure I’d seen the other dog!
What’s your favourite thing about having a dog?
Getting back home after a long day and being greeted by an energetic puppy is the best. He’s also a great replacement for my alarm clock!