We Are Dog People
Meet The Founders
Jarod is an animal behaviorist, television host, producer, and entrepreneur. A WNY native, he has followed his passion for animals around the world and is excited to bring his experience and expertise back to his hometown through the creation of Hounds & Hops and the opening of its flagship locations in the Buffalo Niagara Region. Among the many national television productions for Jarod is credited, Animal Planet’s Petfinder and CBS’s Greatest American Dog are held in the highest regard for promoting dog adoption and strengthening the bond between people and their companion animals. Jarod holds degrees in zoology, business administration, and broadcast communications from Oswego State University.
Bob is an entrepreneur and has founded multiple companies in the financial services and logistics industries. Bob is active in Buffalo’s startup community and is President of R.P. Manley & Co. Bob brings extensive experience with fundraising, strategic planning, systems implementation, process improvement, recruiting, and team building. Bob earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and a BBA in Accounting from Stetson University.
Bob and his wife Heather have volunteered for the SPCA Serving Erie County and participated in dog rescue and adoption. Their two dogs, Rusty and Buster, are both rescued through Buffalo Pug and Small Breed and the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter.