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Jamie has been the Manager of Astro Kennels since shortly after they opened their doors in April 2008. After graduating from the University of South Carolina, Jamie moved back to Simpsonville and fell in love with her family’s newest adventure: Astro Kennels. As a child her family raised and bred English Springer Spaniels until they discovered the world of the German Shepherd Dog. Now they breed and train German Shepherds for everything from pets to police work dogs and Search and Rescue. Her dog, Denali, is trained in personal protection. When she isn’t working at the kennel she is busy training her puppies, enjoying the outdoors and spending time with Astro's newest family member, her daughter Bristol! She is also a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.


 Jamie Milan Wannemacher, Manager




Ellen Parker has been working at Astro since shortly after opening and is one of Astro’s longest running employees.  Sometimes you’ll see her smiling face in the office, the kennel area or at events, but she is usually working hard behind the scenes taking care of business. She is a Senior at USC Upstate where she studies Business.  Ellen has always loved animals and even considered being a veterinarian for some time. Her family has always had animals and she enjoys volunteering for Search & Rescue, too. She adopted a mixed breed puppy named Sandy, but the rest of her pets are the dogs and cats that visit Astro Kennels!


 Ellen Parker, Accounting

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