I am beyond grateful to have been able to turn my passion for the animals into a career & absolutely love helping people with their pets! I look forward to adding you & your four-leggers to the TLDSH family! This Little Doggie Stayed home has grown to include a pack of dog walkers & sitters and also provides balanced dog training & rehabilitation.
Katy’s dog-fu is ridiculously strong! She self-taught her dogs basic obedience and agility, has two cats, trains her friends and family’s dogs for funzies (Boxers, Pitties and Shepherds) and owned a horse. Katy is incredibly responsible and has an amazing sense with animals and we feel so lucky to have her on our team!
Melanie grew up with a feisty Cocker Spaniel and a cuddly Cockapoo, along with a family cat and hamsters. She loves dogs, cats, bunnies, rodents and even snakes! She is an absolute professional, an animal lover, intelligent, honest, has a giant heart and is an all around awesome person. She is our local pro-dogsitter and an asset to our pack!
Jen has a full life as a wife, mother to four and is an elective teacher at Westwood High School. When she’s not busy wrangling her little humans or teenagers at work, she surrounds herself with all things four-legged. Jen is reliable, has a giant heart, and an incredibly calm energy. We can’t wait for all of you to meet her!
As a child, I would care for cats, dogs, fish, rats and my pet squirrel, Rocky. For the past fifteen years, a career in sales paid the bills, but my heart still belonged to the dogs. I became actively involved in Animal Rescue as a volunteer, foster parent and dog trainer and have often been called a “stray magnet”, working diligently to reunite lost pets with their families.
Five years ago, I was lucky enough to finally turn my dream into reality! I have been able to spend every day living my dream offering pet sitting and dog walking to Chandler and Gilbert residents. This Little Doggie Stayed home has also grown to include a pack of dog walkers and sitters and also provides balanced dog training and rehabilitation to families in the Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert, Tempe, Mesa and Scottsdale areas. We provide personalized in home pet sitting and dog walking, as well as dog training and rehabilitation through private sessions or board and train programs.
I am beyond grateful to be living my dream day in and out, being part of a community of like-minded animal lovers and being able to help humans communicate with their pets. I am also very happy to be able to give back to my community in the form of pro bono dog training to several Valley animal rescue organizations. This Little Doggie Stayed Home looks forward to meeting you and your pets!
I was born in the dead of Winter in Minneapolis in the late 70’s and was raised in the great state of Minnesota until I wised up and headed out to the sunshine in 1996.
My love for animals spans back as far as I can remember and I can recall countless conversations, begging my Mom to let us add a dog to our family. As a single Mother, she knew a pet was the last thing we needed, but I knew she was wrong 🙂 At the age of 5, I “bought” my first puppy at a neighborhood garage sale; picked him out of a box at the end of their driveway with “Puppies” penned on the side all with my own allowance (a whole $5 in random coins no less). He was a little white mutt and like all little girls, I thought he should be named Buffy. My Mom was less than thrilled when I walked in with Buffy, but like all good mothers, she used this as an opportunity to teach me about responsibility. Mom also thought the name Buffy was ridiculous and insisted we name him Jake. Well, that was a boy’s name at school, so we compromised and named him BJ. BJ was a handful, but that is exactly what I needed to learn how to care for a living animal and he ended up being the best dog ever – living well into my college years. In addition to BJ, I cared for cats, other dogs, fish, rats and my pet squirrel, Rocky.
Once I moved to the desert, I attended Arizona State University and graduated with a degree in Communication. I got a sales job right out of college and continued to grow and excel in the sales arena well into my thirties. Although my sales career paid the bills, my heart still belonged to the animals so in my spare time, I became and continue to be actively involved in Animal Rescue as a volunteer, foster parent, dog trainer and have often been called a “stray magnet”, working diligently to reunite lost pets with their families.
Several of my sales jobs required me to travel and I was constantly stressed about who would watch my pets (I have a houseful of Boston Terriers who I often refer to as the “squish army” and am never without a foster) and wondered if they could be trusted. Nervous dog Mom was an understatement. So one day I decided to hang up my business suits, traded them in for sneakers and clothes covered in dog hair and This Little Doggie Stayed Home was born. I am beyond grateful to have been able to turn my passion for the animals into a career and absolutely love helping people with their pets! I look forward to adding you and your four-leggers to the TLDSH family!
Melanie is a fourth generation Arizona Native and is a lifelong friend of one of TLDSH’s oldest clients. She currently works as an Admissions Specialist at Walden University, where she evaluates grad school applicants. She majored in English at Northern Arizona University and has a love for continuing education, often taking classes in literature, art, instructional design and more. Between studying and working hard, Melanie loves traveling, painting, Starbucks and reading. She recently bought her first house and enjoys making it her “home”…the only thing that’s missing is her next furry rommate (or two). Because she is currently without a four-legger of her own, she is always on the lookout for new furry friends and before TLDSH was the go to pet sitter for her neighbors, friends and family.
Melanie grew up with a feisty Cocker Spaniel and a cuddly Cockapoo, along with a family cat and loads of hamsters. She loves dogs, cats, bunnies, rodents and even snakes! She is an absolute professional, an animal lover, intelligent, honest, has a giant heart and is an all around awesome person.
Meet Joy. She was born and raised in Nebraska. She is the daughter of a school teacher and a cowboy who has been surrounded by animals her entire life; including but not limited to: horses, cattle, cats, dogs, goats, sheep, guinea pigs, chickens, snakes, ducks, a coyote (yes, as a pet for 9 years) and any other assorted bits of wildlife that her family nursed back to health! She has worked on farms, ranches and pet resorts and has some serious natural animal whispering talent!
Joy is currently married to a firefighter/soldier/helicopter pilot (that’s only one husband who wears many hats) and owns FIVE dogs and a cat. She works as a dispatcher for the Chandler Police Department and has been dispatching for over 25 years! She’s got a passion for the Bully breeds and has been involved in animal rescue and fostering since she was 16. Clearly, she’s a badass and will fit right in to our team.
I met Joy at our Veteran event and instantly had a great respect for who she is and what she’s about! We reconnected after the event through another training client and the rest as they say, is history! Joy is the real deal. She’s honest as they come, reliable, trustworthy, is absolutely amazing with the animals and has a heart the size of Texas.
Meet Susan. Born in Connecticut, Susan moved to the desert when she was just a year old, so she’s basically a native. Growing up her house was home to rescue pets, stay dogs, cats, birds, bunnies and ducks and as an adult with a family of her own, she’s continued to have a full house! She worked for a Pet Sitting company for the last three years, so when they closed down, we were excited to snatch her up!
Susan and her high school sweetheart hubby have three daughters ranging in age from 16 to 27 and four rescue dogs. Jake is a 14 year old Boxer Mix, Buddy a 2 year old Lab Pittie Mix and two little Pomeranians, Stella and Wally. Basically she’s got a circus so she’s amazing at multitasking, wrangling the troops and keeping her home running smooth.
In her free time you can find her at yoga, hiking, traveling to wine country, Northern AZ or Mexico with her squad. Susan is a giant animal lover with a huge heart, integrity, patience, compassion and has loads of scratches to dole out. We are so excited to have her experience and help on our team caring for all of our clients!
Jen has a full life as a wife, mother to four and is an elective teacher at Westwood High School. When she’s not busy wrangling her little humans or teenagers at work, she surrounds herself with all things four-legged. Jen has always had animals in her life, a love passed down to her by her Grandmother and that she has continued to pass on to her own children.
Her current pack consists of Sox, a 10 year old Aussie and Lab mix her family rescued from the euthanasia list at our County pound, who has proven to be the perfect addition to their family! Neesa is a 3 year old Boxer Mix they adopted from a Valley rescue who is a total sweetheart and adores her human siblings.
Jen is active in her Church and has volunteered in both the nursery and preschool classes with her daughter for the last 5 years. As much as she loves teaching Sunday school, her heart truly belongs to the animals. She is passionate about mastering the art of the dog walking, care and training and we are excited to help her do just that!
Jen has a giant heart, is reliable, responsible, is used to wrangling and has an incredibly calm energy. We are so excited to welcome her to our team and can’t wait for all of you to meet her!
I met Katy a couple years ago when I sat for her dogs, Dusty and Jack. To say I was impressed with the then 16 year old is an understatement, so when I got an email inquiring about open positions, I was beyond excited!
Katy is an 18 year old, Gilbert native but she’s not your average teen. She is an AP and Honors student, as well as a member of the National Honors Society, the Anti-Defamation League, Tiger Town and Tiger Crew on her campus. In addition to being smarter than me, this girl has “it” when it comes to the animals! In fact, I’m sure I tried to hire her way back when we first met 🙂
Katy’s dog-fu is ridiculously strong! She has self-taught her dogs basic obedience and agility, has two cats, trains her friends and family’s dogs for funzies (Boxers, Pitties and Shepherds) and has owned a horse.
She is incredibly responsible, intelligent, has amazing sense with animals and a giant heart and we feel incredibly lucky to have her on our team! We are excited to be able to give her even more hands on experience by being a part of our pack, so that when she reaches her goal of getting her degree in Animal Research and Rehabilitation, we can be a small part of her success!
Brandy was born and raised in New Mexico but as an adult, her husband’s job has given them the opportunity to be gypsies; living all over the US and in China! Most recently, Brandy, her husband and their two awesome kiddos, moved to Chandler from Upstate New York. Brandy loves hanging out with her family and friends, working out and staying active. She’s a go getter with boundless energy!
Animals have never been absent from Brandy’s life and she’s had many pets over the years, which included a four foot iguana that came with the purchase of their first home! In addition to being a busy Mom to human children, Brandy spends her days wrangling their four year old yellow Lab, Sebastian. He is an active guy who has learned to swim since moving to the Valley and he loves it!
Brandy is a genuine animal lover, has a passion for working with animals, is honest, kind hearted and is all around awesome!
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