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
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!
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.
Some of you may recognize her or her dog, Cooper as they have been clients and pack walking machines for 2 years. Emilie was born and raised right here in Gilbert and is the youngest of three brothers and one sister. She and her husband own Cooper, a Pittie mix, Eleanor a sassy cat, two fish – Mike and Sully and a handsome crested gecko named Little Foot.
Emilie graduated from NMSU in 2014 with a Bachelors in Animal Science with an Equine emphasis. She had originally wanted to work in the large animal industry, but found that her passion was just helping animals, no matter the genus or species. She has worked with domestic pets as a Vet Tech, as well as with snakes and Gila monsters in New Mexico, bears and moose in Alaska and iguanas and wild birds in Belize!
Emilie lives an active lifestyle, loves to hike, travel and obviously anything involving animals. She is hard working, honest, an awesome handler, is incredibly compassionate, nothing but heart type of girl and we are so excited to have her in our pack!
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 a
ll 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 ith 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
Kalen is one of the sweetest, animal loving dudes we’ve ever met and our TLDSH family is lucky to have him!
He was born and raised in Tucson and attended UofA where he graduated with a Business Management degree. He loves him some volleyball and played Division 1 in both Indiana and Arizona! Throughout his life, he’s owned all kinds of dogs and also cats. He is now Dad to Mocha a 10 year old Elderbull.
He is phenomenal with the animals, even the shy, scared of men types! In his spare time you can find him driving for Uber, working out, hiking with his pup or volunteering at his families dog rescue, Back the Blue!
Tammy was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and attended college in the Bay Area, where she graduated with a Dental Hygiene degree. Tammy and her family have lived in California, Oregon and have just recently made their home here in the Valley! She’s a busy wife and Mother to two energetic sons and their newly adopted four-legger, Nalu!! They are an active young family who love spending time outdoors, exploring new places, taking bike rides and going for runs (all of which Nalu gets to join in on too!)
Nalu is the families first rescue adoption and he’s been the perfect addition to their home. Tammy has also become an incredible handler as she has learned to work through his dog reactivity challenges.
Tammy is an incredibly kind, genuine and trustworthy person. She has super calm energy, is an awesome handler and an all around rockstar with the animals. We just love her and know your pets will to!
Jill was born and raised in Upstate New York but has lived all over including, South Carolina, Utah, New Jersey, Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland. She graduated from Niagara University with a degree in Criminal Justice and spent the bulk of her adult life as a Federal Agent. Jill is a wife, a mother to two young sons, loves to hike, mountain bike, crossfit, teaches gymnastics and has a soft spot for all things animal. She has been surrounded by pets her whole life and currently has a Corgi/Chihuahua mix named Pete and two cats, Vern and Maggie.
Jill is a bit of a badass, super responsible, kindhearted and is one of the most passionate animal loving girls we’ve met! We feel incredibly lucky to have her on our team to help care for all the pets and can’t wait for you to meet her!
Emily has been the exclusive overnight pet sitter for one of TLDSH’s team alum and we have finally convinced her she needs to spread that love to other deserving families.
Emily was born and raised in Colorado and moved to the desert in 2008. She is an incredible mother to a 7 year old son, loves to camp, hike, snowboard, be poolside and has a soft spot for all the animals. Emily has been surrounded by pets her whole life and is super passionate about animals. She is a Dental Assistant by day and has joined the pack as an overnight sitter!
Emily is pretty wonderful, she has a HUGE heart and is outstanding with the animals. We feel incredibly lucky to have her on our team to help care for all the pets and can’t wait for you to meet her!
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