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Our Team of Pet Sitters

Read our pet sitter bios to learn each pet care giver’s story of how and why they love being pet sitters. What makes them tick and of course why they are passionate about pets and more!

MARLAINE BARNES

Marlaine is a retired school teacher who has been with Good Dog! Coaching & Pet Care since November 2012.  In her spare time she enjoys volunteering, both at her church as well as tutoring after school kids.  Marlaine is great with pets who have special needs. Her attention to detail makes her a wonderful care giver. She is always thinking ahead.

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Marlaine says “Caring for other people’s pets is rewarding and enjoyable”.

Before becoming a pet sitter for Good Dog, she cared for her own pets. ” Our family presently has one Chihuahua, two cats, one gerbil and one rabbit. In the past,  I have taken care of pets for family and of course neighbors, including two Huskies,  a Boxer-Hound mix,  a miniature Poodle  and numerous cats.  Moreover, all of the animals received loving care”.

 

SHELLY HANSEN

Shelly is a long time pet care provider,  having been in the pet sittingpet sitter bios of shelly hansen pet sitter with her dog cooper business since 2009. She was born and raised in Michigan where she worked as an Insurance Agent for 20 years. After moving to Georgia in 2009, she decided to pursue her passion working with animals. She received her Veterinary Assistant certificate from Penn Foster College with intentions of working in a veterinary office. However, she took a position as a pet sitter and has been doing so ever since. In addition, Shelly has volunteered with the Northeast Georgia Humane Society. Shelly has owned animals most of her life and feels they are just as much a part of family as the humans. She enjoys spending time with her furry clients not to mention, treats them as if they are her own. Shelly lives in Athens with her husband and her boxer, Cooper.

Are you ready for this kind of care?

ABBIE BRAY WILLIAMS

When I was a little girl, I lived in a rural area, far away from my classmates, so my dog, was literally my best friend.  The bond I shared with my dog was pet sitter bios of Abbie Bray Williams pet sitter in snellville gaimmeasurable and I knew from a young age that I wanted to work with animals.  Currently, I am a volunteer with two animal rescue organizations so I have experience with a variety of dogs.  When I’m not spending time taking care of the dogs at the animal shelter, I’m “MOM” to my two dogs, Chica and our newest addition Chloe. My dogs are my babies and I spoil them rotten.  I can assure you that I will treat your “babies” like they were my own, not only because I’m an animal lover, but because it’s how I want my “babies” treated while I’m away.

 

KEENA ROSETTI

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Keena has been providing pet care for dogs, cats and other pets her entire life, and really understands what is important to your loved one. 

Her nurturing ways combined with experience will ensure your pet gets the best possible care under any circumstances.

Keena is reliable, discreet, pays attention to your needs, loves dog walking and of course is genuinely concerned about your pets. Families she has served describe her as responsible, kind and fun loving. Keena goes above and beyond in her duties as a pet sitter. 

A Lawrenceville resident, sure to be convenient to your home day or night.

What’s it gonna take to convince you? Our pet sitters are the best in the industry!

GWYNNE SCHRETTER-WHIPPLEPet sitter bios of Gwynne Schretter Whipple a pet sitter in lilburn, georgia

Gwynne is an active mom of 2 boys (one two legged and one four legged) Zack anpet sitter bios of Gwynne and her son pet sitter in lilburn georgiad Buddy.  She has been with Good Dog! Coaching & Pet Care since 2012. She pours her heart and soul into the care she affords her furry clients. She is a softy when it comes to  animals. If your pets are in her care you can be sure they will get lots of love and pampering.

 

MANDY BROWN

My name is Mandy and I was born in NJ but moved to Lilburn with my parents and 5 sisters when I was 16. I now live in the Snellville/Grayson area with my husband pet sitter bios of Mandy Brown and her dog CharlieSean and 3 girls, Katie, Sara and Maggie.

I’ve loved animals all my life and have had multiple cats and dogs growing up. I now have 2 cats, Meow and Oreo and a Lab/Pit mix, Charlie – all rescues.

In my spare time I enjoy walking and other outside activities as well as spending time with my family and friends.

I have been pet sitting for friends, family and neighbors for years.

I have always considered animals to be an important part of family.

Moreover, I love having the opportunity to interact with other families and seeing the love they have for their pets. Please know that I will treat your animals with the same love and devotion that I show my own children and pets. Your fur babies will be safe and very loved!!

Doesn’t your pet deserve to be pampered and loved?

JULIE THOMAS

My name is Julie and I live in Stone Mountain, Georgia with my three dogs Roo and Levi who are Chihuahuas and Emmett who is a Jack Russell Mix. Levi and Emmett are both rescues. I have lived in the Stone Mountain/Lilburn area for thepet sitter bios of Julie Thomas in Stone Mountain, ga past 25 years. I worked as a paralegal/legal assistant for 32 years before deciding that I wanted something different for the next phase of my life.

In March 2014, I became a foster with Angels Among Us Pet Rescue. I currently foster 5 dogs. I also care for 6 feral cats. This means that I have taken it upon myself to have them vaccinated and spayed or neutered, given fresh water and fed daily.

In February 2015, I made a decision to leave my employment and the security of such to continue to foster and find employment that will allow me to care for and love the fur babies of this world.

Everyone has their “thing” and mine happens to be caring deeply for animals.

I firmly believe that a pet is part of the family and should be treated as such. Coupled with the fact that they provide unconditional love it goes without saying that they should be cared for, loved and taken care of properly as one would take care of a child or other family member. Equally important, they deserve as much respect from us as we expect from them.

With care, love, respect and common sense, most animals will be your friend not to mention, lifetime companion.

I look forward to caring for your fur babies while giving you the peace of mind that they are being loved and pampered while you are away.

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JANA BRANDELIKpet sitter bios of dog walker Jana Brandelik with her dog

My name is Jana Brandelik,  I recently graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with my B.F.A in photography. I absolutely love animals and photographing them in my free time. I have four animals of my own that I absolutely love. Roxie, a Rottie-Beagle mix, Colby, a mutt, Spooky, a black cat, and Periwinkle, a Calico kitten. I joined the Good Dog! Coaching & Pet Care family because it allows me to care for and play with animals. I look forward to caring for your pets and to taking some great photos of them for your pleasure!

 

KSENIYA SKRABOVSKAYA

I was always surrounded by pets and farm animals. In fact, I don’t remember a time in my life where I didn’t have a house full of happy tails, whiskers, and paws. From pet sitter bios of Kseniya Skrabovskaya with her catbunnies to dogs, I have rescued, cared for, or lived with a special furry somebody or somebodies.

I have a special affinity for goats, cats, rabbits, and of course dogs.

I know, it’s a strange band of creatures, but hey, the heart wants what the heart wants! I regularly volunteer at a local low cost spay and neuter clinic Planned PEThood of GA, I ran a multiyear TNR (trap neuter release) and rescue and rehabilitation project in Lawrenceville.

Currently my “pride” consists of two special kitties. Sam is a timid 15 year-old Russian Blue who enjoys sleeping and playing tag. Sam is definitely the grouchy old man of the family.

Reeses is a 6 year-old Calico girl. She’s been dubbed “shadow” because she rarely lets dog walker, pet sitter bios of Kseniya Skrabovskaya two catsme out of her sight. I found Reeses in my back yard. She was barely a pound in weight, had a severe burn on her face and was infested with parasites. It took 3 months for us to bring her back to a condition where she could be adoptable, but by that time it was too late.

I was in love and moreover couldn’t let her leave.

I spent the last 6 years working from home so there is never a day when we are apart for more than a few hours at a time. It’s a strong bond.

Up until recently I had a long term foster rabbit named Rorschach. He is now husband to a beautiful bunny girl and entertains his new family with many binkies.

 

KATIE JACKSONpet sitter bios of Katie L Jackson with her three dogs in Dacula, GA

Hello! My name is Katie.  I have been working with animals for about sixteen years now. From sitting, walking, grooming and foster care I love being involved with the fur babies of my community, and I would love to help you with yours! In my spare time I care for my own three dogs: Shae, Drogo and Benjin. In addition I am a full time student at the University of North Georgia. I look forward to meeting you and your special ones!

 

KIMBERLY LANUM

Hello! My name is Kim and I am originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma.  I have lived in Atlanta since coming here as a college student at Emory University in 1989. I hold a B.A from Emory University and an MBA from Kennesaw State University.  After working for Emory and other colleges and universities in fundraising and development, I became a stay-at-home mom to three boys, ages 18, 14 and 12 years.  My oldest son is now a freshman in college, leaving two at home.pet sitter bios of dog breeder Kimberly Lanum with her dacshund

I have been a dog owner my entire life.  My pets as a youngster ranged in size and breed but my current pets include standard longhaired dachshunds and whippets.  I am a breeder/owner/exhibitor of AKC standard longhair dachshunds and consider it a joy to participate in preservation breeding every few years.

I truly enjoy the company of pets and I look forward to providing you peace of mind and the utmost in care for you and your four legged family members!

 

KIMBERLY KELLEY

Hi, I’m Kimberly and I have lived in Georgia for almost seven years.  I pet sitter bios of Kimberly Kelley and dog walker with her doggrew up in Missouri, but have lived in Florida, Colorado, New York, and New Mexico before settling on Georgia as home. I have had animals as pets my entire life and currently have a dog named Prada who is almost 15 years old.  I work part time from home as a transcriptionist which allows me plenty of flexibility not to mention the freedom to indulge my passion for pets as a pet sitter and dog walker.  In my spare time, I love to create custom jewelry in addition to selling my items at arts and craft shows around the area.  I am really excited to be part of the Good Dog team and I am looking forward to meeting and pampering many new pets!

 

JACKIE LASTINGER

Hey y’all! I’m Jackie and I just plain and simple LOVE dogs. I have lived in Georgia pet sitter Jackie with her dogmy whole life. Originally from Lilburn, I now reside in Lawrenceville. I grew up with many dogs and cats and have been pet sitting since I was a teenager. I am familiar with many breeds and love all shapes, sizes, and ages of dogs.

I also have my own dog, Mason who is a Black Lab/German Shepherd mix. I trained him on my own and he is my sidekick and shadow. Trust me when I say I will treat your pup as if they’re my own. 

As for my life outside of pet sitting, I am a Georgia Southern alum and current student at Gwinnett Tech. When I’m not busy studying or loving dogs, I love to go hiking, kayaking, cooking, traveling, scuba diving and working out. 

I can’t wait to meet you and your dog and to create a lasting friendship with both of you!

 

TAYLOR STOWERS

Hi I’m Taylor and I am a pharmacy student at Mercer University. I love animals and I don’t remember pet sitter Taylor with her doga time in my life where there wasn’t a dog in my house. I’ve had a jack russell terrier, and collie, a rottweiler, a german sheppard, and the list goes on. I now have a poodle mix named Tiki. There’s also Bennie & David:).

I love to take long walks to the cul de sac and play fetch lol! My dogs are my family and any dog that steps paw in this home is family as well so feel at ease and know that your best bud is in the best hands!

 

SHERE GOLDEN

Hi! My name is Shere, I’m originally from Virginia but have lived in Lawrenceville, Dog boarding Shere with her dogGA for the past 10 years.  I love caring for pets and have been a professional pet sitter for over a year.

I own an adorable Shih Tzu, named Pumpkin, who is spoiled rotten!  

In my spare time I enjoy hiking, traveling, reading and volunteering in the community as well as at church.  Growing up I’ve always had pets and I’ve cared for other family members pets.                                                                                   
I am excited to be apart of Good Dog! Coaching & Pet Care and look forward to meeting and spoiling your Furbabies!

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