PLD Team

Simone Bedoya CPDT-KA

Simone Bedoya CPDT-KA

Simone earned her B.S. in Animal Science with a minor in Spanish from Clemson University, and her M.S. in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida. Simone has been obsessed with all things cute and cuddly for as long as she can remember, and volunteers with a variety of organizations including trap and release programs for feral cats, animal shelters, and wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centers. Simone’s interest in dog training however really developed when she began working to resolve leash reactivity and fear issues in her own puppy.  She recently obtained her certification as a Professional Dog Trainer from the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers.  When she’s not at Peace Love & Dogs, she loves to be out and about exploring Houston with her husband Andres and their 2 fur babies, Lovebug and Peyton, and looks forward to cheering on her Clemson Tigers and San Antonio Spurs every chance she gets!

Anna Foster

Anna Foster

Anna Foster holds a B.B.A. in Business and a B.B.A. in Management Information Systems from Texas Tech University. She spent several years in the corporate world before deciding to follow her heart to pursue her dream and turn her passion for dogs into a career. Trained and certified by Houston’s Jim Burwell in his Professional Dog Trainer Program, she has become a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and remains passionate about advancing and continuing her education.

Most of all, Anna LOVES dogs and is dedicated to her clients. She uses her knowledge, experience, and compassion to help the whole pack, human and canine, identify what they all can do to create a healthy, happy relationship. Her personal touch and dedication is what sets her apart from the rest.

Anna’s passion for dogs and helping their owners was the inspiration that lead to the creation of Peace, Love, and Dogs.

Katie Clark CDBC, CPDT-KA

Katie Clark CDBC, CPDT-KA

Katie Clark has always had a passion for animals, especially dogs! She was drawn to the world of animal training at a young age, fascinated by how easily we can communicate with animals through relationships built mutual trust and respect. In addition to being a professional dog trainer since 2010, Katie has had the opportunity to train and work with birds, cats, mice, pigs, sea lions, and dolphins! Katie attributes her success as a trainer to all the animals, both in and out of water, that have taught her so much!

Professional Associations and Accolades
– International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants – Certified Dog Behavioral Consultant (CDBC)
– Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers – Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA)
– University of Tennessee – Certified Canine Fitness Trainer (CCFT)
– American Kennel Club – Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
– Certified Trick Dog Instructor (CTDI)
– Association of Professional Dog Trainers – Professional Member
– International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association – Member
– Animal Behavior College – Mentor
– CATCH Canine Trainers Academy – Mentor

Marelya Walker

Marelya Walker

What happens when you mix Rainman-like organization skills with natural caretaking ability and a knack for attracting animals that rivals Dr. Doolittle? Well, at Peace Love Dogs, we call her Marelya. Marelya’s journey began in Harlingen, Texas (the true H-town, as she’d call it), where she was born and raised. From there, she took a pit-stop at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, where she earned her Bachelor of Liberal Studies.

Marelya’s story could have easily ended back home in H-town (read previous parenthetical) as a youth organizer for her old high school had she not been driven by a greater desire: animal care. Yep, she followed her nose all the way to Houston, where she dabbled in the animal welfare and animal healthcare fields before finding her forever home at PLD.

When she’s not at the front lobby greeting our two-legged and four-legged patrons, while making sure office operations remain well-behaved, you can find her spending free-time reading, catching up on the latest cheesy primetime drama, or yelling at any team that plays the Rockets. Marelya also spends a majority of her time chasing after Ronin, her dimple faced toddler, and raising his two siblings; namely, Kimbo, the clumsy Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that she swears thinks he’s British and Atticus, the agile and athletic Rat Terrier mix whose curiosity often gets him in trouble.

Marelya always jokes that if PLD ever opens up a second location, that she, Atticus and Kimbo will gladly run it. Stay tuned.

Charles Hughes

Charles Hughes

Charles was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He can remember as a little kid always trying to bring home some new pet he found, much to his parent’s dismay. His parents were animal lovers too, so it was hard to say no. He has owned everything from dogs to chameleons. The current leading lady in his life is his seven year old chocolate lab named Mary Jane, who he has had since she was just a puppy. Charles and Mary like to take long walks on the beach, recite poetry to each other, and eat toasted marshmallows while snuggling together by a warm fire. He loves her to death and knows the feeling is mutual. He also owns a cat and a fish tank full of tropical fish.

Charles has volunteered for H.O.P.E and worked at several different vet clinics, pet shops, and pet resorts. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in advertising from S.F.A. After college he moved back to Houston to be close to family and friends. When he is not playing with animals, his other hobbies include nature/wildlife photography, playing sports with friends, barbecuing, biking, hiking, and just being outdoors in general. He loves animals and couldn’t imagine life without them! He loves having the chance to come to work and play and train with dogs. Being our only male employee, Charles is very popular on the daycare floor, especially with our lady doggies. He’s looking forward to all of the exciting new opportunities at PLD.

Gracey Soriano

Gracey Soriano

While Gracey was able to recognize her love of animals early on in life, she was never really quite sure how to turn that passion into a career. She briefly considered working towards becoming a zookeeper, but could never stop thinking about how much she’d rather spend her days hanging out with her two lovable Pitties, Kilo and Plex.

She joined the PLD staff as a little bit of a novice when it came to dog behavior and training, but dedicated and eager to learn, she rapidly excelled as a fantastic daycare counselor! She is well known for cuddling with every single dog, whether teeny tiny or gigantic and slobbery. We are lucky to have such a fun-loving person as part of our team, and we know that our daycare doggies feel just as fortunate that they get to play with her all day!

Tori Hankey CPDT-KA, ACDBC

Tori Hankey CPDT-KA, ACDBC

Tori has been training dogs since 2005. She has successfully trained a wide variety of breeds of all ages using positive training methods. Through group classes, lodge and learns, day training, and private consultations Tori has experience with obedience, behavior modification, and specializes in dog-dog socialization. She also has several years of experience working hands on with dogs in boarding facilities and animal shelters all over Texas. Tori has a special talent connecting with the dogs and helping people learn to communicate effectively with their dogs. In 2010 she earned certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) and has recently acquired Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant membership. We are so glad she has brought all her experience and knowledge to PLD.

Tori is a graduate of the University of Houston with a degree in Italian Studies. After having lived abroad in Italy for a year she knows first hand the frustration we can prevent our dogs from experiencing when we take time to teach them the language we speak.

Tori is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling at the Houston campus of Dallas Theological Seminary. Tori’s approach to dog training has always had a strong focus on helping the humans involved and she hopes to fully combine these passions upon graduation.

Tori enjoys taking trips with her Border Collie (Oakley) and Pitbull (Sookie). She also enjoys spending time with family and can frequently be found on the water, fishing in her spare time.

Featured Team Member

Simone Bedoya CPDT-KA Bio
Anna Foster Bio
Katie Clark CDBC, CPDT-KA Bio
Marelya Walker Bio
Charles Hughes Bio
Tori Hankey CPDT-KA, ACDBC Bio

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