What is there to be said about Frannie? Always perky. Always smiling. That’s Frannie. She’s always on the top of her game and ready to give you best experience you have ever had at PLD! Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that there are puppies waiting for her at the office.
Frannie shares that working at PLD has literally been a dream come true for her. Not only is she thrilled to be surrounded by pups all day, the staff of PLD is a family that has welcomed her in since Day 1. PLD is her awesome new home and she wants to make sure you feel welcomed and a part of the family!
This is the story all about how
Kris’ life got flipped turned upside right
I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there,
I’ll tell you all how she became the princess on Yu-pon-dale!
In West Columbia, born and raised
In the animal shelter is where she spent most of her days.
Chillin out, maxin, relaxin all cool,
Playing with the strays she found outside of her school.
When a couple of guys, they were up to only good
Starting teaching Kris the ropes of vet-hood.
Kris had one little faint spell and her instructor got scared;
He said you’re moving to training and kennel with the folks in pet care.
She whistled for a cab and when it came near,
Kris hopped right in and went to TAMU for a year!
If anything, Kris could say her passion was rare
But she thought “Nah, forget it. Yo homes, back to pet care!
She pulled up to PLD about 20-16
And yelled to the cabbie, “Yo homes, this place is clean!”
Looked at her kingdom, she was there finally,
To sit on her throne in Canine Academy!
Who’s the newest member of the Peace Love and Dogs? M-I-C-H-E-L-L-E!!
Michelle was born and raised in Killeen, a small military town in Central Texas. Michelle has always had a passion and love for all animals- especially puppies! After being raised around only her family’s German Shepherds, Michelle had no idea that the list of breeds was endless!
Michelle majored in Science and Culinary Arts with the dream to develop a line of dog food that was well balanced, biologically appropriate, and palatable to humans! It turns out, life had other plans for her.
Starting as a Kennel Technician, Michelle quickly advanced to CVA and Kennel Manager. She comes to Peace Love and Dogs with over 10 years experience in dog boarding, dog health, and dog behavior. She recognizes that each breed is different and has its own unique abilities.
When she isn’t at work, being great, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family, going to movies, and hanging out with friends. She brings her own special energy to the PLD family and looks forward to seeing your pups grow and learn!
Kaitlyn was born and raised in Houston, TX. She has loved animals from a young age but never thought she would be working with them. When she was little she wanted to be a teacher! Who would have thought she’d be teaching dogs to sit pretty for the camera!?
Kaitlyn loves that this job keeps her busy and on her feet all the time! She enjoys running around taking pictures of your dogs and hosting all the events and parties we have for your cute fur babies. She is all over PLD social media! Katilyn aspires to be The Dogist. She has 3 animals right now and is accepting more applications. She has Baylee and Zoee, her 2 lovable brats of dogs and Muffee her little cat that she loves just as much. Follow their instagram @baylee_and_zoee .
Currently developing a way to make more time for all the hobbies she wants to have, Kaitlyn loves working with cars and building stuff like IKEA furniture. She also wants to take up sewing and welding. She is full of surprises!!
She may not be a native Texan, but Kayleigh fits right in at Peace Love & Dogs! Born and raised in a small town in West Michigan, Kayleigh has always had animals of some sort, but dogs have always been her favorite! Kayleigh enjoys spending her days at PLD with all the tiny daycare dogs. The best part of any day for her is getting to work with all of the different breeds and personalities, and of course the doggie cuddles!
At home she enjoys spending time with her handsome hunk of a pitbull, Bruce, playing his favorite game of tug-o-war! If Kayleigh isn’t with Bruce the best place to find her is the racetrack. She’ll either be watching her boyfriend or racing her 1975 Nova down the dragway!
Addi joined our team in August of 2016. After graduating high school, Addi knew she wanted to pursue a career working with animals. She has found her niche being a strong leader for the large dog daycare pack here at PLD. She is the proud mom of Lip, a schnoodle she has enjoyed attending multiple training classes with. Addi hopes to learn all she can to help her achieve her ultimate goal of becoming a certified trainer. When not working with the pups, Addi loves watching movies, spending time at the beach, and enjoying time with her family!
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. 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 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 persue 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 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 on mutual trust and respect. In 2012, her dog training skills were put to the ultimate test as she rescued her long time best friend and co-worker, Whizz. Together they have taught classes, flown across the county, kayaked, learned to share, played with dolphins, painted, mastered the human/dog selfie, and won several trick dog titles.
In addition to being a professional dog trainer since 2011, Katie has brought an interesting animal training perspective to Peace Love & Dogs. As she pursued her BS in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University, she was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with California sea lions, harbor seals, Pacific walruses, and bottlenose dolphins. As a dog trainer, Katie has become a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, an American Kennel Club recognized Canine Good Citizen evaluator, a certified Canine Conditioning Coach, and is working toward becoming a CCPDT-certified canine behavioral consultant. Katie attributes her success as a trainer to all the animals, both in and out of water, that have taught her so much.
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.
Yennifer is the sweet, silly, and energetic daycare counselor who spends most of the day encouraging her daycare group to enjoy pool time by swimming and treat diving! She has always had a passion for animals, so for seemingly forever her plan was to become a veterinarian one day. After joining the PLD staff, she quickly realized what a pleasure it is to get to hang out with her furry friends every day and call it “work”! PLD has helped her find her true calling, which is in animal behavior and now she aspires to pursue a career in dog training.
Yennifer loves learning as much as she can about training and hopes to remain a part of the PLD family for a really long time. On her off days, she loves cuddling up with her 5-year-old Poodle named Bella and spending a lot of time with her entire family (two-legged and four-legged alike). One of her most favorite recreational activities is mountain biking, and she aspires to bike every trail in Texas with her nephew Russo, the craziest Cattle Dog that ever existed!
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 has been training dogs for 11 years. She has successfully trained a wide variety of breeds of all ages using positive training methods. Through group classes and private consultations, Tori has experience with obedience, Canine Good Citizen, therapy dogs and agility training. 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. She recently earned certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). We are so glad she has brought all her experience and knowledge to PLD as our Daycare Supervisor.
On a personal note, Tori has a 10 year old Border Collie, Oakley and a 6 year old Pit Bull, Sookie that she has trained from puppyhood. Their favorite activities are attending doggie daycare, going to the dog park, playing with tennis balls and frisbees, practicing their obedience training and playing tug of war.
Kate van Rensburg hails from Houston, TX and has had a deep love of animals her whole life. From a very young age, she was the one who trained all the family pets in everything from basic obedience and potty training to swimming pool safety! Kate spent years riding American Saddlebreds competitively and later working in the horse business as everything from a groom to an assistant trainer and riding instructor. She also has two World Grand Championships under her belt! Kate has a BA in History from the University of St. Thomas and a JD from the University of Houston Law Center. After passing the Texas Bar in 2014, Kate soon realized that while she found law intellectually stimulating, it wasn’t fulfilling for her. When she started bringing her pup to PLD for puppy classes, she realized that she had found a career she was excited about and where she knew she could help people and their pups lead better lives together.
Kate started volunteering at PLD in August 2015, assisting with classes, Puppy Preschool, and anything else she could get her hands on. Kate was hired on as a full-time employee at the beginning of 2016, and now teaches several classes and works with dogs in all of our programs. She obtained her CPDT-KA certification in May 2016, and hopes to continue her education next by taking the CPDT-KSA as soon as she is able. In June 2017, Kate also became a certified PetTech™ Pet CPR and First Aid instructor, and will be training both our staff and interested clients in those potentially life-saving skills! Kate lives with her husband, Henry, who tries daily to undo all the hard work and training she’s put into their two dogs, Toots the American Pit Bull Terrier and Badger the English Bulldog. They are all graciously allowed to live in the same house by their cat, Poes, who really wears the pants in the family.
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… Read more
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