Dannielle Rickard – General Manager
Dannielle had an interest in animals since her first pet “Meatball”, a tiny hamster that had a personality as big as a Great Dane. Her love for animals grew into a passion of caring for pets. She found her calling when she applied to the Veterinary Technician Program at Midland College. She graduated with a degree in Applied Science, which allowed her to pursue a career as a Veterinary Technician. As her career progressed, she wanted to expand her avenues in pet care. She used her expertise from veterinary work and her affection for animals to start her own pet sitting business. This allowed her to expand her experience with hands on care within a pet’s normal home environment. This gave her insight on the best way to provide care for other people’s pets in a variety of different environments. Her ambitions did not stop there, she is now opening a family business to provide the best quality care for your pets.
“We will dedicate ourselves to your pet's needs, giving personal attention, love, and exercise so you can relax on your vacation knowing your pet is in good hands.”
Erik Rickard – Operations Manager
Tayler Johnson – Kennel Manager
Tayler was raised in Midland in an animal loving family. She is now a hardworking mother of a one year old and four pets of her own. Teaching her daughter from the beginning how powerful it is to grow up with pets always at her side. Tayler has always been surrounded by dogs and has been able to turn it into her passion. She worked at a well renowned vet clinic, Medical Veterinary Services, for almost a decade, getting up close and personal with people's beloved pets and providing them with the best care. She held their paws before they headed into a life changing operation or simply took up the role of playmate as she took them outside to stretch their legs! So, she is very comfortable in the Paws and Play setting!
Tayler is currently the proud owner of two pit bull mixes and two feline friends so she is never without a loving animal companion. She is hardworking and dedicated to becoming a loving staple in your fur babies lives!
Cody – Professional Groomer
Cody has been grooming for a little over 3 years and began his career as a prep technician for a small local shop in Midland. Shortly after, he was offered the opportunity to apprentice under a nationally certified dog groomer. He immediately knew this was his calling. Cody strives to deliver a calm and gentle approach to every dog he grooms. He believes that keeping your pet well-groomed not only makes for a good looking, clean-smelling companion, it also helps keep your pet more comfortable and allows you to spot health problems before they become serious. He has knowledge and experience in inspecting/distinguishing various skin and coat conditions. Cody is a member of the International Society of Canine Cosmetologist and is currently working on his Master Pet Stylist Certificate through the ISCC. He was awarded 3rd place in the 2017 Espree Creative Competition and plans to compete again in 2018.
Teresa Tuttle – Dogs ‘N Action - Trainer
Teresa has had a special bond with dogs since she was very young. She trained her first dog to do complex tricks at the age of 12 years old. In her 30’s, Teresa got involved with a local rescue group and quickly realized that training dogs came natural to her. Competing in agility with her 3 year old Pomeranian named Kit, they advanced rapidly in the sport and reached many achievements. After, Teresa began teaching and training others as a career. In 2017, Teresa was acknowledged as an AKC evaluator for CGC (Canine Good Citizen), Advanced CGC, and Urban CGC. She is also a S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator, as well as Trick Dog Evaluator. In the last 13 years Teresa has worked with hundreds of dogs. Helping them and their owners with simple house-training, household manners, basic obedience, rally, barn hunt, to more serious behaviors, such as fear aggressive and reactive dogs.
She has continued her education through my years of training with some of the best trainers and behaviorist in the country. Staying up to date on current training methods and the science behind it, is of high importance to her. Using positive reinforcement exclusively, she truly believes it to be the most effective and least restrictive form of training.