Meet The Staff

Andrew Zbeeb

Dogs (15)Frogs To Dogs was started as a result of my true love for all animals. My compassion for our furry friends began as a child when I could regularly be found sleeping on the floor with the family dogs. Over the years, I have raised and worked with a wide variety of dogs, cats, birds, exotics – basically any and all creatures. Behavioral training, rescue work and animal studies have been my life’s passion.

 

 

 

Trainers

Zsolt

f2dsession1-10While attending the University of Horticulture in my home town of Budapest, Hungary, I studied plant cultivation and animal behavior.  As a result of my studies, I became heavily involved with animal rescue work and behavioral training.  When I came to the U.S. over 20 years ago I continued my work with animals and I completed my animal behavior certification, which incorporated many different training techniques.  My preferred training specialty is in non-confrontational methods and I have experienced great success for many years with that methodology.  I am committed to loving all animals and educating all humans through positive reinforcement and gentle handling.


Gina

ginaHello! I’m Gina. I have a Masters Degree in Psychology with a concentration in animal behavior. My thesis project focused on the effectiveness of environmental enrichment with the animals in our care. I have been training marine mammals for over 10 years and specializing in husbandry behaviors through positive reinforcement. I am interested in using my experiences to teach the importance of investing time and energy into training dogs a solid repertoire of husbandry behaviors. Most importantly, I want to work with dog owners on the training techniques to facilitate grooming and veterinary procedures in a positive and safe manner. I am also very excited to educate clients on methods of enhancing their dog’s lives every day with different enrichment options.


Tom

tomI have always had dogs around when growing up on a small tree farm in Michigan. Through this I was also exposed to wide variety of wildlife and farm animals. My love of animals developed and grew during these younger years. Since then I have always kept myself surrounded by animals, everything from the smallest gerbils to dogs, and snakes to birds. I moved to Atlanta from my home state of Michigan in 2008 and have been working professionally with animals since then. One of my favorite aspects of working with animals is giving rescues the second chance that they truly deserve and helping their rescuers provide for all their social, mental and physical needs.


Taylor

TaylorI believe that your dog has the ability to greatly contribute to your overall wellness. Where tails seem to be simply wagging, heart rate is decreasing. Wet noses are magical, as they somehow make us feel better when we are in pain. Your dog’s invitation to play provides an alternative for human struggle. Dogs are the kings of positive regard, and I hope to help you tap in to your pet’s full potential. My most passionate goal in life is to facilitate happy and healthy human-animal alliances. I completed my master’s degree from Georgia State University in Mental Health Counseling in 2015, and I am now working on my PhD in general psychology with a focus in animal assisted therapy. In training, I will continuously work to increase communication between you and your dog. Positive reinforcement will be our currency, and we will build a partnership that enhances both of your lives.


Caren

carenMy name is Caren. Training dogs is just one of the many ways I’ve found to fill my world with animals. I have my Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Communication, Education and Interpretation. I foster rescues, pet sit and am also a professional groomer. In my career I have trained a variety of birds, both birds of prey as well as pets, pigs, porcupines, rats and even a Tamandua. I believe in using gentle, positive methods that strengthen the bond between pets and parents. That way, both the pups and parents are more engaged and have a higher likelihood of success.


Kat

katI am a graduate of Animal Behavior College and a forever animal lover. M​y goal as a trainer has always been to help build a strong bond between pets and their parents. I believe in using positive reinforcement when training so that your dog is able to learn and grow in a safe environment with you as their trusted leader. ​​​With​ these skills,​ both you and your dog will learn to understand and communicate with one another, but also bring out the best in each other. Our dogs aren’t just pets, they’re family and deserve to be treated as such and I promise to do just that.


Kat

katI have always loved dogs and cats as pets, but I didn’t consider working with them professionally until 2007 when I realized how miserable I was working in a corporate office as an accountant and how incredibly jealous I was of the people who worked at the doggie daycare where my Eugene attended. I left my accounting career and started my own pet sitting business within months of that realization. In my over 7 years working as a Professional Pet Sitter, I had a number of clients who were fearful and/or aggressive. Some of these dogs were quite dangerous and wanted to bite any stranger who came near. I loved these dogs just like my own and saw what great and loving pets they could be, but didn’t know how to help them get over their fears. This is what led me to dog training. In 2015, I graduated from the Master Trainer course at the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers and started working with Frogs to Dogs when I returned home. I love what I do now! There is no better feeling than when a dog owner tells me how much happier and relaxed their dog is with training.


Kyle - Assistant Trainer

kyleHi, I’m Kyle. I was born and raised in Georgia. Animals of all sorts have always been a part of my family. I have a love of the outdoors and everything dealing with wild and domesticated animals. I have had some emergency medical training for dogs, which I obtained by working in the no-kill animal shelter side of the dog business, along with a great deal of behavioral training with some of the more stubborn and strong willed type of dogs that these shelters see. I spent three years in the animal rescue industry before getting my start at Frogs to Dogs in 2014. Ever since then helping with your dogs obedience and other training has been my personal goal. I’d love to meet your fur babies sometime!


Bonita

BonitaHi, I’m Bonita. I am a Certified Dog Trainer with PetSmart and Petco since 2007. As a little girl I would read books and practice on my friends dogs as well as my own. It wasn’t until my daughter passed, at age 8, that I ever thought about making a career of caring for dogs. So after 20+ years in the Optical field I started my very successful Pet Sitting and Dog Walking company in 2000. I have 3 years experience as a Veterinary technician. Caring for and training dogs has truly been a joy not a job for me! I have trained deaf dogs as well as humans with physical and mental challenges. Through positive reinforcement anything can be accomplished. I believe my background in Childhood Psychology along with my natural ability to communicate with animals has allowed me to be as successful as I am today. I am very grateful for the gift I have and being allowed to share with pet parents the life changing experience obedience training makes. Our lives are so much more enriched when we can effectively communicate with our four legged, wet nose, fluffy partners in life.


Sitters

Wendy

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs the former owner of Oakhurst Animal Companions Pet Sitting, I am excited to now be working with Frogs to Dogs. Besides having had my own pet sitting business for five years, I have also done rescue work, and I have been a foster Mom to quite a few doggies and kitties. I also worked as a veterinary assistant for three years when I lived in Kennesaw, GA. My dogs and I happily live in the beautiful neighborhood of Oakhurst. Working with animals is my passion in life and I can’t wait to meet you and your companion animals!


Tad

tadI am a Dekalb County Firefighter and a HUGE dog lover! As a pet sitter for Frogs to Dogs, I get to work with animals on my days off from the station. The irregular hours I work at the firehouse don’t allow me the time to devote to a pet of my own, so I consider my “work” with Frogs to Dogs to be all “play.” I would love to have the opportunity to spoil your pets!


Dinah

dinahI guess you could say I am a country girl living in the city. Growing up in coastal NC my favorite playgrounds were the beach and my grandfather’s farm. An instinctive connection to animals came quite naturally to me. I have 10 years of pet-sitting experience, with a background in animal nutrition, wholistic wellness, and behavior guidance. I love helping people form a stronger bond with their pets through a deeper understanding of their needs. I look forward to meeting you and your special family of pets.


Beth

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHi my name is Beth. I am the proud owner of three beautiful Pit Bulls and have resided in the East Atlanta area for over three years. I am a full time vet tech and have been for four years. I have been pet sitting in the Atlanta area for at least that long. I am also going to school to earn an associates degree in veterinary technology. Every day of my life is spent relating in some way to dogs, cats and various other animals. I treat every pet sitting dog and cat like they are part of my own family.  I am proud to be a part of the Frogs to Dogs care team and look forward to caring for your pets in the future.


Amie

amieHello! My name is Amie and I’m a life long animal lover. Throughout my life I have had dogs, cats, birds, fish and of course the childhood hamster.  I currently have three dogs and a diabetic cat. With my love of animals, I would have many more if my home were only bigger 🙂  Two of my “babies” are rescues. Lots of work but so worth it!!  One of my rescues Simon, (the one in the pic with me) has the best sense of humor of any animal I have ever had. My oldest, Pete, is 12-years-old and going blind, but still gets around just fine. My youngest, Grape, is 2-years-old and goes 80 miles a minute.  They all have very different personalities and all are in different stages of their lives.
To satisfy my love of these wonderful creatures I decided to go into the pet care industry. I have managed a doggy daycare, but have found that “at home” care is much more personal and there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing your pet comfortable and relaxed in their own setting. I look forward to meeting you and your family.


Shannon

 P1010023Hi there! I’m actually Frogs to Dogs’ publicist, but I double as a pet sitter, too. I run a boutique agency called Cover Media that promotes arts organizations, non-profits and small, locally owned businesses. But you probably want to know about the critters:) I started doing overnight sitting about five years ago to help out a pet sitter friend of mine. Like all the sitters at Frogs to Dogs, I adore animals and have since I was a child. When I was younger, I often dreamed of living in a cool camper in the middle of nowhere with my menagerie. I’ve nursed the ill and elderly (ages 17+) canines and felines, helped potty train the wee ones and even hand fed a too-cute tiny turtle. I think Frogs to Dogs does great work and I’m delighted to be one of their sitters!


Andrea

andreaI am Andrea, the proud sister of Andrew Zbeeb, owner of Frogs to Dogs. My whole life I have learned a lot about animals from simply observing Andrew’s great talent with them. Still, I strongly believe that passion and love for animals runs in our DNA. I enjoy pet sitting because I thoroughly enjoy all animals. And while my career in the home fashion industry keeps me busy, most my spare time is dedicated to pet sitting for Frogs to Dogs. I look forward to meeting your fur babies and caring for them when you are not able to be there.


Amy

AmyjacksonI am a documentary filmmaker with a house full of rescue animals including 2 dogs, 2 ferrets and a karma kitty. I have had pets my whole life and have always felt a great connection to all kinds of animals. I worked in Hollywood for many years on feature films and that was an amazing experience. My true passion is to make movies that matter and I am currently producing a documentary “Jail Dogs In 1C” to help save more dogs from death row and help spread the word about the No Kill Revolution! Check out my website www.karmalizedpictures.com


Sarah

sarah I am a fine and freelance artist. And, a painting instructor at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center for the last 19 years. Ten years, or so, ago I began petsitting for friends and friends of friends. My three girls (cats) Amanda, Camille and Zuzu were my children for fourteen years before passing away in 2007. I now live vicariously through all my clients’ sweet, sweet animals. I began working for Frogs to Dogs in November 2010 and love being with such like-minded animal lovers.


Madison

madisonHi. I’m Madison. I grew up barefoot in the GA mountains and used to believe I was a fish. Contrary to the old adage, I just love working with animals AND children. When I’m not cuddling pets in the absence of their parents, I keep busy as a cuddly, crafty adventure nanny. Home life is important to me, so I like helping take care of all that it entails whenever I can. My own pet life is pretty low-key with only one beta fish named Isma, because he reminds me of the villain from Emperor’s New Groove.


Kelli

kelliHi, my name is Kelli and I’m an Atlanta, Georgia native. I have grown up around animals my entire life and truly believe they make the world a better place! When I am not designing rooms, I enjoy spending time with my 2 PUGS and pet sitting from Frogs to Dogs. We love our clients and their pets!


Sue

sue!From industrial England, as a child I was still able to spend all my spare time riding horses and my dog was always at my side. I moved to Canada to fulfill a dream of wilderness living but had to make do with paradise while living in and on the beautiful islands of Puget Sound. Informally studying organic agriculture and farming, basic homesteading and survival skills, a houseful of critters was pretty much the norm. I owned and worked a small organic farm in Oregon, keeping goats and chickens and of course the dogs and the cats that found me. After moving to Georgia I became active in rescuing and placing homeless pets which has progressed to where it pretty much takes the bulk of my spare time. I left the corporate world about 8 years ago, knowing my destiny was to work with animals and so I began petsitting. Not long after, I met Andrew and immediately knew I wanted to work with him. I’d known Zsolt (Frogs To Dogs lead trainer) for 20 years from when he owned a little pet store in my neighborhood and I was buying my fish supplies from him. In these last couple of years, what I’ve explored inside myself is a passion for animal welfare which has swept me off my feet. It’s just the greatest joy to make an animal happy. Whether it’s a client’s pets who are simply missing their parents for a few days or on the other extreme, staying on the front line of animal welfare in Georgia. I love every animal I come into contact with


Nan

NanI am Nan Richardson. I am from Carrollton , Ga and moved to Kirkwood in 2004. I love being outside and walking along beside furry friends. Taking care of clients loved ones while away is something I pride myself on. Most of my career I have been an consultant in car business. I have recently moved my career to real estate which gives me even more flexibility with pet setting and and pet walking. I work with Keller Knapp in Decatur. My hobbies include climbing stone mountain, sailing, music, and most of all spending time with family and friends. My little one is a border collie . His name is Charley.


Coleen

coleenHi. I’m Coleen. I live in the Highlands Neighborhood of Atlanta. I am the proud owner of two Amazing Dogs and one handsome kitty. I am a certified trainer and have been Involved with the Pet industry for almost ten years. I look after all pets. Feathers, Fur, flippers or gills. I have experience with all pets. My love for animals shows through in my dedication and work ethic. I believe all pets should have a happy home, exercise and plenty affection. I love my job and am proud of what I do.


Craig & Carmen

craigHi, I’m Craig! My wife Carmen (not pictured) and I are pet sitters and Carmen also doubles as a groomer. Having a huge four legged family of our own, we have tons of experience. We are a husband and wife team. We are both originally from the west coast, but have been living in the Atlanta area for 15 years. Pictured here with Craig are just a few of our kiddos – we have a 4lb poodle all the way up to a Saint Bernard (all rescues). We also have lots of kitties (they wouldn’t stay still for the picture, much like Carmen, camera shy!) We treat each and every animal in our care like they are a member of our family and we are available for overnights, midday walks and vacations.


Rachel

rachelHi, I’m Rachel and have been a professional pet sitter for nearly 10 years. I’m also a native of Atlanta. I have been an animal lover my entire life and jump at any chance to interact with any type of animal. Over the years I have pet sat everything from the biggest dog to the backyard chicken to guinea pigs. I’ve been honored to take care of many elderly and medically sensitive pets. I’m also a bit of a shutterbug when it comes to animals. Don’t be surprised if you receive a picture from me of your pet!

We currently have one dog, Bella. Bella is an adorable and goofy old english sheepdog mix. Besides pet sitting, I work full time in nonprofit fundraising. I look forward to meeting you and your pets!


Jessica

JessicaMy first pet was a bunny named Dutchess and since then I’ve been hooked on furry babies. I’ve had fish to parakeets to guinea pigs to cats and currently I have two rescues, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Piper (not pictured) and an Australian Shepherd mix named Josephine. I’ve been taking care of other people’s animals my whole life and being a petsitter helps satisfy my urge to bring even more dogs into my Decatur home. I’m an actor and a newlywed and although those roles keep me very busy, I still find time to live vicariously through my clients. I look forward to meeting you and your pets very soon!


Cynthia

CynthiaI am Cynthia, and I am a writer and an educator. I live in Decatur with two dogs, each adopted from a local area rescue organization. When I was a little girl I kept the “D” encyclopedia in my room, and I studied the descriptions and illustrations of all of the dog breeds enthusiastically! I am working on my PhD in Humane Education, specifically studying the use of art in solutions-oriented advocacy. I am thrilled to be working with Frogs to Dogs, and look forward to taking care of your fur, finned, scaled or winged family members!


Amy

amyHi there. My parents named me Amy so that’s what I respond to best  My passion for animals both domestic and wild goes as far back as I can remember. As a child my mom and I would find stray dogs and always take them home. This is something I continue to do as a “necessary” hobby. I do tons of outreach and education in the community to help enrich the lives of so many less fortunate dogs and cats. I’ve been pet sitting since 1997, have worked in animal shelters, as an animal control officer and now operate the Atlanta Animal Ambulance which is a sister business to Frogs to Dogs that Andrew started several years ago. I always have a home full of dogs of my own and fosters. Every new animal I meet I am grateful for because they end up teaching me something beautiful. I couldn’t imagine life without them!


Cydne

cydneFor me, loving animals began as a toddler making sure all bugs I found were safe and secure or otherwise given a proper burial. When I was a bit older, my father and I nursed a baby starling back to health, saved a turtle from the perils of the road, and adopted Billy, a “circus” dog. My love for the exotic started when my mother brought home a pet tarantula and as an adult I raised an orphaned baby squirrel so that she became strong and confident. I have passionately loved and cared for all my pets as well as my Frog To Dog pals.


Sara

saraHi my name is Sara! I have been taking care of animals since I was a kid and I love all kinds of animals. I have taken care of dogs, cats, snakes, rats, etc. I’m a very active person and detail oriented, and really easy to talk to. I look forward to making my time taking care of your baby animals special!


Erin

erinHey!! I currently reside in Candler Park. I’m a preschool teacher, nanny and lover of all pets. I have two awesome cats but I enjoy getting to spend time with other people’s pets when I’m not running after kids. I have been an animal advocate since I was pretty young and simply can not say no to a fur snuggle. I feel lucky to get to hang with people’s dogs because I’m not home enough to have one of my own! I’ve never met a stranger, furry or human. My favorite pet sitting activity is snuggling on the couch and giving belly rubs.


Robyn & Natalia

robyn and nataliaHi, I’m Robyn. My partner Natalia and I work as a team. I grew up having dogs, cats, ponies, parrots, geese, iguanas, fish and a squirrel. We currently have 2 rescue dachshunds that are the apples of our eyes. Natalia and I have been pet sitting for years and love each opportunity and get so excited to meet knew fur friends!! When I’m not doing that, I am working on sets as a makeup artist and Natalia is pouring the best coffee in town. Life is pretty good. 🙂


Melanie

melanieHello, My name is Melanie. I grew up with all types of animals. My dad lives on a farm with cows, chickens, goats, cats, ect and I helped take care of them all! I have been taking care of dogs for 5+ years professionally. It’s so much fun it doesn’t really feel like a job!


Carly

carlyCarly lives in Decatur with her husband, 2 dogs, and 3 goats, and has participated off and on in the animal foster and rescue community for over a decade. She has been an animal lover from a very early age and enjoys that pet sitting provides a nice diversion from the stress of her day job, working with humans who don’t sit on command.


Angie

angieI’ve loved animals for as long as I can remember; as a child got in trouble more than once for taking home strays and hiding them from my parents. I can’t say much has changed since then.
We currently have two lovely rescue dogs that just love to travel and go on adventures. They were a lot of work at first, hardly go anywhere without them now and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.
I’ve worked with many different animal behaviorists and professional trainers from across the country on my own pets, and I would love to get a chance to meet and take care of your furry family members!


Aaron

aaronI’m from Rochester NY and have been in Atlanta for almost 17 years now. I’ve been a graphic designer and am studying to become an aircraft mechanic. I love camping and all things on two wheels, including restoring vintage Vespa scooters. Growing up we had all sorts of pets ranging from rabbits to cats, dogs and salt water fish! My fiance Maggie and I currently have two spoiled cats ‘Hoot’ and ‘Nom’ and recently lost our little 15 year old Corgi mix ‘Tyke’. We hope to find another forever friend soon but in the meantime we’d love to keep your pets happy and comfortable.