Meet The Staff
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.
While 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.
Hello! 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.
I 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.
I 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 queens and 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, and I have tailored my educational background to prepare myself to achieve that goal. I obtained my PhD in research psychology in 2018, my masters of mental health counseling in 2015, and my Animal Behavior College dog training certification in 2013. In each of these educational contexts, I have focused my studies on the human-animal bond. In our training together, 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.sitive reinforcement will be our currency, and we will build a partnership that enhances both of your lives.
My 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.
I am a graduate of Animal Behavior College and a forever animal lover. My 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.
Kyle - Assistant Trainer
Hi, 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!
Hi, 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.
Hi, I’m Aden and I’m an Animal Behavior College certified trainer. My home has never been without cats and dogs, and the bonds that I share with them are priceless. I love spending time with animals, so when I am not working you can find me volunteering at local animal shelters or birdwatching!
I have experience dealing with all types of canine behaviors and I take a proactive approach to training through positive reinforcement methods. I believe all dogs need structure and enrichment in order to live their happiest life. I am passionate about guiding families to find the perfect solution for them and their pup, with the ultimate goal of creating harmony in the home. I look forward to meeting you and your pet!
I have had dogs my entire life and was known as the neighborhood walker as a child. An incredibly active kid, my mom jokes I’d only sit still if I was petting an animal. After working in hospitality I knew I needed animals to be fulfilled. I went into pet care looking for a way to help people and pets. Petsitting and dog walking in the Atlanta area for over five years I found both my dogs living on the street. Bug was in really rough shape and needed a lot of training. This little pibble inspired me to take my love of animals to the next level and in March of 2017 I passed my CPDT-KA dog training certification test after 300 hours of experience. My passion is rescue and rehabilitation, keeping dogs in their homes and out of shelters. I do this by keeping them well exercised through pet sitting and walking and focusing on positive training.
Friends have told me that I am an animal whisperer. While I would not go that far, I find that I do have the ability to understand their language and to speak to them. I have always had a love for all animals, great and small, and can’t remember a time when they were not a part of my life. After I rescued my dog Cody in 2014, I knew that I wanted to create the opportunity to work with animals. I am now a professional pet sitter, and I am a graduate of Animal Behavior College. I became a dog trainer because I wanted to help people understand how to communicate with animals. I believe in using positive training methods to build a partnership between people and their pets, and to create a safe, enjoyable learning experience for the dogs and their people. My goal is to help pet parents to build a loving bond of trust with their pets and help them learn to be “good dogs”.
I’ve had pets of various species all my life, but really fell in love with teaching dogs when I adopted and trained my first Boston Terrier (“Sigmund”). In fact, I loved it so much I left my career in advertising to work full-time with dogs and their owners. I especially enjoy helping setting up puppies and their new owners for success, and working with anxious or reactive dogs to evolve them into confident and centered companions using Nosework and Trick training. In fact, both my Bostons (Sigmund and his rescued “brother from another mother” Edgar) have AKC Intermediate Trick Dog titles, and love showing off their skills such as rolling over, shutting doors, or barking on command. I love teaching Nosework for fun rather than competition, and showing owners fun and easy canine enrichment activities to increase confidence, reduce boredom, and enhance the bond with their dogs.
From a tender age I have always had a deep love and empathy for dogs and animals in general. After school my parents would usually find me in the back yard playing with the dogs for hours on end.
My formal background in dog training started in 2009. I joined the South African National Defence force. Being in the military I earned my certificate in:
- Basic obedience.
- Obstacle course.
- Attack training.
- Patrol training.
- Dog first aid.
Years later I still receive a great sense of fulfillment and purpose when working with dogs. I thoroughly enjoy using specific methods of training and seeing dogs progress and achieve great things working alongside mankind, enhancing the bond by bringing a sense of clarity and understanding for both man and dog.
Hello, I’m Pete. For the past three years I have worked as a dog walker in Atlanta, and during that time I realized I want to learn as much as I can about dog behavior. I am passionate about working with all animals, but in particular those that are shy or aggressive. Every dog requires a different approach, and I love learning what each dog needs to succeed. The primary goal of training, I believe, is to deepen and enrich the connection you have with your dog, and to guide your dog to make great choices that will benefit both of you. The more you understand about the ways in which your dog learns, the easier it is to build a bond with your dog based on trust, love and mutual respect. I have lived all over the U.S. where I’ve been a student, a barista, a teacher, a dishwasher and a writer. I look forward to working with you!
I 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.
Hi 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!
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.
Hi. 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.
Hi, 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!
My 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!
For 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.
Hi 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!
Hey!! 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
Hi, 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. 🙂
Carly 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.
I’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!
I’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.
Hi, I’m Mandie. I’m from Augusta, GA and have been in Atlanta for 7 years. I am a nurse practitioner and I work with children with transplants. There are therapy dogs where I work and it is incredible to see how animals can comfort and heal your loved ones. I have always loved animals for as long as I can remember. I have a Garfield-esq orange tabby who likes to play with Q-tips and cause trouble. I recently adopted a 10-year-old pit bull who thinks she is a 90 pound lap dog and my shadow. My animals are definitely a part of my family and I understand the importance of peace of mind when you have to leave them. I look forward to meeting and caring for your furry family members.
Hi I’m Lynsi, a huge animal lover and dog enthusiast living in Decatur. I’ve been pet sitting and dog walking for over 10 years. I’m experienced in working with small and big dogs, puppies, and elderly dogs. I understand the stress that accompanies leaving your pet in another person’s hands while you are away. As a courtesy I am more than happy to text or email photos of your fur babe to you as often as you like while they’re in my care. I’m happy to take care of any other animals that might need food, water, a walk, cuddles, or a little play time and attention. I also have experience with turtles, fish, snakes, chickens, birds, hamsters, rats, and kitty cats.
I currently have three loves of my own; two cats, Gazoo and Snowball, and a rescue pup named Toby. If you like I can bring Toby along to house drop ins for a bonus play date.
I’m very excited to be a part of the Frogs to Dogs team. Nothing makes me happier than being surrounded by animals and I look forward to meeting yours.
My love for animals stems from a childhood obsession with guinea pigs. I grew up with guinea pigs and kitties and spent my summers as a kid grooming and riding horses. As a teenager I worked at my local Petco where I learned the basics of doggie nutrition and fell in love with a sweet ferret named Mel. I attended college at Appalachian State University where I studied Sustainable Development. My two loves are food and critters and protecting our environment helps create world in which healthy plants and happy animals can thrive. The last three and a half years I have worked in kennels in Atlanta supervising large groups of dogs at play. This experience taught me a great deal about canine body language. Outside of work, I spent my time raising a litter of nine bouncing baby bunnies. Currently, I live in Grant Park with my now very large bunny boy named Tito and a sweet kitty named Kitty! I am very excited to be a part of the Frogs team and cannot wait to meet your pets!
Hi everyone! I’m Ben. I’m a lifetime animal lover who spent my formative years around every kind of animal from dogs to rats to hissing cockroaches to goats and chickens and horses and pigeons. My animal care background pertains primarily to animal advocacy with and in association with various animal rights organizations and sanctuaries, including founding a local Food Not Bombs chapter, an organization that feeds homeless people healthy, hearty, and in our case vegetarian meals. A couple of years ago I moved to Atlanta to start a small film production company, which has given me plenty of free time to spend in the company of little furry friends once again. I have spent much of my life working long, unconventional hours, engrossed with the heartache of being away from my pets. Knowing that they were in the care of loved ones or trusted pet sitters always relieved my tensions greatly, and I am so thrilled to be given the opportunity to provide that same peace of mind to you all alongside Frogs to Dogs. Can’t wait to meet your babies!
My name is Mark and since relocating from Alabama my family has lived in the Woodland Hills/Lavista Park area for the last 12 years. I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t have a relationship with animals. Growing up we always had family pets and my brothers and I spent summers working and playing on our grandparent’s farm. From sunrise to sunset we herded and chased everything that moved, until they chased us back. Moving to Atlanta and working primarily in real estate and marketing meant less time around the farm animals but more time with our pups, which is how we discovered Frogs to Dogs. Three years ago we rescued a sweet and loving Dogo Argentino named Mr. Waylon Jennings who needed a happy enviroment, a little socialization work, and positive attention. Luckily Frogs to Dogs was there to help with day camps and a wonderful pet sitter (Thank you Cydne!). Now I’m happy to provide others with that same attentive care and relentless positivity that helped our good old boy!
Hi! I’m Stacy. I grew up with a menagerie of babes from dogs and cats to birds and a Boa with a couple of ferrets in the mix J. Animals are my true love and they are what brings me the most joy. Most recently, I have begun adding overnight/house sitting in the mix. I recently lost the love of my life, my Aussie mix, Maddie, at the grand age of 16. I can’t think of anything else I would rather do than to care and love on your furry babes and give you the peace of mind that your pet is getting the best care and love possible while you are at work or out of town. I love to play with high energy dogs that need that non stop play time and I have a special place in my heart for the geriatric guy or gal fur baby.
First and foremost…I’m a dog lover. My husband and I have 3 dogs: a 75 yr old yellow lab, 70 yr old golden retriever, and a 40 yr old beagle. I’m happiest when I am able to explore and experience new things with my dogs, whether it be walking new, unexplored parts of the city, hiking mountain trails, or going to the lake/river for a swim. As long as the dogs are in tow I know its going to be a good time. As I suspect is the case for most people, our dogs are a part of our family. As a result, I understand the importance of finding a person that you trust to treat your dog with the same level of joy and care that you would as the owner.
Professionally, I am a small business owner, working in the entertainment and film industry. I work from home, which provides me great flexibility to tweak my schedule to be available to take care of your pets and take your dog(s) for a stroll in the middle of the day on relatively short notice or if emergencies pop up. After all…It’s all about the pets!!!
Hi, I’m Debbie and I have been a professional pet sitter for over 10 years. I’ve been taking care of dogs since our first family dog in grade school…that was a long time ago! ;-). I’ve lived in Decatur for over 15 years. I’ve taken care of dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, chickens, fish and turtles. I particularly love dogs of all shapes, sizes and temperaments.
We currently have two dogs, Lulu & Sandy. My roommate works for a local pet rescue so we are always fostering puppies or other dogs that need us. I look forward to meeting you and your pets!
Hi all. I’m Dad to an 11 year old son, and 4 rescues; 2 dogs, and 2 cats. The story goes that the day I was born our family cat showed up. And ever since, I’ve been living with, and loving animals. I have lived and owned a home in East Atlanta Village for 25 years, and, also own a small dessert catering business. I am Mr. Mom most days, while my wife graciously works hard to keep the family insurance. Obviously, trusting your beloved pet with someone is a pretty big deal. So hopefully, you will trust me with yours.
Hi, my name is Erich. I’m a long-time resident of Atlanta and am a father, husband and overall lover of animals. Growing up internationally, the son of a bush pilot, I spent my youth surrounded by animal communities: from the wild and exotic in Africa to farm animals to my own loved ones. In 2001 I obtained a master’s degree in social work from Georgia State University and soon after that, dogs especially made it clear they wanted me to work with them so I became a pet sitter and haven’t looked back. In my spare time I enjoy playing with our four-legged friend Jax and we all enjoy playing and watching soccer together.