Keith is a Mountain View, California native. He spent many weekends and summer days playing at his grandparents' farm in Palo Alto, formerly located across the street from Ming's Restaurant. He always grew up with dogs, and like many children, begged and pleaded with his parents to get a puppy. Keith feels fortunate to always have had a dog in his life. He even adopted an American Eskimo puppy, "Mo" during his semester break in college so he could have a dog with him all the time.
After finishing his college degree, he worked in the Valley for over 17 years in both the biotech and hi tech industries, in sales and recruiting. Keith's life changed when his dog, "Kimo" a rescue from the Humane Society of Silicon Valley started attending doggie daycare. He got to see first hand what a positive impact supervised dog-dog socialization, exercise and mental stimulation had on him. Keith would often find himself reflecting on a wonderful service doggie daycare is to both humans and their canine companions.
After much reflection, he took a hiatus from hi tech and entered Jean Donaldson's Academy for Dog Trainers. Keith worked with Jean, learning about dog behavior and training with the goal to develop the most comprehensive doggie daycare in the industry. After completing his Certificate in Canine Training and Counseling, he opened "A DOG'S LIFE, Owner Resource Center and Dog Spa" in April of 2004. "I am very proud of our incredible staff, and I am blessed with wonderful clients. Our unique approach focuses on an outstanding experience for all of our clients. We view our two and four legged clients as family."
ADL really is a Labor of Love for Keith. Not only did he want to develop the best place possible for client to take their pooches, but he also was very focused on creating jobs and careers for aspiring and passionate dog lovers. Keith's philosophy is A DOG'S LIFE should be a self sustaining business giving back to his staff, clients and the community. This goal was achieved in 2005, after 1 year of operations. Keith does not believe that he should be making a living from A DOG'S LIFE, thus he has a career outside of ADL. However, Keith stays involved on a daily basis with coaching and directing the management team to help make sure that A DOG'S LIFE continues to be the premier place for dogs and their people.
My name is Cady and I am currently the Manager of A Dog's Life. I have always been passionate about animals and have worked in several different fields within the animal world. I have worked in rescue and rehabilitation for horses, wildlife husbandry and rehabilitation, domestic animal medicine, orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation for animals, and monarch butterfly migration studies. I love it all but find animal behavior to be extremely interesting. I've studied basic veterinary technician work, animal behavior, and rehabilitation. My own personal animals have consisted of cats, dogs, rodents, chickens, goats, and horses. When I'm not at A Dog's Life, I enjoy riding my horses, taking photos, and creating new adventures.A Dog's Life is an amazing place to work. It's full of great people who do an exceptional job at working with the wonderful dogs who teach us new things every day.
Cady is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE and has received a Certificate of Completion of CParf's Pet First Aid and CPR course.
ASHLEYAssistant Manager, CPCT
Ashley was born and raised in San Jose, but has also lived in various parts of the bay area over the years. She even lived in Georgia for about 8 months. She has always had pets and found her passion for dogs after working with ADL back in 2012. She ultimately wants to go back to school to continue her degree in marine biology to be able to work with her favorite wild animal, the penquin.
When she isn't at daycare, Ashley's passions are playing video games, going on adventures in nature (especially anywhere near water!), road trips, music, and just spending time with her close friends. She currently has a pet albino corn snake names Ekans. She isn't able to have a pup of her own just yet, so she is patiently waiting for the perfect moment to have her forever pup(s). Once of her favorite aspects of her time at ADL is building the bond with the pups, and especially the clients! Ashley has always told herself that she doesn't want to wind up with a job that she has to force herself to stay in. She has always wanted a job that she looked forward to everyday. At ADL, she has found just that!
Ashley is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.
MEAGANPlaygroup Leader, CPCT
Meagan was born, raised and resides in San Jose, CA. In elementary school she began raising chickens and got her first dog. Upon entering middle school, Meagan joined the 4-H, taking classes on chickens, rabbits and horses. She even started showing rabbits through 4-H. Also during middle school, Meagan volunteered at the Humane Society, and soon after began fostering dogs. As she moved onto Westmont High School, Meagan joined the FFA, and learned about many different farm animals. " I raised, trained and showed my pigs on my own", says Meagan.
Meagan has 2 dogs, Kona (1.5 year old border collie mix), Paisley (8 month old black lab/hound mix), and a cockatiel named Elvis (10 years old).
Outside of working at ADL, Meagan loves to go on family trips with her dogs to the beach in Santa Cruz. She also loves cooking for her family and their pets. Meagan plans to get her culinary degree and work in a restaurant, using locally grown produce as well as humanely raised meat products.
Meagan says , "My favorite thing about dogs is their extremely different personalities. Each dog has a way to make you smile and happy."
Meagan is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.
ADRIANSenior Playgroup Leader
Hello my name is Adrian and I have been working with dogs in daycare for the past 10 years. My passion for dogs started when my sister got her first dog named Stitch. We both bonded really fast and I was able to teach him tricks quickly. I enjoy hikes on the weekends through trails in the saratoga hills and also love going ot the movies. I studied Film at The Art Instiute Sunnyvale-California and got my Bachelor of Science degree in Film and Video Production. Film has always been my number 1 passion in life and it's something I've been working to make a full career out of.
TANYAPlaygroup Leader and Lobby Host, CPCT
Tanya was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. When she was three years old her whole family along with their adorable cocker spaniel Bambi, and sweet shepherd mix Sam moved out west. She spent the rest of her childhood in Washington State. At the age of 18, Tanya received a racquetball scholarship to Sacramento State. So she packed up her little car and moved down to sunny California, where she also ended up relocating to the bay area to attend San Jose State.
Tanya worked fulltime as an Executive Assistant and as an HR Specialist while attending evening classes to complete her Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies from SJSU. After many years in the corporate world, Tanya realized the stress of the day to day corporate life was not for her, so she began volunteering at Humane Society Silicon Valley, while diligently searching for a way to work with dogs. Fortuitously, her canine nephew, Mojo, was a client at A DOG'S LIFE at that time. After seeing the love, care and positive reinforcement that ADL employees have for all the dogs, she applied for a position as a Playgroup Leader, and the rest is history. Tanya has been with us for almost three years now, and has been our Lobby Host as well as a Playgroup Leader for the last year and a half. Her love of dogs knows no bounds, and she appreciates the personal relationships she's developed with her co-workers and human clients as well. They're pawsome!
Tanya is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.
Elizabeth is from Los Angeles and moved to Mountain View almost three years ago. Before working at ADL, she was working for an office store and was in search of a job that would fit best of what she was studying for. She is currently attending Foothill College and is working to major in Veterinary. During her summer she took a few Vet Assistant classes, and on the weekends she currently volunteers at the San Francisco SPCA and takes classes there to learn the behavior of dogs and cats. Not only does she love cats and dogs, but she also has love for all types of animals. In the past she has had a pet iguana, a dwarf hamster, turtles, and birds. She currently has two dogs, Snowie a maltese mix, Miloh a poodle mix, along with two tuxedo cats, a male named Sinatra, and a female named Ursula. When she isn't working or going to school, she loves to create new adventures and discover places. She enjoys playing arcade games and reading interesting novels from mystery to stories, and novels that are dog (or any animal) related.
Bree was born and raised in San Jose and moved to Sunnyvale 2 years ago. She has always had a passion for animals and grew up with cats, dogs, horses, guinea pigs, birds, hamsters, rats, and mice. But she discovered her true love for dogs after her first job at A DOG'S LIFE Sunnyvale back in April 2014. After the Sunnyvale branch closed down, she went to work for Pet Food Express in Mountain View but she still loves to come work with the pups here in Palo Alto whenever possible! She eventually plans to go back to school to study to become a holistic veterinarian, but for now is just learning new things everyday at both jobs, from pet food to animal body language to pet health and more! Some of her passions outside of work include music events, longboarding, going to the beach, and spending time with her fur babies Finn (bengal mix kitty), Red (papillon/jack russel/chihuahua mix), and Ace (lab/boxer mix).
Hi my name is Maria. I had many family pets growing up, but didn't think about working with animals until college. I finished my degree in Animal Science at UC Davis. At my time there I worked with cows, pigs, goats, fish, jellyfish, mice, dogs, and cats. I also have worked with birds and reptiles at a wildlife rescue. I love learning about different species and how they interact and impact our world. When I'm at A Dog's Life I absolutely enjoy learning about each individual dog. There is something new to learn everyday. Outside of work I like to read, hike, and spoil my dog Brutus.
Molly is from Sunnyvale and studied Zoology and Animal Sciences at Washington State University (WSU). Before coming to ADL, Molly worked at the Humane Society Silicon Valley as a camp counselor. She loved working with the human kids, but her true passion has always been working handson with the animals. While at WSU, Molly volunteered at horse rescues and did research with frogs and lab rats. Molly loves all animals but her favorite has always been dogs. She loves working at ADL and on the weekends misses the crazy "kids." She also loves working with staff members she thinks of as friends.
With a Zoology degree people always ask Molly if she wants to become a vet. Medicine has never interested her and when they ask her what career aspirations she does have, she's always said "I just want to play with puppies." At ADL that's what she gets to do.
Aside from puppies, Molly has a film club at WSU. In the last two years, Molly has traveled about to Israel, Tanzania, and Ireland. She saw some amazing animals in Tanzania studying wildlife management. Her family also has season tickets to the San Jose Earthquakes. Go Quakes! Molly grew up with cats and black Lab mixes and currently has two cats (Mac and Stella) and two dogs at home. The older dog is a 14 year old Basset hound/pit bull/Lab mix named Mickey (if you're having trouble picturing him, he's a big dog on little legs). The newest member of her family is Maya, a 6 year old Lab mix who loves to play ball.
Ryan was born in San Francisco and currently lives in Sunnyvale with her humongous family. She grew up with 3 sisters and later on, an additional step sister and two step brothers adding up to a grand total of 6 siblings (and one new nephew!). Her family has always been animal obsessed. Ryan has never lived life without at least one dog. At the moment her family includes 3 dogs, 4 frogs, 1 snake, and 1 cat, but that number is forever changing and expanding. In the past, her family has also housed birds, rats, hamsters, fish, rabbits, and turtles to name a few.
Like most of the other ADL members, Ryan has volunteered with multiple dog shelters including Humane Society Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz County Animal Services Scotts Valley. When she is not at ADL, Ryan attends West Valley college, and when she is not doing homework she is playing frisbee with Cleo (Aussie), running with Mjolnir (Pitty) or keeping Boogie (Terrier) out of trouble. West Valley has awarded Ryan with two Communication Awards on speeches and presentations based on shelter, dog abuse, puppy mills, breeders, and overall dog awareness. "The great thing about A Dog's Life is that there is always something new to learn. Each staff member has unique experience and history with animals. Sometimes, the best teachers are the dogs themselves."
TARAABC Certified Professional Groomer, CPCT
Born and raised in San Jose, Tara has always loved animals. She joined the A DOG'S LIFE team in 2010 as a Playgroup Leader. In early 2012, Tara received her Professional Grooming Certificate through Animal Behavior College after extensive course work and over 100 hours of hands-on training with an ABC-approved professional groomer. She transferred to Palo Alto as our groomer in early 2013. While continuing with school to pursue a graphic arts degree, she enjoys being a part of the A DOG'S LIFE team. She has worked several grooming positions, but says the clients and their pets in Palo Alto have been the best she's worked with by far. Her favorite part of working at A DOG'S LIFE is how dedicated every staff member is to working with each dog, making sure they are active, learning, safe, and comfortable. She also likes getting to know each dog individually and to see them progress.
Outside of work Tara, enjoys painting, drawing, and the company of her dogs, Sasha the Chow and Roxy the Pug. She loves to give Sasha different hair styles and experiment with creative grooming. Tara believes that every dog deserves to look and feel their best, and loves to find a way to make each dog's grooming experience a success!
Tara is a Certified Pet Care Technician through the Pet Care Services Association and has received a Certificate of Completion of CParf's Pet First Aid and CPR course.
Melissa was born in Mountain View, but grew up in San Jose with her grandparents, mom, dad, younger sister, her first German Shepard, Hiedi, and her first cat Mr. Strawberry. She attended Branham High School and graduated in 1979. Melissa has two great kids—one punk rocker starting his junior year at Branham High School and mechanical studies at CCOC, along with an academic overachieving daughter who is a 1L at University of San Francisco Law School.
Melissa started her pet career grooming her parents Lhasa Apsos and then started her formal grooming career at the Foxy Hound in Los Gatos in the late 1970s. A groomer for over 30 years, Melissa has worked for private grooming shops, mobile grooming companies, corporate and private veterinary clinics, and even owned her own shop in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she lived for almost ten years.
Melissa was ADL's lobby host from January 2008 until May 2009, where she was also able to groom! Her favorite dog is still Steve, the Corgi/Shiba-Inu mix! During the week, Melissa works at Microsoft as a cashier but is really excited to be a groomer for ADL. Dogs continue to be her greatest passion and she hopes to bring her years of knowledge to the grooming clients of ADL!
Melissa is restarting her life and she is trying to find her way and knows that the animals will lead her in the right direction.
Melissa is a Certified Pet Care Technician through the Pet Care Services Association.
|September 2008 (PA)|