PALO ALTO TEAM
LINDSEY JOHNSONManager, ACPCT
Team Member since October 6, 2008
Lindsey grew up in Connecticut, and while she and her family spent a lot of time moving around when she was a child, as long as the family pets were with them, it was home. Lindsey relocated to California toward the end of 2008, and that is when she found A DOG'S LIFE. She plans on going to school for Environmental Sciences and Paralegal Study.
Prior to relocating, Lindsey worked at a boarding kennel. She enjoyed the time she had with the dogs, but wanted to work with them regularly, and in a group. Finding ADL was perfect for her!
Lindsey has 3 cats (a Calico named Cricket, a Tabby named Mika, and a Manx named Bubba), and a dog named Bandit, who came into her life through ADL. In her spare time, Lindsey likes to dance, write and travel. She is also a member of the Felidae Foundation, which helps protect wild cats.
Lindsey says her favorite part of working at ADL is "building relationships with our daycare dogs, watching them learn and grow. They become a regular part of my life, and keep me laughing all day."
Lindsey is an Advanced 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.
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CODY MATTHESSenior Playgroup Leader, Lobby Host, CPCT
Team Member since September 6, 2011
Cody was born and raised in San Jose, California. She is currently attending De Anza Community college, with a double major in Business and Behavioral Science.
While growing up she was always surrounded by animals. She grew up with dogs, cats and even rabbits. Always being surrounded by pets while growing up let her realize how much she enjoyed spending time with them and learning from them. Currently, she and her boyfriend have a pomeranian named Cooper, a cattledog mix named Seamus, who she found through ADL.
Outside of work, she loves spending time with her dogs and taking them on small trips. She also enjoys drawing, photography, modeling and culinary endeavors.
Before working at ADL, she worked at another daycare and boarding facility and loved it. That's when she came to ADL. One of her favorite things about working at ADL is getting to know each dogs personality and constantly being able to learn with them.
Cody 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.
NAADIA WILSONSenior Playgroup Leader, Lobby Host, CPCT
Team Member since January 2, 2012
Naadia grew up here in the Bay Area in San Jose. She's going to Evergreen Valley College to get her degree in Biology to become a Veterinarian. She would also like to become an Animal Behaviorist and open her own rescue for any and all animals. She grew up with animals in her home - dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, rats, snakes - you name it! By the age of 5 Naadia had her very own puppy, who recently passed away.
Before working at ADL, her animal experience included volunteering with local animal rescues and volunteering at the San Jose Animal Care Center. Her interests outside of work and dogs are: hanging out with family and friends, going on walks with her dogs, and Tahitian dancing. She also enjoys fostering whenever she gets the chance. Animals are basically a part of her life; she can't get enough of them even outside of work!
She currently owns five dogs - Nia, the Yorkie mix; Puppy, the Pitbull; Big Bear, the Mastiff; Princess, the Chihuahua; and Abby, the Pointer mix. Not only does she own five dogs but she also owns three cats and one Bearded Dragon. Her favorite part about working at ADL is the dogs of course! She loves how each dog has their own personality and everyday they surprise with something new. "Working with dogs is something I always wanted to do and finding ADL was perfect for me. I learn something new every day at work!" She also enjoys her co-workers. They've been nothing but helpful and supportive, especially with her being the new kid on the block. She looks forward to everything ADL has in store for her.
Naadia 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.
CADY RAYSenior Playgroup Leader, CPCT
Team Member since February 4, 2011
Cady Ray has been with A DOG'S LIFE since February, 2011. She grew up in San Jose and went to Foothill college for her general education. She plans on re-enrolling in the future for the Veterinary Technician program. Prior to working at ADL, Cady has had a lot of experience working with a variety of animals. She was involved in wild life rescue for orphaned and injured wildlife and worked with a variety of animals including humming birds, squirrels, ducks and geese, possums, coyotes, bobcats, hawks and owls. She also worked at a Vet hospital and worked with dogs and cats, rodents, birds, reptiles including 70lb Monitors and 14ft boas, horses and goats, chickens and live stock. With all of her experience working with animals, its no wonder she wants to eventually build a career working with them. She says, "whether its vet, rescue or animal services, I'm sure I'll love it!"
Cady's pets include a Quarter Horse mare (Sugar), a Welsh mix pony (Lucky), an Arab Pony (Dora), a Silkie Rooster (big), 5 cats (Mojo, Helena, Ashes, Fiona, Coal), a Chocolate Lab (Bosco), and a Guinea pig (Kiss). She says that most of the time she is not at work, she is "usually spending time riding my horses and living the country life which involves a lot of chores. It takes a lot of work to keep up with so many animals." She also enjoys photography, mainly of animals of course!
Cady's enthusiasm shows here at ADL. "I love that my job involves being with dogs all day. I love playing with, training, and giving love to the day care dogs, each dog has it's own unique personality and its been such a blast watching them come out and develop. The staff is great too, every one takes the time to get to know each dog in order to ensure it has the best experience possible. It's great to work at facility that holds itself to such high standards and works hard to stay that way."
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.
JESICA JONESPlaygroup Leader, CPCT
Team Member since March 18, 2013
Jesica was born and raised in San Lorenzo, California. After graduating from San Lorenzo High School, she entered California State University, East Bay and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in American Sign Language. While she is interested in a professional career as a Marriage and Family Therapist, she is currently on hiatus from continuing her education to pursue a personal interest of working with dogs.
She has been raised alongside various animals such as dogs, cats, iguanas, fish, and a guinea pig. She currently owns a pit bull boxer terrier named Shasta, and a domestic long haired cat named Booger. Her dog, Shasta, was adopted from the Hayward Animal Shelter, and inspired Jesica to become a volunteer dog walker with the shelter in order to become more involved with animals.
When she is not working, Jesica likes to spend her time hanging out with close friends, her mom, dog, and her boyfriend, staying involved with the Hayward Animal Shelter, or reading plenty of books.
After working as a writing tutor for the college she attended, and then becoming a cashier for the fast food restaurant Arby's, she wanted to find a job that would expand her current love of dogs, and ADL became the perfect fit. She enjoys many aspects of the job from the supportive and friendly coworkers who are always around to help; learning about dog behavior and getting to build a relationship with the dogs at day care and seeing them grow.
Jesica is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.
DESSIRE VALENZUELAPlaygroup Leader, CPCT
Team Member since June 15, 2013
Dessire is a San Jose native, born and raised. She has an associates degree from De Anza for her general education. She hopes one day to continue her education, studying geology at the University of Alaska.
Growing up, Dessire's household pets included a cat, a hamster and the occasional goldfish. When asked if she has any pets now, she replies wittily, " my boyfriend". She also has a little turtle named Fernie.
Dessire's interests include studying rocks and minerals and having family time. She is also quite the foodie. She's always offering the team some of her home made, healthy snacks.
When I asked Dessire how she found ADL, and what she liked most about working here, she replied "After working in retail and the food industry for almost three years, A Dog's Life deemed suitable as a new job. Not only did it randomly pop up as I was scrolling down multiple office positions on craigslist, but the name of the company definitely caught my name. Working with animals has always been a continuous thought for me, yet I never had the chance in the past to enroll anywhere due to school limited my working hours at night. So, once I saw the opportunity to work for ADL, I took no doubt and applied right away. I've never heard of a job where you can have unlimited guilt-free fun while working with dogs- I found that combination at A Dog's Life. The exciting part of this job is knowing that whatever you are doing or however you are feeling your dog friends will always, consistently and with loyalty."
Dessire is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.
DANA GIGLIELLOPlaygroup Leader, CPCT
Team Member since May 24, 2013
Dana grew up in San Jose, CA. With a stop in Windsor along the way, she landed in Redding when she was 12 years old. She finds herself back in the bay area with an opportunity to live with her sister, while she attends Foothill College. She is focused on her general education, with hopes of transferring and eventually pursuing a career in exotic animal training.
Dana has always had a love for animals. She got her first dog at the age of 7, which is also when she started horseback riding. " That's when it all started", says Dana. She's worked with all sorts of livestock such as pigs, horses and chickens. She has a family dog back home, an Akita named Tahoe.
Prior to finding A DOG'S LIFE, she worked at Haven Humane Society back in Redding. She loved working with their "Camp Love a Pet Program", which brought 16 kids and 16 dogs together for 2 weeks of camp. " Its a great way to get the community involved. It helps educate the kids, and makes the dogs more adoptable".
When Dana isn't working or studying, her hobbies include reading, spending time with her sister and most passionately, horseback riding. She has competed in dressage, stadium jumping and cross country events.
"There's a calming aspect of working with animals ", says Dana about working at ADL. " Having the ability to understand them, and they understand you. There's a common connection that creates a special bond."
Dana is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.
PATRICK SPOSETOPlaygroup Leader in Training
Team Member since August 26, 2013
Growing up in Newark, CA, Patrick wanted nothing more than to become an animal cop. After working at a number of other dog daycare's, volunteering at the SPCA and working with kids at the local community shelter, Patrick finally found ADL. " I really enjoy the staff at ADL, and the training techniques we use. The dogs are really fun and well behaved, the staff is too! "
Patrick enjoys playing the bass guitar, drums and doing vocals with a band. He is currently attending Wyotech, in hopes of pursuing a career as an automotive technician.
Along with his passion for animals, cars and music, Patrick is also a football fanatic. The only thing that tops football, is spending time with his 6yr old Dogo Argentino, Zues, the "love of his life".
Patrick is a Certified Pet Care Technician through A DOG'S LIFE.