Meet the Staff

Jennie Smith | Owner

Owner and groomer, Jennifer Smith is a Nationally Certified Master Groomer, having attained this prestigious status in 1996. She has been working with dogs since 1978. Early on, she worked in dog boarding and training facilities, as a dog sled driver, and as a vet tech.

Jennie became a groomer in 1988. In this capacity she has owned three successful pet grooming salons.

Currently, as a Nationally Certified Master Groomer, Jennie is a much sought after national speaker at grooming conventions, speaking on various topics related to dog grooming. She competes, and a number of times has won, local and national grooming competitions. She is a dog grooming instructor and an American Red Cross Instructor of Animal CPR. She spends a large percentage of her time grooming dogs, having a keen eye toward creativity and precision. Jennie's expertise is skillfully demonstrated across a wide range of dogs, from Golden Retrievers to Bichons, from Chihuahuas to Schnauzers. Her proficiency at scissoring and shaping make her perfect for breeds where extra care is appreciated.

Despite her busy schedule, she finds time to breed and show Pomeranians and Flat Coated Retrievers.

Jennie was an alternate for the reality grooming show, "Groomer Has It", on Animal Planet!!!!

Why does she do all of this...because she loves dogs!!

 

Kate Pawley | General Manager

Kate has been with us since August 2016. She grew up here in Loveland, CO while showing both dogs and horses in 4-H and working for Jennie while in high school. After watching a movie called "Love Leads the Way" Kate decided that she would follow her dream of training guide dogs where she moved to Florida in 2001. After becoming a certified guide dog instructor and Apprentice Manager for 15 years Kate decided that she missed the mountains, snow, cold and most of all no humidity. Today, she is happily back working with Jennie and the different breeds of dogs and their families while her personal dog, Bella, loves to play with the other dogs in the doggie daycare.

Alyson Brown | Daycare/Reception

Despite being native to Missouri, Alyson had the privilege of spending her younger years growing up in Steamboat Spring, Colorado. The opportunities that came with living in the country molded her into the animal fanatic she is today. Residing on a horse-boarding property gave her an early hand in learning to train and ride horses. Her family was heavily involved in mustang rescue and took trips to BLM land during horse auctions. Often, mustang-round ups left young foals separated from their dams, so they aided in foal-rearing and injury rehabilitation ? all from their ranch home-base just outside of Steamboat Springs. No matter how deeply immersed in horses her family was, it was clear from a young age that she was more of a dog person at heart.

When she was nine years old, Alyson began competition dog sled racing. Character building years training and caring for a pack of Siberian Huskies eventually led her to competition race wins?and gained her a decent amount of knowledge in dog conditioning! Many years later, her family relocated to Grand Lake, Colorado. Alyson spent several winters working as a tour guide at a dog sled ride company in nearby Winter Park, though she no longer had sled teams of her own. Still, having less land of her own meant her animal based passions changed somewhat. She spent many years waterfowl and upland bird hunting with her German Shorthaired Pointer. Siberian Huskies, however, were still an obsession. Alyson bought my first show Siberian when she was nineteen while attending school at The Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology. Though she never won a single ribbon, from that point on she knew she had been bitten by the dog show bug.

Alyson has always enjoyed the purpose behind the breed. She truly believes dog sledding with Nordic-dogs and game hunting with bird-dogs led her to her current passion with Sighthounds. Moving to Fort Collins, Colorado brought Alyson into the world of sighthounds. She is now proudly owned by two Silken Windhounds and has a fairly active dog-show lifestyle. She spends a good deal of time lure coursing and participating in whatever dog activity she can get into!

Her additional passions include studying canine nutrition and conditioning, and genetics. She is always excited to share any and all of the knowledge she has. Though new to Dogs? Own, Alyson hopes to get to know each and every one of our clients ? two and four-legged alike!

Ali Portillo | Daycare Attendant

Ali was born and raised in Northern Colorado. She is one of our newer employees, becoming part of the Dogs' Own family in October of 2018. Animals have been her passion since as far back as she can remember. Once she was old enough, Ali began volunteering at her local vet clinic and spent two years learning and experiencing the pet care industry firsthand. She is currently in school, perusing her dream job as a Veterinary Technician. Dogs' Own is Ali's second job as a Doggie Daycare Attendant and working here has brought her nothing but excitement! After all, it allows Ali's precious Dachshund mix, Arayah, to tag along and help her with work!

Tiffany Grasseschi | Daycare Attendant

Tiffany is a true Colorado girl - born and raised in Loveland! She always dreamed of working with animals. When Tiffany was young, she would volunteer at any place she could, as long as she got to spend time with animals. Dogs, cats, reptiles, you name it! Tiff is truly a lover of all animals! She is now fulfilling her dream working with pets as the daycare aid here at Dogs Own. She makes sure that all the dogs that come though daycare are given all the love and attention they deserve. Tiffany's favorite saying is, "find a job doing something you love, and you'll never work a day in your life", and she says that Dogs' Own is it! Tiffany is ready to get to work and excited when she walks into work every day. Your pets make her day, every day. Tiffany also plans on attending Dogs' Own Grooming School and is very excited about furthering her education by continuing to do something that she is so passionate about.


TESTIMONIALS

"The Staff is Great!"

Dogs' Own is the best daycare facility by far.

"Happy and Tired"

My dog loves everyone at daycare and has great friends to play with.