Michael and Angela, both grew up in Waltham, Massachusetts. They have always had a love for animals. Working with animals has always been their dream. They both grew up with cats and dogs and currently have one dog, a lab mix, named Oki. They love to be in nature and go on hikes with their dogs.
Michael was a union carpenter for over 10 years and decided to change his career. He worked in a doggie day care for almost two years gaining valuable experience working with hundreds of dogs, learning all about the different breeds and their temperaments. He loved working with the dogs so much that he realized he found his true calling in life. After always working for someone else, Michael decided to follow his heart and turn his love for animals into a full time career. Nothing makes him happier than being outside with his four-legged friends!
Owner/Pet Care Manager/Cat Sitter/Dog Walker
Angela is a public school special education teacher and has worked in special education for 14 years. She has always had a passion for helping people and animals. Nothing brings her more pleasure
than watching a two-legged child or a four-legged child learn a new
skill. She also received her dog training certification and is currently
gaining as much hands-on experience as she can with her own dogs and
dogs from the Pawsitive Dawg pack.
She is taking a leave from teaching so she can pursue her other passion in life of working with animals. She joined the business full time at the end of June 2015.
Assistant Pet Care Manager/Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Trisha has been working with dogs for 25+ years and has a natural ability to connect with animals. She has an amazing heart and treats all animals as if they are her own. She is constantly learning new skills and positive strategies to work with all types of animals but has a special place in her heart for elder dogs, as well as shy and fearful dogs. She worked with Pawsitive Dawg for over 2 years before taking a five month break to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail with her daughter. Now that she is back, she looks forward to having so much fun with all of our new and old furry friends!
Assistant Pet Care Manager/Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Amanda adopted her first dog, a miniature schnauzer named Fritz, in 2008. Fritz came with many issues that were not disclosed by the rescuing agency. Teaching Fritz to feel safe in his environment brought Amanda back to her first passion--working with animals. Amanda has been pet-sitting for dogs and cats since 2012, as well as walking dogs. In 2014, she attended Animal Behavior College and began working with various mentors on new skills training both dogs and goats. Amanda has a special interest in working with reactive dogs; her favorite part of the job is getting to know new dogs and helping them thrive.
Randy has a strong bond with animals and cares
for them as if they were his own children. He has cared for animals his whole
life. For the two
years he worked at a local dog day care, he gained valuable experience caring for large groups of up to 100 dogs at a time. He
is able to work with all sizes and breeds of dogs. He has the skills and
knowledge to safely supervise playtime and provide the structure and routine
dogs need. He is also able to handle medical emergencies such as seizures.
Pet Sitter/Scheduling Assistant
grew up on a quarter horse farm in Vermont so her love of animals comes from a
lifetime of experience. She has worked and lived with dogs of many
temperaments, cats, and horses. Since she currently can't own an animal of her
own, she joined the Pawsitive Dawg team to share that love with other pets. She
offers walks throughout the evenings and during the weekends.
Dog Walker/Scheduling Assistant
Nellie loves all furry friends, but has a special spot in her heart for dogs. She grew up with three Bernese Mountain Dogs in Colorado and loves the outdoors! Unable to have her own dog here in Massachusetts, she loves to care for others animals as if they were her own. She has a very calm demeanor and knows how to build the trust needed to work with shy dogs.
Chad has three sisters and always had pets in the house growing up whether it was cats, dogs, hamsters, or parakeets. He's always had a love for animals, especially birds and dogs. He is currently helping Angela with the day to day operations of Pawsitive Dawg as an Office Manager.
Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Nick has a great love of all animals. He has had
the opportunity to care for iguanas, turtles, mice, chickens, ducks,
pheasants, frogs, cats and finally dogs. He grew up with and took care of Zander, a Wheaten Terrier, who recently passed away at the age of 16. Unfortunately, he cannot have pets at his
current residence, but jumps at the chance to work with all animals.
Susie grew up with dogs in her home from a very young age. She also cared for
and walked a number of the neighborhood pets as a kid. She has an
understanding of and a respect for animals, and a passion for the work.
After many years in the social work & social services field, she recently joined Pawsitive Dawg in the
hopes of working with animals more consistently.
Kelly is currently attending Animal Behavior College to learn dog and cat grooming. After owning and operating a successful trucking company for 16 years, she decided it was time to pursue her dream of working with animals. Kelly grew up with dogs and cats her entire life and is currently mom to two Catahoula Bulldogs, a Great Dane, two cats and four ducks (in addition to her four children and three step children). Kelly has been dog walking and pet sitting for two years before joining our team and she hopes to start a mobile dog grooming business when she completes her internship.
Nick has a 10-year- old dog named Bridget that he loves and cares for. He loves animals of
all types, and enjoys caring for them and being in the outdoors with them! Nick previously has
worked in the field of psychology, including providing behavioral therapy for children. This
experience has helped him foster skills like understanding how to build trust and creating a calm
and safe environment. He utilizes these skills while working with pets in order to provide the
best care possible.
Betsy’s love of animals started at a very young age, and she always had many pets growing up. Today Betsy works in Special Education and volunteers a couple days a week at a local cat shelter. At the shelter Betsy works a lot at socializing shy and feral cats to help them become adoption ready. She is also a part of the Cat Pawsitive Team at the shelter and is clicker training cats. The Cat Pawsitive program is through the Jackson Galaxy Foundation. Betsy is taking classes at Animal Behavior Institute towards Animal Assisted Therapy, Animal Training and Advanced Feline Training. At home she has two cats of her own, Rocco and Fifi, a newly adopted feral. She is very excited to join the Pawsitive Dawg team.
Janet Vera Professional Dog Training
Janet takes pride in offering training and behavior services to specifically suit the unique needs of each family and dog(s) she's working with. Her immediate goal is to be part of improving your relationship with your canine family member. She offers private, in-home training solutions for undesirable dog behavior issues including reactivity and aggression, in addition to obedience training. Her approach is the whole health method of assessing each dog in their primary environment while offering solutions based on the physical, mental and emotional needs of the animal. Her services are recommended by veterinarians, rescue groups, dog trainers, dog walkers and other pet professionals.
Parts of Newton (West Newton, Newtonville, and Nonantum)
**Insured and Bonded**
Dawg is fully insured and bonded and is an official member of Professional
United Pet Sitters and the Pet Professional Guild.
**Pet First Aid & CPR Certified**