PET CARE

Welcome To The Best Pet Care On The Planet

Our Story

Here at The Poochy, we’ve always believed that life is better with friends. While there are lots of hefty things to aim for when opening a pet care business, our aim has always been simple: to be a good and trustworthy friend. This friendship started, on a very personal level, with our own pets. Although many people poo-poo anthropomorphism, none of them have ever met my cat or know my dog. The fact remains, there were always things too beneath my cat to even consider and my dog understands me in a way that no one else does. Our animals are a central part of our family. And that became the genesis of our thought – to revere that very personal space that our pets occupy in our hearts. What do we want for our pets when we leave them in someone else’s care?

Here at The Poochy, that is our starting point: getting to know and love your pets as only you know and love them. We want to know what your pet’s life is like with you so that we can be their best friend in your absence. In fact, that’s our motto: “Your Best Friend’s Friend.” At the end of the day, our goal is to enrich your pet’s life by loving and caring for them in all the many tender and delightful ways they deserve.

Meet The Poochy Care Team

  • Mary Watterson
    Mary Watterson
    Owner | CEO
  • Ann Jones
    Ann Jones
    Owner | CFO
  • Kellie Callaway
    Kellie Callaway
    Pet Sitter | Dog Walker | Trail Guide
  • Gwen Schneider
    Gwen Schneider
    Pet Sitter | Dog Walker | Trail Guide
  • Sloan Foley
    Sloan Foley
    Pet Sitter | Dog Walker | Trail Guide
  • Mindy Sherwood
    Mindy Sherwood
    Pet Sitter | Dog Walker | Trail Guide
  • Janet Gavinski
    Janet Gavinski
    Pet Sitter | Dog Walker | Trail Guide
  • Lee Wunsch
    Lee Wunsch
    Pet Sitter | Dog Walker | Trail Guide
  • Barbara Giampoala
    Barbara Giampoala
    Pet Sitter | Dog Walker
Mary Watterson
Owner | CEO

I recently moved back home to Fort Collins to be closer to my parents and soon realized pet sitting was for me! Having worked in the corporate world for years, I realized that the time I spent playing with my dogs was the most enjoyable part of my day. Whether we’re hiking the trails or playing Frisbee we’re all healthier and happier from having spent time together.

Although dogs and cats have always been and important part of my life, I hadn’t made the connection of just how fulfilling pet sitting was until I realized I enjoyed caring for my colleague’s pets more than my high-powered career. So, I chucked my career and began working on an idea to create a superior model of pet care.  After a year of research, I launched Poochy Doos, a uniquely “friendly” pet sitting, dog walking and dog hiking company. And I wasn’t the first person in my family to have this idea. My mom pioneered the field of professional pet care in the early 1970’s with her company Good Neighbor.

I firmly believe that there’s no better option than home-based pet sitting – and veterinarians agree! Pets get to enjoy their comfortable home surroundings rather than being subjected to unknown environments and all the risks they present. Likewise, they’re surrounded by all the familiar comforts of their own home, including toys, beds, sights, sounds, diet and even their family’s scent! No wonder veterinarians compare all the options and choose professional pet sitting for their own pets!

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with friends, being outdoors with my dogs, gardening, cooking, spinning/weaving, reading, writing, refurbishing drums, philosophy, sports, watching movies and dining out. As an avid musician, I also enjoy gigging whenever possible.

I encourage you to look into the many exciting services we offer and compare us to other pet care professionals. When you choose Poochy Doos, LLC you’re making a strong value choice. You’re choosing the very best care possible for your pets – hands down!

Thanks again for visiting! We look forward to meeting you!

CONTINUING EDUCATION & ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

  • Pet 1st Aid, American Red Cross, 2010
  • Canine/Feline C.P.R., American Red Cross, 2010
  • Working with Fearful-Agressive Dogs, Diane Ellis, 2011
  • Working with Rescue Dogs, Tracy Derheim, 2012
  • On-Leash Reactivity in Dogs, Tracy Derheim, 2012
  • Preventing Feline Inappropriate Elimination, Dr. Rebecca Ruch-Gallie, 2013
  • Behavioral Enrichment for Dogs, Harline Larkey, 2013
  • Seven Habits of Successful Pets, Dr. Jennie Willis, 2013
  • Preventing Poisoned Pets, Tina Wismer, DVM, DABUT, DABT, 2013
  • Canine Trailside: First Aid & Safety for Dogs, Dr. Nicole Van Gurp, 2013
  • Understanding and Improving Interspecific Communication, Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., CAAB, 2013
  • Play Between Dogs, Interspecific Play with People and Quality of Life, Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., Professor Emertus CU Boulder, 2013
  • Creating Healthy Relationships Between Human Families, Dogs and Cats, Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB, 2013
  • Cognition & Quality of Life, Julie Hecht, Ph.D., 2013
  • K9 Coach Certifiction, a K9 Wisdom Program by Cathie Lee, ABCDT, 2013
  • Top Behavioral Issues for Cats: Symptoms and Solutions, Dr. Jennie Willis, 2014
  • Animal Relinquishment and Training for Adoption, Jai Robichaud, 2014
  • Creating and Maintaining Healthy Relationships Among Family Dogs, Dr. Suzanne Hetts, 2014
  • Social Learning in Dogs: A Study of Learning By Observation and Its Efficacy in Training by Jan Casey, 2014
  • Understanding End of Life Issues for Pets, 2014
  • Pet Tech, Pet 1st Aid & Canine/Feline CPR, 2014
  • Dog on Dog Aggression & Fighting by Dr. Ian Dunbar, 2015
Ann Jones
Owner | CFO

Fort Collins Pet Sitter, Dog Walker & Trail Guide

I moved to Fort Collins from Connecticut in the summer of 2007 with my family, two dogs, Bailey (Golden Retriever) and Emma (Cockalier) and cats (Theo and Monster). Animals have always been an important part of my life, beginning with all the stray critters I would bring home as a young child, much to my mother’s dismay!

My career path for the past 25 years has included teaching, coaching and being a Therapeutic Recreation Director, working with people who had disabilities. This afforded me many opportunities to bring my pets along while visiting with clients – brightening up their day. I’ve had my therapy companion in many diverse settings, including group homes, residential treatment centers, senior housing and nursing homes, to name a few. Although I’ve coordinated many pet therapy programs, I especially enjoyed helping to facilitate therapeutic horseback riding programs.

Eventually, after taking a couple of years off to be a full-time mom, my passion for animals and the outdoors pulled me towards a new career path. I was drawn by an advertisement I saw by a very cool and hip pet care company needing a pet sitter and dog walker that also offered dog hiking. After a very short time, I knew this was the place for me! In May of 2013 I was offered a full partnership with Poochy Doos, LLC that I eagerly accepted!

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, hiking, walking my dogs, exercising and reading. Also, as a former competitive athlete, I’m an avid and passionate sports fan.

I’d like to welcome you to Poochy Doos, LLC, and invite you to explore all the many services we offer!

CONTINUING EDUCATION & ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Pet 1st Aid, Canine & Feline CPR, Pet Tech 2012
Preventing Feline Inappropriate Elimination, Dr. Rebecca Ruch-Gallie, 2013
Behavioral Enrichment for Dogs, Harline Larkey, 2013
Seven Habits of Successful Pets, Dr. Jennie Willis, 2013
Preventing Poisoned Pets, Tina Wismer, DVM, DABUT, DABT, 2013
Canine Trailside: First Aid & Safety, Dr. Nicole Van Gurp, 2013
Understanding and Improving Interspecific Communication, Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., CAAB, 2013
Play Between Dogs, Interspecific Play with People and Quality of Life, Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., Professor Emertus CU Boulder, 2013
Creating Healthy Relationships Between Human Families, Dogs and Cats, Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB, 2013
Cognition & Quality of Life, Julie Hecht, Ph.D., 2013
K9 Coach Certification, a K9 Wisdom Program by Cathie Lee, ABCDT, 2013
CPPS Certification, Pet Sitters International, 2013
Top Behavioral Issues for Cats: Symptoms and Solutions, Dr. Jennie Willis, 2014
Animal Relinquishment and Training for Adoption, Jai Robichaud, 2014
Creating and Maintaining Healthy Relationships Among Family Dogs, Dr. Suzanne Hetts, 2014
Pet 1st Aid, Canine & Feline CPR, Pet Tech 2014
Social Learning in Dogs: A Study of Learning By Observation and Its Efficacy in Training by Jan Casey, 2014
Understanding End of Life Issues for Pets, 2014

Kellie Callaway
Pet Sitter | Dog Walker | Trail Guide

Kellie Callaway

Fort Collins Pet Sitter & Dog Walker

 

Kellie grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas where she discovered her love for animals at a very young age.  Even though cats were the main “family pets,” that didn’t stop her from finding dogs to pet sit and love.  Indeed, Kellie began rescuing dogs at the tender young age of eight.

While attending Texas State University, Kellie’s animal care expanded to include snakes, hedgehogs, rabbits, bearded dragons, and gerbils.  After college, Kellie pursued her passion for advocacy by volunteering her time fostering and caring for rescued and special-needs animals at Techridge Animal Hospital and Austin Pets Alive.  Although she fostered a number of pups, one special pair remains close to her heart:  Emma and Ada.  Kellie rescued the mother/daughter pair in 2014 from a life of severe neglect.  With gumption and Facebook, she raised thousands of dollars to nurse the two back from acute mange, heart-worm disease, and serious behavioral issues resulting from life lived on a short chain. Both Emma and Ada found their forever homes in 2015 and are now thriving with their new families, thanks to Kellie’s pet sitting and care giving skills.

Kellie is currently Mom to two grey tabbies and two dogs – a Rhodesian Ridgeback and German Shepherd-mix as well as a Labrador-mix.  She is an avid Horsetooth Dog Park patron and loves nothing more than meeting new people and their fur-babies.Kellie loves Fort Collins and wants to bring her love and knowledge of animals to her new home.

Besides pet sitting, in her free time, Kellie enjoys running and hiking with her pups in the Foothills.  She also works as a freelance editor and enjoys reading, sketching, socializing, and discovering new food.  “Yes, admits Kellie, “I’m a sketchy foodie.”

“I am honored to be a part of the Poochy Doos pet sitting team which gives me an outlet to share my love and knowledge of animals with other pet-lovers in our community,” says Kellie.

Kellie is a Fort Collins and Loveland Pet Sitter and Dog Walker.  Poochy Doos, LLC is proud to have Kellie as a part of our Care Team!

Gwen Schneider
Pet Sitter | Dog Walker | Trail Guide

Gwen grew up in California with her golden retriever, Scout, and her two cats, Mimi and Mudd. She learned early on about the responsibilities and rewards that come with caring for her furry companions. Scout and Gwen enjoyed long days hiking in the foothills and she developed a passion for animals and the natural world that continues to influence her life today.

Her love of the great outdoors inspired Gwen to pursue a B.S. in Ecological Restoration and Botany. From there she developed a love of backpacking and alpine climbing and took to the mountains every weekend to explore and enjoy the fresh air. Gwen also learned the ins and outs of tending chickens and bees through her involvement with a local CSA.

Gwen is a recent transplant to Fort Collins and is in love with the mountains. Says Gwen, “I am so excited about joining The Poochy pet sitting and dog walking team and giving back to a community of caring and compassionate pet parents.”

In her personal time, Gwen enjoys volunteering with Wildland Restoration Volunteers, a local nonprofit focused on bringing people outside to learn about the outdoors and participate in hands-on restoration efforts.

Gwen is a Fort Collins Pet Sitter and Dog Walker. Poochy Doos, LLC is proud to have Gwen as a part of our Professional Pet Sitting team!

Sloan Foley
Pet Sitter | Dog Walker | Trail Guide

Sloan Foley grew up in upstate New York and moved to sunny Colorado in 2008 where she quickly fit right in to the active, pet-loving community of Fort Collins.

Her love of animals grew quite literally from a little bug – keeping a prized palmetto bug comfortable, if not spoiled, in a “5-star” shoe box as a little girl. Soon there were gerbils, mice, leopard geckos, turtles, frogs, dogs and cats…and on and on!

Her love of animal care, as a career, blossomed when she was hired on at the equestrian barn where she was taking Western and English riding lessons. Her position at the facility deepened her knowledge of horses, dogs, chickens and even cows! In 2009 she adopted her first dog and in 2010 her first horse. Sloan quips, “If you swing by my house, you’ll find two dogs, two horses, four ferrets and their rescued girl, Sloan.”

A published poet, Sloan also has a great passion for Holistic Health Care and has completed her Associate’s Degree of Applied Science in Holistic Health at FRC. Sloan continues expanding her knowledge of various holistic health care modalities as they relate to therapeutic animal care. Sloan has also volunteered her time at Animal Rescue of the Rockies and Hearts and Horses, as a foster mom.

In addition to pet sitting and dog walking, she enjoys reading, writing, hiking, trail riding and traveling. Says Sloan: “I am looking forward to meeting all the wonderful pet parents in Fort Collins who utilize the great pet sitting services offered by Poochy Doos!”

Sloan is a Fort Collins Pet Sitter and Dog Walker and Poochy Doos, LLC is proud to have Sloan as a part of our Professional Pet Sitting Team.

CONTINUING EDUCATION & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    • Reiki Level 1 Certification of Completion, 2013
    • Jin Shin Level 1/Practitioner, 2013
    • Jin Shin Level II/Practitioner, 2013
    • Penn Foster Natural Health Care for Pets Certificate of Completion, 2014
    • A.A.S. in Holistic Health, 2015
    • Pet 1st Aid, Canine & Feline CPR, Pet Tech 2015
Mindy Sherwood
Pet Sitter | Dog Walker | Trail Guide

Mindy Sherwood moved to Fort Collins in 2010, where she has made her home and is enjoying life to the fullest. She fills her days drawing animals and spending time at home with her two dogs, six chickens, and cat.

Growing up, she has always enjoyed the company of pets and even at a young age she was training her family dog to do tricks and Agility obstacle courses. As she grew older, she volunteered for multiple animal rescues and shelters. She learned Clicker training, a fun positive reinforcement training technique, as a teenager and has honed her skills with dog training ever since.

In 2010 she moved to Fort Collins to attend school for dog grooming and graduated as a professional Pet Groomer. She worked as the sole groomer for a vet clinic for over a year before deciding to pursue her other passion in life; Art. Mindy is an accomplished artist focusing on animal art, cartoons, and pet portraits. She runs her own pet portrait business along with other freelance work and being the official artist for multiple online pet games.

Mindy has since continued working with animals, joining Animal House Rescue as a volunteer and becoming an Advanced K9 Coach through K9 Wisdom Training & Consulting, and continuing to volunteer her time and skills to help dogs in need.

When she is not working with dogs or drawing, Mindy spends her time learning as many crafty and animal-related things as possible. She has found enjoyment in gardening, sewing, knitting, hiking, dog agility, and dreaming about hobby farms.

Mindy is a Fort Collins Pet Sitter, Dog Walker and Trail Guide. Poochy Doos, LLC is proud to have Mindy as a part of our Professional Pet Sitting Care Team!

CONTINUING EDUCATION & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

    • K9 Coach Certification, a K9 Wisdom Program by Cathie Lee, ABCDT, 2012
    • Pet 1st Aid, Canine & Feline CPR, Pet Tech – 2014
    • CGC Certification, 2014
    • Social Learning in Dogs: A Study of Learning By Observation and Its Efficacy in Training by Jan Casey, 2014
    • Dog Emotion and Cognition, Duke University, 2015
    • Advanced K9 Coach, a K9 Wisdom Program by Cathie Lee, ABCDT, 2012-2016

 

Janet Gavinski
Pet Sitter | Dog Walker | Trail Guide

Janet Gavinski grew up in Wisconsin where she raised three great kids amongst a meager of dogs, cats, reptiles birds, and other creatures that captured the interest of her children. “My passion for animals started at a very young age,” says Janet. “It was only natural to share that enjoyment and appreciation with my kids.”

After completing a Veterinarian Assistant program, Janet moved to Fort Collins to be closer to family and friends. “I was also looking at Colorado Springs but Fort Collins has such a friendly vibe and active lifestyle; it just can’t be beat.”

Janet has volunteered at the Humane Society and has fostered many dogs and cats over the years. She is most proud of rehabilitating a rescue Greyhound, who eventually went on to receive her AKC CGS certification and became a very successful Therapy Dog.

In addition to her love of pet sitting and dog walking, Janet is also an accomplished equestrian. Her deep love of horses was nurtured on the trail during her four years as a trail guide. “I really enjoy working with and caring for horses, although I can’t have any of my own.”

“Caring for animals is such a fulfilling and rewarding experience. I know how much my own animals mean to me. Having the opportunity to give that same level of care to other people’s pets is truly a privilege. I’m very happy to be a member of the Poochy Doos, LLC care team!”

Janet Gavinski is a Fort Collins Pet Sitter and Dog Walker. Poochy Doos, LLC is proud to have Janet as a member of our Professional Pet Sitting Team.

CONTINUING EDUCATION & ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Pet 1st Aid, Canine & Feline CPR, Pet Tech 2015
Lee Wunsch
Pet Sitter | Dog Walker | Trail Guide

Lee hails from Iowa where she grew up on farms. When she was in her early teens, her family moved to the Colorado Mountains where they lived on working ranches, before finally settling in Fort Collins.

“I have always had animals in my life and could not imagine life without them,“ says Lee. From helping her Grandpa with newborn calves to working with horses, her life has been full of animals. “Living on farms, dogs have always played a huge roll in my life,” says Lee.

Although Lee has typically adopted dogs, she recently started a new hobby of showing dogs! She has found that having a show dog has brought her the perfect work-life balance. Her dogs keep her company while she works and also let her know when it’s time to take a break and unwind with some fun play time.

When Lee is not pet sitting and dog walking for Poochy Doos, she enjoys volunteering at rescues, taking walks with her dogs, going to classes, exploring local haunts and meeting new people.  Lee also owns and operates her own bookkeeping service in the Fort Collins/Loveland area.

“I am super excited to be working with Poochy Doos, LLC and I’m looking forward to helping pet parents care for their kids. I know the importance of good care and how important it is to trust the people who are caring for your pets,” says Lee.

Lee is a Fort Collins and Loveland Pet Sitter and Dog Walker. Poochy  Doos is proud to have Lee as a part of The Poochy Care Team.

Barbara Giampoala
Pet Sitter | Dog Walker

Barbara grew up in New Jersey and lived in California for 21 years before moving to Colorado. She grew up with a beloved miniature Poodle. While working for a national telecommunications company, local formalwear company, and national propane company, she dreamed of doing some kind of work with animals. She started out doing grooming for a local breeder and canine behaviorist.

Eventually, Barbara felt dog walking would be a way to expand her knowledge, so she began volunteering at the local humane society, which gave her the experience of handling dogs of different breeds, temperaments and behavioral challenges. Barbara soon began pet sitting and dog walking in Loveland and Fort Collins and knew she’d found her dream career.

When not working, she enjoys training and showing her champion Portuguese Water Dog, Navio in Obedience and Conformation. She also spends as much time as she can loving on her 14-1/2 year old Toy Poodle, Truffle, who also has an Obedience title! Her other interests are sewing, crafts, crocheting, reading, and watching movies.

Barbara is a Pet Sitter and Dog Walker in Fort Collins & Loveland and Poochy Doos, LLC is proud to have Barbara as a part of our Professional Pet Sitting Care Team!

What Sets Us Apart

  • CPPS Certified, 2013
  • Over 30-Years Combined Experience
  • Fully Bonded and Insured
  • Background Checked
  • Accredited in Pet 1st Aid
  • Accredited in Canine & Feline CPR
  • Licensed by the CO State Department of Agriculture
  • K9 Coach Certified
  • Community Partners of Animal House Rescue
  • K9 Tail Blazers, Founders – 350+ members strong
  • Pet Mentoring Program, Founders
  • Considered “Top Shelf” by veterinarians
  • Committed to Continuing Education
  • Dedicated to Professional Associations

Professional Association

Pet Sitting PSI
Pet sitting NAPPS
Pet Sitting Pet Professional Guild
Pet Sitting Chamber of Commerce
Pet Sitting Professional Association The Carewright