About Us:

Dog People.

Listed Alphabetically

angela

(pack leader,the big dog,trainer)

She/Her

Angela began working with animals professionally in 1989.  She received her license with Washington State as a Veterinary Technician in 1991 and applied animal behavior in 1993. She began Tails-A-Wagging in 1997 as owner and lead trainer.  She specializes in Canine Body Language and dog-to-dog communication, with a particular interest in fear and aggression in small breeds. Angela’s focus in training is to help people learn how to communicate with their dogs to further their relationship with each other, using science-based, dog-friendly, reward-based training methods.  Angela is a vegan and lives in Bellingham with her dog, Meg. She is a certified Fear Free Professional

anna

(pack leader)

she/her

Hello! I grew up in the greater Seattle area and I’ve loved animals of all sorts since I was a child, but most especially dogs. I have always wanted a career working with animals, and I used to want to be a veterinarian, but quickly realized that I can’t stand to see animals or their humans in distress. I’m elated to have found such an incredible place to work with dogs in an environment where I can focus on keeping them happy and entertained throughout the day! My husband and I just adopted a young puppy of our own and I cannot wait to raise her into our little adventure buddy. Outside of work I love to go for hikes and spend time in nature, play D&D with my friends, attend trivia night at least once a week, and just spend time with my dog!

anthony

(pack leader)

Pronouns – He/Him

Anthony is a Bellingham native always sporting a wide smile and a can do attitude. Growing up Anthony was almost always surrounded by dogs, either his own or taking care of the neighborhood dogs. Through high school Anthony was able to volunteer at the Whatcom Humane Society which further fueled his passion of working with dogs. Leaving his last job to pursue this passion, Anthony couldn’t be happier now at Tails where he is surrounded by amazing coworkers who share his enthusiasm as well as all the smiling dogs and their personalities. Also a huge lover of golden retrievers for their loving and goofy attitudes and you’ll almost always find one by his side. If not spending time with the pups, you can find Anthony enjoying the lake, hiking, or catching up on sleep. Anthony has high hopes of raising his own golden retriever soon, bringing even more smiles to Tails!

cam

(CPDT-KA,trainer)

He/Him

Cam is a northwest-raised adventure lover! He began working with dogs at Tails in 2008 before moving to Portland, Oregon in 2010. Continuing to work with, and learn from dogs and their people, Cam earned his CPDT-KA certification in 2016 and returned to Tails in 2018. His favorite aspects of training include building confidence in both dog and owner and fun having-relationship building. He strives to turn everyone into a little more of a nerd for their dogs!

Cam specializes in herding dogs, especially cattle dogs

CPDT-KA

charley

(pack leader)

She/They

Did somebody say mush? Always a dog enthusiast, Charley fell in love with dryland mushing after looking for ways to exercise the family husky. Since then they have always been surrounded in life by all things dog. You can often find them being pulled around by their sled dog duo, Hiccup and Roxy. You could say they have a type: big, fluffy, and full of attitude. If not accompanied by their dogs you may find them practicing in a local symphony, or enjoying beautiful downtown Bellingham. Always feeling like their old job was missing something, they finally realized it was time to take their love of dogs into their career. Excited to join the team at TAW, they can’t wait to learn everything there is about our furry friends.

devan

(pack leader)

He/Him

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Devan has always had a strong connection to nature and the outdoors. He knew from a very young age that conservation of our natural resources was crucial in order to preserve the beautiful world that we live in for generations to come. He is currently an engineering student at Whatcom Community College, with hopes to focus his career on sustainable clean energy.

 

Growing up, there was never a time that he didn’t have a dog (or two!). He has a soft spot for stigmatized bully breeds and has a Pitbull mix of his own named Duck. He lives in Nooksack with his wife Summer and hopes to spend the rest of his life in the beautiful state of Washington!

emma

(pack leader)

she/her

A 3rd generation Bellingham native, Emma grew up with animals always a part of the family. Her love of dogs comes from her Aunt, a professional dog trainer in California who also raised therapy dogs to bring to hospitals and senior communities. Through this, she taught Emma how valuable dogs were to us, humans. Emma is eager to join the Tails-A-Wagging team, and follow her passion for helping animals and humans, like her Aunt.

iris

(pack leader)

She/They

Hey there! I’m Iris, still fairly new to Bellingham but I love it so far! I enjoy spending time outside, crafting, discovering new music and exploring more of the city. My story with animals started when I was put on a pony at the age of four, I quickly realized I was in love with horses and the other animals that could be found on the farm. I always found a way to be around animals no matter how many times I moved. They were my constant. When I moved to Anacortes I got my first job as an riding instructor at the very farm where I discovered my passion for animals! During my senior year of high school, I took a year long course and became certified in Veterinary Assisting. It was difficult to find a job in the veterinary field, as covid had just come on to the scene. So I ended up settling for odd jobs like pizza joints and construction, all while still looking for something that entailed animals. I was determined to put my knowledge to use. In Summer 2021 I moved to Bellingham looking to further my education by attending Bellingham Technical College to earn my Veterinary Technician License. Covid ended up putting most courses online so I started looking for a full time job and found Tails-A-Wagging. A wonderful, fun job where I am able to use what I already know, and learn more about dogs specifically, which will one day help me in the veterinary field.

jen

(Front Desk,KPA CTP,trainer)

She/Her

I’ve spent over fifteen years working in animal welfare, at shelters and rescues as well as providing guidance through training to dogs and their people in my private practice. After seeing so many pets lose their homes due to in-home conflicts, much of my work has been helping families with dogs through life changes – from newly adopted pets to bringing home babies, moving across the county, or just learning to walk comfortably, and safely around the neighborhood together. I’m especially drawn to working with shy/sensitive and over-reactive dogs and have a strong affinity for herding dogs.
I frame most of my training as games we can play with our dogs; it is integral to me that both ends of the leash are enjoying themselves! We build better lives with our dogs through enrichment/management, deepening our understanding and communication, and through our training and play together. My training is science-based and kindness-led.
I look forward to learning with you and your dog!”
As to cases I welcome – general training/basic manners, shy/sensitive and or over-reactive dogs, newly adopted dogs, families with dogs and babies/kids, husbandry/handling training, relaxation training, leash/walking skills, muzzle training.

CTC, HSUS CHES, KPA CTP, and Family Paws Educator (FFPE), Certified Fear Free

kelsey

(assistant manager,pack leader)

Pronouns – Her/She

Kelsey is a Bellingham native and has been a dog lover for as long as she can remember! She grew up always having Lab/Retriever mixes and will always have a soft spot for them. She was a Veterinary Assistant here in town for five years and also worked at a couple of Doggie Daycares in Portland, OR. She has been petsitting for over ten years and loves any chance she can get to be around dogs. She loves to hike and takes advantage of any opportunity to get outside to soak in the beauty of the Pacific Northwest.  She also loves to travel and experience new places and cultures. She is happiest when she’s around dogs so working at Tails has been a wonderful opportunity to spend time with pups and learn so much more about their behavior and positive reward training. She can’t wait to get a dog of her own someday!

kerry

(CPDT-KA,trainer)

Pronouns – Her/She

Kerry is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer who has been training dogs for over 25 years. She has trained with Tails a Wagging since 2002 and in the past worked with Canine Academy in Seattle, Chuckanut Dog Training Association and Cassidae Canine Academy in Bellingham. She has also volunteered as the trainer for the Whatcom Humane Society for many years. She currently teaches our Wag It Games and Freestyle classes at Tails-A-Wagging and owns a beautiful Rough Coated Collie named Annie, who enjoys coming to daycare and attending class with her mom.

lauren

(CPDT-KA,trainer)

She/Her

Lauren, CPDT-KA was introduced to dog training as a child while raising guide dogs for the blind with her family. She later volunteered at the Whatcom Humane Society, working with the dogs up for adoption, as well as being a part of a few community outreach programs with the help of her “career changed” Guide Dog, Laddy. Lauren began working at Tails in 2015 as a daycare pack leader and was inspired by Angi and staff to become a trainer. She began training professionally when she moved to Los Angeles, and has since returned to her hometown of Bellingham and is very excited to work with the Tails team again, this time as a certified professional trainer. She has a specialty in working with deaf dogs, having raised one of her own as a rescue pup from Puerto Rico, and loves helping others with their special needs dogs.

Lauren specializes in deaf dogs and special needs dogs

CPDT-KA

lea

(trainer)

Pronouns: she/her

Lea is an Eastern Washington native who began her professional dog training career by training classes in Montana and Arizona after graduating from Washington State University in 2011. She has been residing in Bellingham since 2017 and loves going on outdoor adventures with her bestie Badger, the German shepherd/husky. Lea is excited to have recently joined the Tails-A-Wagging team!

linnea

(inventory manager,pack leader)

Pronouns – Her/She

Working with animals has always been a big part of her life – She spent most of her younger years in Sequim working of a farm full of pigs, cows and occasionally rehabilitating a few stray dog and cats! Working with dogs every day can be a handful but they make up for it with each individual pup personality! Lilly hopes to forge new relationship with pups and their people and grow in her knowledge of training!

luke

(pack leader)

Pronouns – He/Him

Dogs have always been a part of Luke’s family and he has long been interested in the evolution and domestication of humankind’s best friend. His dog, Belle the Collie-doodle, was part of a litter bred to be a service dog at Brigadoon Service Dogs here in Bellingham, where Luke has been a volunteer for a number of years now. Belle may have flunked out of service dog training, but she made for a wonderful new member of Luke’s family and helped inspire him to continue working with dogs at Tails. In addition to being with dogs, Luke enjoys exploring nature, making documentaries and music videos, reading, and writing.

mya

(pack leader)

she/her

Hi! I’m Mya! A Washington native who has had a passion for animals my whole life. Having my own dog was a dream of mine for 14 years, until I was lucky enough to adopt my own special mutt, Nelly. Ever since then I’ve been taking in rescues of all shapes and sizes, from lizards to rabbits, but I can’t get over my passion for dogs! That’s what lead me here, along with my wonderful partner Zeta. Now we both work at tails and I couldn’t find myself happier. Working with animals has always been a dream of mine and it’s so exciting to see where my passion has brought me! Outside of work you can find me cleaning up after my zoo, cooking delicious vegan meals, or doing anything creative!

pat

(pack leader)

He/Him

Patrick has always loved the company of dogs. Growing up in NY state, his mom rescued retired racing greyhounds, and his dad always adopted mixed breeds from local shelters. When he left home and moved to Vermont for school, he got his first job in the canine care industry working at a dog daycare and training facility. Patrick quickly discovered his love for working professionally with dogs, and has continued to learn and pursue this passion for the past 6 years. He loves caring for dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes. One breed that has a special place in Patrick’s heart is pitbulls; a deep love and appreciation of the breed developed from working at a pitbull rescue in Vermont. In summer 2020 Patrick moved to the Pacific Northwest and brought with him his love for dogs. He is grateful to be a part of the Tails-A-Wagging family and to continue pursuing his passion for working with dogs.

rae

(CPDT-KA,trainer)

She/Her

Rae has worked with dogs for over 23 years in a variety of settings, from being one of the first pack dog walkers in Seattle when dog parks opened, to rescue and shelter work to dog training and classes. She achieved her CPDT-KA in 2016, and has trained around King and Kitsap county. Rae and her canine companion Apollo moved back to the NW after living down on St.Thomas, USVI’s for a year after the Irma-Maria hurricanes, volunteering at the Humane Society and helping rebuild. She somehow always knew she would end up in Bellingham (falling in love with it on her 1st Ski to Sea race over a dozen plus years ago) and is so happy to be training at Tails-a-Wagging!

riley

(pack leader)

Pronouns – Her/She

Riley grew up on acres of land that were just begging to house every furry, feathered, or scaled friend imaginable. As soon as she was old enough to have a say, inviting animals into her home was her favorite hobby; much to her parents dismay. Through all that excitement, she was never seen without a dog by her side. Whether that means, teaching her own pets every party trick in the book, or being the one person at the party who hangs out with the dogs more than the people. She’s excited to be a part of the Tails-A-Wagging team to further expand her knowledge on canine body language, training, and care and loves each and every dog in their own special way!

rory

(pack leader)

She/Her

Rory moved to Bellingham from Lebanon, Oregon where she grew up and attended high school. She has been surrounded by dogs and other animals all her life, at her home and at her friends. As a result, she grew to love them and wanted to work with them as an adult. She has worked with animal shelters and organizations like the SafeHaven Humane Society and Shake and Shine. She has a dog of her own named TigerLilly who is a blue healer mix, tuxedo cat named Zero and a black corn snake named Snakey, who is as long as she is tall. Rory is a big Disney and Studio Ghibli fan but an even bigger animal lover.

sarah

(pack leader)

Animals have always been a part of Sarah’s life and dogs have certainly played a central role. She has always had a soft spot for rescues and has had three dogs from shelters, a re-homed snake, and a previously abandoned pet mouse. Growing up in the PNW, she developed a strong desire to learn more about how people interact with their local flora and fauna. This led Sarah to earning her BA from Western Washington University studying anthropology and environmental studies. She has had the opportunity to work with a large variety of animals and enjoys any form of education on the subject that she can get her hands on. She is so happy to be working at TAW where her love for dogs can grow even more!

you?

(pack leader)

We’re hiring! This could be you! We are looking to add to our team of pack leaders.

Can’t imagine your life without dogs? Then this job might be the one for you! Please submit your resume and a statement about how you feel about dogs, why you were attracted to this job, as well as your availability.

Please note that we are currently only accepting applicants that have been fully vaccinated and can provide proof of vaccination completion against COVID-19.

Send us your resume to info@tails-a-wagging.com or stop by, we would love to meet you.

zeta

(pack leader)

They/Them

Hello! I’m Zeta/Xea, a non-binary, animal loving human, from Anchorage, Alaska. I grew up there for 18 years exploring nature, climbing mountains, and expanding my mind before I spontaneously moved to Bellingham! In my free time you can catch me hanging out with the many animals I take care of with my girlfriend, making delicious vegan meals, or enjoying the sounds of nature. I’m a bit obsessed with rocks; I love stacking, skipping, and climbing rocks! I also love learning, specifically about philosophy, marine biology, speculative evolution, and things of high strangeness. In life, I take an intuative, loving, and gentle approach with how I connect to people, animals, and nature.