Angi(pack leader,the alpha,trainer)
Angela has been working as a dog trainer since 1989, she quickly realized her passion for all animals and she pushed herself to also become a licensed animal health technician in the state of Washington. After working is several animal and critical care hospitals she began a business as a relief veterinary technician, while also continuing to train dogs in obedience and behavioral modification. She would float from hospital to hospital whenever staff was low, due to vacations or illness, she work work a few days to a few weeks, then on to the next hospital. Working in hospitals as far down as Olympia and as far north as Bellingham she learned the skills to manage those hospitals and finally settled in Bellingham for Veterinary Practice Management, all the while continuing to train dogs. In 1997, she left private practice as a veterinary technician and dedicated 100% to starting Tails. Angela primarily teaches our Puppy Pre School Classes and some Private Lessons and workshops, but is at Tails everyday to continue to run the day to day operations of all things Tails.
Alexis grew up surrounded by 7 loving dogs and the occasional foster. Each dog taught her something differently about grooming, dog behavior and body language. Her passion for dogs has driven her career and she’s spent years grooming dogs and now, playing and training pups at Tails! We all have a little something special that we bring to Tails, but you can be sure Alexis is noticing your dogs haircut!
Funny, smart, engaging and compassionate don’t even begin to describe Emily. She always knew she wanted to work with animals. She began working with animals when she was a teenager, training dogs for Guide Dogs for the Blind. She then continued on to earn her Bachelors Degree in Wildlife Ecology and has worked with all kinds of animals, some favorites being pygmy rabbits, big horn sheep, three species of deer, and grizzly bears! Emily now applies what she has learned about wild animals to domestic animals. Working at other Doggie Day Care/Boarding Facility for over a year, she found her way to Tails. She loves how hands on she can be with her puppy friends and hopes to continue her learning through experiences here at Tails.
Doggie Day Care Manager. Kate grew up with a strong passion for animals. She started out volunteering at the humane society when she was in middle school and has been working with animals even since. Kate been in the doggie daycare business for the past seven years, leading and managing teams of dedicated people and is thrilled at the opportunity to work at Tails as our Doggie Day Care Manager. Kate has a strong and calming nature that she brings to the team and the dogs. She is excited to continue to learn everything she can about caring for dogs, as she understand one can never stop learning when their mind and heart is open.
Kelsey(assistant manager,pack leader)
Doggie Day Care Assistant Manager and Team member since Fall 2016. Kelsey is the epitome of A Positive Attitude is Contagious. A smile on her face and a yes on her lips, everyday. Her ability to work the dogs in a calm but direct manner, allowing them to grow and learn all while leading her team as a whole.
Kendall grew up with a huge heart for animals, always bringing home stray cats, dogs, frogs. she believes no family is complete without a pet or six. she used to volunteer at a no kill shelter and discovered how much she loves working with dogs. working toward a degree in anthropology at WWU. Kendall loves getting to meet new dogs and puppies any where she goes. she’s absolutely obsessed with furry friends and found the perfect job to pursue her animal loving dreams.
Team Member since Spring 2016, Mel is a dedicated, compassionate and vital part of our family. Never one to back down from a challenge, Mel enjoys working with all the dogs, but gains a lots of accomplishment from those special dogs who need a little extra. Her wit, charm and sense of humor keep us on our toes and the dogs adore her too. Don’t even get me started about how Chauncey the Poodle feels about her.
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!
Tilley joined the Tails-A- Wagging crew in Fall 2017 and couldn’t be happier !
Animals have always been omnipresent in Tilley’s life. Growing up in Bellingham, she remembers bringing home stray critters, and friending feral ones. Tilley moved to New Orleans In 2000, where she worked in animal rescue and volunteered at the local shelters. During this time Tilley worked with a local TNR/Rehabilitaion programs as well as Search and Rescue teams.
Though she studied music in college, animals have always played a major role in her life. When she isn’t playing music or riding her Honda 450, Tilley can be found hanging in the woods with her two cats, ‘Seraphim’ and ‘Fuzzy’, and her dog, ‘Sookie’.