I have always had a passion for animals. I grew up in Northern Virginia. In middle school I started riding horses, I took riding lessons and showed in hunter/jumpers throughout college. I spent a lot of time working around horses. I graduated from Colorado State University with a major in equine sciences and a minor in business. After college I moved back to Virginia, as my family moved out to a farm. There we had a couple of horses, barn cats and dogs. I started working in a grooming salon and eventually worked my way up from bather to groomer. I also decided to take on another role and earned a dog training certification. During my time in grooming, I rescued a 3 year old Dachshund that someone brought by; his owner told me he was going to leave the dog the side of the road if someone didn't take him and his sister. Pickles has turned out to be the most rugged Dachshund I know; he loves to go camping and hiking with us. In 2011 before I moved out on my own, I adopted a kitten from the Fauquier SPCA to keep Pickles company. Her name at the shelter was Shy, but when she was home she was anything but Shy so her new name became Calypso.
In the fall of 2011 my boyfriend, Matt, and I moved to Wilmington. When Unleashed opened in Wilmington I decided it was time for a change from working in a salon. I left my position as a manager at a grooming salon to start my adventure with Unleashed. In the summer of 2012, we decided to add another dog to our pack. Carolina is a rescued mutt from the Brunswick County Animal Shelter. She was so full of energy we decided she needed a job; when she was 1.5 years old we started agility training. Little did I know, this would start an adventure of it's own. Cara and I enjoyed agility so much that we have gone on to compete at multiple venues and even attended a national event two years in a row.
In 2015 Matt and I got married and six months later, we bought a house. We rescued another dog in December 2016, Thatch, a cattle dog/border collie mix. He is naturally very athletic and took to agility immediately. I have been competing with him since late 2017, and he has already attended a national event.
I have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of Unleashed. I started when the Wilmington store opened and have since become the manager. I love being able to help pet parents make their best friends lives better!