Sandy "Pawz" Tate--Co-Owner, Dog Trainer, Groomer, Daycare Attendant, Customer Service
Sandy is a certified Dog Trainer having graduated with honors from Animal Behavior College. She continues her relationship with Animal Behavior College as a mentor/trainer for ABC students. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, as well as an AKC Canine Good Citizen trainer and evaluator. She is experienced with dog behavior, aggression, and anxiety. She has worked with dogs from puppyhood to adult and believes that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
Sandy is also a certified Pet Groomer. She graduated from Animal Behavior College with honors and currently trains/mentors ABC grooming students. She is also a Pet CPR and First Aid instructor for Pet Tech.
Sandy recently appeared in a commercial for Lost Pet Posse and trained Oliver, the dog that appeared with her. She also trained Abby, a Golden Retriever, to play "Sandy" in a youth production of "Annie".
ISandy lives in Escondido with her husband Steve, her Lab/Pit mix C.C., and her cat Foster.
Steve Tate - Co Owner (Mr. Pawz), Daycare Attendant, Bather, "Paperwork Guy"
Steve has been surrounded by dogs his entire life and has a passion for learning about different breeds. He is certified with Pet CPR and First Aid with Pet Tech and Red Cross. He has a business background having worked for Sony Electronics for 27 years. He lives in Escondido with Mrs. Pawz and their zoo.
Jim Macari - Store Manager
Jim has thousands of hours experience with dogs of various breeds and sizes, but his specialty is large dogs. Jim is certified in Pet CPR and First Aid and is passionate about the care and well-being of all dogs. He has also served our country as a Marine. Jim lives in Escondido with his German Shepherd Cooper and his Mastiff Sophie. Jim is a little camera shy, but fortunately his beautiful German Shepard Cooper loves the camera! So, if you want to see what Jim actually looks like, you will need to come visit him at the shop and don't forget to give him a hard time about his beloved Red Sox, Patriots and Celtics!
I have been groomng and showing dogs since 1972 and breeding dogs since 1975. I have been grooming cats since 1977. I am a graduate of the Pacfic School Of Dog Grooming in Oxnard California, class of 1972. I am a native Californian born in Whittier California. I grew up in Pasadena. I moved to Escondido in 1985 and stayed. I have owned, bred and shown Poodles, Bostons and Border Terriers. I currently own, breed and show Manchester Terriers. I rescue Chiuhauhas and place them in good homes. I am an AKC Breeder of Merit. I belong to these clubs and organizations: Toy Breeders Association of Southern California, Miniature Bull Terrier Club of Southern California, Desert Empire Terrier Club of Southern California, The Southern California Groomer Association and the San Diego Groomers Association. Grooming is not just a profession to me but an avocation as well.
Sydney Marie - Groomer
I was trained by professionals & have been grooming for 6 years. I have always
been an animal lover & feel so lucky i get to work with dogs. Im currently
studying animal biology at MiraCosta & hope to make a difference in wildlife
conservation someday. Until then i am thoroughly enjoying making dogs look &
feel great while giving parents the style they want.
Born and raised in North County San Diego, I come from a family of animal lovers. My mom has been working in grooming shops and kennels for 30+ years and both of my sisters are dog groomers. I have worked in boarding facilities and with groomers for about 6 years. I enjoy getting to come to work and interact with animals, even if they are difficult. It is all the more rewarding if I can gain their trust. I own an American Bulldog named Duke and a Beagle/Schnauzer mix or "Schmeagle" named Sherily. Thanks for reading and hope to see you at the "Dog House".
Miranda Hopkins--Daycare attendant and Customer Service
Miranda is an animal lover who has grown up with all kinds of animals in her life. She loves hanging out with the daycare dogs and making them feel comfortable while their parents are away. She is pursuing a degree in graphic design, but in the meantime, she is enjoying working with our furry friends and getting so many doggy kisses! Miranda lives in San Marcos with her 1 1/2 year old Pitbull/Boxer, Tyson.
My passion for animals began from a young age, so I always knew there would be a future for me in the animal industry. In our family we have a labrador retriever and two great danes who are loved very much. In 2011 I began interning for an animal hospital in order to expand my knowledge and experience for pets and in December 2012 I graduated from American Grooming Academy in Temecula California as a professional groomer. I haven't stopped learning since.