Meet the Dogs Bay Team
Deb Lewis Owner/Certified Trainer/Dog Behavior Counselor
Deb Lewis is a 1994 graduate of Companion School for Dogs Certification Course in Behavior Modification and Obedience, is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, The International Boarding & Pet Services Association, Heroes for Healthy Pets, is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and is Pet First Aid Certified. Deb has attended numerous seminars and workshops with some of the best dog training professionals in the world, including:Â Cesar Millan,Â Dr. Ian DunbarÂ DVM, Ph.D., CPDT,Â Dr. Karen OverallÂ MA, VMD, Ph.D.,Â Patricia McConnellÂ Ph.D.,Â Steve Dale,Â Â Trish KingÂ CPDT, Â Karen Pryor, Â Sue Pearson CTDT-KA,Â Terry RyanÂ CPDT,Â Pia SilvaniÂ CPDT, Â Sue Sternberg, Â Nicole WildeÂ CPDT,Â Â Jan ElsterÂ MA,Â Â Teoti AndersonÂ CPDT-KA,Â Victoria Stillwell,Â Sue GarrettÂ BSc,Â Steve White,Â Rebecca Rodriquez,Â Susannah Charleson, Robin BennettÂ BA, CPDT-KA,Â Gail Fisher,Â Laura SharkeyÂ PH D,Â Rise VanFleetÂ PhD, RPT-S, CDBC,Â Â andÂ Turid Rugaas.
Natasha Popielewski- South Daycare Manager
MeetÂ our South Daycare Manager Natasha.Â Â Tosha (her beloved nickname) lives with her significant other Tom and fur friend Mojo. This girl is a ball of non-stop energy (thanks to lots and lots of coffee and sugar ðŸ˜‰, so it’s non-stop fun for the fur kids at doggie daycare! Tosha is very creative and in her down time, loves painting and arts and crafts. She loves each and every daycare fur friend like her own. Here’s a message she just received from a client…pretty much says it all! “Good morning natash this is Paula. I am on a journey of gratefulness and today I am grateful for you . You do such a wonderful job at the daycare center and Jesse just loves you! it’s just so comforting to know that she’s in great hands with great people having a great day so thank you so much for being the person you are, the love of dogs you have and I hope you have a wonderful day.” We are grateful too Tosha to have you!!!!!! Deb and team
Becky works at all three Dogs Bay locations. She raises and shows Dalmatians and has two spotted cuties named Emma and Whisper. Besides showing and raising dogs she also shows and raises rabbits and cavies (Guinea Pigs). She is often found working with her 4-h club helping kids who share in her passion for animals. In her spare time she makes leashes and collars (which you can find for sale at North) and enjoys spending time working with any and all animals. She is a cherished team member who the fur-kids all love! ðŸ™‚Â
Alexis graduated from Zeeland West in 2011 and has her Associates in Science and Arts from Muskegon Community College. She worked at a horse barn for 2 years and has 3 horses of her own and her fur friend Belle. Alexis’ dream is to own a rescue ranch. Her favorite part of working for Dogs Bay South Doggie Daycare is “getting to know every dog and I think of htem all as my own.”
Groomer Veronica Dykstra
Veronicaâ€™s kind, gentle, caring demeanor is evident the second you meet her and fits perfectly with our Stress Free Grooming philosophy!
Veronica is a licensed hairdresser who turned her hair styling skills over to the dogs. Veronica is well known for her hand scissoring skills.Â Hand scissoring is an art that is not practiced by most groomers these days and has a more natural, finished look.
Â Veronica grooms with kind attention to detail.Â She would love to meet you and discuss your dogâ€™s grooming needs.
My name is Bayli and I am so happy that I found Dogs Bay! My years of volunteer work at John Ball Zoo and the Allegan Animal Shelter made me realize that I have a passion for working with animals and now I look forward to coming into the Country Club everyday to give our fur friends their home away from home. I have a few fish, a cat, a Cornsnake, and we recently started fostering a Yellow Lab named Luna from Paws With a Cause.
Â Savannah is currently a student at Hopkins High School, but don’t let her age fool you. This girl has been around animals all of her life (her mom is vet) and has a deep love for them all. She has a sweet puppy names Faith, who is adored by the family. Savannah loves coming to work everyday and getting meet new fur friends ðŸ™‚Â
Abby Hanson, a recent graduate from Saugatuck High School, has grown up with animals of all shapes and sizes. She has a deep love and respect for dogs which is what lead her to Dogs Bay. Her goal is to continue a career working with Dogs. Abby is one of the many smiling faces you will see at the South Daycare and country club and feels blessed to be apart of the Dogs Bay Team. (Her wordsÂ
“Hello my name is Alyssa and I currently work part time at the Country Club. I work full time for Dr Pepper Snapple Group as well but working with animals will always have my heart. I graduated from Michigan State University (Go Green!) with my Bachelor of Science in Zoology. After graduating, I had the unique opportunity to work with some marine mammals. I completed an internship in Connecticut working with beluga whales. Shortly after that I was accepted into another internship program in Hawaii this time working with dolphins. I ended up returning back to Holland to reside after my animal adventures and have been involved with Dogs Bay for quite some time now.Â I love having the chance to meet and care for so many different canine friends I encounter at Dogs Bay!” -Alyssa
Christy has a warm hear for dogs. She looks forward to her shifts at the Country Club and giving the fur kids the extra love and attention while their fur-parents are away. Christy also helps in the grooming salon with spas, and is support at North Daycare. Her dream job is to do reasearch animal behavior. During her free time, she enjoys playing the flute and performing in ensembles. She also enjoys composing her own music.Â
Â Jennah is a Holland High School graduate and is attending Baker College to be a Veterinary Technician. Jennah’s has a huge heart for animals and her quiet demeanor makes her a balanced presence in the playÂ yards with her fur friends. “What led me to Dogs Bay is my love for animals.”
My name is Larissa and I love working at Dog’s Bay! I’m a college student studying engineering, but working with dogs is one of my passions. I have two beautiful rescue dogs at home: a German Shepherd named Piper and a Siberian Husky named Wilfred. They are my best friends! I really love spending my time caring for animals, which is why Dog’s Bay is the perfect place for me.
Sam is the smiling face you will see in the officeÂ on Tuesday–Thursday. Sam worked for Dogs Bay years ago, she said her “love of the facility (and owner)” is what brought her back.Â Sam is a Certified Groomer and shares her time at a vet clinic she has been working at for five years. She has four fur babies on her own, one with special needs, so she can really relate to owners of geriatric or special needs fur guests. “I love dogs and I love helping people,” which makes Sam a perfect fit to the Dogs Bay Team!
Hi, my name is Patty. If there is one thing I love more than chocolate or ice cream, itâ€™s animals!!! ðŸ™‚ Dogs Bay is the perfect place to be able to hang out with all the fur kids and meet some wonderful people! I have grown up with and raised schnauzers my whole life and canâ€™t wait to have one again once I have my own place! Until then, I live with my 3 cats (not quite a crazy cat lady yet!), Amp, Oreo, and Zoey and 2 chinchillas, Paprika and Quinton.
Bethany Hutt – North Manager
Bethany is our Dogs Bay North Manager, you will be greeted every day by her smile and her love for our fur friends. Having a passion for animals is what led her to Dogs Bay.Â Growing up around kids and animals gave her the drive and desire to help others. Bethany and her boyfriend, Kevin have 3 fur-babies of their own. Bailey, Oliver and Tinkerbell.Â
Susie has loved dogs all her life, and decided to follow her heart and join the Dogs Bay North team! She has a nurturing spirit and a passion to care for animals which makes her a great team member! She has a Labrador Retriever named Dozer who is her whole world. Susie brings a motherly sense to the team and the fur-kids all love her!
Please allow us to introduce Kayleigh Chadwick our Puppy Preschool Teacher and Doggie Daycare assistant at our North facility. Kayleigh is a lover of all animals and has been working in the pet industry for 10 years. She started working in retail working her way up to management and spent time at a Veterinary boarding kennel, followed by a grooming salon and Doggie Daycare in Colorado. “I feel fortunate to be on the Dog’s Bay team, and utilizing my years of knowledge teaching the fur kids in Puppy Preschool, and taking care of my fur pals in Daycare! I have a passion for animals, and spend my time trying to learn as much as I can to better their lives. I have a cat, Sasha, and the best dog in the world (possibly biased) Freyja, and she has a blast being on the Dog’s Bay team, too! In my spare time, I love to garden, and even spent a summer working on organic farms on the west coast! I aspire to have my own small-scale farm one day and continue my passion of working with animals.” -Kayleigh
Hi, I’mÂ Savannah Chadwick and I am currently a senior at West Ottawa High School. I might only be 16, but I’d like to think my passion and love for the dogs inspires work that exceeds my age! I am a proud parent to a 9 year old German Shorthaired Pointer named Hank, and a 10 year old Tennessee Walking horse named Liberty! Animals are my entire life (which is the reason I am vegan!) and I am very lucky to be in a place where I have the ability to care for them daily ðŸ™‚ I LOVE being able to bond with each individual pup and to be able to form relationships with their parents, it’s my favorite part of my job (not to mention all the doggie cuddle time I get!) I am very thankful for Dogs Bay and the amazing opportunities it gives me.Â
Maddie is currently a student at Zeeland High School, her hobbies include hiking, running and dancing. Maddie’s deep love for dogs, is what lead her to the Dogs Bay team.Â
I am a huge animal lover! I can spend my entire day with animals and that would be living the dream! I enjoy writing novels, reading, and antique shopping. I have even self published a couple novels in the past. A part from that I owe to an e-commerce store for pet accessories which I own; where I donate almost all of the profit to animal organizations.Â
Please allow us to introduce Debbi! “I’m so excited to be apart of the Dogs Bay Team! I have always had a passion for animals, especially dogs. When I’m not enjoying my time playing and caring for the fur kids at Dogs Bay Daycare, I enjoy being out on the water swimming and fishing. I also enjoy hanging out at the camper with my pets and Husband, Andy. My Husband and I have two dogs, Cooper and Misty and our two cats Carson and Bella.”
Hi! My name is Veronica Revell and I am a Holland High School Graduate of 2017. A little about me is that I am a huge animal lover but dogs have to be my favorite. I have a 6 year old beagle mix named Leo who has quite the personality. ðŸ™‚Â I enjoy spending my free time hanging out with family. Some hobbies of mine are camping, hammocking, shopping and being with other people. I absolutely love making people feel good and putting a smile on their faces. So my love for dogs and making people happy is what lead me to join the Dogs Bay team. It always makes me happy coming to work and seeing all the adorable and excited fur kids.
Dogs Bay Team at the Cesar Millan Event 2013
Dogs Bay Team and friends (and Angel’s purse) at lunch 2013
We do many things together as a team to build our team skills and just get to know each other personally and have some fun. Â It really helps as we all work so closely together. Â We truly are a team and I consider these amazing people part of the Dogs Bay Family. Â We have a “Fun Fund” set up at both facilities that clients contribute to, and every so often we do fun things as a team. Â I love these people! Â ~Deb
Dogs bay team bowling
Dogs Bay Team Christmas Party 2012
We are always looking for amazing people to join our team! Â
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