Stephen founded Gilbert Dogs 24/7 in 2009, Chandler Dogs 24/7 in 2011 and Tempe Dogs 24/7 I 2015 through a love for dogs and vision for a better way to take care of people’s fur babies. He revolutionized the dog boarding and dog day care industry in the east valley by pioneering the 24/7 cage-free environment. Time has proven this environment to be a less stressful more enjoyable place for most dogs. With an understanding of the busy world we live in, he also pioneer the 24/7 pickup and drop off model. This level of service has yet to be duplicated in the state of Arizona or possibly the entire country. Finally, he pioneered the movie experience through social media channels of YouTube and Facebook. Stephen is an avid dog lover with 6 dogs of his own with 5 of them coming from rescue shelters or found as strays.
Doug has been with the company since 2009. He started as the Night Supervisor at Gilbert Dogs in 2009. In 2013, he moved to his current position as Accountant. Doug has a keen knowledge of not only Gilbert Dogs, but also Chandler Dogs; he works at both locations. He is known for his friendly, helpful demeanor with a wealth of knowledge about the company and the industry. Doug’s Great Dane, Roxy, is often referred to as "the love of his life".
After working 34 years in the accounting and finance fields in the mining industry, Kathy retired and relocated to Florence, Arizona, with her husband to be near her children and grandchildren. Her family also consists of a 13 year old miniature Dachshund named Nicholas and an 8 year old Basset Hound named Daisy. She has never known life without a dog. After a very short retirement, she decided it was time to devote some time to something she had a great passion for, the love for animals. She soon discovered Gilbert Dogs 24/7! She began working at Gilbert Dogs in 2010 and later working at Chandler Dogs 24/7. She has held numerous positions at both the Gilbert and Chandler locations including Daycare Helper, Receptionist, Taxi Driver, and has helped with the Pet Sitting Service provided by the Company. She currently holds the position of Manager of Administration, overseeing safety, HR, and customer service. Occasionally, you’ll find her helping staff by working in the reception area at one of the shops where she gets to meet the dogs and their pet parents and she’ll tell you, that's one of the things she loves most about her job.
Melissa has been with the company for over 3 years. She has built an excellent grooming program through her great skill as a groomer and her kind, polite style with the dogs and their parents. Melissa was promoted to Grooming Supervisor in 2013. In 2014, she was made the Manager of Grooming at Gilbert Dogs and Chandler Dogs. She then was promoted to Director of Grooming. In 2014 Melissa was recognized for best groomer in Gilbert. Melissa has 4 dogs at home.
Joseph Kruse has worked with Dogs 24/7 for 4 years now. Starting out as a novice handler working nights and helping Specialists during the day, he is now co-managing both Chandler and Gilbert Dogs. ‘I knew this was the right place for me when I found Queenie. She is an America Bully, and my world. Because of Stephen’s generosity I was able to rehabilitate, and socialize her in daycare and outside environments. She is my greatest success.’ He has taken several courses concerning dog health and behavior, and is more than happy to share this knowledge with staff and customers. "The theory behind the ability to read and predict animal behavior fascinates me. I believe that their companionship throughout history is an important part of our own success as a species." "I feel lucky that I can do something I truly enjoy every day, and come home to my loved ones that know I've found my calling."
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