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MELANIE SMITH

Owner/Certified Dog Trainer

Melanie is a certified dog trainer from Animal Behavior College, and certified Fear Free.  She worked at a veterinary clinic for 6 years and sometimes misses the crazy mornings.  Melanie currently owns three pit bull mixes, Luna 10yrs old, Calvin 8yrs old, and Xylene 10months old, and has had several different breeds throughout her life.  She is excited to provide services to Emporia and creating a passionate well trained staff.

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KELLIE ALTIERI

General Manager

Kellie comes to us all the way from New York city as our new general manager. Kellie has over 10 years of experience in the pet industry- including working in a vet office, groomers, and other dog daycare/boarding facilities. She is always motivated and hard working, and is excited to start working with us at Raise Your Paws.

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HOLLY FISHER

Groomer

Anything dog related excites Holly.  Holly has owned a variety of sizes from Great Danes to Morkiepoos and knows how to work with the giants as well as littles.  She continues to learn, and will gladly answer any questions you may have.  Holly is certified from Paragon Grooming School.

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HOLLY URSCHEL

Customer Service/ Dog Handler

Holly came to Raise Your Paws after realizing she had interest in maybe one day becoming a dog trainer. Holly currently is a receptionist and dog handler and hopes one day to be a dog trainer.

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BOBBI PEET

Dog Handler

Bobbi Peet is one of our newest members at Raise Your Paws. Bobbi has lots of experience with working with dogs. Bobbi is also a dog owner to several rescues. Bobbi is always willing to jump right in and help where ever she is needed.

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SKYLA FOX

Dog Handler/Customer Service

Skyla is now training dogs in Lenexa and is excited to continue learning and growing.  We miss her here, but get to see her once in a while.  

She is enjoying being a teacher of children for the moment.

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SARAH OPAT

Dog Handler

Sarah came to Raise Your Paws excited to start working with dogs and learning more about dog behaviors. Sarah started off as a receptionist but quickly made her way to dog handler. She loves to come to work and bring her dog Lolly with her.

MEET THE STAFFS DOGS!

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LUNA AND CALVIN

Luna and Calvin are Melanie Smith's dogs. Calvin loves to bark at squirrels; his favorite activity is Fetch, and he is a true nanny dog even cleaning up kid messes.
Luna loves to go for walks, her favorite treat is anything but apples, and she has one blue eye and one brown eye

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SADIE

Sadie is Kellie Altieri's dog. Sadie is a pit bull terrier mix. She is currently seven years old.

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MURPHY AND BERNADETTE

Murphy and Bernadette are Holly Fisher's Dogs. Bernadette is a Great Dane who is two years old and Murphy is a longhair Dachshund who is four months old.

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MILO

Milo is Skyla Fox's dog. Milo will be turning two on August 1st of 2022. Milo loves to cuddle and play with all the dogs at daycare. His favorite thing to do at daycare is to play chase. Milo loves to come to daycare and be an eval dog for new dogs that come.

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PIPPI AND JOEY

Pippi loves her pig toy and Joey loves to chase rabbits on walks. Both enjoy calm dogs when at daycare.

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LOLLY

Lolly belongs to Sara Opat. Lolly was born in February 2022, and loves to come to daycare and play.

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PEET GANG

Pictured are Bobbi Peet's dogs are Koda, Shadow and Chopper and her daughters dog Mayhem and dads dog Abby.

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