Meet Our Staff

About Dogz & Katz Luxury Dog and Cat Boarding

Carmen

Owner

It finally became a reality when I opened Dogz & Katz in 2017 to provide high-quality cat and dog boarding. And I love my job! You can be assured I will give your dog or cat a home-like experience. My love of animals has always been a part of who I am.

Over the years, I’ve had several pets, including four dogs, about a dozen cats (not all at the same time!) and a horse. I was the kid who always invited stray animals into our home and begged my parents to let me keep them. I have a sixth sense about animals that I can’t explain, but I always feel like I have a good connection with them. My empathy for them is what makes me so good at caring for all animals.

“Opening a pet care business was always a dream of mine.”

Ask her about: her pet squirrel

Erin

Pet & Kennel Attendant

Pets have always been a part of my life. Over the years, I’ve had five cats, hamsters, ducklings, fish, a dog and a bunny.

Besides caring for pets, I enjoy observing, learning and understanding their behaviors. Building trust with our furry friends is so important in caring for them. I strive to make each pet at Dogz & Katz feel right at home.

“I’ve had a passion for animals since I was young.”

Ask her about: rescuing a hamster from the inside of a VCR – it was unharmed

Kelly

Pet & Kennel Attendant

You just need to take the time to learn their personalities. Since early childhood, dogs have been an integral part of my life. I grew up in Evergreen, Colorado near the tree line on Mt. Evans, with our closest neighbor miles away. My Dad bred and trained German Shepherd police dogs. Every time I left the property to go on adventures in the wild, they went with me. One day, a Great Dane chased me as I came home from middle school. I got to the front porch scared but excited that I had a new best friend. Yep, Mom let me keep him, and I named him Limo.

“I believe that every dog is unique and lovable.”

Ask her about: how many German Shepherds her father trained at a time

Frankie

Security Officer

After her duties are finished (and sometimes during her shift as well), she takes a long rest. She may be small, but she has a big personality. Her favorite pastime is climbing trees. She has no fear and is very fast. Her short legs make her waddle when she walks or runs, and her meow sounds more like a chirp or a squeak.

Frankie says: “I’ve owned at least three humans that I can remember. When I lived with a previous human, I had a litter of kittens. Then I adopted another human who later became unwell, so I adopted my last and favorite human – Carmen. I’m an indoor/outdoor kind of gal. I love finding a comfy spot in the house. But when I am outside, I like to hide in the tall grass or the farmer’s field and tend to ignore my human when she calls for me.”

Frankie is in charge of scoping out the yard and keeping it free of unwanted pests.

Ask her about: the time she made a new friend who was black with a white stripe from head to tail

Panda

Construction & Operations Manager

From preliminary inspections of framing for build projects to keeping service providers on task, Panda is our guy! He loves food and cuddling, and he’s Buster’s wrestling partner. While he enjoys being outdoors, he definitely prefers a warm bed inside when the weather is not optimal.

Panda says: “I have owned at least two humans. I met my current human at Petco. She lives with me at a home that used to be hers. When I moved in, I didn’t know what a mouse was. I just played with it on the steps. But now I’ve learned to be a great mouser and sometimes leave them as gifts at the front door for my human. I also like to eat … A LOT. I’ve been known to steal the food of my other four-legged roommates. Shhh … don’t tell my human.

Whenever we have a construction or maintenance project in the works, Panda manages all of the activities involved.

Ask him about: the time he met his first mouse

Indiana

Activities Coordinator

You can count on Indiana to make sure all the dogs are at their “top dog” level of health. He will get the dogs excited for their day by encouraging them to run fast, chase each other around, fetch balls and bark loudly to get their energy out. Indiana also teaches them to rest in the shade and breathe the fresh air and relax. He is a great role model for both dogs and humans.

Indiana says, “I believe resting is just as important as playing and working hard. I also like to encourage my human to slow down and live in the moment. I know I am cute which makes my human tilt her head and tell me she loves me so much. I like that! Sometimes I get into trouble though. Like the time I climbed a tree and came face-to-face with a raccoon. He was a little scared (okay, maybe very scared) but I just wanted to be friends. He never became my friend though, so I jumped down.

ASK HIM ABOUT: THE TIME I MADE A CLOSE FRIEND WITH A SKUNK. MY HUMAN NOW MAKES SURE I MAKE BETTER FRIEND CHOICES.

Buster

Front Desk Greeter

He supervises check-in for both cat and dog boarding. But once those tasks are complete, he quickly shifts to showing off his muscles. Buster’s loving temperament and high energy make him perfectly suited for his customer service responsibilities. While he lost his tail and one hind leg, he doesn’t let his disability slow him down.

Buster says: “I used to live on the streets. But then I checked into a pet hotel – you know, the kind humans call a rescue? But it wasn’t very nice. So, I decided to adopt a human instead. My new human says it was love at first sight. When I had an infected tail and later needed to have it removed, she helped care for me. So I decided to keep her. Boy, did I make a good call because one day, I roamed too far from home and hurt my leg. I had to have it removed, too. She helped me through it. I plan on sticking closer to home in the future.”

Buster is usually the first to say hello to dog and cat boarding customers.

ASK HIM ABOUT: THE TIME HE WAS CLOCKED RUNNING 40 MPH SIDE-BY-SIDE WITH A 4-WHEELER.

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Carmen has watched my ESA cat a couple times now and has done an amazing job with her! Freyja is she’ always relaxed and happy when she comes home and I enjoy being able to see her on Instagram a few times while she’s away from me! Carmen always makes sure she understands our needs so she can meet expectations and isn’t afraid to ask questions if she doesn’t understand something. Thanks Carmen! I will still come to you even though we’re in St. Paul now!

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Tracy c
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We boarded our cat for 9 days and loved the care she received. A week prior she had some teeth removed and had issues throughout the week. Carmen took care of Sophie to full recovery and cleaned her mouth. This meant a lot to us and went above expectations. We were also pleased with the spacious room that is provided. Definitely will use Dogz & Katz again!

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Nicole S
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I have never boarded my dog before and I could not have asked for a better experience. I will definitely be back! Carmen is incredibly easy to communicate with. She posts updates daily with videos and pictures of the animals in her care. I highly recommend boarding your animal at her facility!

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Kiley H
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The absolute best dog boarding facility! It was our first time boarding our puppy and Carmen was amazing! The facility is clean, beautiful and FUN for dogs to run around the large fenced in area! We love seeing the pictures and videos of our sweet puppy while she played with new friends!

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Angie M
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Tripp spent 10 nights at Dogz & Katz Luxury Pet Boarding and was very well taken care of and loved. The facility has a lot of room for the dogs to run and play together and rooms for each dog. We saw updates almost daily, including videos, on Instagram. Would definitely send him there again and 100% recommend

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Melissa S
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