MEET OUR TEAM
Zen Dog Walker and Pet SitterCarissa is such an important part of Zen Pet. Carissa walks many of our weekly dog walks, she absolutely loves and adores animals and grew up with them.
She has years of experience with larger breeds as well
as small. Carissa is energetic, confident, outgoing and a true animal lover. Her background includes marketing and communications, we are happy to have Carissa on the team!
Zen Dog Walker and Pet SitterHello! My name is Abigail and I have loved being around animals for as long as I can remember. I have had dogs my entire childhood…along with ferrets, birds, gerbils, and even field mice! I have been a nanny for 8 years and have cared for many cats and dogs throughout the years.
My favorite part of caring for dogs is going for walks, playing fetch and all the puppy love. Some of my hobbies include yoga, swimming, and theater.
I love being part of the Zen team and I look forward to meeting you and your fur babies!
Zen Dog Walker and Pet SitterPaola, a lifelong pet lover, retired from the County of San Diego last May of 2020. She worked 35 years for the county in adoptions.
Since Paola was six years old animals have been a part of her life. At one point, living in the country, her family had 13 dogs. Growing up she’s had dogs, cats and birds. Paola has witnessed puppies and kittens being born and raised baby birds fallen from their nests. She cares for all creatures and she
not like to kill anything. She has rescued dogs from the streets, fostered them and taking in elderly dogs that nobody wanted.
I enjoy caring for dogs and cats so much for all the pleasure and laughs and hugs and kisses I get to give and receive. I feel so much joy when the dogs are running and playing with each other and having the times of their lives.
I want to thank you for entrusting them in my care.rward to meeting you and your fur babies!
Zen Dog Walker and Pet SitterJennifer grew up in Oakland and Sacramento and has been living in San Diego for over twenty years now. She is a Registered Nurse and after over 20 years in the field, she decided to pursue her true life passions – animals and traveling! Jennifer now works for an airline out of San Diego airport part time and fills the rest of her time pet sitting for The Zen Pet.
Jennifer is pet parent to the sweetest lab/hound mix pup, just turned 8 yo and two wild and crazy cats, almost 5 yo. She has spent the past 9 years working and volunteering at wildlife rescues, local zoological facilities, humane societies, dog walking and pet sitting and even a year as a Veterinary Technician. Jennifer went on go earn an Associate Degree in Animal Health Management, but she prefers the fun roles of playing, walking and hanging out with critters 😉 If Jennifer is pet sitting your precious fuzzies, they are treated as all of our zen pet clients are with the highest level of love and standards!
We are so delighted to have Jennifer on the team!
Zen Dog Walker and Pet SitterI like spending time with dogs and cats because their energy and positive personalities make
me feel more energetic and positive. I also like being outside with pets. I’ve walked and done
house stays for lots of different dog breeds and cats. In my free time I enjoy being in the sun
and long beach walks.
I love being a part of the zen pet team!
Zen Dog Walker and Pet SitterWorking with animals has shown to be more rewarding than I could have anticipated. I’ve been raising my own 2 Shepard mixes for 5 years now altogether and have had dogs and cats in my home for the duration of my lifetime.
Learning the characteristics of animals that make each of them unique is very interesting to me and with the work that I do for ZenPet, I am given perfect opportunities to observe and learn the animals while providing space for them to feel comfortable in their home or on our walks. I love being outside and walking, I love being with the animals,
I love taking photos to share and I also love to know that I am caring for the home as a whole when I am caring for the pets. This truly is the best work I could be doing, of service to families and their animals I am very happy to be a part of this team.
Zen Dog Walker and Pet SitterJessica loves working with us at the Zen Pet because it provides her the opportunity to spend time with animals and be active!
She comes to us with over 10 years of dog walking and pet sitting experience. On her free time Shr loves being outdoors, spending time with friends and working out :). We are fortunate to have Jessica on the team!
Zen Dog Walker and Pet SitterHaiga absolutely love dogs and all other pets. Born and raised in Japan, Haiga grew up with m a very smart Labrador. After he had passed his family brought a lovable Boxer into their family.
When not walking dogs or pet sitting, Haiga attends Mesa College studying holistic medicine. Haiga looks forward to meeting all of your pets and getting to know each one of them!
Zen Dog Walker and Pet SitterChristine is a native San Diegan who grew up with a beloved mutt as her constant companion, and raised Papillons as an adult. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from Princeton University, and she is pursuing her J.D. at the University of San Diego School of Law.
Christine has a soft spot in her heart for all fur babies, and relishes the time she spends with dogs and cats alike — she also enjoys sitting for “pocket pets” and birds! You can rest assured that when your pet is with Christine, it will be like being with family.
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Mariam is a graduate student, as well as a full-time animal lover originally from Cleveland, OH, her specific field of study is psychology, so she is familiar with behavior theory/training, making her an ideal pet sitter/walker for your pets!
Mariam loves working with dogs, cats, and other animal companions. With 10 years of experience working with dogs as with cats (20+ years of experience and known as the cat whisperer!). Mariam also has experience caring for parakeets and small pets. Mariam finds great delight in pet sitting and dog walking because there’s nothing quite like the feeling one gets from providing love and care to lovable, animal companions – and receiving it in return! She also enjoy seeing clients light up when they see their pets having a great time when in her expert and loving care. We are so happy to have Mariam represent Zen Pet!
Zen Dog Walker and Pet SitterNoah grew up with 2 dogs he adored with all his heart, a beagle and a black lab. The lab, Molly, was definitely among the strongest bonds Noah had as a child, she was basically Noah’s Nana from Peter Pan. This strong bond and adoration for Molly was just the beginning of Noah’s effortless connection with dogs and cats. Noah has always been good with tuckering out high energy dogs, lots of play and plenty of running on walks. He has worked with many dogs of varying degrees of shy and disabled animals over the past several years and has not been incapable of winning them over yet. In his free time Noah plays several instruments and makes cheese. Noah is the glue of our dog walking team and a constant daily companion for so many lucky dogs!
Zen Dog Walker and Pet SitterKelly-Noelle a pet loving 24 year old with years of experience with house and pet-sitting before joining the zen pet team Kelly worked with a few other dog walking companies. She’s super organized, self-motivated, and a positive energy for your pets to be around.
She has experience with dogs and cats, but has also pet sat birds, reptiles, amphibians, rabbits, gerbils, and fish! Despite adoring animals her whole life, her only personal animal companion currently is Fluffy, her tortoise. Kelly is the most organized dog walker ever, we love her enthusiasm and the pets love her sweet care.
Zen Dog Walker and Pet SitterMatias had a schnauzer when he was a teen and has always enjoyed caring for dogs. He enjoys working with Zen Pet because he knows he is providing a much needed service for dogs and their owners. Matias is a natural with the pets.
When not walking dogs you can find Matias studying Music at Mesa College he plans to transfer to UCLA. Working for Zen Pet has given Matias the opportunity to get to know so many amazing dogs, making his days that much better.
Zen Dog Walker and Pet SitterAudra works with animals because, well, she finds them to be the best thing on earth, we would have to agree. Audra is thoughtful, a true pet professional and clients request her time and time again. We are thrilled to have such a conscientious pet sitter on the team.
Zen Dog Walker and Pet SitterMarilyn has always loved spending time with animals, she loves their unique little souls each one is so different. Marilyn finds great joy in playing, going for walks and cuddling with pets. After working in an office environment for 30 years Marilyn’s dream was to work with pets. Now each day Marilyn lives her dream with the Zen Pet Team!
Marilyn grew up with pets, she is very patient, kind, and an extremely loving person, dogs and cats sense this from Marilyn. Marilyn is steadfast and sweet, the pets just love her and so do we.
Reiki Animal HealerBrittany has practiced Reiki since 2015. She has studied Reiki, Shamanism, and Chinese Medicine with teachers in both Connecticut and California. She privately practices in Point Loma… on humans and animals!
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Logan has grown up with animals her whole life and cares for a fur child of her own. He is a 13 year old dachshund named Jax she has adored him since he was 3 mos. Logan Finds great pride in caring for dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes, she is truly a gem to have on the team and is professional, loving and adores animals!
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Monica is a native Californian who has always lived in the company of dogs and other animals. She is a part time RN who loves to fill her free time with hiking, reading, volunteering for the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, and spending time with the animals of Zen Pet.
She has two dogs of her own, Bella, a 15 year old Shepard mix, and Chewy, a 10 year old Schnoodle. She also has experience with cats and birds. Monica will treat your pet as if it were her own, with patience and compassion.
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Kim is a current volunteer at the San Diego Humane Society. Kim
has two dogs of her own. For many years Kim has provided pet sitting for, clients, friends and family as well as Zen Pet . Her would not be as fulfilled without animals ! They always bring a smile to her face and she values the tome spent with caring for all of the zen pets.
Zen Dog Walker and Pet SitterWhen not walking dogs for the zen pet Allie works as a mobile phlebotomist.
Allie’s love and natural way with/ for animals started when She was a little girl, her dad always made sure they had a dog her family could grow up with, he taught Allie and her siblings to respect and to love animals; She has a fondness for dogs because they are so innocent and so easy to fall in love with!
As a zen pet dog walker Allie is so thrilled that she gets to do that every day and She enjoys her time with the pups more than words can describe— for Allie it’s always hard to say good bye to the puppy eyes when the walk is over, but if there is a walk the next day and they greet her with happiness as they always do- her day is complete.
We are so fortunate to have Allie on the Zen Pet team she is a great asset to the team, she cares for the animals greatly & we couldn’t be happier with her!
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