Meet the Team
Dogs - Baloo, Sasha, Angel Enkidu (RIP 10/6/2017), and Bruce
Cats, Howie and Tucker
Owner and Trainer
For as long as I can remember, I wanted a dog.
When I was 11, I "adopted" the dogs in my neighborhood and would walk them after school since I didn't have a dog of my own. At age 13, the neighbor's dog had puppies and they lovingly gave me one! Even though I finally got my dog, Enkidu, the dog walking didn't stop. Instead it grew! My hobby has turned into a business that provides services from Delaware to Pennsylvania and even California!
On top of running my business, I also am the Nursery Care Coordinator at Christ Church Christiana Hundred, Youth Minister at St. David's Episcopal Church, Barre Fitness Instructor at Tulaa Yoga, Photographer for LR Photography and a babysitter for some wonderful families.
On my off time, you'll find me relaxing; which for me can mean a variety of things. I can just be enjoying the day or you'll find me out for a run, taking Inky and Finnegan for a hike/swim, reading with Howie or taking photographs.
If you're looking for reliable and responsible pet care from people who provide outstanding service, you've found it. All of my team members have experience caring for animals and go above and beyond to make sure you return to relaxed, happy pets and your home the way you left it. We become part of the family, caring for your loved ones when you cannot. You won't be disappointed!
Whether you're going away on vacation or for the holidays, if you're just taking a day trip or will be working late, we do it all from walks to visits to sleepovers.
Have peace of mind while you're away from home and call today!
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(with her dog Finnegan)
I am the mother who always finds ways to say yes – so my daughter Leah’s passion for animals meant a household of pets for our family. We started small with hermit crabs and beta fish, moving through a variety of rodents, including the very unexpected birthing of many baby rats (from the two “male” rats Leah felt compelled to rescue from the next snake feeding at the local pet store!). Our pack….at the moment (because you know there is always another animal out there waiting to be loved)….includes our beloved Enkidu (chocolate lab), Finnegan (shepherd/collie mix), Howie (cat) and newest rescue Bel Canto (cat).
I hold a B.S. in Accounting and am also Certified in Volunteer Administration (CVA), with years of experience managing volunteers, most recently as Director of Mentoring and Student Services at the Choir School of Delaware. As Leah’s business has grown, so has her need for administrative assistance. And that’s where you’ll find me now – providing a helping hand to Leah with her bookkeeping and other administrative tasks. My work for Leah is mostly behind-the-scenes but occasionally you’ll see me walking with Leah and her pack around the neighborhood. I’m happy to join the team at FTLOD and help provide the best customer service for our clients.
I was the original team member of FTLOD, and after many years hiatus, I'm back! I am a Wilmington native and I graduated from Concord High School. I received a BA in Religious Studies from Penn State University, then went on to become a Licensed Massage Therapist. I now devote my life to raising my son, Rune, who will often come along for the walks and visits! My other babies are 4 cats, which is still not enough (and I'm lucky to have a partner who agrees!) - Gus, Stella, Smushie, and Suki. Rune is also a cat guy, but only Stella is a Rune guy. We're looking forward to making dog friends and spending more time outside!
HI! I’m Sydney! I grew up with four siblings and 2 cats, then, when I got married, my husband and I got our own pets! My husband is a big dog lover so we live with 3 dogs and 2 cats; it's always been a bit of a zoo but in the very best way! I can’t imagine living in a house without pets or multiple people running around all day; it just wouldn’t feel like home.
My four siblings and I were homeschooled all throughout grade school and high school. Due to my unique schooling, I was able to petsit for families from my church year-round. I especially loved house sitting for different friends each summer because I got to spend a week or two relaxing with their dogs and taking them for walks!
I’ve been with For the love of Dogs LLC since February 2019 and I'm eager to continue to serve you and your pets!
Hi, My name is Kim Pavina- DiMaio. I am originally from Toms River, NJ.
When I was 11, my dad’s job moved us here to Delaware, and I have been here ever since. I grew up in North Wilmington, in Cardiff, and I graduated from Concord High School in 1989.
I am a mother of 6 children. My oldest (sons) are 29, 26 & 19. My youngest are twin boys who are 10
and my only daughter who is 9. I also have 4 amazing grandsons.
Due to the loss of my 1 st husband at the age of 40 ,and the death of my best friend’s son at the age of 22,
I have become a part of atTack Addiction where we do fundraising and 5k walks every March to also
help raise money for Addiction Awareness. It’s such an amazing event, and so amazing for all the
family’s who have lost a loved one due to addiction. This is something I am very proud of. I did re-marry an amazing man, step-father and father and I am very thankful for that.
Personal Work Experience,
When I was 16, I worked at Bellevue State Park taking care of the horses,
fed them, bathed them, cleaned their stalls and in return I received free riding lessons. I absolutely
loved it. That was the beginning of what I realized my passion in life was.
After high school I started working in the Corporate World and was there for over 20 years with all my
experience being in Administrative Assistant role to all branches of management and Corporate Real
Estate / Property Management. Christiana Care being my last employer. I was there for a year, but I
decided that I wanted to get back to what I loved doing the most and that is working with animals.
I have experience in dog walking, play time, feedings and administrating medicine (only in pill form). I have also worked in a doggie daycare as a Camp Counselor where I worked in the yards. I have owned dogs and cats most of my life. I currently own a pit/bull terrier who is a rescue and my
older dog is half shepherd / half lab. I also own 1 cat.
I am excited to have this opportunity to be able to pursue my passion once again to be able to work with
animals. I look forward to becoming apart of your beloved pet’s life. I believe that dogs/cats are such a
big part of our families and should be treated with love and plenty of kisses and hugs.
Dog Walkers/Pet Sitters
Board and Train Trainer
(with her dogs Blizzard and Sita)
My name is Brooke, and I was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. I moved to Delaware in 2015, and I have enjoyed exploring the area and meeting new people and critters! I have spent my entire life pretty much dedicated to animals. I have raised dogs, cats, horses, rats, parrots and everything in between. Even when I was a young child, I saved all of my allowance money and put it towards my "animal emergency kit," which helped me to feed strays. So the passion and compassion for animals has always been with me.
Beyond a deep love for animals, I have more than eight years of experience in the veterinary field as a licensed technician. I also went to school for Animal Science and Biology from the University of Tennessee, and I am canine CPR certified. Other than paid experience, I have several years of volunteer work through shelters and rescues under my belt. In 2013 I traveled to India and worked with the Street Dog Foundation to help spay and neuter more than 200 of their stray dogs and cats. Currently,I volunteer with Reins of Life, a local therapeutic riding center for disabled children, and I am in the process of becoming a certified therapeutic riding instructor.
Besides small animals, I also have 20+ years of experience involving mostly horses, but other large farm animals as well. I have been training dogs since I was in fifth grade!
I currently have three Siberian Huskies of my own, and weather permitting, we are always hiking through state parks or running around at the Carousel Bark Park. My eldest dog Blizzard is a therapy dog, and adores children more than I can express! In Memphis, we made visits to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and we hope to get certified locally and begin visits in the north east.
When I'm not just enjoying my fur-critters, I am often seen sporting a camera and clicking snaps of the world around me. I also own BPG Photography, and bring my camera with me on many of my visits, so keep an eye out for some pictures of your pets! My world pretty much revolves around my love for animals, and I would love to meet and help to care for yours, too!
Hi, my name is Carly! I’ve been with FTLOD since 2017 and my life is committed to helping people live a better life with their dogs. I have loved animals my entire life. Some of my best childhood memories include “stealing” my neighbor’s labrador and playing in the rain with her. I grew up with cats, I’ve ridden horses since I was 6 years old, and in high school, I was responsible for the care of goats, chickens, and 12 rabbits. I was heavily involved in 4-H and FFA throughout my youth and have handled puppies in training with The Seeing Eye.
I am certified in Canine CPR and First Aid.
I currently love and spoil two house rabbits, a cat with an attitude, and the love of my life, my “assistant trainer,” my German Shepherd Lola. I have an obsession with all things dog training, with a special interest in tricks and behavior modification. I have learned under various trainers, including celebrity dog trainer Sara Carson, who was a runner up on America’s Got Talent. I am currently teaching my own dog the ropes of dog sports such as agility, dock diving, obedience, weight pull, nose work, and barn hunt, as well as completing trick titles.
Nothing makes me happier than connecting and communicating with dogs. I am constantly educating myself, and I cater training to every dog’s unique needs and personality. Dogs have been bred for generations to live with and work for humans, and they can do so many amazing things. My goal is to help you improve your relationship with your dog. Training should be beneficial and fun for everybody!
Hi, my name is Daniel Rowe and I've lived in Wilmington, DE for most of my life. Right now I'm a senior at East Carolina University studying public history.
I've always grown up around animals from a very young age. My family started out small with hamsters and gerbils before we finally got our first dog and I got my first cat. I can remember the excitement when my parents called me to tell me about my surprise Christmas gift.
I started working for Leah when I was in high school, though because she's my sister I've been exposed to her business and the services it provides since she started! For the Love of Dogs LLC is honestly one of the most enjoyable jobs I've had. I love getting to meet and spend time with all the pets we take care of, old and new, and strive to care for them like they are my own. I've also worked at Concord Pet and volunteered for a summer at the Brandywine Zoo. I look forward to meeting your animals and providing you with the best possible service and care.
I have been an avid animal lover my entire life. I have owned and cared for dogs, cats, fish, hamsters, and gerbils, but I love all animals big and small. To me, pets are family. Caring for and spending time with animals is a passion of mine. When I am away, I need that assurance that my pet is in great hands and I enjoy providing the same comfort and assurance to other pet owners. I look forward to meeting your pets and providing them with world class care! .
I have been working at FTLOD for almost two years! It is such an amazing family. It is a true experience working each day with incredible people dedicated to providing love and care to furry family members.I am a walker and sitter who really enjoys my vocation. I especially love doing overnights and have an instant bond with cats. I am definitely passionate about what I do and have fondly been referred to as a "Cat Whisperer" due to an ability to coax the most shy kitties out for play.I look forward to meeting all of your family members and have two of my own. A dog, Little Prince, and a cat, Miss Mittens.
My name is Lisa Endress! I’m a recent transplant to Newark, DE. I graduated from Messiah College in 2013 with a Bachelors in Marketing, and have been working in the marketing industry for several years. I’ve had a love for animals since I was young and would rescue the frogs that ended up in my family’s pool filter. Eventually, I convinced my parents to let me get a dog, and we got the best Golden Retriever ever. I spent my afternoons after school taking her on adventures around the neighborhood or doing agility training with her. Now, I have two guinea pigs, a hedgehog, and a horse! For fun, you can find me watching Netflix with my wife, horseback riding, reading, or at the beach!
Hi! My name is David and I am a dog walker/ pet sitter/ professional photographer/ gourmet cook. I've been walking dogs professionally since 1989 when I owned an errand service in Wilmington. I've done many things in my life, including producing and directing TV, owned a comic book store, and helped run a local Weight Watchers franchise. I have had photos on exhibition in WA,
PA, VA, and DE. When I am not walking dogs I am shopping for ingredients for my next meal.
I've always loved dogs, and have had family pets throughout my life. I was forever changed when my wife and I lived near Seattle and we adopted our first greyhound, Daphne. I changed careers while she was alive and transitioned to dog walking from working in the homebuilding and insurance industries. We adopted our second, Isis-Noir, and I started to specialize in greyhounds.
We moved to DE in 2014-2015 while my wife worked for Boeing Defense, and I found Leah and started walking for For The Love of Dogs. We moved back to WA towards the end of 2015 and I walked dogs on my own, emulating what Leah taught me.
Back in Washington I got busy quickly.
Due to the declining health of a family member, we moved back in October and I gave up many loyal clients. I miss all my babies there but know they're in good hands.
I look forward to seeing some of my favorite clients and getting to know all your pets personally!
Hi! I’m Karen. I have been working with FTLOD since January 2015. I am a Certified Emotion Code & Body Code Practitioner & also a Reiki Practitioner & Reiki Master. I hold Certifications in Holistic Nutrition & Natural Health & teach meditation and other lifestyle classes to individuals and groups. Many of the holistic services I do extend to animals as well..
My parents were entrepreneurs and worked hard helping others make changes and transformations in their lives. Their example rubbed off on my brother and I. Formerly, I have owned and run a successful Auto Detailing Business in Wilmington, Helped develop & manage an Auto Spa at a large local Car Dealership & Co-owned a Healing Center in Kennett Square.
When I was 10 years old, I got my 1st dog. Later, my family usually had multiple dogs at a time. After my most recent dog passed away, I thought it would be wonderful to help others by caring for their pets while they were at work or away. It has been really great having the opportunity to meet caring pet owners & to care for their dogs, cats, birds, fish & guinea pigs.
I look forward to taking care of your pets in the Kennett Square area.
Hello, my name is Maggie Holland. I’m originally from Wilmington, DE and have worked in the corporate world for the past 25 years. I am a very active person and spend a lot of time on the Northern DE Greenway with my dog Jagger. I’ve been a dog owner most of my life and have recently experienced the joy of rescuing dogs and providing them a great and active life. I’m comfortable with all breeds of dogs, especially large dogs; and I’ve gone through three dog obedience trainings with my past three dogs. This was a great experience because I learned how to handle a dog the correct way and make sure they are calm and controlled. Right now I’m taking a break from the corporate life because my passion is, and always has been, taking care of animals. I look forward to meeting and caring for your loved ones!
Hello! My name is Megan Brown and I teach special education to 7th and 8th graders! I am an animal lover and have been my entire life. I moved to Delaware about 3 years ago, and before moving I was a caretaker for cats and dogs at a local rescue in Pennsylvania. I would mainly take care of the sick animals and nurse them back to health. I have 2 cats from that rescue that I wound up adopting - they are now in the process of becoming pet therapy cats!! Growing up, I had many pets including dogs, cats, rabbits, fish, and rats!! Spending time with animals is a huge passion of mine, and I look forward to taking care of your loved one!! You can rest assured your pet is in excellent care!! Looking forward to meeting you and working with your fur babies!!!
Hello fellow pet parents! My name is Brandy Hankerson. I’ve been a nurse for nearly 20 years! By day, I’m a part-time assistant to a school nurse for grades K through 8. By night, I am a wife and mom of 2 boys, 1 dog, and 1 cat. I moved to Delaware in 2007 and currently live in Newark. I have loved all animals for as long as I can remember!
Currently, I have a rescue Basset Hound Mix and a Calico cat that was abandoned by her mother. I’ve had Guinea pigs, fish, and even a horse. I have had some unique experiences in caring for animals, including feeding my cat from a bottle since she was 4 weeks old. I have dealt with everything from dogs exhibiting challenging behaviors (car chasing and anxiety around other dogs) to caring for insulin-dependent elderly cats.
I absolutely love pets and promise to lovingly care for (and spoil!!) your fur baby until your return! I look forward to meeting with you and your family.
Hi, my name is Lisa Temple and I am very much looking forward to meeting and taking care of your four legged loved ones!! I absolutely love & am very knowledgeable with all breeds of dogs. I have had dogs all my life, along with cats, just about every small animal, reptiles & fish. If I didn't own the pet myself I, at least, have had experience caring for each kind of pet during the 21 years I've worked in the pet business. I started working & being involved with pets in 1994 when I was 14 years old. I first began at Concord Pet where I eventually became a Regional Manager & not only learned specifics about each & every breed but about all animals. I have been to approximately 50-60 seminars on everything from animal nutrition to behavior to allergies, etc. I worked for Concord Pet for 13 years until my father started his own pet business, Pet Kraze, in 2007 & asked if I would help him by managing his first store, which is now one of six! During the last 21 years I have worked with the Delaware Humane, SPCA, Faithful Friends & numerous other independently owned rescues & animal organizations. I also managed the Pet Kraze in Branmawr Plaza, in which I was responsible for the daily care of close to 50 animals from cats to geckos, bunnies, rats, birds, ferrets & everything in between. I pride myself on taking care of our customer's pets as if they were my own. I appreciate & respect the trust customers put in us to care for their pets! I have the knowledge, the experience, the love & the passion for what I do & I do it all...For The Love of Dogs!! ☆Lisa
Hi! My name is Haley Hagerman, born and raised in Newark Delaware. I am a local pet groomer when I’m not cuddled up with your pups. I grew up assisting my mother who also grooms starting at the age of just 10. I look forward to interacting with you and your pets at the end of a dirty dog day. I have a lab mix of my own and recently adopted a kitten to add to my fur family. I travel the country going to different pet expos and seminars also receiving my Pet CPR and first aid certification along the way! Always interested in learning something new, maybe your pup could show me a few things!
My name is Pam Queen. I currently reside in Wilmington, Delaware, and I am employed at the Wilmington Job Corps Center as an Outreach and Admissions Counselor. I graduated Cum Laude from Delaware State University. During my time there, I became a part of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. I enjoy listening to music, working out, watching movies, and traveling. I absolutely love large dogs or any kind, but particularly Cane Corsos. I am very easy going and love new experiences.
Hello! I'm Ethan Flynn. I'm an animal science student at the University of Delaware. I am the son of Delawarean folk singer John Flynn and I've lived in Wilmington my whole life. Animals are my joy! I instantly bond with every animal I meet and they make me instantly happy! My life goal is to make the lives of animals better. I love them with all my heart. Don't be surprised if I can't stop smiling when I meet your pets! They make me happier than anything on Earth. I really hope I can bring joy to your amazing companions!
Hi my name is Stephanie, and I’ve been an animal lover for as long as I can remember. I grew up with everything from birds, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, iguanas, anoles, to fish. Flash forward to today I have my very own tribe - Leeloo, my shadow aka pit bull/lab mix, Paulie, my mini lion aka Turkish Van cat, and Davey Jones IIII & Friends aka aquarium residents. All of my family members have their own mini zoos as well! When we’re not adventuring or napping you’ll also find me upside down or working out as I’m a yoga and barre teacher as well! I enjoy the outdoors, especially hiking with my pup! I’m excited to be part of the team and look forward to caring for your fur babies as if they were my own!
Hello fellow pet parents, my name is Alicia. I am the mother to three children ages 10 to 17, but I've been a loving pet parent my whole life. I graduated college becoming a dental hygienist for 10 years, and for the past ten years a stay-at-home mom. Having the opportunity to stay home and take care of my family also gave me the opportunity to take care of some extended family members, FUR BABIES! I have been caring for, sitting, walking, bathing, playing with and loving the pets of family and friends for some time, and I love every minute! So clearly I jumped at the chance to be part of a team who love their pets like family and will love yours just the same. I am super excited to meet you and your pet (I love ALL kinds) and hopefully build a loving, trusting relationship that will last for years to come.
Hello y’all! My name is Margaret and I am a rising college senior, studying Spanish and history. Although I go to school in North Carolina, I am staying here in Wilmington for the summer and I’m super excited to be a part of the FTLOD team! I have loved animals and pets for as long as I can remember; I had a childhood miniature schnauzer named Lola for 16 years and many fish along the way. Now, we have our cat Pepper! But there is always room in my heart for more pets! In my spare time, you can find me cooking, with friends, or anywhere outside! I am very excited to get to know your pets! Let me know if I can help you this summer!
Hi! My name is Robin Jacyshyn, I'm from the Hockessin/Pike Creek area of Delaware. I am an avid animal lover, and have been working with FTLOD since May 2019! I also work as the campus store manager at Goldey-Beacom College. Exercising, keeping active and busy is important to me. I enjoy outside trail walking and travel in my spare time. Pets are wonderful companions and have been a part of my life since I was a small child. All animals have individual characteristics as we do. When treated with kindness, affection, and care our pets will thrive. I look forward to caring for your beloved pets as if they were my own, and am very excited to build a relationship with both you and your pet!
Victoria (Tori) Nerelli
Hello! My name is Victoria Nerelli. I am a 2019 graduate from Harcum college with an associates degree in Animal Science, and have 6+ years of experience in animal care. From working in veterinary hospitals to pet stores, I have seen it all! My next journey is to attend school to become a vet tech, followed by chasing my dreams of becoming a veterinarian. I discovered my love for animals at a very early age. At 5 years old in my big imagination, I was caring for my "sick" kitten giving her "medicine" to make her all better. Ever since, my passion was to always love and care for any animal I saw. Today I get to make that dream come true by taking care of and loving your babies! Any animal I work with becomes my family as well as their owners so I say in advance, welcome to my family! :)