The Gwinnett Pet Watchers Story
The Gwinnett Pet Watchers’ story begins with the story of Robin Taylor, a former corporate executive and avid animal lover:
“I’ve been an animal lover all of my life and so far I’ve managed to live with dogs, cats, gerbils, hamsters, ferrets, birds, fish, a rabbit, a squirrel, and a turtle,” says Robin. Her very first job was as a trainer at Bad Dogs in Atlanta, GA. There she trained dogs in general obedience/tricks, for protection, commercials and the occasional local celebrity like Hank Aaron. She loved working there, but she says, “my family eventually convinced me that I needed to go to school and find a ‘real’ job, so I got an Engineering degree and went into sales.”
For the next 20 years, Robin climbed the corporate ladder and achieved much success in her career. However, “I realized that all a six figure salary brings is more taxes and being away from home all of the time,” Robin says. Her career called for a lot of travel, which lead to another layer of stress when trying to find a good pet sitter without much luck, or trying to bring her pets along with her.
“When that part of my life ended, it was time to find something new to do. It was one of those moments where something just strikes you out of the blue. All of my life I’ve loved animals and I’d continued to help train and manage nutrition for friends, family, and even my own pets. I could use my business experience and professionalism to fill a need that I’d seen for the longest time. I could work with animals like I’d always wanted to.” It was in this moment that Gwinnett Pet Watchers was born.
Says Robin, “now I’ve realized that it’s more than just being on time and communicating well, it’s about building relationships and in some cases becoming a part of a family. I’ve been there to see the new ones come into the world and I’ve been there to help say goodbye to old friends. I don’t have five dogs and three cats anymore; I have whole families. I have the best job there is!”
Meet the Rest of the Team
Toni is a Georgia native and is an animal lover at heart. She has always had an animal in her life. She especially loves dogs and grew up around them. She has taken in numerous animals in need and nursed them back to health, and has also rescued many stray dogs. She is the mother of two children and her 8 year old English Bulldog, Bo. Toni is insured, bonded, Pet Tech First Aid and CPR trained, and eager to meet you and your pets!
Lisa has been an avid animal lover since childhood and has always had various types of pets. She currently lives in Lawrenceville with her husband, son, two dogs, four conures and two cockatiels. She has been taking care of pets for many years and loves meeting new furry and feathered friends!
Jennifer is a seasoned pet watcher who has worked with animals (specifically dogs) throughout her whole life. In addition to being a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator, she does dog obedience training, has worked as a vet tech, and has worked at a couple of upscale doggy day care/grooming facilities in Buckhead. Although her career has been centered on working with animals, she also finds time to volunteer for various canine organizations in her spare time and is active in pit bull rescue. Clients of Gwinnett Pet Watchers feel very confident when leaving their pets in Jennifer’s hands.
Jennifer handles pet sitting for out of town clients. Her service areas include western Buford, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, and down the Peachtree Industrial corridor, and Lawrenceville Suwanee Road areas.
Kathleen grew up in Michigan where she was born, and moved down to Georgia. She is a Michigan State alumnus, and on her way to becoming a CPA. She has had a place in her heart for animals her entire life. She grew up with cats (Kitty and Mitten), dogs (Chipper and Lucy), and guinea pigs (Salt, Pepper, and Cupcake). A couple of years ago, she lost her 11 year old dog Lucy. They spent half of Kathleen‘s life together, and she is missed everyday. Kathleen’s only current pet is her 15 year old cat Mitten who is deaf, so she understands how care for your pets is a top priority. Spending time with animals brings joy to Kathleen‘s life, and she truly believes that animals are angels in disguise! When she isn’t studying or spending time with animals, she enjoys tennis, reading mysteries, baking, and writing.
Ginger is an area native and retired from a 40 year career as a radiologic technologist at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. She has been married to Frank Aster, a local musician, for almost 16 years. They have no children but have 5 feline fur babies: Panda, Tootie, Milo, Bunny and Belle. She always had dogs and cats growing up. She believes pets are family members but they cannot always travel with the family. Ginger is happy to work with Gwinnett Pet Watchers providing a loving and caring service to the area clients.
Melanie grew up in the Midwest and has lived in Georgia for 13 years. She shares her home with her husband, one energetic Puggle, named Regi, and Sweetpea, a Mixed Breed rescue dog.
She is the mother of two grown children and a "Nana" to one Grand Daughter, five Grand Doggies, and two Grand Kitties! Her pets have always been important members of the family as playmates with her children as they were growing up as well as loving companions that now await visits from her Grand Daughter.
In her spare time she enjoys baking, gardening, crafts, walks in the park with her dogs, and volunteering at her church.
She is looking forward to meeting new furry friends and giving them the LOVE and ATTENTION they deserve!
Jackie was born and raised in Atlanta and went to college at the University of Maryland at College Park and got a BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice. After graduating, she came back to Gwinnett County (where her parents moved while she was in college) and worked for Gwinnett County government for almost 10 years. She left after giving birth to her son and worked from home for 5 years as an editor for a company called Marketforce. She has always had animals, mostly a dog and cat but at one time or another she has owned a hamster, bunny, turtle, fish, birds, cows and a horse. She currently has one dog, a boxer/mastiff mix who is a big sweetie. She loves spending time with animals because they are always so happy to see you. She likes to take care of other peoples pets because she knows how it is to worry about furry friends while away and she wants to make sure that clients know their pet is being loved while they are gone. Jackie has a great husband, two charming step-kids and a son who is a soccer beast. In her free time, she loves to plan Disney trips, travel, read, watch her kids play soccer and participate in the high school band. Jackie has visited 40 out of 50 states!
Samantha is a recent Georgia transplant from Ohio. In her lifetime, she has owned a variety of animals from cats, dogs, reptiles, and fish, and is never one to shy away from meeting new animals. Samantha has many years of petsitting experience and treats everyone’s pets as her own. In her spare time she enjoys learning new crafts with her beautiful black cats Gaston & Jean-Luc close by.
Diego is a freelance artist with an enormous amount of love and respect for dogs. He is guaranteed to be his happiest and most protective around man’s best friend. Growing up, he had a dalmatian which he misses terribly, and for the past two years while living in New York City he dog-sat for various clients. Dogs bring him a whole lot of joy and he love taking care of them. He is glad to be a part of the Gwinnett Pet Watchers team!
Lynn S has been working for GPW for 2 plus years. Her and Robin met at Rabbit Hill Dog Park by accident. After talking for a few minutes Robin asked her "which dog is yours"? Her response to Robin was "I don‘t have a dog, I’m here to play with yours". Robin;s response to her was "My name is Robin Taylor and I own Gwinnett Pet Watchers, you need to work for me". And so it goes.
Lynn was born and raised in Georgia and has always had pets until recently. She currently works part-time with Gwinnett Pet Watchers and full time with The Home Depot.
Jen is an animal lover that has an eight year old pit mix named Diego. She also has a seventeen year old cocker mix and three eight year old kitties. She has been a veterinary technician for the past twenty years and is currently going back to school for a biology degree. She has extensive history with giving medications and subcutaneous fluids, so she can handle anything with elderly or sick patients. She pet sits for a lot for diabetic patients because she is very comfortable with insulin and checking blood glucose levels at the owner’s home. Whether your pet likes to be loved on, play fetch, or go on walks, she uses their favorite activities to make them happy and not mind that their family members are away.
Susan moved to the south 13 years ago from the Northeast. She used to have a fear of animals due to her brother being bitten by a dog when they were little kids. She has outgrown her fear and loves both dogs and cats. Her tabby cat Mochi, is her main girl. She lives with her boyfriend who has a tuxedo cat, Chihuahua, and Papillon, all of whom has become like her own. Aside from finding joy in all her "furbabies", Susan enjoys traveling and staying healthy and active.
Deb is a transplant from New Jersey who has been with GPW for a couple of years now. She is the owner of a diabetic dog, so is very comfortable giving injections and medications to client’s pets. Deb enjoys spending time with her three daughters on her day off and her pooch. She loves dogs and cats, alike, and is happy to watch your furry friends while you are away.
Emily has worked with animals since she was young. She spent most of her childhood on a small farm in Tennessee where she fed and treated large livestock, various water fowl, and other farm critters as pets. After moving back to the area, Emily has had one main goal in mind: to purchase and start her own mini farm and vineyard here in Georgia. Emily has an adopted rescue, Rupert Beasley, pictured here with her. She is ready to address your Winder-Barrow pet needs!
Allie Davis is from Charlotte, NC. Her family has been in GA since 2008. She‘s loved animals since she was a little girl. Her first pet growing up was a Corgi. Over the years, she’s had a ferret, hamster, newts, fish, cats and dogs. She currently has two rescue cats, Moose and Jazzy Bell and will be adopting a dog or two in the future. She’s also currently a photographer on the side and of course loves photographing animals.
Kristen is originally from upstate New York and grew up in an animal free home. Once she became an adult, she adopted an Australian Shepherd mix, Brownie. Once Brownie came into the house so did many other animals, hamsters, fish, 3 ferrets and 2 cats. Currently a Husky named Jäger has stolen her heart as well as 3 turtles. Having more dogs and ferrets is definitely in her future but in the meantime helping take care of your fur baby helps fill that void. She is also the owner of a CrossFit gym in Buford and loves to stay active.
Zoa H was born in Atlanta. She has three grown children. For now, all of her grandchildren are furry ones! Zoa has two labs named Mossy and Jake. She lives on a lake and loves to take her dogs swimming regularly. She has had animals all her life and can‘t imagine not having them. Zoa really enjoys taking care of other people’s pets. Pet sitting is a job that she truly loves!
Jennifer A has lived in Georgia since she was 12, so she considers herself an Atlanta native, but she was born in New York and lived in New Jersey for most of her childhood before her family moved to Georgia. She has a sweet tibetan terrier named Kevin, who is an only pooch and is very spoiled. Jennifer A has a degree in music from the University of West Georgia. She is a singer and an artist and loves cooking and doing word puzzles.
Bobbi S loves all dogs and cats and has had them all of her life until about a year ago, when she lost her 15 year old cat. Now, she is enjoying all of the pets that she sits for, always treating them as if they were her own. Bobbi has two grown daughters and is still waiting on her first grandchild. She was born and raised in downtown Atlanta, so that makes her a native. She has always enjoyed playing in the dirt and has found that it’s a great way to release stress!
Christa has been working with animals for as long as she can remember. Growing up, she always wanted to be a veterinarian simply because she wanted to work with animals and help them in any way that she could. She grew up with dogs her entire life; her parents owned a toy poodle before she was born, but as she got older, they added other dogs to the family. Her parents have a toy poodle that she loves dearly, and she also has a german shepherd and a rag doll cat. Christa‘s first job involving animals was as a pet care staff member at the Animal Medical Center of Lawrenceville. She was there for a summer, working in the kennels with the animals that would board at the clinic. She then began working at Russell Ridge Animal Hospital the following summer, where she continued to work for 3 years, working as a member of their pet care staff, where she was responsible for the care of the animals that were boarding, as well as providing assistance to the vet techs. She can’t picture a life without animals in it and she has a special place in her heart and will never get tired of working with them!
Erin currently lives in Grayson, and she has resided in her house for fourteen years now. In this house, she has owned numerous types of animals, and she has loved every single one of them. She has experience with puppies, dogs, kittens, cats, mice, rats, fish, frogs, sugar gliders, lizards, small snakes, and a couple pot-bellied pigs. She has watched and walked dogs for neighbors and friends in the past. She is up for just about any animal and is excited to take care of them as much as you need! She has also volunteered with ASPCA and adoption centers. She plans on earning an Animal Science degree from the University of Georgia in the next three years of college and to be working with animals in her future. Animals are truly her passion.
Amy love animals, especially dogs! She has owned a dog her whole life and she believes life isn’t complete without a pet! A stubborn old weenie dog currently calls her his human and she wouldn’t have it any other way. She has been pet sitting for roughly fifteen years now. Over the years she has gained experience in caring for cats and dogs of all sizes, ages, and needs. She is familiar with giving medications and keeping your pets on their regular schedules. It is her privilege to have the opportunity to treat your pet with love and affection, as they were her own!
Galen grew up around animals on a farm in Rhode Island. He continued to be around dogs and cats his whole life. Galen gets along with every type of dog or cat, every size and every breed. He moved to Atlanta to be around his daughter again. He works very well with the owners and loves all the animals he sits. Galen looks forward to meeting you and your loving pet!!
Janine spent over 20 years in the corporate world as a licensed CPA. Deciding 5 years ago that her life needed to have more balance, she decided to follow her heart and began fostering dogs for Angel‘s Among Us. Finding that helping animals was the most rewarding thing she has ever done and realizing it filled her heart with great joy by taking care of animals, she decided to make a move full time into pet sitting. Wagging tails, wagging tongues, purrs and coos give her daily smiles and laughs that just can’t be found crunching numbers. Taking care of animals is the reward for all of her hard work!
Devin has lived nearly her entire life loving and caring for animals. During her four years of high school she spent her summers working for a veterinarian in her hometown in Mississippi. During her senior year, she scheduled her classes in the morning in order to work in the afternoon. After graduating from high school in 1991, she took her love for animals and the knowledge she had gained to Mississippi State University where she covered the classes required for their Veterinary program. After four years in their undergraduate studies, she was accepted into the College of Veterinary medicine in 1996 and graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1999.
She has always had a soft spot in her heart for our furry feline friends. During her junior year in Veterinary college she fulfilled her requirements for externships, but also designed her own program in conjunction with her professors to further her studies in Feline Medicine. One of her externships lead her to an exclusive feline practice in Georgia. It was then she was offered a position with the practice upon completion of her senior year. Devin found her work at the cat clinic to be extremely rewarding, but she soon realized there was a desperate need for veterinarians to combat the pet overpopulation problem that causes so many animals to be euthanized every year and to help owners with pets who couldn’t afford their basic health care.
In 2000, she founded a non-profit clinic in Marietta, Ga called SANTA, The Spay And Neuter Team of Atlanta. The clinic offered low cost spays, neuters, vaccines, dewormer, heartworm treatments, heartworm prevention and flea control. For the next ten years she helped thousands of owners provide affordable care to their pets and spayed and neutered over 26 thousand cats and dogs. As dedicated as was to the mission of her clinic, she was and is still dedicated to her husband who is a C5-C6 quadriplegic. She left veterinary medicine in 2010 to become his fulltime caregiver which occupies much of her time.
In 2013, Devin was given the opportunity to take a part time position as a Guest Programs Team Specialist at the Georgia Aquarium. During her year at the Aquarium, she gained a tremendous amount of education regarding aquatic life and their environments. She immensely enjoyed her time there, because she was able to learn so much information that wasn’t taught in her college courses. Unfortunately, her husband’s health condition was not conducive with her work schedule.
Over the years since leaving the practice of Veterinary medicine, Devin terribly missed working with pets and their owners and wondered how she could incorporate them into her schedule while still adequately caring for her husband. In June of 2016, she discovered her answer. Gwinnett Pet Watchers!
Joyel is a certified in pet handling and grooming and has been working with animals, big and small in a veterinary clinic for the past several years. She has hands-on experience with dogs and cats and has a passion for making sure each pet receives the best care possible. Joyel loves to walk and is more than ready to take your pet out for his or her daily hike. She currently lives in Dacula with her family including her canine companions Lily Anne, Pearline, Fiona Louise, and Daisy Bird.