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.
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.
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.
Jennifer grew up on a small ranch in northern Georgia. She has been around animals, big and small, for her entire life. Horses are some of her favorite creatures, but since there’s no room in her apartment, she currently resides with her wonderful three cats: Miles, Cho, and Max. Her breed of choice for dogs are Golden Retrievers and Australian Shepherds. One day, she hopes to own a home, with her three cats, a dog or two, and maybe even a horse! She looks forward to being with your pets and treating them as her own!
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. After graduating from high school, she took her love for animals to Mississippi State University and graduated from their Veterinary program.
She has always had a soft spot in her heart for our furry feline friends. 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. 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.
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.
Furry family members have always been a big part of Michelle’s life since she was a child. Michelle and her family have always adopted rescue dogs and cats. You can even say that in
their experience that we were the ones being rescued by them. The unconditional love that they gave to their furry family members is a tradition that they all carry on with our own families.
Michelle, her husband and daughter have recently relocated their family from Connecticut to Georgia. They moved to be closer to nature and enjoy all that the outdoors has to offer. Michelle loves the outdoors and would enjoy to walk, play and exercise with your furry loved ones. In the picture with Michelle is the newest addition to her family named Dunkin. He is a Labrador/Shepherd mix and Michelle is looking forward to making more family memories with the little guy.
Michelle looks forward to meeting with you and your furry family members to create an everlasting bond full of belly rubs and exploring adventures on their walks.