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My name is Hazel Hunter and I just love dogs! I am originally from Va. Beach and have been living in Fairfax County since 1989. I have had cats and dogs my entire live and currently have a brown Labradoodle and a Chinese Shar Pei. I also keep a friend’s yellow Labrador for extended visits when her family is traveling. He has really become a part of our family. Now that my 3 kids are older and I have more free time, I am able to help Mary out with her clients. I love taking walks and playing with all of our clients’ pets. They all have such different personalities and bring a lot of joy to my life. I look forward to meeting more new friends soon!
My name is Debbie Swindall and I am a native northern-Virginian. I have had animals all my life, including dogs, cats, horses, gerbils, and hamsters. My family now consists of my loving husband, two dogs and a cat. I recently retired after 39 years in the health care profession (32 years with Kaiser Permanente), and wanted to try a different line of work. I enjoy all animals; they all have such different personalities. I have worked 4 years part-time as a pet sitter and am enjoying it immensely.
My name’s Mackenzie Joyner and I grew up here in Centreville, VA. I’ve been in the pet care industry for 8+ years now, and even though I currently work for an IT company during the week, I love to still care for my wonderful Paw Pal clients part time, especially for vacation and overnight visits. When I’m not providing loving care for your pets, I’m hanging out with my 4 year-old son and my puppy Bruce, who is a social and exuberant 85-pound Poodle mix. I always ensure the pets in my care are treated just like family. Having had both a human child and a fur child, I can tell you they are one and the same! I look forward to meeting you and your precious pets, and meeting your pet sitting needs.
Hi, my name is Shad McAllister. I have had animals for most of my life. Growing up on a family farm, we’ve raised bulls, cattle, goats, chickens, and horses. Of course, we’ve always had cats and dogs running around. I have a beautiful daughter and a love.. my wife. My wife and daughter sometimes come with me to meet the pups or kitties. They always have fun interacting the animals. I have been working with Paw Pals since August of 2018 and it has been really rewarding. Paw Pals has gotten me out there and get some more exercise. Can’t wait to meet you and your best friends.
My name is Laura Poston. I live in Centreville with my family and our lab Hank. I retired from the Army in September 2019. Working for Paw Pals has given me the opportunity to exercise and avoid a long commute outside of Centreville. My furry clients are happy to see me and I enjoy taking them on a good walk or playing with them during my visit.
Hi, I’m Lisa, and I absolutely adore animals! I currently have two dogs and a cat – Sally, Bentley, and Jasper. Here I am with Sally after she was rescued. I have future plans to do fostering (potentially adopt, who knows). I love working with Paw Pals and I’ve already grown attached to many furry clients. I’m excited to continue meeting new people and fur-babies along the way!
My name is Gillian Clark and I adore all furry things. I’ve had a dog all my life. When I was younger, I grew up with a Golden/Lab mix named Chandler who was the sweetest dog I’ve met. Before he passed, my family added a very timid but sweet Jack Russell named Joey to the family. (We had a bit of a “Friends” theme in the naming.) I’m so happy to take care of your animals and get my dog fix while I’m at college!
I’ve owned numerous dogs in my lifetime, as well as guinea pigs and a parakeet. I am currently without a pet companion of my own, so I love the time I spend with my granddog! Working for Paw Pals provides me with some much needed puppy-time!
“Scratch a dog and find a permanent job.” – Franklin P. Jones
My name is Samantha and I am so excited to be apart of the Paw Pals family! I have many years of experience working with animals all shapes, sizes, and breeds. I also work at VCA Centreville Animal Hospital as a receptionist. When I am not working I am spending time with Princess, my Beagle. As a family we enjoy hiking, gardening (me more than the kids – I just like to think they do…) and going on little trips to the lake or zoo. I am so happy to have this new journey, in life and I am looking forward to meeting you and your fur babies!
The only title I care about is dog mom. Like so many other dog lovers I know, the ultimate dream would be to have my own rescue. I have been blessed to have so many amazing dogs be apart of my life. My husband and I now have 2 greater Swiss mountain dogs Bronx and Micah. The best days are the ones I spend hiking and cuddling with them. Dog sitting is another way for me to shower other people’s fur babies with all the love.