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JANET BEST, CO-OWNER
I am the owner of two Tibetan Terriers (known as "My Kids")- Sigma and Kaizen. Trained Sigma on Fly Ball, Agility, Lure Coursing as he loves to do anything if there are treats involved.
Attended Animal Friend's dog socials with Sigma, who was the instigator - always getting the other dogs to chase him - all part of his socialization.
I spend my summer vacation with my dogs at a week long dog camp learning new skills and attending dog related seminars. I attended Pet CPR and Safety course.
I am the Chief Operating Officer of a mid-sized Pittsburgh law firm.
Greatest achievement - being loved by two wonderful dogs.
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KAREN MCELROY, CO-OWNER
I graduated with a Bachelors Degree from Robert Morris College in Management Information Systems. I have co-owned a Sign Shop and owned a Graphic Design Company. After spending 17 years as a Flight Attendant and Trainer at USAirways I decided to retire and work in the animal industry.
I volunteered at West Deer Shelter, became a trainer for Invisible Fence Co. and then managed or supervised at several local boarding facilities. When opening in late 2012,
5th Avenue Fido invited me to join them as their Manager and now as an owner with Janet Best.
I am married to my husband James and we have enjoyed fostering and re-homing dogs and currently have 3 rescue dogs of our own. Rocco, a lab/terrier mix, Teddy, a shapei/shepherd mix and Rayven a golden retriever mix.
I also do in-home dog training in my "spare time".
I have a stong compassion for older special needs dogs and would someday like to open a hospice for some of these special animals.
RENEE DIERFIELD, CERTIFIED GROOMER
I graduated from the Pampered Pet School of Dog Grooming with my management certificate in dog and cat grooming. I have been grooming for 9 years. I can groom any breed and do any specialty cut. I also groom my own dogs and friend’s dogs for AKC Conformation shows.
I am a member of various Belgian Malinois groups and the Butler County Kennel Club. I own Belgian Malinois dogs that I breed, show in conformation, and do various performance activities such as obedience, agility, and rally. My Belgian Malinois train at various places for their performance activities including 5th Avenue Fido for obedience class where my dog Jada’s recently earned her AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy award.
I have been grooming at 5th Avenue Fido since they opened in 2012. I strive very hard to give my customers what they want and have had many customers follow me to Fido from my previous employer. I will meet with you as a new customer to discuss what you want as well as provide suggestions to keep your dog looking good.
KRISTINA PEFFER, CERTIFIED DOG TRAINER/MASSAGE THERAPIST
I graduated with an AS degree in Radiologic Technology and worked in various aspects of the medical field for years. While working as a Massage Therapist, I wanted to share the healing powers of massage with my true love...dogs!!! So, my dog Ginger and I headed off to Ohio for training where I earned my Canine Massage Certification from the Pet Massage Institute in 2005. I began working at a pet boarding facility as a pet care associate and bather. I went on to become a manager for both the pet boarding and pet sitting industries.
Always intrigued by canine behavior I enrolled in Animal Behavior College and earned my Dog Trainer Certification in 2007. I have developed and taught puppy, basic obedience and manners group class as well as private at home training and behavior modification.
I continue my education today in both canine massage and training.
I currently have 4 loves of my life, Tashi and Chombe (11 year old Lhasa Apso's), Rooney (8 year old English Toy Spaniel) and Lola (5 year old Yorkipoo).
LAURIE, SAM, DORIA, JENNA, SARAH, KRISTINA, MARISSA, PAIGE, CARRIE, KAREN, EMILY, IVY, MADDIE, ALEX, KRISTA
All of our staff members are caring, compassionate dog lovers, dedicated to the safety and happiness of your dog.