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Cara Ruth – Owner

Cara Ruth photoHello. My name is Cara Ruth and this is my top dog, Bunker.

After graduating as a Network Engineer, I spent almost 20 years in Corporate America working with fortune 500 companies like AMEX and HP.

I was a “road warrior” traveling all over the country working in Technology. Over the years I developed a passion for providing extraordinaire customer service.

My love for pets united with a strong desire and ability to quickly learn, I became fascinated by understanding how to truly care for my pet. I hired a really smart and faithful dog walker and that’s when it began.

The next couple years I continued my study for animal care until one day, I was involved in a car accident. I suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized.

During my 7 month recovery, I was sitting in my living room when my cane fell to the ground. Since I was restricted from standing up without a cane, I suddenly felt helpless. My dog Bunker was sitting by my side when I commanded him to “come help mommy up”.

Without hesitation, Bunker stood in front of me as he lowered himself offering his assistance. The days that followed included Bunker by my side eager to help when called and truly loving his new job.

During this time I started to brainstorm the perfect job for both of us. Little did I know how quickly the idea would come.

Bunker and many other Happy Tails customers have benefited in my years of experience, professionalism and most importantly my unfailing love for all pets.

Carlos – Dog Trainer

Carlos photoFrom an early age Carlos felt an affinity for dogs, viewed them as more than ‘just a pet’ and became fascinated by their behaviors, the way in which they communicated with one another and with their human companions.

Carlos eventually became acquainted with dogs that were ‘trained’ and knew that this was his mission in life.

He set out to learn everything that he could about dogs from both a scientific and experiential perspective. Carlos brings his wealth of information and his ability to ‘speak their language’ (ie. using calm positioning, thought interruption and interaction) into an eclectic approach that allows him to address each dogs unique needs.

Carlos’ specialization in obedience, pack structure and aggression allows him to help dogs overcome the collateral issues of anxiety and nuisance behaviors such as barking, whining, chewing, mouthing, bolting and not coming when called.

Whether you need basic or advanced training, Carlos has the experience and knowledge to assist you and your canine companion.

Maureen – Pet Care Professional

maureen photoHi my name is Maureen! My previous experience has been in Education for the past 34 years as a Teacher, Coach and Adviser at the high school level.

For two years before I retired I always said that when I retire I want to become a ” Professional Dog Walker”.

Well that dream came true when I was hired by Happy Tails of South Jersey.

As a member of the Happy Tails Family keeping clients informed of each and ever service is our style. Sending pictures, video and even personal texts makes for a well informed client.

As a retired School Teacher I understand the importance of following the game plan that each family has in place for their four legged family member(s).

Plus providing excellent service the only type of service that Happy Tails of South Jersey provides!

Rhonda – Pet Care Professional

Rhonda photoRhonda was born and raised in Pennsylvania and attended Lock Haven University.

Rhonda is a retired school teacher and high school coach who upon retiring decided to get involved in her next passion which is working with animals.

Rhonda is a proud owner of her own golden doodle, Penny. Rhonda has become a strong pack leader and we are so happy to have her a part of the Happy Tails Family!

In Rhonda’s own words… “Happy Tails of South Jersey showed me the way to keep my love for dogs and exercise in harmony”.

Kasey – Pet Care Professional

Kasey photoHello my name is Kasey. I currently live in Medford, NJ with my husband of two years.

I graduated from Shawnee High School in 09’ and earned a bachelor’s degree from The College of New Jersey in 13’.

I currently work as a health & physical education teacher at Hartford School in Mt. Laurel.

I have been teaching 5th & 6th grade for the past three years now. I have a passion for helping people and animals exploring new activities so they can eventually live a healthy, active lifestyle.

I love living a healthy active lifestyle while having a furry friend by my side. Growing up with my family Labrador Maddie for 14 years, I have always had a passion for dogs.

During my summers off, I wanted to do something that would combine my two passions together.

That is when I found Happy Tails. I believe in their mission that every dog needs to be mentally and physically stimulated while giving free belly rubs with each service.

I am taking on a new golden doodle puppy of my own and I cannot wait to bring him along for the ride!!

Leanne – Pet Care Professional

Leanne photoHi, my name is Leanne! I am originally from Central New Jersey and first started Pet Sitting and Dog Walking with a company based out of Millstone, NJ.

I then worked as a Concierge associate and manager at a Kennel in Philadelphia, PA.

There are few things in life I find more rewarding than caring for animals and being able to spend time with them.

Cuddling, belly rubs, and kisses are my specialty! I look forward to caring for your pets.

Laura – Pet Care Professional

Hi, my name is Laura. I worked in the IT business for 15 years before deciding to stay at home to raise my three daughters. Now that my girls are older, I wondered what my dream job would be? It always included animals. I enjoy taking my two dogs for walks around our neighborhood, which inspired me to begin in the dog walking business.  I previously worked for another pet walking service before finding Happy Tails. Happy Tails has allowed me to bring my love for animals to each and every dog. Nothing is better than a wagging tail, a belly to rub or a big wet kiss!

Jordan – Pet Care Professional

Hello, my name is Jordan.  I grew up in Marlton, NJ, and graduated from Cherokee High School.  Currently, I am attending Rowan College in pursuit of a journalism degree.  My love for animals goes hand in hand with my love for the outdoors.  The opportunity to work at Happy Tails has been an absolute dream come true because I am able to do my two favorite things for a living; spend time with dogs and be outside!  I have owned and lived with dogs for my whole life, and these incredible animals fill my heart with joy.  It is my goal to treat each and every dog that I work with as my own, with extraordinary care and service while keeping an open communication with the client.  In my opinion, nothing is better than coming home to a wagging tail, a furry face, and a wet kiss!

Heather – Pet Care Professional

Hello! My name is Heather. I grew up in North Jersey but have lived in 6 states due to my husband’s military service. We are so happy to be back in NJ for good. I have a background in fitness and I love dogs.  It is a perfect combination to spend time with amazing animals and be able to be outside walking them. I look forward to caring for each of your pets and treating them with the love and care as I would for my own pet.