Beverly Amsler, Owner, Dog Trainer, Pet Sitter, Dog Walker
While living in Salt Lake City, I volunteered for Furburbia, one of the first pet adoption centers to be located inside a mall. I was also a member of Intermountain Therapy Animals which pioneered the Reading Education Assistance Dogs program. Through their innovative use of therapy dogs, the READ program assisted many children struggling with literacy.
After moving to Roanoke, VA., I volunteered as a dog trainer and photographer for the Roanoke Valley SPCA. After my time at the SPCA, I became involved as a puppy raiser, puppy sitter, and handler for St. Francis Service Dogs which trains dogs for the disabled. I enjoy working with the dogs as they go through the program and ultimately to their partner.
Since 2009, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah twice a year to work in Dogtown. I have helped train some of the dogs saved from Michael Vick’s dog fighting ring, also known as the “Vicktory Dogs”. The caregivers look forward to my visits and request my help with some of the dogs in their area.
In 2011, I was contacted by Botetourt County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jill Deegan about a court case she was prosecuting. She asked me to train nine Beagle puppies that were being held at Angels of Assisi as evidence. They puppies were in desperate need of training and socialization. I worked with them two or three times per week for about six weeks, teaching them basic commands and introducing them to new sights and sounds outside of the shelter. After the trial, all of the puppies were ready to be adopted and are now living happily in their forever homes.
I’m also a member of the Roanoke Valley CART (Community Animal Resource Team). We were activated during the 2012 derecho and provided assistance for animals whose owners were staying at the shelter set up at the Roanoke Civic Center.
I have now decided to make working with animals my career where I can help families resolve behavioral issues with their dogs.
In addition to my hands-on training, I have taken Perception Modification and Cycles courses, completed Foundation Skills for Working With Dogs at Best Friends Animal Society, and am a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy’s Dog Trainer Foundations. I am a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP) and the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).
Thanks for visiting our website and I’d love to chat with you about your pet. We serve Roanoke, Salem, Vinton, Troutville, Rocky Mount, Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Lynchburg, Forest, Covington, and surrounding areas. You can contact us here.
Casey Wright, Pet Sitter and Dog Walker
Hi, I’m Casey! Before graduating college I worked as a receptionist at an animal hospital for five years. Getting to meet and help out with so many sweet pets made that job extremely enjoyable. At home I have a three-legged cat named Binx. He was a stray kitten with an injured leg, which led to amputation. Now he is a happy and loved house cat! I am new in Roanoke and when I am not working I am checking out all of the cool hiking trails in the area.
Kathleen Legg, Pet Sitter and Dog Walker
I’m a recent graduate from Roanoke College. Since then I have been working as an adoption counselor and Development Assistant at the Roanoke Valley SPCA. Animals have always been part of my life…cats, dogs, horses, lambs and even a pig. They bring me a lot of comfort and joy. I can’t image my life without them.
Kaylee, Pet Sitter and Dog Walker
Hi y’all! My name is Kaylee, and I am a college student who LOVES animals! I have three cats, three dogs, two fish and a gerbil. The kitten in the picture with me is my youngest cat. I found her in the middle of the road when Hurricane Matthew was hitting our area. She was roughly 2 weeks old, and was covered in ticks and soaked to the bone. As you can see, she is very healthy now! I have ridden horses for 12 years, and loved every minute of it.
Ryan is the co-founder of Day One Treats for dogs as well as a puppy raiser, sitter, foster, and part-time kennel manager for Saint Francis Service Dogs.