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Dog Kidz was founded in 2006 by owner, Sandra Blakley. After searching the area unsuccessfully many times for the kind of safe, kind, and roomy care that she wanted for her own dogs, Sandra decided that she needed to open her own place to get it! Our mission is to offer as much freedom and space to dogs as possible in a safe and secure environment. At the same time, dog parents are offered the assurance of an almost home care environment and their freedom to leave on vacation or just a golf game knowing their family member will be well taken care of. All staff members are first and foremost, dog lovers.
- Sandra Blakley, Owner
Sandra has been a dog parent since the age of ten and has always been involved with dogs in one form or another. Dog Kidz has been her life long dream. The lucky dogs sharing the dream are Jasper (English Springer), Jordy (Miniature Australian Shepherd mix), Jesse (Cockapoo), and Jamie (Cocker Spaniel).
- Jim Sweeney, Caretaker of both dogs and property.
Jim is a transplant from Boston and loves being in the Florida sunshine. He and his fiancée are the proud parents of Lexi, a feisty Chihuahua who runs the household. Jim keeps Dog Kidz going with his constant repairs and improvements.
- Chelsey Ridgway, Bather, Janitorial, and Caretaker
Chelsey has been learning dog grooming and caretaking since she was eleven. At any given time, her household changes as Chelsey takes in strays, domestic and wild. At the moment she is raising two cats, three white rats, some tadpoles and of course, Wendy, her Cur dog.
- Kathy Ridgway, Groomer
Kathy has been grooming since she was eleven years old. Her parents were both professional groomers and they started her off early. She’s been grooming dogs ever since and with over 35 years of experience, Kathy has seen it all. Cookie, her Shih Tzu, and two chickens make up her household.