Antonio has worked in a youth program with Safe Humane Chicago training dogs to prepare them for adoption. He has a shih-tzu named Whitesox and a savannah monitor named Max.
Antonio’s favorite thing about dogs is the amount of love they show you. He loves how they can change his day in a good way. Antonio likes working with dogs because he enjoys learning about them and showing them love.
Yesi has worked w/ animals since she was 11 years old. Growing up, her parents always had a lot of animals around the house. Yesi has volunteered for Miami’s Humane Society and fought against breed legislation. She has a pitbull/pointer mix named Pintto, a fish named Iceberg, and 4 frogs.
Yesi loves the unconditional love that dogs show and how they always try their best to put a smile on your face. Yesi’s dream is to own a shelter that takes in pups with a high kill rate, especially the bully breeds
Before coming to DoGone Fun! Michelle held various internships in the medical field. However, after she worked as a veterinary assistant, she decided to dedicate her life to helping and caring for all sorts of animals. Since then she has worked as a bather, dog walker, and pet-sitter.
Through her work experience she has taken dog behavior courses and is an avid believer in positive reinforcement. She is looking forward to the opportunity to take more classes and expand her knowledge of the animals she loves.
Dan has worked with animals for about three years. Since beginning to work with dogs, he has realized just how much he loves them and never even thought changing field of work. After working at another daycare in Chicago, he heard great things about DoGone Fun! and decided to join our team.
Dan loves to decipher between breeds and make personality assessments based on personal actions and breed background information and history. Dan currently has two dogs named Kooba and Gia Marie, and cares for mom’s five cats.
Charles has been working with dogs since 1993 in various roles, including bathing, walking, kennel attendant, vet tech, play lot caregiver, and supervisor. He is extremely knowledgeable about dog communication signals and behaviors. One of Charles’ greatest attributes is his calm and steadiness in any situation. He has a very thorough understanding of dog behavior as a species and individually. The dogs and staff love Charles. He is DoGone Fun’s Dog Loving Lord of the Lot!
Katherine came to us in May 2013 through her studies to become a dog trainer with Judit Arroyo, CPDT-KA, at Animal Career Academy. Katherine has had a passion for dogs her entire life which is evident in her work both as a student and as part of our staff. By joining our staff as a caregiver, she has been able to significantly increase her knowledge of dogs and dog behavior while continuing her studies to become a dog trainer. Katherine has a great knowledge of dogs. She is particularly good at sensing the unique needs of each dog.
Theresa moved to Chicago from Wisconsin in 2012. When in Wisconsin she had helped her aunt at a dog shelter for over six years and had also personally fostered a number of dogs. You will find Theresa either on the play lot or in the kennel. Theresa feels she’s learned a lot about human nature and qualities we aspire to have from our canine friends. She has great compassion for our canine friends.
Tyler worked as a Kennel Manager at Best Friends before moving to DoGone Fun to join our crew in 2014. Tyler has had a dog of his own since he was 4. He was excited to join DGF because of the additional education we make available for staff. He is very patient and always has a caring attitude towards the dogs. His favorite thing about dogs is their energy and eagerness to be affectionate.
Veronica has previously volunteered at PAWS and assisted a horse trainer for 7 years. You can see the true love Veronica has for the dogs while she is is on the playlot. She even says her favorite thing about her playmates is how they keep her constantly entertained with their quirks and personalities.
Anna – Kennel Manager
Anna started with us as a caregiver in 2006. She has completed the core classes at Animal Career Academy and mentored under our Dog Behaviorist, Judit. Anna continually seeks ways to further her knowledge of dogs and their behaviors. Her degree in psychology is evident when you watch Anna work with dogs. She is always trying to figure out what’s going on in the dogs’ minds, so she can better relate to them.
Anna is also now one of our dog trainers,highly respected by clients for her knowledge and compassion for dogs. Her dedication to helping dogs is further shown by her volunteer commitment to leading Safe Humane Chicago play groups for abandoned dogs at Animal Care and Control evenings and weekends. Her experience has taught her great patience and empathy for each dog and their idiosyncrasies. Dogs just love Anna because of her obvious passion for them.
Keith joined DoGone Fun as a caregiver in February of 2007. Keith has been a supervisor with us for 5 years and also has taught Dog Agility for 2-1/2 years. He quickly realized that his prior experience as a child caregiver for park district camps translated well to the doggie daycare setting. Keith has continued to expand his knowledge of dogs through classes at the Animal Career Academy and Judit, our dog behaviorist, as well as mentoring under Stacey Hawk to learn dog agility skills.
Keith’s dog Zero needed a way to channel his robust energy, so Keith started taking Zero to Stacey Hawk’s agility classes. Both Zero and Keith fell in love with the sport and have continued to practice weekly and now compete in local meets. Keith now also teaches agility at DoGone Fun Keith has a keen sense for the individual needs of each dog to be comfortable and happy at DoGone Fun.