Jon Pettengill, also known as JP joins Adventure Pet with an endless supply of energy and enthusiasm, which is helpful since as all loving dog owners know this is a key attribute of pups in general. Jon matches his pups step for step as he takes them on adventures. In fact, it’s a bit of a competition to see who can out-adventure who. Seeing as how Jon has a background in competitive bicycling and coaching, these skills translate beautifully into a pack leader. Instead of coaching two-legged athletes, he’s in the business of coaching those of the four-legged variety, and as the owner of two sweet labs of his own, he has plenty of experience in this area.
When Jon takes your pups out on an adventure you can be sure they’ve been thoroughly exercised, encouraged, loved and will come home worn out!
Zach and his wife Rhonda lead a large and diverse pack that includes their young son Till, two dogs Luna and Baxter, and about a dozen chickens. As the owner of high-energy terriers, Zach is reminded everyday of the importance of providing dogs with regular exercise. Luna and Baxter are well known in their neighborhood for all the time they spend outside running on trails, pulling Zach on rollerblades, and practicing for agility competitions in the front yard.
Zach’s background as a competitive runner prepares him well to thoroughly wear out your dogs on excursions. While even the littlest dogs run circles around him, Zach’s adventures promise a brisk pace and plenty of play that leaves everyone panting in the van on the way home.
Coty grew up in Lake Tahoe where she was surrounded by a variety of animals ever since she was a young girl. Thanks to this exposure she knew as a child that animals would always be an important part of her life. Her love of animals developed into a passion for animal healthcare, which she pursued after college by attaining her associates degree in Veterinary Technology. Coty has worked in veterinary medicine for seven years, starting at the S.P.C.A., she now works as a Veterinary Nurse here in Reno at Mountain View Animal Hospital.
During her spare time Coty indulges in a number of hobbies with the two loves of her life, her dogs, Monet and Buddah. Having been a college athlete Coty finds joy in outdoor activities such as hikes, walks and trail runs. One goal in particular she makes every summer is to climb no less than five peaks in the surrounding areas. With her knowledge of animal science Coty understands the importance of activity and stimulation for our four legged loves. She is extremely excited to be able to share her passion for outdoor activities (running in particular) with local pups, and provide them some beneficial exercise in the process.
Pack Pied Piper
Debbie has had dogs since she was six years old and horses since she was eleven, so animals have always been a huge part of her life.
Animals are literally drawn to her and follow her leadership. Before her beloved Belle passed, it was not unusual to see Debbie riding her horse followed by the dogs and a cat.
Her skills have been put to the test since adopting Hunter, a Doberman/Basenji mix. Hunter challenged Debbie’s creative skills in how to get him exercise commensurate with his extremely high energy level. In addition to hiking in the desert hills with him, Debbie leads him off of her horse and exercises him on a treadmill.
Debbie has spent the last nine years as a barefoot trimmer giving horses pedicures. It has been an amazing training ground in utilizing calm assertive energy to encourage the horses to work with her while they get their pedicures.
You can be sure your pups are having fun when romping through the great outdoors with Debbie.
I can’t remember a day of my life where there wasn’t a dog or a horse in it. I’ve owned a variety of dogs so have an understanding of different breeds. Currently I own my border collie, Maverick. He’s so much fun and loves going out for hikes and walks with me and my husband, Paul. Mavy often comes with me when I ride my horse Haidi out on the trails, those days are my favorite. I also ride Haidi in ranch sorting competitions, my horse and dog definitely keep me from going crazy.
Before working (if that’s what you want to call it) for Adventure Pet I was in the insurance industry. Getting away from a desk is a dream come true and I can’t wait to have some fun outside with some outgoing, furry companions. I don’t think it can get much better.
Shannon is a retired PE teacher from California who has quickly learned to love Reno and its many places for outdoor adventures. She currently has a wonderful black lab named Zoe who she spends many hours exploring the different hiking trails available in this area. Dogs are drawn to her easy going nature and she is happiest when surrounded by dogs enjoying the great outdoors! She often is having so much fun with the dogs that she loses track of time, so don’t be surprised if her pack goes on extra long adventures. She understands the importance of exercise for both the mental and physical wellness of humans and dogs. When she isn’t running with the dogs, she is busy coaching her two legged athletes in cross country and track at Galena High School.
Denise is a retired school teacher from Washoe County and longtime dog owner. She loves to run, hike, backpack and snowshoe in our beautiful outdoor playground. The only thing that makes her excursions better is if she can have her pup, Lolo, playing alongside her with a happily lolling tongue! Years of running, corralling, motivating and having fun with her elementary school children puts her in a unique position to care for your “children” on their outdoor excursions. Since she is full of energy and never one to waste time, she will most likely combine her daily run/hike with your dogs’, which will leave them happy and tired when returned home.
Combining her love of dogs and the outdoors is a win win. Happy trails equals happy tails!
Kelly is a retired Air Force survival instructor who has worked and played in the Sierra Nevada Mountains for over 20 years. The military has prepared him for many of his own adventures such as falling out of planes, search and rescue and weather stick throwing. He and his wife, Jami, get outdoors daily to hike, mountain bike and stand up paddleboard (SUP). Not only because they love to but their Vizsla, Bodi, demands it! Being outdoors is what it is all about for Kelly and his family. A relaxing weekend is loading up the backpacks and hitting the outback for a night or two or three. They don’t just play on land. Bodi is very talented on the SUP and loves to show off his stuff to his land loving dog friends who remain on the shoreline.
The mantra for his packs are to escape the couch, evade urban boredom, survive and return home with honor.
Katie was born and raised in a dog loving household. In fact, she wanted to grow up to be a dog when she was little! In high school she adopted a German Shorthair Pointer named Saxon, and he has yet to let her forget the importance of exercising him. Her dedication to providing him with daily runs kills two birds with one stone; he gets the wiggles out and she stays in shape. It’s a win win! And who knew the side bonus would be preparing her for a career with Adventure Pet!
Her former career as a Wildland Firefighter is where she fell in love with hiking and being outdoors. She feels that Adventure Pet provides the unique opportunity to combine her love of the outdoors with her passion for dogs. When your pups go out with Katie they will receive a healthy dose of exercise topped off with an extra helping of love!
I am a Native Nevadan who appreciates all the Reno outdoors have to offer including camping, hiking and snowshoeing. When my daughter and pack was younger you would find us camping and hiking every weekend. As the daughter has grown and my pack has aged I decided that my love for animals have led me to leave the corporate world and pursue my passion for pets. As a true lover of all creatures I have owned rabbits, birds, turtles, cats, dogs and bearded dragons. Life is not complete without a pet in my life. My specialty is littles I have a Toy Fox Terrier and a Pug and care for many small dogs daily. Just because they are little doesn’t mean they aren’t mighty and love adventure just as much as the big dogs.
Blake is a lifelong outdoor enthusiast who enjoys playing in the Sierras no matter the season or the weather. His go-to activities include hiking, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Merlin, Blake’s 120 pound Alaskan Malamute / Samoyed mix, is his dedicated outdoor adventure partner. Blake has been given an extensive amount of Adventure Pet training by Merlin during the past seven years, where they go on daily wilderness excursions together. Whether it is exploring a creek, breaking trail in the snow or canvassing BLM land, Blake cannot wait to play with your pups in the mountains!