THE PETICULARS TEAM
PET CARE PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS IN SAFE GROUP PLAY MANAGEMENT, SAFE HANDLING, INFECTION CONTROL AND VACCINES 101
Team Peticulars is very proud of their certifications and their continuing education in the latest industry trends.
Owner and Operations Manager – Linda Rogers has been a pet professional since graduating from OSU in 1986. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management, Animal Welfare. Linda has an extensive background in veterinary practice operation and spent several years as the director of a dog shelter and owner of a grooming, boarding and training center. Linda has a great affection for retired racing greyhounds and fostered 10 of them prior to adopting her boy, Rogue (featured in the side menu). She also has 2 Siamese rescues, Ting-Ting and Confucius. Her special interest lies in behavior and pets with peculiar personalities. Linda’s goal is to help anxious, overactive or timid animals adjust to their daily challenges and live happy lives. Through patience, understanding and the use of specialized products and procedures, even the most unique pets can be helped. “All pets deserve to be loved, valued and treated with kindness.”
Staycare Leader – Kerri Power is an avid animal lover. She especially adores her boxer, Seamus and her puggle, Stella. She moved to Cape Cod in 2018 after retiring from the MA Dept of Corrections where she spent time working with the NEADS World Class Service Dogs program which provides service dogs for people in need. Read more about them here. Kerri considers herself a professional mushy face squisher, wiggle butt scratcher and tennis ball thrower. “I can’t wait to spend time playing with your fur baby!” Kerri is also (Human) CPR Certified.
Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Leader – Lisa Landgren moved to Cape Cod from Central MA after 30+ years in the insurance industry. Growing up in the Berkshires, she loved all kinds of pets and, of course, adopted one of her own as soon as she was able. Shortly after she lost her Beagle Boomer in 2016 at the ripe old age of 15, she adopted a mixed breed boxer/hound from Paw Paws Pet Rescue in Florida. Gator joined her kitty Sheba who is a rescue from Neady Cats in Sterling, MA. Lisa is also trained in “safe walk” through the MSPCA and attended the Quiet Doggy Daycare 2 day workshop in March of 2020.
Group Play Leader – Shannon Souza was born and raised on the Cape and currently lives in Barnstable with her 3 children. She has always loved working with animals and enjoys playing games, providing love and enrichment to all of the dogs in daycare. Shannon has experience as a grooming assistant and is trained in Pet First Aid and CPR. And, while Shannon enjoys every part of her day at Peticulars, “It’s the relationships I build with the owners and their dogs that I find most rewarding”.
You will also see Shannon’s daughter Selina helping out on busier days. She is a bit magical when it comes to handling the shy, less confident dogs. They may come in shaky and unsure but, by the end of the day, they are happy and playing or enjoying some time on Selina’s lap.
Our other busier day dog handler is David. He has years of group play management experience and enjoys working with the bigger dogs. He is also an experienced grooming and kennel assistant and has the skills to help wherever needed.
Training Leader – Karen Smith grew up on Cape Cod showing and breeding collies. After finishing her associates degree at Stockbridge school of agriculture at UMASS, Karen adopted her first rescue dog and began competing in agility and teaching basic obedience. She also began exploring and implementing more diverse methods and incorporating different types of equipment she felt were more effective than the traditional chain choke collar and one-size-fits-all training plans. In 2012 Karen got serious about her hobby. This was the beginning of her journey into the study of dog behavior. It was also the start of Karen’s career in dog sports including agility, obedience, conformation, rally, herding, therapy, canine good citizen, farm and trick dog. In 2021 her excellence in the show ring was recognized. Karen became one of the few dog handlers to compete in the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. She achieved great success, coming home with winning ribbons for her cattle dog Bizzie. Karen considers herself a balanced trainer, using a variety of methods based on individual dog/owner teams. Karen is continuously pursuing the newest techniques and skills in dog training and handling so she can help pet owners become the best partners they can be for their dogs.
We understand the anxiety pet parents feel when they turn their precious four legged family members over to strangers and trust that they are in good hands. We take that responsibility VERY seriously and treat your pets as if they were our own. We want you to be able to put all your worries aside while your pet is with us and if we can do anything extra to make that happen, just name it.