Our Team

Melanie Hofmann

Melanie Hofmann

Asst. Manager Daily Op/Inventory

Melanie was born and raised right here in Stony Plain and joined our team in April 2016. Animals and travel are her biggest passions. At first she began to pursue a career in the travel industry, however after much deliberation and a year of work in a doggy day care, she soon realized her heart belonged to helping animals in need. Melanie became Pet First Aid Certified in May 2017 and her ultimate goal is to pursue a career in the Veterinary field.

Sherry Boultbee

Sherry Boultbee

Pet Stylist (C)

Sherry began grooming in the dog show circuit 20 years ago and enjoyed it so much she enrolled in a dog grooming course to become certified. Sherry graduated from the Alberta School of Dog Grooming in 1999 and now has over 17 years of experience in Professional Pet Grooming. She joined our team in April 2014 and although she is very skilled in nearly every breed, with a Samoyed family of five she has become our "Double Coated Breed Specialist!" Whether you have a Pom or a Pyrenes, Sherry is your girl!
Sherry is Pet First AID Certified and is available Monday-Friday, with two Saturdays/month. Due to popular demand Sherry books up quickly and often books up 3-4 weeks in advance. Be sure to call ahead or pre-book your appointments!

Theresa MacPherson

Theresa MacPherson

Theresa was born and raised in Southern Ontario.
Theresa has always had a love for animals and has owned dogs since the age of 5 years old. She began riding horses at the age of 10 years old and owned her first horse at the age of 14 years and began competing in the A Circuit in Hunter/Jumper shortly after.

Theresa has a wide range of experience in the horse industry including working as a barn hand for many years, teaching as an hunter/jumper instructor and working as a groom at a Thoroughbred race track.

Theresa also possesses a Diploma as a paramedic and worked as a Paramedic in Ontario for 3 years as well as Medic with the Canadian Armed Forces for 3 years.

She currently owns two horses, an 8 year old OTTB gelding and 3 year old Paint mare and 3 dogs of her own, including a Pyrenes Shep x, a Samoyed x and a Old English Sheep Dog.

Theresa joined The Pooch and Pony Team in December, 2016 and has experience in Customer Care, HR and as a Grooming Assistant. She currently works both week days and weekends and enjoys providing our customers with a positive experience on each and every visit.

Crystal Watier

Crystal Watier

Pet Stylist (C)

Crystal was born and raised in a small town in Northern Saskatchewan and joined our team in April 2016. She graduated from the Alberta School of Dog Grooming in Leduc, January 2014. Crystal has been dabbling in coloring dog's hair, and really enjoys the creative side to grooming but her favorite part of grooming is knowing that she has made a client and their pet happy. She has begun building many special bonds with pets and their families at our shop and she wishes to continue nourishing these and making new ones for many years to come. Crystal is available Monday-Friday and every other Saturday.

Amber McCullough

Amber McCullough

Pet Stylist (E)

Amber was born and raised in Alberta, spending most of her childhood and adolescent years nearby in Spruce Grove. Amber has always had a passion for pets and has a special interest in pet grooming and showing. Graduating from the Fur Institute in 2008, Amber was excited for a career in pet grooming and was employed by another local shop, grooming the communities pets for many years, until joining our team in February 2017!
Amber has an exceptional ability to groom all types of dogs from puppies to seniors including nervous or fearful pets. She can complete any type of style from pet trims to breed specific and is always eager to continue learning new techniques and skills. Amber is Pet First Aid Certified and has had the ability to work with many trainers throughout her career which has given her the opportunity to learn the most effective and safe pet handling skills and the ability to adapt to any situation. Amber also enjoys creative techniques such as coat coloring and hand-scissoring! Amber is available Monday-Friday and some Saturdays.

Amanda Preston

Amanda Preston

Pet Stylist (C)

Amanda was born and raised in Prince Albert, Sask and moved to Spruce Grove in 1996. She has always had a love for cats, dogs, exotic pets and horses and her family of pets now includes 2 Siamese cats, a mini poodle named Bernadette, and 7 horses.
Amanda graduated from the Alberta Grooming Academy in 2002 and grooms all breeds of pets with a particular passion for poodles, terriers, creative grooming and feline grooming!!
Amanda is also a Certified Senior Equine First Aid Instructor, and Equine Trick Trainer and believes the health and safety of our customer's pets is paramount!
Amanda is available Monday, Tuesday, Friday and occasional Saturdays.

Karen Bleekman

Karen Bleekman

Dog Trainer

Karen moved to the Stony Plain area most recently from Manitoba, Saskatchewan before that, and Southern Alberta even before that. She's moved around the prairies a bit, but she tells us she's here to stay!

As tough as those corporate relocation's were, it's given Karen the chance to focus on what she loves and follow her passion, which is dog training.

For over 10 years she's been involved in dog sports as a student, trainer and a competitor. Both of her border collies have a variety trick dog, CGN and flyball titles, and have participated in many disc trials, fun matches and seminars. One of her favorite things to do was to perform in dog demos for non-profit organizations, The Saskatchewan Roughriders half time show, The Queen City Ex, small town fairs, pet expos, most notably a very chilly outdoor demo for the 101st Grey Cup in downtown Regina.

Her most recent accomplishment is obtaining her Diploma of Professional Dog Training (Dip.PDT) which focuses on non-coercive and positive added reinforcement methods that are rooted in a science-based, professional development education in animal behavior. She's working on some exciting new things for the future as well!

Her training focus is on helping you build a positive connection with your dog, while developing the skills needed for a positive people-pet relationship.

Summer Merrills

Summer Merrills

Owner

Summer Merrills realized her love and passion for animals at a very early age. At just 16 years old, she began working in a Veterinary Clinic. At the age of 18, Summer began volunteering at the B.C.S.P.C.A and was hired within weeks as the youngest employee even considered by the organization. With the experience she had gained in these positions, Summer realized she was destined for a career in Animal Health.
Determined to pursue this career, in 2001 Summer enrolled in the Animal Health Technology Program at Fairview College.
In 2002, before entering her second year of college, Summer was in a life altering car accident which created physical limitations but after graduating with honours and the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association Award in 2003, Summer was excited about her future as a Veterinary Technician. Determined to succeed Summer pushed through her physical limitations and became a very successful Veterinary Technician, sought out by Veterinarians. Throughout her career, she gained invaluable experience in animal health, practice management, team building and stress and time management.
Sadly, after eight demanding years as a Veterinary Technician, Summer was beginning to struggle physically however her mind, heart and passion for helping animals and their people was stronger than ever. Although, Summer was not able to continue her career in the Veterinary Industry she was adamant she would find another way to continue helping people and their pets and founded The Pooch and Pony in 2011! Summer continues to utilize her passion, training and knowledge to provide an experience you cannot find anywhere else. Summer is devoted to the company and committed to the health and wellness of the community’s pets.

Dina Merrills

Dina Merrills

Owner

Dina grew up in her parents small business, a motor cycle repair and sales shop and is no stranger to the demands of a small company.
When Dina met her husband, it was love at first sight. They started a family and
as the children grew and started school Dina went to work as a clerk for a utility company. It became evident that she enjoyed working with numbers and she decided pursue a career in accounting and enrolled in a continuing education Accounting program at NAIT. Dina received her Accounting Diploma in 2005 and worked for 25+ years for Fortis Alberta. In 2012 Dina retired from Fortis as the Projects Accounting Supervisor. Eager to continue using her skills, Dina was delighted to start a new business; as well as, having an opportunity to have new experiences and learn all about retail, pets, grooming and all aspects of running a retail business.
Dina is a great asset to our company and when not at the store she is busy being an amazing mom, wife and grandma to all of her two and four-legged grand babies. When not at the store, Dina also volunteers her time as an assistant driver for the Parkland Food Bank