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 is currently enrolled in a Canine Massage Therapy Program to become certified in Canine Therapeutic Massage. Melanie is passionate about helping people and their pets and looks forward to a career helping your canine companions always feel their best.
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 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 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.
Professional 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.
Questions about training??
Feel free to contact Karen directly via email or phone, she will be happy to assist you with all of your training needs!
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 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
Client Care Rep
Dani was born in Edmonton, Alberta and spent most of her childhood in Devon, Edmonton and Stony Plain, Alberta.
Dani joined The Pooch and Pony team in May of 2018 and although she had only possessed personal experience with pets before joining our team, she was very eager to learn and enthusiastic about her new position as a Client Care Rep at The Pooch and Pony.
Dani's most favorite things about this industry are learning about pet grooming, health and nutrition and working with all the wonderful customers and pets that visit us!
Dani has a Chihuahua and Standard Poodle at home and enjoys painting, cooking and reading in her spare time.
Robyn joined The Pooch and Pony team in March of 2018. Robyn became certified as a pet groomer in 2015 and possesses a wide range of experience in grooming, dog daycare and customer service. Her focus is creating a safe and stress free environment for each customer and their pets and building a relationship on the foundation of communication and trust. While Robyn possesses the skills to groom most breeds, some of her favorites include the double coated breeds such as Pyrenes, Samoyeds, Newfoundlands and Pomeranians.
Monday-Friday and rotating Saturdays
Client Care Rep
Samantha was raised in Cochrane, AB and just recently moved to Spruce Grove in February 2018 which is when she joined The Pooch and Pony team.
During Samantha’s time growing up on an acreage she discovered her love for animals both large and small. Currently, Samantha has two dogs named Plum and Ruger but has dreams of owning and helping many more animals in the future.
Samantha previously worked as a Veterinary receptionist for 10 years and with this experience she brings knowledge of animal health and excellent customer service to our diverse team.
With the recent move to Spruce Grove, Samantha is excited to settle into her new community and work in a field she is passionate about. Her hope of making lasting impressions on people and their pets through working at the Pooch & Pony makes her such a valuable member of our team.