As founder of PlayTime Pet Sitters & Dog Walkers, Susan’s work is her passion. She lives for all animals and has invested over 20 years in caring for them. Since starting PlayTime, Susan has systematically established and grown her team into the exceptional and devoted crew of pet sitters they are today. Her approach to animals is patient and thoughtful. In her gentle, unassuming way, she strives to thoroughly understand every pet she cares for and deeply respects them without exception. Her greatest triumph as a pet sitter is winning the respect of pets who make her work hard for it. Her one goal is for all pets in PlayTime’s care to be healthy, happy, and to have fun. On the rare occasion she is not pet sitting, Susan enjoys spending time with Bell, her delightful raven-furred pug.
Molly has been pet sitting since childhood. Growing up in Tempe, Arizona, her neighborhood was overrun with children and animal friends. Organizing birthday parties and weddings for dogs, cats, guinea pigs, and turtles was a favorite past-time of hers. Molly loves working with animals and is trained as a veterinary technician. As an enthusiastic, tender-hearted, empathetic, and conscientious soul, she has interned at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary and volunteered with Pikes Peak Humane Society, Mill Dog Rescue, Foster Mom, Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center, and Mellow Memories (miniature horse therapy). When caring for pets, Molly works diligently to interpret and accommodate their needs. She indulges in active play, quiet cuddling, fun exploration, and calm conversation. With her own two dogs she enjoys daily trail treks, playdates with friends and their pups and, on cold days, snuggling on the couch to watch Animal Planet.
When Judy was just four years old her parents gave her a dog. She fell in love with it and has always had at least one canine friend ever since—sometimes as many as five. As an outgoing, interactive and friendly soul, Judy loves to make sure the pets she sits for are comfy, extremely happy, well cared for, and deeply loved. She is a Mill Dog Rescue volunteer and has three little rescue dogs of her own. Judy and her furry family enjoy taking part in competition agility, hiking in the woods, walking around lakes, and going for car rides.
Kerry’s deep love for and connection with animals has always been an inherent quality; she admits to being totally obsessed with all creatures great and small. Her friendly, engaged and nurturing personality makes her a pet sitter both animals and pet parents adore. Born and raised in Colorado Springs, Kerry has a wealth of experience in caring for animals. After graduating from Colorado Mountain College’s Veterinary Technology Program, she worked 15 years as a veterinary technician. She has since gained five years’ experience with Guide Dogs for the Blind, three as an apprentice instructor and two as a guide dog instructor. She is also a certified training partner with the Karen Pryor Academy, having completed courses in professional dog training, Puppy Start Right, and cat training—all with a humane, relationship-based focus. Kerry’s approach to pets she cares for is one of deep respect. When home, she loves walking her dogs and clicker training her cat!
Kika grew up in a house full of cats and has loved big cats for as long as she can remember. She holds a zoo keeping technology degree and experience as an animal care intern at Pueblo Zoo, as a dog handler, and as a cat caretaker. One of the joys of petsitting for Kika is the one-on-one time she spends getting to know the unique personalities of pets in her care and building a relationship with them. With dogs, her goal is to have fun visits full of activity and love. With cats, she is respectful of their space and takes her cues from them: she showers affectionate ones with affection, plays with those that are playful and simply talks to shy ones so they feel more comfortable in her presence. Kika enjoys long hikes in the mountains with her own dogs. She used to take her cat too but he is more of a homebody now.
Melissa grew up on a small farm and has always had an amazing connection with animals. She pursued a career in wildlife biology just to continue working with them. She loves animals of all kinds and the great outdoors. Melissa has extensive experience in home-based pet care and in administering pet medication. She’s also been a 4-H leader and involved with the Future Farmers of America (FFA), helping children learn to properly care for their animals. Melissa is joyful, upbeat, loving, respectful, and very affectionate towards animals. She recognizes their amazing, individual personalities and relishes how they can always put a smile on her face. Melissa has two fur babies of her own: Shiann and Nanuk. Both love walks, car rides and the doggy park. Shiann, in particular, enjoys snuggling up on the couch for movie nights.
As a kid, Lacey begged her mom to let her volunteer for a local animal shelter. Though young, she was devoted to animals and found deep satisfaction in helping them. Her first dog, Ollie, was a rescue and captivated her heart in a way she had never experienced before. Though Ollie is no longer with her, Lacey is still an adoring Dog Mom to her pup, Guinness. As a surgical dental assistant, Lacey has grown incredibly perceptive to anxiety and fear in a variety of difficult situations. She is gifted at soothing and calming. Lacey delights in being the person others trust to love their pets and adores all those in her care. Her approach to each pet is extremely individualistic, but she is calm, gentle and reassuring without exception. Lacey currently is a Scheduling and Operations Assistant for PlayTime Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers, since the birth of her son Maverick.
Steve enjoys the process of bonding with animals and has always found great comfort in their company. He loves walks and runs with his own dogs, as well as quiet moments just hanging around the house. As an avid SCUBA diver with a deep connection to marine wildlife, some of Steve’s most thrilling memories have been made while submerged alongside sharks, dolphins and mantas. As a pet sitter he is devoted to making sure his pet friends have fun, and receive love and attention.
Deb has always loved animals and strongly believes in a gentle approach to animal care. Reliable, conscientious, patient and understanding, she thoroughly loves meeting different pets each day; it delights her to ensure they are healthy, happy and safe. Deb has volunteered at the Humane Society but currently lavishes all her attention on the wonderful pets she cares for and those at home. Her greatest pleasure is hiking the numerous parks in the region with her dogs.
Linda’s love affair with animals started early. She grew up with several family pets and frequently brought home stray kittens, injured wildlife and other assorted critters. With time, she became increasingly involved in animal welfare and soon discovered her true passion: working with humane organizations to find loving, permanent homes for unwanted pets. Chicagoland Dog Rescue, Anderson Animal Shelter, Hooved Animal Humane Society, Adopt a River Cat, Humane Society of Plainfield IL, and National Mill Dog Rescue are just some of the renowned humane and rescue organizations she’s worked with. Dedicated, dependable, compassionate and loving, Linda brings tremendous comfort to pets in her care and gains great satisfaction from the peace she gives their owners. At home, Linda loves nothing better than spending time with her four dogs, Chilupa, Pumpkin, Patch and CoCo; two birds, Babe the cockatoo and Oliver the sun conure; and her horse, Zorro.
Sara grew up with several dogs in her home but fondly remembers Star, a German Shepherd who slept under Sara’s crib when she was just a baby. Star fostered an immense passion for pets in Sara that remains today. She has owned dogs, rabbits, hamsters, frogs, fish and more in between. Sara is a member of Pet Sitters International and is CPR and First Aid certified. Understanding your pet’s needs comes naturally to her and spending time with them, and enjoying their sweet personality are just some of the joys she gets out of pet sitting. She’s loving and affectionate to every pet in her care and deeply respects them. In her spare time, Sara enjoys loving and spoiling her gorgeous cat, Zoey.
Jesse has worked with animals for over seven years, the first two of which were spentat a training facility for the military/police K9 unit, and for ESA, therapy, and service dogs. Jesse moved on to work three years as a Petco Mentor Dog Trainer, bringing Petco dog trainers up to speed across branches in Seabring Florida and Colorado Springs.
Jesse has extensive experience in private dog training and has spent the past year growing his company Art Dog LLC. A professional artist for nearly a decade, Jesse has a BA in Illustration and Fine Arts from Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD).
Wyatt began developing a passion for animal care as a young boy, growing up in a household that deeply respected and loved animals. He began volunteering at Emporia Animal Shelter before he even reached high school, and soon began to realize that his special gifts with animals could not be ignored. Wyatt became a part of the PlayTime team 2 years ago, and has brought enthusiasm, drive, and a bright and friendly attitude to the team. His approach to animal care is respectful, loving and personable-he treats them as he would his own, and has good conversations with them!
Wyatt is a doting cat dad to Izzy and Otto, one domestic longhair and one domestic shorthair. They enjoy quality time together by cuddling, watching T.V. and playing. Otto’s favorite games are tug of war, fetch and chasing his “snake on a stick toy.” Izzy prefers the more laidback life, and enjoys her perch on Wyatt’s lap!
Please note: All sitters on our team are independent contractors, and also provide services outside of PlayTime Pet Sitters & Dog Walkers.