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Candace // Owner & Founder

Hello! My name is Candace and I’m a dogaholic…

but, I’m not just a dogaholic, rather, a dog of all trades! I’m a pet parent expert, CEO of Dogaholics, Pet Business Consultant with Pet Boss Nation, Conference Speaker, Pets+ Magazine Columnist, Lakeview Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Southport Neighbors Board Member but most importantly... a professional dog belly rub scratcher. 

Having gone to over 9 schools by the 9th grade and moving over 30 times in my life, pets were the only constant in a world of chaos and change. True friends. True companions. 

Knowing I couldn’t possibly be the only one who loved pets and treated them as family members, I set out to build a local community who cares deeply about the quality of life for their pets. What resulted was beyond my wildest dreams. Dogaholics has become the center of an engaging and loyal following of committed people with a passion for helping all of us addicted to dogs go from dogaholic to being a great pet parent!

Giving back to my local community is a deep passion of mine. Dogaholics has given me the opportunity to truly give back in meaningful ways, including raising over $200,000 for shelter dogs, and finding many more their forever homes. Having customers like you, become part of our family, and help us give back has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. 

Candace.


Ben Service Center Manager An Iowa native, Ben moved to Chicago 8 years ago to study journalism at Columbia. Ben enjoys his job at Dogaholics because of the relationships he forms with each dog in our pack and their families who trust our team to take professional care of their dogs. His favorite training tip is to set firm boundaries for your dog to make for a more peaceful home and a happier dog. Outside of work, Ben likes to spend time with his friends and ride bikes. Ben’s cat is his alarm clock; every morning at 8 a.m. sharp his cat wakes him up for an early breakfast!

Ben

Service Center Manager

An Iowa native, Ben moved to Chicago 8 years ago to study journalism at Columbia. Ben enjoys his job at Dogaholics because of the relationships he forms with each dog in our pack and their families who trust our team to take professional care of their dogs. His favorite training tip is to set firm boundaries for your dog to make for a more peaceful home and a happier dog. Outside of work, Ben likes to spend time with his friends and ride bikes. Ben’s cat is his alarm clock; every morning at 8 a.m. sharp his cat wakes him up for an early breakfast!

Kelly Assistant Manager Kelly recently graduated with a degree in American sign language and is a licensed interpreter. She fostered dogs for One Tail At A Time until she made her last foster pup officially hers. However, that hasn't made her love her favorite Dogaholics dogs any less!

Kelly

Assistant Manager

Kelly recently graduated with a degree in American sign language and is a licensed interpreter. She fostered dogs for One Tail At A Time until she made her last foster pup officially hers. However, that hasn't made her love her favorite Dogaholics dogs any less!

Kathy Professional Pet Stylist Kathy has been grooming dogs and cats for many years and loves every minute of it! She takes pride in getting your pet clean and looking great. Her son, Billy, joined our "pack" around the 2012 holidays. Kathy owned and operated her own grooming and boarding business called “The Lovely Pooch” in Remington, Indiana for 15 years!

Kathy

Professional Pet Stylist

Kathy has been grooming dogs and cats for many years and loves every minute of it! She takes pride in getting your pet clean and looking great. Her son, Billy, joined our "pack" around the 2012 holidays. Kathy owned and operated her own grooming and boarding business called “The Lovely Pooch” in Remington, Indiana for 15 years!

Anya Transport Lead Anya believes that you can love and reward your dogs in other ways besides just feeding them treats! She loves one-on-one time with the pups at daycare and watching them grow. Outside of work, Anya started a record label with her friends called Berserk Records.

Anya

Transport Lead

Anya believes that you can love and reward your dogs in other ways besides just feeding them treats! She loves one-on-one time with the pups at daycare and watching them grow. Outside of work, Anya started a record label with her friends called Berserk Records.

James Week Day Boarding / Transporter His favorite thing about being a part of the team at Dogaholics is encountering all the different doggie personalities from our diverse pack. He agreed to adopt his dog Lenny from PAWS before he even met him! When they first saw each other they both knew it was meant to be. James' favorite thing to do is enjoy concerts regardless of the genre.

James

Week Day Boarding / Transporter

His favorite thing about being a part of the team at Dogaholics is encountering all the different doggie personalities from our diverse pack. He agreed to adopt his dog Lenny from PAWS before he even met him! When they first saw each other they both knew it was meant to be. James' favorite thing to do is enjoy concerts regardless of the genre.

Jacob Dog Handler / Transporter Jacob loves getting to drive dogs home because he gets to see another side of them. Although he doesn't currently have a dog he feels it's rewarding when the transport dogs become genuinely excited to see him. Jacob is a die-hard Cubs fan and loves collecting limited edition sneakers!

Jacob

Dog Handler / Transporter

Jacob loves getting to drive dogs home because he gets to see another side of them. Although he doesn't currently have a dog he feels it's rewarding when the transport dogs become genuinely excited to see him. Jacob is a die-hard Cubs fan and loves collecting limited edition sneakers!

Gayle Dog Handler Gayle loves working at Dogaholics because she loves getting to know all the different personalities of the dogs and keeping up with the pack. Her 3 year old dog Hossa is the fastest dog she knows! When she's not at work she loves a good DIY project!

Gayle

Dog Handler

Gayle loves working at Dogaholics because she loves getting to know all the different personalities of the dogs and keeping up with the pack. Her 3 year old dog Hossa is the fastest dog she knows! When she's not at work she loves a good DIY project!

Kelsey Operations Lead Kelsey's life revolves around animals. At home, she has two cats, a dog, two rats, and some fish. She has a soft spot for anxious and shy dogs (like her dog, Bontebok), as well as dogs with ridiculously floppy ears. Kelsey loves to talk about animal nutrition, and is always striving to further her knowledge about biologically appropriate diets.

Kelsey

Operations Lead

Kelsey's life revolves around animals. At home, she has two cats, a dog, two rats, and some fish. She has a soft spot for anxious and shy dogs (like her dog, Bontebok), as well as dogs with ridiculously floppy ears. Kelsey loves to talk about animal nutrition, and is always striving to further her knowledge about biologically appropriate diets.

Ivy Weekend Boarding Ivy found her better half in Willow, her rescue dog who loves sun naps, car rides, and all the pets you can give her. Ivy has been a baker for 10+ years and aspires to own her own human and canine bakery!  

Ivy

Weekend Boarding

Ivy found her better half in Willow, her rescue dog who loves sun naps, car rides, and all the pets you can give her. Ivy has been a baker for 10+ years and aspires to own her own human and canine bakery!

 

Elise Dog Handler Elise has been working with dogs for over 2 years. Her favorite thing about working at Dogaholics is the variety of dogs we see daily. She especially loves taking her own dog Chief to the dog beach and is a really big Black Hawks fan!

Elise

Dog Handler

Elise has been working with dogs for over 2 years. Her favorite thing about working at Dogaholics is the variety of dogs we see daily. She especially loves taking her own dog Chief

to the dog beach and is a really big Black Hawks fan!

Maris Dog Handler Maris does not have a dog, but she has a wonderful cat named Zissou whom she adores. She gets her dog fix working with all the sweet pups here! She has her BA in TheaterPerformance from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI. In her spare time, she likes to hang with her cat, adventure around the city, and be involved in different theater and film projects. 

Maris

Dog Handler

Maris does not have a dog, but she has a wonderful cat named Zissou whom she adores. She gets her dog fix working with all the sweet pups here! She has her BA in TheaterPerformance from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI. In her spare time, she likes to hang with her cat, adventure around the city, and be involved in different theater and film projects. 

Jess Dog Handler Jess graduated with a degree in psychology and philosophy at DePaul University. She rescued her dog Rabbit from Chicago Animal Control in November, 2015 and has never been more in love with a furry creature than she is now. Rabbit is a feisty little girl who constantly keeps Jess on her toes, even though she has come a long way with socialization and training since the day she first came home. Her favorite thing about being a part of the Dogaholics team is working alongside the rest of our fabulous team members who are all very passionate and loving towards each dog.

Jess

Dog Handler

Jess graduated with a degree in psychology and philosophy at DePaul University. She rescued her dog Rabbit from Chicago Animal Control in November, 2015 and has never been more in love with a furry creature than she is now. Rabbit is a feisty little girl who constantly keeps Jess on her toes, even though she has come a long way with socialization and training since the day she first came home. Her favorite thing about being a part of the Dogaholics team is working alongside the rest of our fabulous team members who are all very passionate and loving towards each dog.



 
 

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