Staff

Lauren

Lauren, Owner/Founder (And Pet Sitter)

Lauren received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Seton Hall University. She began her career in Advertising and Promotions but quickly learned that her passion in life was not going to be found within a cubicle. She left corporate America to pursue a career working with pets and has been a full time pet sitter since opening Canine Concierge in 2004. She has inspired many of her friends to leave their desk jobs and pursue their dreams.

Lauren lives in Lake Parsippany with her husband, Gene; daughter, Gia; and their many vacationing dog-guests! In recent years, with growing demand from pet owners wanting Lauren’s superior care for their pets, she was able to expand her business to include additional, highly-qualified pet sitters. Most of her time is spent managing her business. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys playing tennis, practicing yoga, reading, traveling, cooking and coming up with the next big idea! Lauren cares for pets in the Parsippany area as well as in her home. You can often hear her remarking, “This is too much fun to be called work!”

Kat

Katherine, Lead Pet Care Specialist

Outside of her nickname being one of her favorite animals, Kat is a full-time student at Penn Foster College studying to be a Veterinary Technician as well as being a full-time mommy to her 5 spoiled fur babies.

From horses in Colombia to cockatiels in the U.S., Kat is a lover of all animals big or small. Her empathetic and friendly nature allows for the easiest of connections in both animal and human alike.

Some of her hobbies include hiking, dancing, exploring different cuisines and making music and art. Her long term goal is to open an animal shelter in Colombia and in countries in need of more animal compassion.

Most weekends you can find Kat going on adventures with her parents and her dog, Snowy, or taking her cats Desmos, Grecia, Lupita and Toosie on walks in their cat strollers. She is well known in her neighborhood as “The Cat Stroller Lady.”

 

 

Grace

Grace, Pet Care Specialist

Grace lives in White Meadow Lake located in Rockaway Township, NJ. She currently shares her home with her husband, youngest daughter Cristina and her two Pitbulls, Roscoe and Feisty.

She’s a “Jack of all trades” having been an Executive Administrative Assistant, Registered Medical/Surgical Assistant, Microsoft Office Specialist and dancer who has performed in showcases at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in New York City. Her exceptional people skills, and friendly outgoing personality coupled with her love for animals are some of the qualities that make her excel at pet sitting!

Grace strives to one day be more proactive in preventing animals from abuse & neglect.  She currently spends her spare time volunteering for those in need.

Gina

Gina, Pet Care Specialist (and Pet Psychic)

After 25 years in Advertising, Gina decided to follow her true calling of taking care of animals. As a child she was shy, and her parents quickly realized that she was more comfortable around animals than people. She was lucky enough that they allowed her to have many pets growing up: dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, turtles, lizards & birds! All of her life people have said she is like the “Pied Piper” of the animal world; they follow her like little lambs! She is also very energy sensitive and can easily pick up on how they are feeling.

Gina’s caring, free spirit nature assures many that their pets are well taken care of. She is currently mom to a black lab named Dino, whom she adores! Her hobbies include spending time in Woodstock, NY, cooking, wine tastings & binge watching Game of Thrones.

Kim

Kim, Pet Care Specialist

Kim is currently a stay-at-home mom who lives in the Rock Ridge section of Denville, NJ with her husband, Ted, daughter, Julia, and her lab/collie mix, Kipper! She earned her BA in Psychology from George Mason University and performed a variety of jobs prior to starting her family; among them,  Executive Assistant, Market Research Analyst, Blogger, and, most recently, Preschool Teaching Assistant. To each of these jobs, she brought her passion for establishing and cultivating relationships, whether through personal interaction or the written word.

Kim grew up surrounded by all types of animals; dogs, cats, hamsters, fish, and even a parrot! She has a lifetime of pet care experience as well as 10 years of pet-sitting experience (for family and friends) and loves animals of all kinds. She prides herself on being outgoing, observant, compassionate, reliable, responsible, and fun!  In her free time, Kim enjoys cooking, reading, singing, sketching, and spending time with family and friends. She is very excited to be a member of the Canine Concierge family and looks forward to providing you and your pets with the highest quality of service and care!

Dave

Dave, Pet Care Specialist

 

Dave enjoyed growing up in Caldwell, NJ. After graduating from James Caldwell High, he went on to earn his Bachelor’s degree from Columbia International University in South Carolina. During this time he was married and over time had six children, who are now grown and married and have families of their own. He is now enjoying six amazing grandchildren who are keeping him young at heart ❤.
From dogs to cats, rabbits, and even fish, pets have always been in his home. Dogs and cats of all kind are his favorite. They were always an integral part of home life through the years. They always brought him joy even when they were naughty! There was always an opportunity to teach those furry friends, yet, at the same time, there was always a lot to learn from them as well. He is excited to be part of the family at Canine Concierge, so he can continue to love on these 4-legged friends, who are a wonderful extension of our human families.

Belle

Isabella, Pet Care Specialist

Isabella (Belle) joined Canine Concierge in 2018. She is currently a college student working to be an elementary school teacher. She loves working to help others and ensuring that she can create a welcoming and fun environment wherever she works. She grew up in Missouri and later moved to New Jersey where her love for animals only grew. Over the years, her family gradually added to her family: birds, bunnies, turtles, fish, cats, and dogs. She loves to care for animals and spending time with them. Especially since each animal has its own unique personality!

Belle also loves the outdoors. Whether it be walking, running, hiking, reading in a hammock or solely enjoying the beautiful breeze, spending time outdoors is her favorite activity! She has three brothers, and when she watches her youngest brother, most of their time is spent outdoors. “Taking care of others is something I am passionate about and I find inner joy in doing it.” 
Gene

Gene, Pet Care Specialist

Gene received his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Rutgers-Newark and embarked upon a career in Advertising. It soon became apparent that his true passion in life was tennis. He began teaching tennis in 2003, and helped establish Canine Concierge with his wife, Lauren, in 2004. When he is not teaching his students or playing tennis himself, you can find him playing with his daughter and the guest-dogs that he shares his home with! “I wanted my picture to convey how serious I am about pet care.”

Tom

Tom, Pet Care Specialist

Tom has been working for Canine Concierge for many years and has recently been helping with our social media platform. Tom has taken care of dogs, cats, birds, rabbits and fish. He resides in Riverdale with his wife, two children and their pet rabbit, Marshmallow.

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