The Plucky Puppy Team
Marley Muffin-Face is the original plucky puppy. He was adopted from the San Diego Animal Shelter when he was a puppy. Without any socialization during his critical socialization period, he was terrified of everything, especially people. As he was getting used to his new family and environment, Marley showed remarkable strength and courage. With lots of remedial socialization and training, he eventually adapted to his new home and feline and avian companions. Several years later he is a composed and confident adult dog who assists Katrin during training sessions.
Plucky Puppy was founded for dogs like Marley, whose spirit could not be vanquished by a bad start in life, and for all the lucky puppies that got everything they needed right from the beginning. We believe that a committed owner—along with ample socialization and diligent training—can bring out the plucky puppy in any dog.
Katrin Greim, MA, CTC, CPDT-KA, is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge-Assessed and the owner and founder of Plucky Puppy. She received her Certificate in Training and Counseling with honors from the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers. She also graduated from the Canine Behavior Academy at the Marin Humane Society. Katrin is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, an AKC certified Canine Good Citizen evaluator and certified in Pet First Aid and CPR. She teaches dog training classes at several locations in Portland, OR. Check out her Training Blog.
Micaela Kennedy is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), a Canine Good Citizen evaluator and instructor, Public Access Test (PAT) evaluator, and member of IACP (International Association of Canine Professionals). Micaela started training service dogs in 2009 and trains diabetic, seizure, ptsd and autism service dogs. She is thrilled to be a part of Plucky Puppy's team and is available for training classes, board & train, boarding and overnight pet care.
Linnea Horine joined the Plucky Puppy team in 2006, and has been an indispensable part of our company ever since. She is currently managing Plucky Puppy's East Bay Operations in California. In addition to being a full time pet care expert, she has assisted training classes at Piedmont Adult School. She shares her passion for animals with her passion for film, and is our resident videographer. She lives in Oakland with her husband Rich and Lilly and June, California's most well-behaved Bracchi Italiani.
Kelly Adams joined Plucky Puppy in 2009 after several years of taking care of her friends' pets. In 2000, Katya, a blue tortie cat, showed up on Kelly's porch and rapidly made herself at home. Eleven years later, she is the true head of the household, spending her days sleeping, drinking out of the bathtub faucet, and making sure all her toys are safely stored under the furniture. Kelly's favorite part of pet sitting is when one of her four-legged clients recognizes and is excited to see her. Kelly has learned a lot from working with Katrin as a training assistant as well as helping out with administrative duties. Kelly's dream is to become certified as a dog trainer and volunteer with an organization that pairs incarcerated youth with shelter dogs to provide job training for the youth while making the animals more adoptable. Kelly looks forward to making sure your pets receive the best care possible.
Lauren Hannam-Brown has been with Plucky Puppy since 2012 after ten years of house-sitting and boarding-kennel work. Currently, Lauren is an Oregon Humane Society volunteer, where she enjoys walking dogs and socializing cats. She first discovered the Humane Society some twenty years ago during summer camp. Lauren's one-and-only baby is an eight-year-old, long-haired chihuahua named Henry. Henry and his mom are currently working toward becoming certified as a pet-therapy team. When Lauren is busy caring for other furry friends, Henry is happy to stay with his grandparents. Lauren has worked at two veterinary hospitals in Portland and currently is a staffing manager at a retirement community. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, snowboarding, surfing, sewing, scrap-booking and cooking.
Shannon Wade is Plucky Puppy's newest addition. She recently moved to Portland from Florida where she ran her own dog walking and pet sitting business. She is an avid dog lover. Although Shannon grew up with dogs and cats, nine years ago her heart was won over by Isabella, and adorable terrier mix puppy. They have traveled the country together and love to go on adventures! Shannon loves to spend time with our four legged friends and treats them like her own. Besides playing in parks with her pup, Shannon loves to go hiking, camping, playing games with her friends, and exploring the Pacific Northwest!