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.

Cindy Wang is Dog*Tec Dog Walking Academy certified and holds a Certificate in Behavior Consultation and Training from the Dog Training Internship Academy. She currently offers training, walking, and pet sitting services. A lifelong dog-lover, she volunteered walking shelter dogs as a kid, in college, and most recently as an adult at the San Francisco SPCA. She has two years experience walking two off-leash packs of dogs every day. Cindy loves helping dogs learn and seeing them have fun. She and her husband are the proud parents of Cocoa, a ball-crazy, brindle Dachshund-Boston terrier mix. 

Joanna Meleiro unexpectedly found her calling while photographing adoptable dogs for local rescues several years ago. She became fascinated by the process of making the dogs feel comfortable and happy in front of the camera so their personalities could shine for potential future families. After adopting one of her models, complete with a long list of behavior challenges, she dove into the science of animal learning and quickly changed her career plans. She's currently a second year student at The Academy For Dog Trainers and plans to focus on working with the fearful and worried dogs after graduating in 2016.  

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.
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.  





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