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, is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer 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.
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.
Micaela Kennedy is an experienced pet care provider and dog trainer. She has been a service dog trainer for over four years, training dogs for Autism Service Dogs of America and Paws Assisting Veterans. Her passion for working with animals extends to both canine and feline friends. When she isn't training dogs, she is working with troubled cats. She is thrilled to be a part of the Plucky Puppy team.
Melissa Shearer believes that the best way to enjoy the Northwest 365 days a year is on a jaunt with your pup (or hers!). Park, puddle, leash, sit, and always a treat for your happy go lucky dog is her daily Doga practice. She got her first pet sitting gig at the age of 8, for a sweet cat named Penny. Since then she has been building her skill set volunteering for humane societies and rescues, working at Outside In’s Virginia Woof Dog Daycare and now joyfully with Plucky Puppy. She holds a special place in her heart for adolescent and adult rescued dogs struggling with anxiety. She is also a Licensed Massage Therapist and brings this body mind spirit experience to help your loved one(s) get the exercise and care they need.
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.