Jennie Smith | Owner/Master Groomer

Owner and groomer, Jennifer Smith is a Nationally Certified Master Groomer, having attained this prestigious status in 1996. She has been working with dogs since 1978. Early on, she worked in dog boarding and training facilities, as a dog sled driver, and as a vet tech.

Jennie is a much sought after national speaker at grooming conventions, speaking on various topics related to dog grooming. She competes and has won, multiple local and national grooming competitions. Jennie is also a dog grooming instructor and an American Red Cross Instructor of Animal CPR. She has a keen eye toward creativity and precision. Jennie’s expertise is skillfully demonstrated across a wide range of dogs, from Golden Retrievers to Bichons, from Chihuahuas to Schnauzers. Her proficiency at scissoring and shaping make her perfect for breeds where extra care is appreciated.

Despite her busy schedule, she finds time to breed and show Pomeranians and Flat Coated Retrievers.

Jennie was an alternate for the reality grooming show, “Groomer Has It”, on Animal Planet!!!!

Why does she do all of this……because she loves dogs!!

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Jennie Smith | Owner/Master Groomer

Owner and groomer, Jennifer Smith is a Nationally Certified Master Groomer, having attained this prestigious status in 1996. She has been working with dogs since 1978. Early on, she worked in dog boarding and training facilities, as a dog sled driver, and as a vet tech.

Jennie is a much sought after national speaker at grooming conventions, speaking on various topics related to dog grooming. She competes and has won, multiple local and national grooming competitions. Jennie is also a dog grooming instructor and an American Red Cross Instructor of Animal CPR. She has a keen eye toward creativity and precision. Jennie’s expertise is skillfully demonstrated across a wide range of dogs, from Golden Retrievers to Bichons, from Chihuahuas to Schnauzers. Her proficiency at scissoring and shaping make her perfect for breeds where extra care is appreciated.

Despite her busy schedule, she finds time to breed and show Pomeranians and Flat Coated Retrievers.

Jennie was an alternate for the reality grooming show, “Groomer Has It”, on Animal Planet!!!!

Why does she do all of this……because she loves dogs!!

Tracy Kayl | Bather / Reception

After retiring from a 20-year career in the educational system, Tracy has pursued a second career working with dogs – fulfilling a lifelong dream. She originally attended Dogs Own Grooming School so that she could volunteer for rescues and shelters and use her skills to spruce up adoptable pets. She was invited to join the team as a part time bather and groomer here at Dogs’ Own. Tracy has five dogs of her own, as well as one cat who opted out of the photo shoot. She also fosters pets for Bounce Animal Rescue in Fort Collins. Tracy loves traveling to warm climates and spending time with her grandkids when she’s not busy rescuing pups in need of forever homes!

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Tracy Kayl | Bather

After retiring from a 20-year career in the educational system, Tracy has pursued a second career working with dogs – fulfilling a lifelong dream. She originally attended Dogs Own Grooming School so that she could volunteer for rescues and shelters and use her skills to spruce up adoptable pets. She was invited to join the team as a part time bather and groomer here at Dogs’ Own. Tracy has five dogs of her own, as well as one cat who opted out of the photo shoot. She also fosters pets for Bounce Animal Rescue in Fort Collins. Tracy loves traveling to warm climates and spending time with her grandkids when she’s not busy rescuing pups in need of forever homes!

Alyson Brown | Operations Manager

Despite being native to Missouri, Alyson had the privilege of spending her younger years growing up in Steamboat Spring, Colorado. The opportunities that came with living in the country molded her into the animal fanatic she is today. Her family was heavily involved in mustang rescue. No matter how deeply immersed in horses her family was, it was clear from a young age that she was more of a dog person at heart.

When she was nine years old, Alyson began competition dog sled racing. Character building years training and caring for a pack of Siberian Huskies eventually led her to competition race wins and gained her a decent amount of knowledge in dog conditioning! Many years later, her family relocated to Grand Lake, Colorado. Alyson bought my first show Siberian when she was nineteen while attending school at The Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology. Though she never won a single ribbon, from that point on she knew she had been bitten by the dog show bug. She is now proudly owned by two Silken Windhounds and has a fairly active dog-show lifestyle. She spends a good deal of time lure coursing and participating in whatever dog activity she can get into!

Her additional passions include studying canine nutrition and conditioning, and genetics. She is always excited to share any and all of the knowledge she has!

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Alyson Brown | Operations Manager

Despite being native to Missouri, Alyson had the privilege of spending her younger years growing up in Steamboat Spring, Colorado. The opportunities that came with living in the country molded her into the animal fanatic she is today. Her family was heavily involved in mustang rescue. No matter how deeply immersed in horses her family was, it was clear from a young age that she was more of a dog person at heart.

When she was nine years old, Alyson began competition dog sled racing. Character building years training and caring for a pack of Siberian Huskies eventually led her to competition race wins and gained her a decent amount of knowledge in dog conditioning! Many years later, her family relocated to Grand Lake, Colorado. Alyson bought my first show Siberian when she was nineteen while attending school at The Bel-Rea Institute of Veterinary Technology. Though she never won a single ribbon, from that point on she knew she had been bitten by the dog show bug. She is now proudly owned by two Silken Windhounds and has a fairly active dog-show lifestyle. She spends a good deal of time lure coursing and participating in whatever dog activity she can get into!

Her additional passions include studying canine nutrition and conditioning, and genetics. She is always excited to share any and all of the knowledge she has!

Tiffany Grasseschi | Grooming Manager

Tiffany is a true Colorado girl – born and raised in Loveland! She always dreamed of working with animals. When Tiffany was young, she would volunteer at any place she could, as long as she got to spend time with animals. Dogs, cats, reptiles, you name it! Tiff has 2 pet rats, names “Taco, and Belle” (her favorite food is obviously tacos)
She is fulfilling her dream now as one of our head groomers as well as the Grooming manager. Tiffany’s favorite saying is, “Find a job doing something you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life”, and she says that Dogs’ Own is it! Your pets make her day, every day.
In Tiffs spare time she likes to go fishing, camping, and taking long naps with the love of her life, her Main Man Too•Low, he is a mini long haired Dachshund

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Tiffany Grasseschi | Grooming Manager

Tiffany is a true Colorado girl – born and raised in Loveland! She always dreamed of working with animals. When Tiffany was young, she would volunteer at any place she could, as long as she got to spend time with animals. Dogs, cats, reptiles, you name it! Tiff has 2 pet rats, names “Taco, and Belle” (her favorite food is obviously tacos)
She is fulfilling her dream now as one of our head groomers as well as the Grooming manager. Tiffany’s favorite saying is, “Find a job doing something you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life”, and she says that Dogs’ Own is it! Your pets make her day, every day.
In Tiffs spare time she likes to go fishing, camping, and taking long naps with the love of her life, her Main Man Too•Low, he is a mini long haired Dachshund

Tiffany Grasseschi | Groomer

Tiffany is a true Colorado girl – born and raised in Loveland! She always dreamed of working with animals. When Tiffany was young, she would volunteer at any place she could, as long as she got to spend time with animals. Dogs, cats, reptiles, you name it! Tiff is truly a lover of all animals! She is now fulfilling her dream of working with pets as the daycare aid here at Dogs Own. She makes sure that all the dogs that come through daycare are given all the love and attention they deserve. Tiffany’s favorite saying is, “Find a job doing something you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life”, and she says that Dogs’ Own is it! Your pets make her day, every day. Tiffany also plans on attending Dogs’ Own Grooming School and is very excited about furthering her education by continuing to do something that she is so passionate about.

Felicia Martinez | Groomer

Growing up on various farms Felicia grew a love of all sorts of animals from the very start. Coming from a family of groomers Felicia grew a special love for dogs. The before and after are always her favorite part of the groom. She started bathing at a young age and through her teens, but before she chose to explore other career paths until she circled back to grooming, and it has been the best decision! When she is not grooming you can catch her spending time with her family, thrifting, or binge-watching Criminal Minds!

Felicia Martinez | Groomer

Growing up on various farms Felicia grew a love of all sorts of animals from the very start. Coming from a family of groomers Felicia grew a special love for dogs. The before and after are always her favorite part of the groom. She started bathing at a young age and through her teens, but before she chose to explore other career paths until she circled back to grooming, and it has been the best decision! When she is not grooming you can catch her spending time with her family, thrifting, or binge-watching Criminal Minds!

Jackie Russell N.C.M.G. | Groomer

By age 16, Jackie was busy working with dogs, beginning at her aunt’s dog daycare facility. She kept the trend and stayed in canine focused jobs throughout her atmospheric science and psychology college career. In 2012 Jackie finally followed her heart and attended grooming school here at Dogs’ Own. She is excited to be back at Dogs’ Own, this time as a certified groomer, rather than a student. In her free time, Jackie loves spending time with her family, playing cards, and baking gluten-free goodies!

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Jackie Russell N.C.M.G. | Groomer

By age 16, Jackie was busy working with dogs, beginning at her aunt’s dog daycare facility. She kept the trend and stayed in canine focused jobs throughout her atmospheric science and psychology college career. In 2012 Jackie finally followed her heart and attended grooming school here at Dogs’ Own. She is excited to be back at Dogs’ Own, this time as a certified groomer, rather than a student. In her free time, Jackie loves spending time with her family, playing cards, and baking gluten-free goodies!

Jackie Russell N.C.M.G. | Groomer

By age 16, Jackie was busy working with dogs, beginning at her aunt’s dog daycare facility. She kept the trend and stayed in canine focused jobs throughout her atmospheric science and psychology college career. In 2012 Jackie finally followed her heart and attended grooming school here at Dogs’ Own. She is excited to be back at Dogs’ Own, this time as a certified groomer, rather than a student. In her free time, Jackie loves spending time with her family, playing cards, and baking gluten-free goodies!

Jessica Beckley | Groomer

Jessica Beckley started grooming nearly 18 years ago in California. In 2015, she and her husband made the move out to Colorado! With her start in the pet industry starting at the early age of 16, this professional groomer brings a lot of experience to Dogs’ Own Grooming! Currently, Jessica is working toward her Master Groomer Certification through the National Dog Groomer’s Association of America.
Spending time with her four Old English Bulldogges – Layla, Odin, Saga, and Solveig – is one of Jessica’s favorite pastimes. She genuinely loves dogs and spends her days here at Dogs’ Own helping them to look and feel their best!

Jessica Beckley | Groomer

Jessica Beckley started grooming nearly 18 years ago in California. In 2015, she and her husband made the move out to Colorado! With her start in the pet industry starting at the early age of 16, this professional groomer brings a lot of experience to Dogs’ Own Grooming! Currently, Jessica is working toward her Master Groomer Certification through the National Dog Groomer’s Association of America.
Spending time with her four Old English Bulldogges – Layla, Odin, Saga, and Solveig – is one of Jessica’s favorite pastimes. She genuinely loves dogs and spends her days here at Dogs’ Own helping them to look and feel their best!

Savanna Buttermore | Bather

When Savannah came across the opportunity of becoming a dog bather, it was an exciting change of pace in her life, and she has loved every minute of it since day one! As animals have always been a huge part of her life, Savannah wants nothing more than to have the same positive impact on them! Growing up in a house full of pets, there is no way she wouldn’t be an animal person. She has a huge heart for all animals – they have played a huge role in her life. When Savannah was younger, she spent her free time participating in volunteer programs at the wolf sanctuary and Hearts for Horses. Born and raised in Colorado, nothing brings her more joy than simply being in mountains and enjoying nature with her dog, ‘Sugar’. They go hiking, camping, and swimming any change they get!

Savanna Buttermore | Bather

When Savannah came across the opportunity of becoming a dog bather, it was an exciting change of pace in her life, and she has loved every minute of it since day one! As animals have always been a huge part of her life, Savannah wants nothing more than to have the same positive impact on them! Growing up in a house full of pets, there is no way she wouldn’t be an animal person. She has a huge heart for all animals – they have played a huge role in her life. When Savannah was younger, she spent her free time participating in volunteer programs at the wolf sanctuary and Hearts for Horses. Born and raised in Colorado, nothing brings her more joy than simply being in mountains and enjoying nature with her dog, ‘Sugar’. They go hiking, camping, and swimming any change they get!

Savanna Buttermore | Bather

When Savannah came across the opportunity of becoming a dog bather, it was an exciting change of pace in her life, and she has loved every minute of it since day one! As animals have always been a huge part of her life, Savannah wants nothing more than to have the same positive impact on them! Growing up in a house full of pets, there is no way she wouldn’t be an animal person. She has a huge heart for all animals – they have played a huge role in her life. When Savannah was younger, she spent her free time participating in volunteer programs at the wolf sanctuary and Hearts for Horses. Born and raised in Colorado, nothing brings her more joy than simply being in mountains and enjoying nature with her dog, ‘Sugar’. They go hiking, camping, and swimming any change they get!

Mikayla Svobodny | Groomer

Although former chef, Mikayla has been an animal lover her whole life. Now, sheis pursuing something that makes her truly happy. When she was little, Mikayla lived in the mountains on a 10 acre piece of land, filled with animals! Her family pets ranged from small animals like iguanas, all the way to horses. She started volunteering at animal shelters and pet stores, or anywhere that pet professionals could put her to work and let her pet the dogs! She posted flyers for dog walking and pet sitting in her neighborhood and even worked at an alpaca farm! Needless to say, she fell in love with pet-centric work. The first thing she ever said she wanted to be when she grew up was a veterinarian. Although that dream didn’t come true, she is much happier working here at Dogs’ Own. Mikayla spends her days singing and dancing with our four-legged clients! After work, she enjoys doing life with my best friend, Wendall – her baby beagle mix!

Mikayla Svobodny | Groomer

Although former chef, Mikayla has been an animal lover her whole life. Now, sheis pursuing something that makes her truly happy. When she was little, Mikayla lived in the mountains on a 10 acre piece of land, filled with animals! Her family pets ranged from small animals like iguanas, all the way to horses. She started volunteering at animal shelters and pet stores, or anywhere that pet professionals could put her to work and let her pet the dogs! She posted flyers for dog walking and pet sitting in her neighborhood and even worked at an alpaca farm! Needless to say, she fell in love with pet-centric work. The first thing she ever said she wanted to be when she grew up was a veterinarian. Although that dream didn’t come true, she is much happier working here at Dogs’ Own. Mikayla spends her days singing and dancing with our four-legged clients! After work, she enjoys doing life with my best friend, Wendall – her baby beagle mix!

Jeff O’Conner | Reception / Bather

From a young age, Jeff grew a compassion for dogs due to their contagious unconditional love. When he was 6 years old, his family brought home their first Siberian Husky, and he has loved spending time with dogs ever since.

Jeff worked as a dog walker and dog sitter before choosing to expand his dog care knowledge and attend grooming school! Jeff graduated from Dogs’ Own Grooming School in the Fall of 2019 and is proud to be back working as a bather/groomer.

Jeff relishes the challenge to make the often stressful process of grooming as comfortable as possible by forming a trusting connection with each dog, while sending them home looking healthy and beautiful.

At Dogs’ Own, Jeff strives to provide the quality love and care that he would want his own dog to receive!

Jeff O’Conner | Reception / Bather

From a young age, Jeff grew a compassion for dogs due to their contagious unconditional love. When he was 6 years old, his family brought home their first Siberian Husky, and he has loved spending time with dogs ever since.

Jeff worked as a dog walker and dog sitter before choosing to expand his dog care knowledge and attend grooming school! Jeff graduated from Dogs’ Own Grooming School in the Fall of 2019 and is proud to be back working as a bather/groomer.

Jeff relishes the challenge to make the often stressful process of grooming as comfortable as possible by forming a trusting connection with each dog, while sending them home looking healthy and beautiful.

At Dogs’ Own, Jeff strives to provide the quality love and care that he would want his own dog to receive!

Jeff O’Conner | Reception / Bather

From a young age, Jeff grew a compassion for dogs due to their contagious unconditional love. When he was 6 years old, his family brought home their first Siberian Husky, and he has loved spending time with dogs ever since.

Jeff worked as a dog walker and dog sitter before choosing to expand his dog care knowledge and attend grooming school! Jeff graduated from Dogs’ Own Grooming School in the Fall of 2019 and is proud to be back working as a bather/groomer.

Jeff relishes the challenge to make the often stressful process of grooming as comfortable as possible by forming a trusting connection with each dog, while sending them home looking healthy and beautiful.

At Dogs’ Own, Jeff strives to provide the quality love and care that he would want his own dog to receive!

Alyssa Ortega | Groomer

Alyssa is a former veterinary technician from Eagle, Colorado! For the last several years, Alyssa has been working at North Shore Animal Hospital here in Loveland. After deciding to switch gears toward the professional pet grooming world. As one of our most recent Dogs’ Own Grooming School graduates, we expect great things from Alyssa.
Alyssa lives on a farm with five horses where she and her family offer youth horseback riding lessons – donating a portion of the proceeds to suicide prevention. In her free time, she enjoys bow-hunting and hanging out with her best friend ‘Fern’ the cat!

Alyssa Ortega | Groomer

Alyssa is a former veterinary technician from Eagle, Colorado! For the last several years, Alyssa has been working at North Shore Animal Hospital here in Loveland. After deciding to switch gears toward the professional pet grooming world. As one of our most recent Dogs’ Own Grooming School graduates, we expect great things from Alyssa.
Alyssa lives on a farm with five horses where she and her family offer youth horseback riding lessons – donating a portion of the proceeds to suicide prevention. In her free time, she enjoys bow-hunting and hanging out with her best friend ‘Fern’ the cat!

Cameron McClelland | Bather

Growing up, I have always had a passion for animals. At age 11, I aspired to become a Veterinarian so I started volunteering at Family Member Animal Hospital. Eventually, I got hired as a Vet Assistant where I worked until the clinic closed. Although my aspirations changed, my love for animals only grew. So, when I had the chance to become a bather, I jumped at the opportunity. I greatly enjoy spending my days making animals feel happy and healthy. Outside of work, I love climbing mountains, playing sports, and hanging out with my three cats; Odin, Ned, and Earl.

Cameron McClelland | Bather

Growing up, I have always had a passion for animals. At age 11, I aspired to become a Veterinarian so I started volunteering at Family Member Animal Hospital. Eventually, I got hired as a Vet Assistant where I worked until the clinic closed. Although my aspirations changed, my love for animals only grew. So, when I had the chance to become a bather, I jumped at the opportunity. I greatly enjoy spending my days making animals feel happy and healthy. Outside of work, I love climbing mountains, playing sports, and hanging out with my three cats; Odin, Ned, and Earl.

Valerie Grey | Bather

Being offered the opportunity to be a dog bather, Valerie found a position she loves because she gets to spend every day with the truest kind of love and devotion that can be had: the real true love of fur babies.
Valerie has 3 Fur babies of her own at home, Oliver, Dusty and Onyx are adored and loved as family. She also has 6 furry grandbabies that she can spoil and send home to their parents. She understands the importance that they have in their families and is determined to treat each big or little furry family member the way she would treat hers, with love and patience.
Valerie is a 3rd generation Loveland native. She was not only born and raised here, she and her husband have raised their children to be the 4th generation natives. Loveland has always been where her roots are and she loves the family community of this not-so-little city.
Dogs own has given Valerie joy each day because she gets to share a little love with your special family member, and she gets to take a sometimes scary situation and make each dog feel safe and loved while away from their family.

Valerie Grey | Bather

Being offered the opportunity to be a dog bather, Valerie found a position she loves because she gets to spend every day with the truest kind of love and devotion that can be had: the real true love of fur babies.

Valerie has 3 Fur babies of her own at home, Oliver, Dusty and Onyx are adored and loved as family. She also has 6 furry grandbabies that she can spoil and send home to their parents. She understands the importance that they have in their families and is determined to treat each big or little furry family member the way she would treat hers, with love and patience.

Valerie is a 3rd generation Loveland native. She was not only born and raised here, she and her husband have raised their children to be the 4th generation natives. Loveland has always been where her roots are and she loves the family community of this not-so-little city.
Dogs own has given Valerie joy each day because she gets to share a little love with your special family member, and she gets to take a sometimes scary situation and make each dog feel safe and loved while away from their family.