Meet the Team
Jake lives in the North Dallas area. With Jake’s passion for animals, he loves making sure his client’s furry babies are pampered and entertained while their human moms and dads work and play. In his spare time Jake enjoys checking out Texas’ top lists of restaurants and things to do, reading and learning new things, meeting and talking to interesting people, working out, spending time with family and friends, biking, time at the lake tubing and jet skiing, and exotic cars.
Chief Operations Officer & Dog Walker
Kelley was born in Dallas but was lucky enough to spend her formative years on a farm in Kentucky where she developed a lifelong love of all animals. Her love of dogs and cats formed early and she can’t remember not having a pet. While she loves all dogs, she is especially partial to boxers. She is currently a proud boxer mom to Roxie, Tyson, and Luka. Kelley has been with Privileged Paws in one capacity or another since 2018. When she is not walking dogs, she is helping Jake run things behind the scenes. In her spare time Kelley enjoys hanging with her family and friends, playing games, discovering new restaurants, walking her own dogs, reading, traveling and hiking.
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter
Chris is a Texas native and has been with Privileged Paws since 2020. Recently, dog walking took a back seat while he pursued his Masters in counseling. Chris has been happy to help out with overnights while he studied. With is Masters degree now attained he helps out with dog walking and overnights while he is waiting for his license to be issued.
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter
Becca moved to Dallas in the spring of 2020 from Delaware and joined Privileged Paws shortly after. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2014 with a degree in Anthropology. Becca has always had a love for all animals and spent years working with exotic animals such as reptiles and birds. In her free time, she loves getting to explore the parks, restaurants, and museums of her new home in Dallas. Becca’s favorite hobby used to be hiking with her dog but Astrid. Astrid has since crossed the Rainbow Bridge. Becca now loves getting to walk with all the dogs at Privileged Paws instead!
Dog Walker and Pet Sitter
Say hello to Enrique (Eriq). He has cared for animals for more than twenty years. After working for retail stores and warehouses for ten years, Privileged Paws allows Eriq to pursue his passion for looking after dogs. His goals are to earn his CCPDT certification and study dog psychology. Eriq enjoys long hikes with his own Rex, competitive online gaming, and playing board/card games with friends in his spare time.
Tammy recently retired from her desk job and is excited to now have the time to do what she really enjoys: helping people by helping their pets, and being active outdoors. Her passion is her three Golden Retrievers, but she loves all animals. In her spare time she likes to cycle at White Rock Lake, hang out with friends and family, and visit local craft breweries.
Dog Walker and Overnight Pet Sitter
Terry was born in Dallas and is a proud fifth generation descendent of both parents who were born in or close to Dallas. Before retiring in 2019, he worked in his family’s publishing and advertising business for forty-seven years as president and owner. Terry is an avid cowboy fan for life. He will proudly tell you his dad took him to his first game in 1960 at the Cotton Bowl! Before starting his second career of walking dogs at Privileged Paws he was the proud fur father of four of schnauzers who have since passed away. His favorite poem is Rainbow Bridge.
Overnight Pet Sitter
Darrah lives in downtown Dallas and has worked at SMU for over twenty-three years. She recently completed her MBA at SMU and is thinking about what her next learning opportunity is going to be. Darrah loves animals and has had dogs of her own most of her life. When her last dog passed away, she decided to take a break from dog ownership but missed spending time with furry friends. Dog sitting was the perfect fit and Darrah loves getting to meet client dogs and giving them lots of love and care and attention while their parents are away! In her free time Darrah enjoys reading, going to the movies (Alamo Drafthouse is her favorite), and taking regular walks at White Rock Lake.
A hill country girl at heart, Denise never fathomed living in Dallas, but for more than a decade calls it home. Adapting to city life quickly, she and her beloved dog Aussie found parks, lakes, and quiet neighborhoods ideal for a quick swim or long walk. Denise believes dogs leave footprints in your heart while bringing you boundless joy and love. There is nothing more special than being greeted by a smiling, tail wagging four legged loved one. When not walking dogs, Denise spends her spare time riding the city or hill country roads on a recumbent bike.
Grace grew up in South Florida where she developed her love for all types of animals. She has grown up with many different pets but always had a special love for cats and dogs. Grace attended Washington and Lee University in Virginia where she played on the Women’s Soccer Team. She recently moved to Dallas for a new corporate position. She has joined Privileged Paws to help provide outstanding pet care for fur babies around North Dallas outside of working hours.
Crystal is excited to be part of the Privileged Paws team and honored to have the opportunity to be a part of your pet’s life. An Arizona girl, Crystal grew being an advocate for animals and full family support from family to volunteer and work with rescues. Crystal states, “My love for animals, and care for my community, is what inspires me everyday.” She has two dogs of her own and plenty of care to spare!
Mike was drawn to animals from a young age, “rescuing” all sorts of creatures like birds and hedgehogs while living in Germany, to scorpions, horny toads, and lizards in El Paso. Of course, his favorite animals are dogs, and he is thrilled whenever he can help a lost pup get back home safely to its owner. He grew up with cute and ferocious little dachshunds from a young age and discovered the joy of poodles after graduating college. He currently adores his little miniature labradoodle. Mike also seeks opportunities to be outdoors, hiking, biking, and camping with his kids and the scouts. Dog walking gives him the perfect opportunity to get outdoors with his favorite animals and get away from work and computer screens.
While Joey grew up in Dallas, she has maintained her strong connection to her Mexican roots. She has always had a fascination with animals and especially dogs. She spent four years working at a local dog daycare while going to college for art and design. She has combined her passion for art and dogs and began painting watercolor pet portraits for several of the daycare clients. She stepped down from her Kennel Assistant position to focus on starting her small business but really missed working with dogs. Working with the Privileged Paws Team allows her to fulfill both passions.