When she’s not at the front lobby greeting our two-legged and four-legged patrons, while making sure office operations remain well-behaved, you can find her spending free-time reading, catching up on the latest cheesy primetime drama, yelling at any team that plays against the Rockets or working on her MBA Degree. Marelya also spends a majority of her time raising her three kids; namely, Kimbo, the clumsy Cocker Spaniel mix that she swears thinks he’s British, Atticus, the agile and athletic Rat Terrier mix whose curiosity often gets him in trouble, and Jon Snow, the Kitten of the Knight’s Watch (who thinks he’s a dog). Marelya always jokes that if PLD ever opens up a second location, that she, Atticus, and Kimbo will gladly run it. Stay tuned.
In addition to being a professional dog trainer since 2011, Katie has brought an interesting animal training perspective to Peace Love & Dogs. As she pursued her BS in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University, she was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with California sea lions, harbor seals, Pacific walruses, and bottlenose dolphins. As a dog trainer, Katie has become a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, an American Kennel Club recognized Canine Good Citizen evaluator, and is working toward becoming a CCPDT-certified canine behavioral consultant. Katie attributes her success as a trainer to all the animals, both in and out of water, that have taught her so much.
When she is not working, you can find her hanging out with her best friend Zelda, who is now 3 years old. Victoria’s ambition is to continue to learn as much as she can about the best, most effective, science based, and ethical ways to train animals of all species.
Charles has volunteered for H.O.P.E and worked at several different vet clinics, pet shops, and pet resorts. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in advertising from S.F.A. After college he moved back to Houston to be close to family and friends. When he is not playing with animals, his other hobbies include nature/wildlife photography, playing sports with friends, barbecuing, biking, hiking, and just being outdoors in general. He loves animals and couldn’t imagine life without them! He loves having the chance to come to work and play and train with dogs. Being our only male employee, Charles is very popular on the daycare floor, especially with our lady doggies. He’s looking forward to all of the exciting new opportunities at PLD.
Kate Van Rensburg
Alex started working at the front desk of PLD in January of 2016 and couldn’t be happier working here. She had worked as a daycare attendant at a facility in Birmingham before and fell in love working with dogs, so she was excited to find PLD, a place where everyone shares her love for dogs! Some of her favorite activities are horseback riding, hiking, sleeping, drawing, photography, swimming, and scuba diving. She loves scuba diving so much that she often wishes that she were a mermaid! On her off days she is usually drawing some of the other staff’s dogs, working on her portfolio, or cuddling with her baby Rajah while watching her tank of angelfish. Alex is very happy to be a part of the family at PLD and can’t wait to learn all she can working here!