Our Team and Strategic Partners

Our Team and Strategic Partners 1

Deborah Karns, E.D.: Debbie brings 25 years of health care and administration to her role of Business Advisor for Pets and Peeps. In addition to working with Karen, Debbie enjoys providing walking, daycare and overnight services to Pets and Peeps clients.


Donna Hyerdall: Donna is originally from the northern suburbs of Chicago. She moved to Georgia in 2014 and loves the countryside, mountains, and very little SNOW! Still a Chicago Cubs, Blackhawks, and Bears fan, but becoming a Braves and Falcons fan as well. Unfortunately, she lost her wonderful Golden Retriever last year wasn’t ready to fall in love again so she decided to join Pets and Peeps.  She enjoys the companionship of a fur baby and helping to keep them healthy! 

Lynn and Pups

Lynn Avrett: Lynn is a retired Registered Nurse. She and her husband of 27 years have raised 3 young adult sons, and several Golden Retrievers. Lynn, Frank and their two Goldens, Troy and Scout can often be found hiking in the North Georgia Mountains on the weekends. Lynn loves people, and absolutely loves dogs.

Mary and Baily

Mary Duval: Mary’s career has included accounting, real estate sales and appraisal and now pet sitting! She has always loved cats and cannot remember not having at least one. Pets and Peeps gives her the opportunity to take care of a variety of kitties without adding to her current family of cats.

Lois Price

Lois Price: “Since childhood, I have loved animals including cats, dogs, gerbils and rabbits.”  Lois grew up with a dog named “Frisby” who was great and loved on all the cats wandering around the neighborhood. She currently has two beautiful male cats (spoiled rotten) who are now twelve years old. “I believe ‘furry friends’ make a house a home.  I will treat all pets with loving care, just like they are my own.”

Jonathan Jones

Jonathan Jones: “I’ve always had a dog, usually multiple dogs.” Today is no different, with Rory (small dog) and Casey (big dog). Jonathan was a client of Pets and Peeps before he decided to help Karen. Like Karen, he was in the corporate world until he retired and took a real job walking and running dogs. Jonathan will train your dog to run distances just like he trained Casey (25 miles/week and trying to go longer); always with your dog’s safety and well-being in mind.

Karen Thompson

Karen Thompson: Karen semi-retired from a long career in a corporate job designing kitchen and baths. Looking for something fun to do and always having a love for pets, she joined Pets and Peeps – this is a perfect fit! Karen loves all fur-kids and puts their needs on high priority when caring for them; she considers them all “Master teachers” and learns from them every day. She is also a Reiki Master, always sending great energy to your beloved pets and they seem to love it!

Dinah Alexander

Dinah Alexander: After being a dental assistant for 20 years, I decided I wanted to work with animals.  I got a job at a veterinarian office and worked there for 7 years, which is also where I started pet sitting. I love what I do especially getting to know all the precious pets! 

Sydney Booker

Sydney Booker: I have always loved animals. As a child, I would feed the squirrels while on a picnic with my family!  And I was also constantly trying to bring home stray cats.  I have worked in the travel industry for many years, and my favorite trip was to South Africa so I could go on game drives to see the animals in their natural habitat.  So I feel very lucky to be able to have a job where I can spend time taking care of dogs, cats, and even rabbits.

Michael Junod

Michael Junod: Lover of dogs, especially the working dogs. Michael has raised, loved and trained twp German Shepherds; Nikki and Max!

Anita Welch

Anita Welch: Anita has been a cat lover since she was in college. During that time Anita worked for the only private practice Vet in Manhattan, Ks.  Always a lover of animals, Anita wanted to become a Veterinarian but at that time KSU took very few women into their program. Now retired from a successful career in Golf Course development, she has chosen to become part of Karen’s successful team of pets care takers.

Ruth Weber

Ruth Weber: An Ohio farm girl, Ruth has always been surrounded by pets. A retired business owner and teacher, her family has included kids, grand kids, cats, golden retrievers and labs. She enjoys walking, boating on her lake, pet walking and pet sitting.las