Meet Our Staff

Nicola Tallman

Founder, Owner 

Nicki worked as the purchasing manager at a local high end audio company for over 20 years. 

 

She enjoyed her time there, but decided it is time to fulfill her dream of owning a dog daycare. 

 

Nicki loves dogs of all shapes and sizes, and spends all of her free time on adventures with her two Golden Retrievers, Cohen and Olive, and an Australian Shepherd, Pippa.

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Natasha Westgate

Pack Manager

 

Natasha graduated with honours from Sheridan College's Animal Care Program, and has spent the last 15 years working with animals in a wide variety of settings, ranging from dog kennels and daycare to research, zoo and shelter.

Her extensive experience in various canine facilities has given her the skills necessary to suitability assess and effectively lead free roaming packs of all breeds and sizes. 

Natasha lives with her American Bulldog/Cane Corso Genghis, a Husky/Pyrenees named Hera and two little humans.

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Bentley Foley
Pack Manager

 

Bentley is a licensed dog trainer that graduated with honours from the Animal Behaviour College program. He has a decade of experience managing off-leash packs at canine daycare's as well as individual care as an in-home dog-sitter.

Bentley is passionate about canine behaviour, and thrives  in an open-concept setting. 

He has a mutt named Milo and an Alaskan Husky named Gotham.

Rick Astell

Canine Care Supervisor

Born and raised on a hobby farm, Rick managed an animal shelter for 4 years and explored different trades before seeking out a more positive environment for his animal care passion and skillset. 

Combining superior two-legged customer service with intuitive and compassionate four-legged caregiving, Rick is proud to be serving our community's canines by supporting their social and physical wellness.

Rick spends his free time beekeeping and gardening with his two family dogs, Dottie the Jack Russell & Pumpkin the Viszla.

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Neil Emery

Canine Care Attendant

Although Neil's main background is culinary, he has always held a deep passion for animals, especially dogs or wolves.

 

For 8 years he was the kennel coordinator for 150 Siberian Husky sled dogs, as well as caring for a pack of un-socialized wolves, an orphaned moose, logging horses, and some wild boar.

Neil is thrilled to continue learning about all the varying characteristics of different breeds of dogs, and is dedicated to leading a safe and happy pack while accommodating a multitude of unique canine personalities.

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Mark Nicoletti

Animal Care Attendant


Mark has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry but found his dream job when he began
working with dogs four years ago providing in-home care and boarding. In his spare time, he volunteers
weekly with the Peterborough Humane Society, walking and socializing dogs of all different sizes and
temperaments. He loves all animals but has a soft spot for rescues and senior dogs. He lives in
Peterborough with his Husky/Bernese Mountain Dog rescue, Grizzly and two hilarious cats, Bee and
Leeroy... and the occasional foster.

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Mike Landry

Canine Care Attendant

Starting his career off in the music and art sector, Mike decided in 2020 to pursue his life long passion: Animal and Canine Care.

He earned his Animal Care certificate at Durham College in 2021 and loves to learn, interact  and work with new behaviours, characteristics and temperaments of a variety of dog breeds.

He has an appreciation for all dogs, big and small, but holds a strong love for sporting and herding dogs, including his two senior springer spaniels he lives with at home, Abbey and Manny.