03 8418 3937
0401 866 440
3/30 Bridge Street, Eltham 3095
Founder / Director / Business manager / Head pack leader
Karen has a long history of medical management, but her real passion is dogs.
Karen’s passion for dogs started as a child, when her parents surrounded her with animals from an early age.
Her beloved late English Staffie Zac was one of her driving forces in opening Waggy Tails in 2017. Working long hours in demanding roles, she was plagued with feelings of guilt, having to leave Zac home alone for up to 12 hours a day. Her dream was to create a fun place for Zac and for owners to have their dogs cared for in a safe, friendly environment where they could interreact and have fun with other dogs.
Karen has had a love and passion for English Staffordshire bull Terriers for over 30 years. She will soon be welcoming a new puppy to her family. Just as Zac did, the new puppy will be ready to take on the new role of head greater and to meet everyone with a big staffie smile and a wagging tail.
You will find Karen in reception most days and she loves to have a chat and catch up with all of the Fur-parents. Karen has a wealth of knowledge and is happy to help with any questions you might have.
Her hobbies include weightlifting with her PT, long weekend bush walks at Banyule flats and footy. She is a passionate Port Adelaide supporter!
Karen can’t live without Coffee, Spicey Thai food and cheese and pickled onions!
Manager / Pack leader / Trainer
Ever since Tina was a little girl, dogs have been her ultimate passion. Tina has owned a variety of dogs from our tiny Chihuahuas to our largest Great Danes.
Over the course of 27 years, ,Tina and her daughter have saved dogs from all walks of life having up to 7 dogs at their residence at on time.
Eventually Tina’s daughter moved into her own home which gave Tina a well earned rest. Now Tina has her beloved, exceptionally trained Cavoodle - Gigi. Gigi loves to be the therapy dog at doggy day care and takes the new puppies under her wing.
Tina worked with an internationally accredited dog trainer during her time with saving dogs. She came to understand the concept of Pack dogs which has brought her a world of experience in Pack Dog Mentality with all breeds. This is a real asset for her role here at Waggy Tails.
Tina does have a soft spot for all the larger breeds at Day Care as she does miss the rumble and tumble that a big dog brings.
No dog in Day Care can do much wrong in Tina’s eyes. Although working alongside a trainer and understanding the behaviours of dogs, Tina places safety as her priority both for the dogs and staff.
Tina’s hobbies include … walking Gigi, brunching with friends, going away on short trips, horse riding and fine dining.
Tina can not live without a Skinny Mocha extra hot, Netflix, and her regular trips to her place of origin – the Greek Islands.
Rocio aka roc
Pack leader / Pawparatzi
Roc has been a volunteer at various shelters and rescue groups and finally found her niche in Doggy Day Care. Having worked for many years with animals, whilst taking care of two lovely daughters, there is nothing else Roc would rather be doing.
There is a sweet blue staffie called Kobe who is a much loved member amongst Roc’s family and every now and then Kobe gets a little cheeky just to make himself shine in the pack.
With over 10 year’s experience with dogs, Roc is a great asset to the Waggy Tails Team .
When Roc isn’t with dogs, she is remaining active by hitting the gym and going for long walks with her family pack.
Roc cannot live without Popcorn and Chocolate!!
Pack leader / Pawparatzi
After 10 years of being in the corporate sector, Jess came to the realization that her passion to work with dogs must come to fruition.
Over the past two years Jess has worked with Pack dogs at various dog day cares whilst pursuing further education in Animal Studies.
Jess is an avid love of nature, so it comes as no surprise that she has done tireless volunteering at Wildlife Shelters which grew her love of animals even more.
The love of Jess’ life “Chubbs” (her English Staffie x) made his way to doggy heaven last year. It hasn’t been easy , but the Day Care dogs shine a bright light for Chubbs and help Jess along the way.
English Staffys and Bull Terriers are Jess’ favourites without a doubt but any four legged friend is a friend
Jess’s experience in animal welfare and love of dogs brings a refreshing boost to our wonderful staff and furry attendees.
Jess cannot live without Nature, Wine and Cheese.
Pack leader / enrichment & training guru
Luke is a valuable asset to our team with his long history of animal welfare and knowledge on our 4-legged friends.
With over 2 years working in animal shelters and boarding day care facilities for all different species of animals, Luke has himself, fostered over a dozen dogs.
He has assisted various organisations for the transport and care of injured and rescued animals as well as assisting foster carers in behavioural and social issues with troublesome dogs. Luke continues to volunteer for “Forever Friends Animal Rescue”.
In addition, Luke specialises in socialising aggressive and reactive dogs having worked in the United States at various day care facilities and attending various seminars from internationally renowned dog behaviourists.
Luke currently studies Cert III in Canine Behaviour Management and Modification. He is a Member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and holds a Certificate in Dog and Cat first Aid.
There were other roles for Luke in between his love of animals with 8 years’ experience working as a diversional therapist In Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care.
We see Luke as a carer and behaviourist for all creatures great and small including rabbits, guinea pigs, sheep, goats alpacas, people and the list goes on.
Luke’s Hobbies include playing the guitar and piano, Indoor Soccer and Volleyball.
Luke cannot live without History and Science Podcasts.
Pack leader / Groomer Extraordinaire / Pawparatzi
Teagan is our groomer extraordinaire! She has 7 years’ experience in the grooming industry and knows her way around the grooming tables. We get so much fantastic feedback about her work, we are truly lucky to have her! Her dedication to the wellbeing and care of our dogs is paramount. If you have any instructions or questions regarding your groom, she is the person to speak to.
Teagan’s passion and enthusiasm for dogs also landed her a spot on the floor as one of our dedicated pack leaders. With two large dogs of her own, she knows exactly how to manage and tire the most energetic of doggos.
Teagan has many years’ experience training her own dogs and Is valuable member of the leader pack. Before Covid she would be at her training centre every weekend, formally training her Fur-kids Zooko the standard poodle and Archer the golden retriever.
Her hobbies include playing computer games, reading and walking the dogs
P.S she can’t live without are liquorice, Netflix and her fur babies.
Pack leader / Resident Clean Freak / Chief Ball Thrower
Penny has a passion for dogs, which is good considering she has been around a whole lot of dogs since she was small! Fortunately, her Aunt took in rescue dogs to rehome, so despite not having a dog of her own she enjoyed cuddles from many different dogs that her Aunt cared for!
After a lot of begging and doing chores, Penny got her first dog Sam in 2014. Shaggy blonde Sam became the newest and cuddliest addition to her family! You can occasionally see him at Waggy Tails where he will try to get as many treats as he can from the unsuspecting day care attendants!
Penny has a passion for the BIG fluffy dogs with lots of energy, and she’s not afraid to jump around and look ridiculous to get them to play!
You probably won't see Penny out the front very much, but behind the scenes she is so incredibly close to each one of our fur members and has an incredible attention to detail. Penny excels in trying to make your dog EXHAUSTED by playing and interreacting with all the beautiful dogs who come to Waggy Tails. If you do happen to catch her out in reception, she will try her best to help you out with any questions you might have.
Her hobby’s include cooking, bushwalking and meeting new dogs who she can cuddle.
PS she can't live without her morning cup of coffee, a good long walk & chocolate
Pack leader / Cuddle Queen / Noodle Dog Enthusiast
Anneliese has always been obsessed with dogs. She was the kid at the party who played with the dog the whole time. She is currently completing her Cert III in Behaviour and training with National Dog Training Federation.
Anneliese has two gorgeous whippets! Old man Jasper is 15 and loves a nice warm blanket these days and Buddy is 10, he is always looking for something to play with but also wouldn’t pass a nap in the afternoon sun.
Anneliese is a captivating dancer! She has been dancing for over 15 years and can often be seen performing flawless pirouettes when encouraged! As a dancer she definitely can’t go a day without jamming out to one of her favourite songs.
You won’t see Annelise out the front very much, she’s keeps busy giving extra ear scratches and belly rubs to your fur kids. She is especially smitten with the noodles.
Her hobbies include playing PC games, baking, compiling tik tok dances with her friends.
P.S she can’t live without both of her fur babies, sweets and a good nap, the kind where you wake up and have no idea what year it is!
Cuddle Queen / cleaner
Cuddle Queen / cleaner