I was born into a family of devoted animal lovers. From the very beginning our pet dogs and cats have always held a significant role in my life. When I was young, our dog Jake was my steadfast friend; allowing me to dress him up, lead him through obstacle courses and drag him around the neighbourhood.
By the time we got our second dog, Harley, I was older and could see the new puppy as being more than another playmate. I began taking initiative in caring for Harley, learning how to responsibly walk, feed and train him.
Our third dog Wyatt is a handful. Unlike any of our other pets, Wyatt did an excellent job of teaching me the lesson of patience and compassion (because he could be so frustrating at times!). It wasn’t until I moved away to university, and for the first time in my life was animal-less, that I realized how much joy, love and amusement our family pets contributed to my life.
Upon graduating from the University of Victoria I felt hesitant and uninspired to take a job in the corporate world. I took some time off and headed on a backpacking trip across South East Asia. After returning back home, to a life filled with animals, it became obvious what kind of career to pursue. Starting a dog walking and pet service business integrates my passion for animals and my love of being outdoors in nature.
I truly love dogs. I am an experienced volunteer dog walker at the SPCA, and have worked with hundreds of challenging dogs. I also have a certification in pet First Aid.
I am optimistic, passionate, responsible and 100% reliable. As a dog owner and lover I understand how important it is to hire someone who is caring, patient, trustworthy and professional to look after your most cherished companions.
With this commitment towards exceptional service for Vancouverites and their canine pals, Paws at Play Dog Walking was born.
Christine DeVries, Owner
Get to know the team
Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): Moved to Vancouver for the city experience.
Favourite quote: “Don’t chase people. Be you, do your own thing and work hard.” – Will Smith
Best advice you’ve ever received: Choose your battles.
Seen binge watching a show or reading a book: Reading a book, always.
Website visited most: allrecipes.com
Favourite ice cream: Vegan Salted Chocolate Caramel.
I take my coffee: With almond milk.
I can usually be seen with: It used to be my dog now it’s my mini me, Georgia.
Sarah, Manager (Dog Walker and Sitter)
I absolutely adore your dog! I have a big heart and will treat your pooch like they are my own. I grew up caring for animals of all kinds; but, many of my fondest memories involve time spent with my dogs.
I have a background in Wildlife Biology and Conservation and have volunteered at animal shelters, wildlife rescue centres, and bird research organizations. I have always had a keen interest in how species interact, behave, and co-exist. Being outdoors, with all of these wonderful pups, is right where I want to be.
Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): I was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario. I moved to the West Coast in 2014 for a job and a change; I stayed for the ocean, the mountains, and the opportunities.
Favourite quote: “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you do not have.” – Epicurus
Best advice you’ve ever received: If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.
Seen binge watching a show or reading a book: Most often, reading a book.
Website visited most: My inbox.
Favourite ice cream: Moose Tracks. You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate, ever.
I take my coffee: . . . Everywhere.
I can usually be seen with: . . . Dog hair.
Corey, Dog Walker
I have always had a very strong love for animals. Growing up, I always had dogs around. After graduating university, I worked a variety of jobs and have finally found that working with animals is my true passion!
I have spent a lot of time volunteering with the SPCA and would eventually like to go back to school to become an animal health technician.
Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): Prince George. Milder winters.
Favourite quote: “The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” – Leonardo da Vinci
Seen binge watching a show or reading a book: Watching Seinfeld.
Website visited most: Twitter.
Favourite ice cream: London Fog from Rain or Shine.
I take my coffee: Double, double.
I can usually be seen with: My Blue Jays hat.
Elizabeth, Dog Walker
Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): My hometown is Cubbington/Leamington Spar, England.
Favourite quote: “It’s not about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
Best advice you’ve ever received: “Breathe”
Seen binge watching a show or reading a book: Both!
Website visited most: YouTube.
Favourite ice cream: White Chocolate Raspberry.
I take my coffee: Pour cream until it’s full.
I can usually be seen with: Espresso and Tetley, my two little sidekicks.
Amanda, Dog Walker
Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): Vernon. Moved to Vancouver for Veterinary Assistant schooling.
Favourite quote: “The bond with a true dog is as lasting as the ties of this earth will ever be” – Konrad Lorenz
Best advice you’ve ever received: How will you know your limits without an occasional failure? Never quit. Your turn will come.
Seen binge watching a show or reading a book: Reading numerous books at once.
Website visited most: A tie between travel websites and the dictionary.
Favourite ice cream: Cookies n’ cream.
I take my coffee: Hot, slightly strong, with coconut or oat milk.
I can usually be seen with: A smile ready to chat with everyone!
Tricia, Dog Trainer
Tricia Sverre is Paws at Play’s resident trainer. She is also the principle and head trainer of Canine Align. She is a certified Professional Dog Trainer through Karen Pryor Academy (KPA-CTP), and a professional member of APDT (The Association of Professional Dog Trainers). Committed to providing the most effective and convenient solutions to her clients’ dog training needs, she avidly pursues ongoing continuing education and professional development.
When not helping clients enjoy easier lives with their canine companions, she enjoys time with her family and beloved rescue dog, Baloo.
Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): Canadian born, but raised in Malaysia, Texas and Singapore. Moved to Vancouver to be close to family!
Favourite quote: “The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.” – Jane Goodall
Best advice you’ve ever received: Be kind and work hard.
Seen binge watching a show or reading a book: Cozying up with a good book!
Website visited most: Tawzerdog.com
Favourite ice cream: Coconut.
I take my coffee: London Fogs are my favourite.
I can usually be seen with: Dog treats in my pockets!