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.
Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): I was born and raised in Ontario. Moved to the West Coast for a job and a change, and 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: Someone else’s dog.
Corey, Dog Walker
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.
Karin, Dog Walker
Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): I’m from Dala-Järna, Sweden and I moved here with my boyfriend who is studying at UBC.
Favourite quote: “Live like someone left the gate open, woof.”
Best advice you’ve ever received: Work with something you love doing and it won’t feel like you’re working.
Seen binge-watching a show or reading a book: Watching a show!
Website visited most: YouTube.
Favourite ice cream: Chocolate with more chocolate.
I take my coffee: Black.
I can usually be seen with: My dog, Toby!
Jordan, Dog Walker
Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): I was born in BC but spent most of my life in Ontario. I finally chased the mountains back across the country and ended up here again.
Favourite quote: “There is meaning in every journey that is unknown to the traveller.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Best advice you’ve ever received: When we react to the world, we react to the things we’re carrying around on top of our day-to-day. Be careful you don’t react to old hurts on people you meet today.
Seen binge-watching a show or reading a book: Binging Lord of the Rings, all the way.
Website visited most: Shaqshead.com (or probably Imgur)
Favourite ice cream: Coffee and chocolate, or peanut butter.
I take my coffee: Strong with cream!
I can usually be seen with: A few journals which I compulsively buy and write in.
Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): Vancouver, born and raised!
Favourite quote: “Hakuna Matata”
Best advice you’ve ever received: Pet all the dogs.
Seen binge-watching a show or reading a book: Peaky Blinders.
Website visited most: people.com – for my celebrity gossip.
Favourite ice cream: Strawberry.
I take my coffee: Cold, blended with ice, sugar, and caramel.
I can usually be seen with: My golden retriever sidekick, Tucker.
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!