Meet Our Team.
Doing work that matters.
Meyer’s Animal House is piloted by owner Kent Meyer, third generation dog breeder of the Meyer family. Along with gaining knowledge from his family for decades both Kent and his wife and several team members have trained with John Rogerson of England and the late Lee Mannix and as such is versatile in canine behavior and understanding how dogs think. Kent has consulted with hundreds of dog owners to help them clarify and improve their relationship. As a youngster Kent worked his way up learning every aspect of dog language and behavior with a lot of trial and error. Over the past years Kent and Gwen have had the privilege of showing some of the US’s top show dogs and repeatedly winning top awards at national specialties and the Westminster Dog Show.
Kent is a third generation dog man. Behaviorist, trainer, professional dog handler and the biggest heart for dogs, he’s married to his best friend, Gwen, they have a son Luke. This is the best time of his life watching Luke grow.
Wife Of Lead Dog
Little did she know over 30 years ago when meeting Kent at a dog show the ride she was in for and has been by Kent’s side helping Meyer’s grow to what it is today. Gwen wears a few hats but her greatest accomplishment and joy is being Mom to their son Luke.
Originally hailing from Spencer, Iowa, Janet did not own a dog until she was 30, but she quickly made up the time by immersing herself in dogdom! A feral pup showed up on her doorstep and she went to the kennel down the road for some guidance. That kennel was owned by Kent and Gwen Meyer, and the rest was history. German Shepherds are Janet’s true love, and she is well versed in agility and Schutzhund training. Gardening and cooking are also passions. Her Italian Baked Cabbage Soup is a can’t miss!
Customer Care & Pet Care Lead
Jenna runs our office and helps out in daycare and in lodging! She has the ability to make anyone smile and comforts everyone she meets. She loves all of her clients, both human and furry, and they love her too! Although we are lucky to have her, she went to college for theatre and is an actress!
If she isn’t running the trails on weekends, she is running the lodging areas like the pro she is. Another one of our Rockford natives, she’s been whispering to the pets at Meyer’s for about a decade; they love her and she certainly has a gift with them. Her humor is one of the many bright spots here around the animal house.
Pet Styling Leader
We are always happy to see Nick’s smiling face at work. Grooming comes so naturally to him and he makes it look effortless. When you meet this friendly guy you may not guess that he is a formidable competitor in the grooming world. Nick earned a place on GroomTeamUSA and is featured in their Hall of Fame as a TOP 10 stylist. His family, including 6 brothers and a sister enjoy the dog world together, cheering each other on.
You gotta love that person in the center of the team, the one who you can depend on for help with everything and anything. That’s Donna. She is one of our busiest ”behind the scenes” team members and also one of the most calm, pleasant people you will ever meet. But as much as we depend on her, we know one of her most cherished roles in life is that of GRANDMA to precious little Selah.
Assistant Lodging Leader
Candice can be found caring for our lodgers, playing with our daycare crew, or helping customers up front! With 5 years at Meyer’s under her belt, she is one of the most experienced members of our staff and it shows! She has a knack for befriending our shy lodgers and bringing them right out of their shell! In her spare time, she is working towards her master’s in psychology.
Pet Care Lead & Daycare
Kat is our daycare coordinator and helps out in lodging when she is not running groups. She is always moving, always helping, and has a lot of “furry” fans. Kat’s photography and art background helps out in all of the wonderful gifts that daycare parents receive from their fur babies. Kat went scuba diving at night with stingrays and made it back to us just fine!!
Pet Care Technician
Ashley helps out as a Pet Care Tech and doesn’t miss a beat! She does her job with a smile on her face and she does it thoroughly. She’s always reliable and is a pleasure to be around. Ashley ended up adopting “Schnapps” a dachshund mix, from an elderly client that could no longer care for him and they are two peas in a pod.
Pet Care Lead & Daycare
Rachel is always hard at work loving and playing with our crazy daycare crew! In lodging, she takes a special interest in our cat and small critter guests. Although normally focused and quiet as a mouse, she is absolutely hilarious and always making staff laugh.
Nick is the God of they Meyer’s grounds! He takes care of all of our facilities in Belvidere, Roscoe and DeForest, WI and he is literally doing it one-handed right now. He can do or fix anything and he is so positive he always puts a smile on our faces. We are so thankful to have him on our team. He spends his free time with his family and loves his cat much more than his cat loved taking this picture.