Katie BellHometown: Hershey, PA
Katie made her way to Nashville more than 11 years ago, and considers herself a "born again Nashvillian". After working in the music industry for many years and starting her own business, Katie and her husband started their family and have two little boys, who accompany her to most of her dog walks. She considers working for Happy Pets "a wonderful experience". She is able to run a small business from home, write music and perform, and her work as a dog walker allows her to continue to stay home with her boys while doing work she is passionate about.
Nora CherryHometown: Detroit, MI
Nora moved to Franklin in 1996 as part of the Nashville Kats Arena Football team’s inaugural season staff, she worked in corporate season ticket sales and directed the cheerleaders. A former professional dancer, she starred in the Broadway musical CATS and also served as Dance Captain for the Vienna and Amsterdam International companies. Nora’s four-legged family consists of two cats—Buddy (Siamese), Garfield (Orange Tabby), Romeo (Jack Russell Terrier), and Prince Tab (off-the-track Thoroughbred racehorse) Nora considers her ‘barn time’ welcome therapy from her day-job with the State of TN, DHS (Learning and Professional Development), and she also works at Stein Mart--for the clothes, of course! Nora was the first sitter to join us and has been a Happy Pets sitter since 2008!
Victoria ClemmonsHometown: Elida, NM
A lover of all things beautiful, and authentic Victoria calls songwriting, fashion and adventure her main passions. She recently moved to Nashville after ten years in Los Angeles. She loves working for Happy Pets! It affords her the luxury of pursing her passions while exploring the city and it's ever changing seasons. She currently does not own any pets but has been a sitter for Happy Pets since the beginning of 2015 and we couldn’t have done without her.
Jessica HillHometown: Naperville, IL
Moving to Nashville in 2001, she has come to think of it as her home. She counts travel, dancing, her close group of friends, & pets on her list of passions and blessings. She became involved in the animal healthcare industry since 2007, working with both equine enthusiasts and small-animal practice veterinarians in a sales capacity. Not a pet owner, she views her nephew dog Brady as a member of her household. Being able to work with Happy Pets LLC gives her such joy, meeting new fur-babies and caring for them while their pet parents are away. She has been an integral member of the Happy Pets LLC family since December of 2014.
Judi KleinHometown: Santa Monica, CA
Born and raised in Santa Monica, Judi and her daughter, Krista, now 21, moved to Nashville in 2004. Previously they lived in Colorado, Kentucky and South Carolina. Always a horse lover, she owned her first horse at a very young age. Her love extends much further than horses; she has always had a special place in her heart for all animals, large or small. She currently has 5 pooches (Jasper-Dachshund mix, Alice-Retriever-Chow mix, Bella-German Shepherd, Schatzi-German Shepherd and Jack-Burmese Mountain/Portuguese Water Dog mix), a cat named Indy and 2 horses (Beau-30 year old horse, Tillie-40 year old pony). The dogs and the cat all have a heartwarming rescue stories. Her animals and daughter are her life…always have been and always will be. Judi began working with Happy Pets in 2014.
Lesley OchoaHometown: Nashville, TN
She has always have been an animal lover. As a child, she was constantly bringing stray cats home. She currently has 3 dogs, 1 cat, and two rabbits. In addition to the animals, she has 3 children, 2 that she currently homeschools. She is also on the design side of her husband’s construction company. She has very exciting projects that they are currently involved with. She loves yoga, reading, and of course any beach.
Deidre PhillipsHometown: New Boston, MI
Married for 23 years to her husband Doug, mom to 3 nearly-grown children that have been homeschooled K-12. Quite an accomplishment! She left Michigan at 21, and began trekking south. Her family has lived in 4 states, and she favors Tennessee by far. She is also mom to 2 spoiled cats Jasmine and Luna, and her beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Cash. She’s been an invaluable pet sitter for Happy Pets for 3 years.
Chris & Michelle TidwellHometown: New Boston, MI
Since moving back to Tennessee from Los Angeles in 2013, Chris and Michelle have been a part of the Happy Pets team. They reside in Franklin with their Vizsla named Pneuma. Chris is a manager at Vanderbilt Medical Center while Michelle is the project manager for the Schizophrenia International Research Society. One of their favorite things is travel. They've enjoyed their time with Happy Pets and are true animal lovers. They are expecting their first child in December. You can follow them on Instagram and Twitter at @mrtidwell and @michelletidwell.
Jan VaughanHometown: Nashville, TN
Jan started Happy Pets in 2008, giving her the great privilege of knowing and caring for your dearly, loved pets (family members) and this amazing group of sitters listed above. An animal lover from as early as she can remember, she feels so fortunate that she gets to do something she loves. After leaving her last banking job she prayed about making the pet care services full time. It took a several years, but in 2015 it became a reality. She’s had many jobs over the years, that included banking (20yrs), manicurist (10yrs), and various other jobs from bookkeeper & office manager (property management), equine & pet product (purchasing agent), Scentsy & Mary Kay (consultant), barista, food service and product delivery. She’s mom to a grown son (Chris-above), Nana to grandson (Beckham) and a grand dog (Pneuma). She's also the leader of a Cat Pack, which includes Callie (calico), Coco Chanel (tuxedo), and Ricky Ricardo (solid black).