Jeff Fullmer

Founder and Walker, Hiker, and Runner of Dogs

By Millennial standards I worked for the Federal government for a small eternity. Inspirations waxed and waned over the years but it was my colleagues and their dedication to a mission larger than themselves, to a greater good, that stuck with me the most. Their dedication showed me that I could never feel satisfied unless I found my own idea of a greater good.

I was extraordinarily lucky to travel in my youth. Later, in search of the aforementioned good, I was able to travel some more. I found an awful lot out there, and along the way, I heard a few things I had heard before... and I heard them a bit louder this time.

  • I love dogs, no two ways around it. They always bring out the best in me
  • I love to run, play, push hard, and to be outside… even more so with my dogs
  • I belong out on the trail with a companion… I know a dog’s heart feels the same

I started Dogs Colorado because when I wander outside my mind becomes calm. It is as if sunlight and the promise of the unknown work together to clear away old worries, sharpen my instincts, and fuel new ideas. I like to think that I see an analogous effect in my dogs. That we somehow share this bit of clarity in our adventures. Certainly, I rarely see them happier. It is as if they spend their days at home loyal to my life story, but when we go outside, they get to be a part of their own.

Dogs Colorado is my own way to participate in the lives of as many fantastic dogs as possible, and the best way I have found to participate in my own.  

When I’m not expanding my knowledge about dogs or the great outdoors… I home-roast coffee, homebrew beer, travel, train to ride the Great Divide, play guitar, find new recipes, and work on my book.

“Never underestimate how much assistance, how much satisfaction, how much comfort, how much soul and transcendence there might be in a well-made taco and a cold bottle of beer...” ...while sitting on the porch next to a sleeping dog .

(mostly from Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins)

 

Alexandra "Sunleaf" Hinton

Dog/House Sitter and Walker, Hiker, and Runner of Dogs

 
 

My personal connection with dogs began while growing up caring for our family German Short and Wirehaired Pointers in the wooded heart of south-central Wisconsin. Loving and living with Nobler, Oreo, Sherpa, and Shatz, I experienced firsthand the value and importance that dogs can play in our lives as well as overall happiness.

Since then, my work as a Mental Health Therapist at Children’s Hospital Colorado, and adventures traveling abroad have reinforced my love of building new connections with new clients with curiosity, enthusiasm, and compassion. It is this thoughtful approach that I hope to bring to your home and pup family!

Housesitting for Dogs Colorado, I care for a variety of dogs ranging in age, health needs, and energy levels.  I always use reinforcement whenever possible, rather than punishment, I Maintain a calm and firm approach when walking and providing care, and I mindfully attend to both scheduled needs and play/walk time.

While your pups are my number one priority, they are not the only ones being taken care of while you’re away! In addition to knowing your home is safer with someone present in your absence, you can also expect maintenance of a clean and organized space, respect of your privacy and any house rules, and completion of light housework as needed (e.g., put out trash or collect mail if you will be away)"

 

 

Andrea Dehnke

Dogs CO Editor and Walker, Hiker, and Runner of Dogs

 
 

I count my very first job as when I began my own pet care business when I was twelve. My clients were only a handful of neighbors on my street, and it mostly involved cleaning up dog yards and watering plants while the owners were gone, but nevertheless, I was thrilled to be involved in animal work. My small business ended when I moved to Utah to pursue my passion in short track speedskating, but I still found myself drawn to animals. Friends would often request me to look after their little ones, from ball pythons to beta fish, and I had a brief stint as a volunteer docent at the zoo. While completing my bachelor’s in comparative literature at UC Santa Barbara, I found a local pet sitting business to work for part-time and stayed with the company for nearly three years. Again, my work there ended when I moved away, this time back to Colorado where I can pursue a career in editing, skate, and experience her beautiful natural resources. It is a joy to return to the state I grew up in; to be able to give myself to something I have always loved, and in a way that contributes to my active lifestyle.

My experience in dog care for friends and professionally has exposed me to a wide variety of personalities, ages, abilities and needs of dogs. I understand if your pup requires a little extra patience, a redressed bandage, or a good run to expend his pent-up energy. I’m happy to ensure your dog’s comfort and to give him the loving care he needs in order to thrive.

 

Taryn Barry

Walker, Hiker, and Runner of Dogs

 

To be honest, my first encounter with our four-legged friends left me terrified in tears. I was 5. Now, a couple feet taller, and a few years older, both lil’ and large puppers alike make my heart melt. These precious souls constantly leave me in awe. With their slobbery smooches, overwhelming sensitivity to people’s emotions, and their general excitability and sense of adventure, I can’t help but appreciate and adore every individual dog.

What might be most exciting about this next chapter in my life is Dogs Colorado’s philosophy. Psychology has not only taught me that negative reinforcement, or punishment, is simply not as effective, but that the average dog’s brain is as developed as a two-year-old human! I constantly have this in the back of my brain, enforcing the need to treat these beautiful creatures with nothing but love and compassion. I am honored and excited to be apart of a service that recognizes the power of using only positive reinforcement.

Beyond that, I have been taking a break for the past two years from my B.A. in Psychology, but am excited to start classes again this coming Fall! During my time away from school, I have been focusing on things in life that truly inspire me, and bring not only joy, but clarity, to my path, thus bringing out the eager hiker, novice yogi, avid concert-goer, and general outside sun-seeker in me.

A nurturer at heart, I am delighted to help in your own furry companion’s path to fulfillment.

 

Emily Ford

Walker, Hiker, and Runner of Dogs

 
 

I currently work in holistic dog and cat nutrition at Hero’s PETS where I am constantly learning about health and whole food medicine for pets. I get the chance to encounter a variety of different breeds, ages and health conditions on a daily basis and am continually building my knowledge of care for your pet.

I lived in Durango, CO for 7 years where I developed my passion for the outdoors and the connection that it fosters between humans and nature. I have miles and miles of backcountry experience with dogs of all sizes and ability levels and feel very confident on the trail. I am at home surrounded by the simplicity of fresh air and open space.
I have been in the Denver area for almost three years now and still have so many parks and trails I want to explore. Having a dog on the trail with me is a heightened sense of belonging and just plain entertaining.

I enjoy running, hiking and walking at whatever pace your pet decides to set for the day. Above all, my happiness is found in that slobbery, innocent kiss (or purr) from a well-cared for pet! I am thrilled to be signed on with Dogs Colorado and look forward to adventuring with my new friends!

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Clara McGonigle

Walker, Hiker, and Runner of Dogs

 

My passion in this world is connection.  I love all connection – human, animal, spiritual – but the connection that I cherish the most is the canine-human connection.   I believe that dogs hold the secret to the universe, living purely through love. Dogs live in the present all the time and have the secret power of pulling us humans in with them.  

My love affair with dogs began at a young age. I made it my priority to be the nurturer to all of our family furry friends growing up.  Throughout high school and college I not only walked dogs for income, but I did it because it made me happy. I am comfortable walking multiple dogs at once and do not discriminate any breed.   

I have explored the wilderness in the heart of Appalachia in my past and have been enjoying exploring the backcountry of Colorado for the last two years.  I thrive on remaining active and spending as much time possible outdoors. I have learned that I get my energy from the ground up. I am an avid runner/hiker/walker.  I look forward to taking your furry soul mate(s) on adventures that best suite their needs and connecting with them.

I am grateful to be working with Dogs Colorado, a community that values the canine-human connection just as much as I do.