Coconut Grove Pet Sitter Spotlight: Kristen Cortese

Coconut Grove pet sitter

Coconut Grove Pet Sitter Spotlight: Kristen Cortese

At Equipaws Pet Services we have the luxury of servicing several beautiful neighborhoods from Brickell to Cutler Bay. Our clients are very fortunate to have Kristen Cortese as one of their Coral Gables and Coconut Grove pet sitters, dog walkers, and dog runners. Kristen spends her days providing exercise and love for our pups and kitty clients in the area with love and devotion.

Kristen is originally from Chicago and moved to Miami 23 years ago with her two cats.  Her love for animals has led her to help many rescues and rehabilitation programs throughout the years.  As an active member of the Cat Network she assists in reducing the cat population in her community by taking feral cats to receive the low-cost spay and neuter the Cat Network provides. For more information on the Cat Network please visit their website. 

How she found Equipaws Pet Services

After years of being a stay-at-home mom, Kristen was entering the working world looking for a career she could truly enjoy. A job that would allow her to use all of her knowledge and skills catering to animals. Fortunately, the answer was in an Equipaws advertisement. Kristen tells us, “I wanted to put my heart, experience and skills I have learned over the years helping animals in a way I could provide income, as well as spending my time doing something that I really love and believe in wholeheartedly.”

Our company shares the same values…

“What drew me to Equipaws was their passion and love they show for the animals as well as their professionalism shown within the company itself.  Which was quickly followed up by the outstanding selfless people I work with who have a heart to provide the absolute best care for our clients and their pets.These are the exact type of people and company I want to be a part of.”

What Kristen loves about her job as a dog walker/pet sitter….

…I love spending my day with my pet clients and providing them with the best service I can.   

…I love the training provided by EPS, which goes above and beyond, and equips me to be the best dog walker/pet sitter possible.  

…I love building relationships and trust with my pet clients and parents.  

…I love the people I work for and which makes my job feel more like a passion instead of work.  

Coconut Grove pet sitter German shepheard

Why we LOVE Kristen…

Kristen is an energetic, caring, and loving person, mother, friend, pet parent and employee. You can guarantee she has a smile on her face and positive attitude 100% of the time. She is always willing to help and has a gentle aura that connects with clients. We her biggest fans!

How does she connect with your pet…?

Being a positive influence and watching the pet progress is very important to Kristen. She builds a personal connection and friendship with each pet.  “I love seeing them grow and reach milestones as well being a part of their accomplishments.  Each time with my pet clients brings lots of laughter and fun and allows me the opportunity to be a part of their growth and development.”

Kristen’s Best Advice for Pet Parents…?

Invest in your pet! We, as humans, invest in ourselves with diet, exercise, activities, health check-ups, and care. Why not provide the same for your pet? We agree when Kristen says, “help them be the best version of themselves they can be.  When pet parents invest in training and the well-being of their animals it makes for a better experience for the parents and their pets.”

Her Furry Family…Kristen’s pet family includes an American Bulldog named Manfred, a Schnauzer named Lulu, and a sweet Lovebird named Peach who all love a car ride! Also, a cat named Muffin.  They all bring love and joy into her life in very special ways.

Off the clock…In Kristen’s free time you will find her at the gym, paddle boarding, or cooking up a delicious healthy meal.

At the end of the day, Kristen values all her relationships with each and every pet and looks forward to seeing them every day. We couldn’t ask for anything more and are so happy to have Kristen in our pack. She has been a terrific addition to the Equipaws family! 

Coconut Grove Pet Sitter Spotlight: Mike Tacoronte

Coconut Grove pet sitter

Coconut Grove Pet Sitter Spotlight: Mike Tacoronte

Meet the newest Coconut Grove pet sitter in our pack, Mike Tacoronte, who will be walking, running and caring for your pets in the dog-friendly Coconut Grove and Coral Gables neighborhoods! Mike served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years and is now a retired veteran filling his time with volunteer work and animal-oriented activities. Although he has a tough exterior, his big heart and soft spot for animals has made him a perfect fit for our team!

Mike has had the opportunity to volunteer at several animal shelters across the country including in Anchorage, Alaska, San Antonio, Texas and locally here in Doral. “I volunteered at pet shelters because I wanted to get as many dogs as possible out of their cages for at least a few minutes of the day, so they could stretch their legs and play for a while,” Mike tells us. One of his life goals is to keep dogs active and fit, even if they are confined to a shelter.

Coral Gables Dog Walker & Coconut Grove Pet Sitter

As fitness plays an important role for Mike, he finds great passion in walking, playing and running with pups. After he began volunteering with the Miami-Dade Animal Services he discovered our company from a neighbor. “I couldn’t believe that I can do what I love AND get paid!” Mike exclaims. He loves the idea of providing a customized service for dogs, while getting them out and about when pet parents are working or on vacation. He believes regular exercise is crucial to the pet’s well-being, so when he found out our motto was “Fit, healthy, happy!” it was a total match.

We’re lucky to have him in our pack not only as a passionate animal lover serving as a Coconut Grove pet sitter, but also as an avid photographer. Mike focuses his Canon rebel SLR camera on dogs and fitness-oriented models. Mike also practices Movement Culture, which is a free-flowing style of exercise containing elements of breakdance, gymnastics, capoeira, and other arts.

Dog-Walker Dog Toy Tips

When he is off duty, Mike and his Mom share pup parenting for an adorable Schnauzer mix named Charchael. She is a cuddle bug who loves his attention! Mike’s personal favorite and go-to toy for Charchael is the Chuckit. He also uses the Zipflight frisbee with Charchael who loves to catch in mid-air and play tug-o-war! Bonus feature: dogs can’t tear this item to shreds. Mike says, “It’s really sturdy and strong…for most dogs.” He would recommend these toys to any pup parent.

Mike clearly believes dogs are the best thing out there, and so do we! If you see him in the neighborhood feel free to stop and say hello. Mike is looking forward to his days filled with our Equipaws canine family!

Sadee and Sophee: Dog Walks through Coral Gables

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We pet sit for two fabulous little rescue dogs in Coral Gables: Sadee and Sophee. Their dad enlists our pet sitting help once a week when he’s away, and also makes sure to schedule nice long dog walks for his favorite gals.

They are lovable, beautiful little girls, as you can see! We’ve worked hard on their leash etiquette, as both of them are very strong, independent females. We love a dog with personality, and these two have plenty! They are also full of love for each other: they eat out of the same bowl without problems and hang out together all day. It’s really a pleasure to be their friends!

Almost every dog we’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting lives for long walks around their neighborhood, sniffing at the day’s news (i.e., other dogs’ leavings). They really love getting out of the house, taking in new stimuli, and socializing.

We love taking dogs for walks around neighborhoods like Coral Gables because the area is downright gorgeous. There are many shady, full-grown trees to block us from the heat, which is so important in Florida, as we mentioned in our post on the best practices in walking dogs in Miami. The homes are beautiful and historic, and the neighbors are very amiable. It really is one of the prettier neighborhoods in Miami.

Are you curious about whether our dog walking services would make your dog smile? Check out our dog walking packages and give us a call at 305-794-3733, or contact us via our online form. We’ll chat about your dog’s needs and set up a complimentary meet and greet to get you started!