Courtney DeDi - Founder and CEO
Courtney DeDi has loved animals since she can remember. Though she was not allowed to have any furry pets of her own growing up, she always was the first volunteer to bring home the class guinea pig, rabbit or hamster. Eventually, she was allowed to pick out a pet bird she named Pretty Bird. Pretty Bird was the love of her life for more than 15 years until her passing just a few years ago. Since the days of longing for a furry friend, Courtney has become the proud mommy to quite the menagerie – 3 dogs and a cat – Buddy, Cosima, Vincent and Suzy Q. She has been working in the pet industry for more than 14 years. She is a PetTECH Pet First Aid and CPR instructor, a member of the ASPCA, has volunteered for many different Humane Societies, organized fundraisers for EARS – (Emergency Animal Rescue Services) during the Hurricane Katrina Rescue Effort, worked as a dog handler and Assistant Manager for Central Bark Doggy Day Care in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and is now the Executive Director of a nonprofit called DiOGi CARES in addition to volunteering with other pet rescue groups. She is a graduate of the National Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program and continues to participate in small business programs to continue shaping DiOGi Pet Services into the best dog walking and pet sitting company possible.
Courtney believes that some pets thrive in the boarding/doggy day care environment and that it is extremely important and healthy for dogs to socialize; however, it isn’t the best option for all dogs. Struggling with what to do with her own “kids” when she had to travel, the concept of DiOGi Pet Services was born. Since its conception in 2010, DiOGi Pet Services has quickly become Atlanta’s most trusted pet sitting and dog walking business serving the in-town neighborhoods. She and her staff are committed to providing the best care for all of Atlanta’s pets when their humans are at work and play.
Katie L. - Operations Manager
Katie moved to Atlanta three years ago from Colorado and graduated from Texas Tech University in 2005. After college, she started a boutique landscaping business and after selling it in 2011 she began a career in retail management with Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Target. In her role as Operations Manager, she runs the day to day operations of the business and is also involved in the growth and development of the DiOGi business model. On a personal note, Katie grew up in Wyoming as an avid animal lover and made the move to Atlanta with her beloved lab, Buddy. She enjoys running, reading and hanging out with her gaggle of furbabies.
Tristram N. - Team Leader
Tristram has lived with pets all his life. He grew up in Columbia, SC. with the family dog Ditto! – Tristram has since had many pets; Cats, rats, birds and of course, dogs!
When Tristram was 19, he started working for a a travel agency. After 5 years of working in an office, he realized it was time to try something new. He knew that he wanted to do something outdoors and that it needed to be something that would benefit others. He always loved animals, so DiOGi seemed like the perfect fit!
Tristram lives with his fiance Laurel and their 4 pets! 3 pups T-Bone, Wrigley, and Scarlett. And 1 kitty Penelope!
Logann F. - Social Media Manager
A graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, with a BFA in Film and Television, Logann is a passionate and driven artist who was thrilled to dive in head first when offered an opportunity to work with DiOGi! What better career than combining her two greatest passions: creative advertising and animals! Logann operates and manages DiOGi’s social media accounts, design work, photography and videography as well as jumping in to care for clients’ beloved pets from time to time. Logann loves being a part of an ever expanding and diverse company whose passion centers around the well being of Atlanta’s pets. She is also a board member of DiOGi’s non-profit, DiOGi Cares, which focuses on furthering education and healthcare for pets in need. Logann hopes you’ll join our DiOGi family- who knows… your pet might be our next big instagram star!
Laurel K. - CPDT-KA Dog Trainer
Laurel Klest has been working with animals since she was 8 years old. She started with pet sitting dogs, cats, and other small animals. At 15 years old, she started interning at a well known Atlanta dog training facility as part of her homeschool science class.
During her internship, she had the opportunity to work hands-on with reactive, aggressive, and fearful dogs. She also worked at PAWS Atlanta as a kennel technician. While there, she worked hard to enrich the lives of the shelter animals while they waited for their forever homes.
Laurel has gone to multiple canine behavior seminars and has attended the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants' Feline Behavior Conference. In her free time, Laurel enjoys furthering her education in animal behavior.
Laurel lives with a Dachshund named T-Bone, a Labrador mix named Wrigley, a little mutt named Scarlett and a cat named Penelope. T-Bone came to Laurel with an array of issues that she has had to work through during the years she has lived with him. Wrigley came to Laurel through her dog training internship and is practically perfect in every way. Scarlett came to Laurel as an 8 week old foster. A few weeks later, she decided to adopt her. Laurel has enjoyed socializing her and showing her the ropes of life! Laurel found Penelope as a stray, brought her home, and is in the process of training her. She has also fostered multiple dogs and cats until they found their homes.
Natalie W. - Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Other than her time in college, Natalie has never been without furry friends. Currently she and her partner are proud staff to three dogs and two cats, with room for an occasional foster. As a Di-O-Gi client since 2011, Natalie knows first hand how great it is to have someone you trust and your animals love to help out- whether it’s a walk when you have that late meeting or a sleepover when you can’t bring them with you on your trip. Her goal is for all our clients to experience the peace of mind and happiness DiOGi has given her and her family.
Cesar S. - Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
An animal lover all his life, Cesar is the proud father of three somewhat spoiled dogs- Cayce, Ripley and Hudson, as well as two extremely spoiled cats- Butters and Petey. His priority in caring for his clients’ pets is to ensure they get the level of care and love he would expect his own fur kids to receive, with lots of extra love thrown in.
Melissa C. - Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Melissa Cofer was born right here in Atlanta and has lived in the Atlanta Metro area her entire life. She has always had a love and compassion for animals from the time she was 4 when her father brought home a retired police dog, a German Shepherd named Tyde. They loved playing house together in Tyde’s dog house, her mother never worried when she was in the yard with Tyde. There have been many since then and she has loved them all, from dogs and cats to guinea pigs to chickens.
After almost losing her life in a very serious accident in 2008, she realized just how very short life is and decided to make a change by getting another German Shepherd (Juno Athena) they started obedience training when she was 8 months old and three years later decided to get into the world of dog agility. Juno is now seven years old and working on her Masters Agility Championship or MACH.
She and her husband recently adopted an American Pit-bull terrier named Gurley Star (yes her husband is a big UGA fan and Gurley is named after “Todd Gurley”) who is awaiting her debut in the agility ring. Agility changed her life and her career choice; she knew that she had to work with animals. After becoming her mother’s full time care giver just after her accident and then suddenly inheriting her mom’s peekapoo (Tiffany Lynn, who also does agility) she suddenly needed a job. She knew it had to be a job working closely with animals. She has plans to become vet tech certified in surgery and general practices.
Courtney has given her this wonderful opportunity to work with animals and the people who love them as much as she does. To also work with the community and help people in need of become better pet owners and take care of their furry family members.
Corey S. - Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Corey grew up in the backwoods of Alabama and made his way to ATL last fall in pursuit of the next best trails for his love of bikes. He’s an avid fan of Auburn football (holds two degrees in Exercise Science), Ole Miss (his childhood/family team), Red Sox, Celtics, cyclists Nairo Quintana and Greg Minnaar, and new supporter of Atlanta United FC. Other than having a passion for sports and bikes as a mechanic, he has a loving personality for animals as well. Having pets all his life, he treats any animal he sees as his own, with love and compassion. He has a cat named Jag (14) who is a master climber and thinks he’s a dog. Corey looks forward to being apart of the DiOGi team on his journey through Atlanta.
Laura C. - Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Laura has lived most of her life with pets. As a child, she had 2 beagle/chow mixes and 2 cats. Her grandmother also worked at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans; every summer was filled with trips to the zoo learning about all kinds of animals. In 2011, Laura and her boyfriend adopted a pittie puppy named Bosco. Over the last 7 years, Bosco has helped her find her true passion, working with dogs full time, after many years working in customer service.
Kristin A. - Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Kristin worked in the beauty industry for 16 years, but always knew animals were her real passion. She started dog sitting, and walking dogs on her own time, and just knew this is what she wanted to do full time. From big to teeny tiny, dogs were her calling. Nothing makes her happier then spending the day with numerous animals, outside, and of course cuddling inside! Besides shopping, working for DiOGi is her favorite thing to do!
Lucy S. - Pet Sitter/Dog Walker
Lucy is a native of Columbus, Ohio, where she became the unofficial pet sitter for friends, family, and colleagues throughout high school and college. She has always enjoyed helping care for her sister’s senior rescue pups, as well as finding forever homes for numerous cats, dogs, birds, and bunnies. She has been pet-sitting professionally for the past two years and loves coming home to her rescue kitty, Little Buddy, every night.
Brittany H. - Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Brittany grew up in Chicago where she attended an agriculture education-focused high school that contained a working 40 acre farm on its campus. She chose to study animal science at the school and learned about the physiology of various farm animals such as cows, pigs, horses, goats, pheasants, and sheep. While in college, she would take care of roommates' cats and rabbits during school breaks making sure that they got the attention and support they needed. She moved to Atlanta over a year ago and soon turned her passion for animals into a consistent gig where she began walking dogs and house sitting for people on long vacations or out of town for short work trips. Brittany has loved getting familiar with dogs and cats in the city from all walks of life, including elderly and disabled pets.
Megan N. - Pet Sitter
Growing up in the hills of Kentucky, Megan is no stranger to the wanderings of stray animals. Each one that has come across her path has been loved on, nursed back to health and given to other forever homes. Megan has had at least one (not to mention the plethora of others at any one given time) dog and one cat her entire life and is now totally in love with her best partner, Eli, her black and white coon hound. Her care for animals comes from a place in her heart that wants to speak out for those who have no voice, she wants to better the lives of the furry ones that make our lives so full. There is no greater joy than returning the unconditional love that is given to her, back to it's source.
Patrick T - Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Patrick grew up in a small town in central Kentucky. He had the opportunity to grow up being surrounded by animals! Some of which include three rescued baby squirrels, several dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, turtles, a hamster, a bearded dragon and a leopard gecko! His previous job was at a florist shop before relocating to Atlanta. He now lives with his sister who is a zoo keeper at Zoo Atlanta. Their household includes Jimmy Page (a very spoiled) rescue mixed brindle dog, seven snakes and a tarantula! Patrick's mission is to provide your furry kids with the love and attention they deserve. Patrick is proud to be part of the DiOGi family and looks forward to meeting your fur family!
Sarah C. - Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Sarah grew up seven miles outside of a tiny town in South Georgia, and her whole life she was surrounded by animals at least three times her size. But when she met her first cat, she knew a life full of pets was meant for her. While Sarah is a definite cat mom, there's a big place in her heart for dogs, too. And geckos. And snakes. And horses. Hedgehogs, tortoises...we could be here all day.
Eliana G. - Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Eliana grew up in Atlanta and was around animals since she was a child. She grew up along side a cat named Vankula who lived to the age of 19. Her family also had a dog named Darling. As a child she was always asking people if she could pet their dog and was never afraid to make a furry friend. As she grew older, she began to do volunteer work with local animal shelters and non profit groups such as Second Life Thrift Store. All proceeds from the thrift store benefit local animal shelters and organizations around Atlanta. Eliana now has her own furball kitty named Noah who is her baby. Even though he's five he still behaves like a kitten.
Jonathan W. - Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Jonathan has a Bachelor's in Mass Communications and a Master's in Cinema Studies and yet the one thing he has done more consistently before either of these pieces of paper were distributed is caring for animals. He loves animals. He used to be skittish around felines, but since taking up residence with his wonderful fiancé, Michelle, cats are a welcome addition to his pet-caring resumé. While in graduate school, he walked two dogs for a wonderful couple who lived in his neighborhood and they all became his second family in a new city. Jonathan is absolutely thrilled to be a supplement to the DiOGi family. This is as plum a gig an animal lover can have. Jonathan is on board to walk or care for dogs, cats, birds, ferrets, otters, bison, hippos and the occasional gibbon if need be. Bottom line: He'll be your furries' bff!
Lauren R. - Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Lauren’s a writer who moved to Atlanta with a passion for life, art, and animals. She has spent the majority of her life loving and caring for different animals. Such as dogs, cats, bunnies, turtles, iguanas and horses. Lauren genuinely believes that animals help us learn to love better. She will love and care for your animals as if they were her own.
Maggie P. - Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
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