Owner - Courtney DeDi, CPPS
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.
Dog Trainer - Cathy P., CPDT-KA
Cathy has always sought out the company of animals, and her childhood in Atlanta was filled with horses, dogs, and cats. Her passion for all things horsey and equestrian – dreaming up, building, and practicing field jumping courses, the thrill of rodeo, the discipline and endurance of trail riding, and the community of generations of other equestrians kept her out of trouble as a teenager. As a young adult, she was a horse trainer and riding instructor at summer horse camp for girls and ranch in Georgia for many years, and to this day (many years later) returns to her cowgirl roots as much as she possibly can. She’s always had a passion for dogs and their humans who are passionate about living an active life with their canine companions, and her decade on the West Coast was spent in the redwoods and coast with her growing pack of rescue pups. In 2015, she departed from a 15-year career in non-profit and higher education fundraising to pursue her interests in dog rescue and training. These days, in addition to working with DiOGi clients and their dogs on a range of training and behavior modification needs, she works with local shelters and animal nonprofits to train, foster and place homeless dogs, consults with local progressive non-profit to meet their fundraising needs, and uses positive reinforcement and horse wrangling principles on a daily basis with her 3-year old son.
Laurel K. - 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 works at PAWS Atlanta as a kennel technician. She works hard to enrich the lives of the shelter animals while they wait 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.
Laurie W. - Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Once upon a girl named Laurie searched far and wide for a profession that she truly felt she fit just right with that mixed her passion of helping others with her love for animals. All her life she was surrounded by critters all shapes, sizes and breeds. She even managed to have a kitty in her dorm room in college. She went on to work in entertainment and advertising for a long time as an Executive/Personal Assistant and although she loved helping her human bosses, she felt more attachment to their fur babies. Laurie decided it was time to leave La La Land AKA Los Angeles and be closer to family in Atlanta and search for true happiness. After some time at a doggie day care facility, she finally found her glass or should I say furry slipper working with DiOGi. Laurie has been given permission by her own fur babies Butters & Cannonball, 2 very precocious felines, to venture out and care for other critters. Laurie looks forward to keeping this fairy tale happy ending never ending by caring for your fur babies as they were her own.
Audrey H. - Pet Sitter
Audrey is the executive director of local Pit Bull rescue and advocacy group, Atlanta Underdog Initiative. After she adopted her first pit bull in 2004, she quickly realized that she wanted to help less fortunate pit bulls and help improve their public image. Audrey was instrumental in the expose of a fraudulent pit bull rescue group in 2010, uniting many pit advocates and reputable rescuers. She founded the Atlanta Pit Bull Parents group to provide an educational resource and political force for metro area pit bull owners. In addition to Atlanta Underdog Initiative, she is also a volunteer for Pit Bull Rescue Central and she helps several other local rescues. Audrey is an animal lover through and through, and she can’t wait to meet your furbaby.
Tracy K. - Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Tracy has been an animal lover her whole life. She grew up in Atlanta, spending most of her childhood in the woods with her horses, dogs and human friends. From the time of young adulthood up to the present, she has always had a full complement of dogs and cats in her home. The thought of not having animals is a foreign and unimaginable concept to Tracy. She has worked in healthcare and administrative support positions during much of her working career.
Currently she has four dogs. Two are older ladies, Gypsy and Maggie, and two are younger girls, io and Callie. Additionally she has two cats, Pete and Althea. Tracy has volunteered for Ruffus Rescue here in Atlanta, and for years has supported elephant rescue organizations and endangered animals around the globe
Tracy never met a dog she didn’t love, and looks forward to new fun and adventure with your dogs, kitties and whatever furry/feathered family you may have.
Brooklynn D. - Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
In another life, Brooklynn almost certainly was a wolf. Ever since she was young, she had a love for wolves, sparking her love for doggies, which then provoked her love for all kinds of animals. Growing up Brooklynn was exposed to all sorts different animals, in fact, most of her life there has been at least one furry friend sharing the household with her. Caretaking has always been Brooklynn’s calling, as she nannied for three years before deciding to switch routes and care for all the fur babies of the world. She currently has a senior petizen of her own, Jack.
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.
Alan B. - Dog Walker
Alan grew up in Gainesville, Georgia with a household full of various pets from fish and hamsters to rabbits and sugar gliders. Their house was never empty of dogs either, with three Great Pyrenees. He is a huge lover of the larger fur babies but equally cares and cherishes all types of dogs. In recent years, his family has has added an African Grey and a King Charles Cavalier. Alan expects one day to inherent Jessie, the African Grey, but until then upon his visits he enjoys reminding her of the theme to Indiana Jones as they whistle together. Of his own pets, Alan had an Alaskan Malamute and Black Lab, both very active and would join him on trail runs. Alan moved to Atlanta from Raleigh 4 years ago, but sadly where he lives he cannot have any pets, so Alan must get his puppy love through friends and family and now everyday as a dog walker.
Alan is new to professional dog walking but not new to loving and caring for the fur babies. His background is in fitness and coaching, where he spent some time as a collegiate track and strength coach. Now a days, he continues to train clients privately in addition to dog walking.
Ali H. - Pet Sitter
Ali Hammond grew up in NC and has had pets all her life from cats to dog to lizards to mice. She constantly brought home stray animals and also tried to go home with strangers because “they had a pretty doggie.” Ali is the person at the party on the floor with any animal she can find. Her favorite activities are horseback riding, trying new restaurants, crocheting, and curling up on the couch with pups and a good book. Ali recently moved to ATL from Los Angeles with her fiancé and two fur babies, Gilbert and Roxy, to get home to the South. She is very excited to explore her new home with the new friends she will be making with DiOGi!
Jannet C. - Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
One day Jannet realized she was not interested in anything she was learning in her Statistical Mechanics & Thermodynamics class because she was too busy googling how to start her own wild life sanctuary. Her earliest memory of childhood is of buying stacks of canned food determined to save all the stray cats in her neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. Jannet’s connection with animals grew stronger when Zombie her now 5 years old husky entered her life. She has spent the last 7 years volunteering at shelters, fostering dogs/cats and finding new ways to provide all types of animals with love.
Logann F. - Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
For as long as she can remember, Logann has felt a connection to animals. Growing up in Charlotte, NC, she was always taking animals in–mice, baby birds that had fallen from nests, lizards, insects, and even worms. She developed an instinct for the needs of animals at a young age and found that nothing brought her more joy than making their lives better. Her first dog, a dachshund named Charlotte, was her companion in all those adventures; it’s Logann’s memories with Charlotte that made her determined to protect and care for the lives of animals for the rest of her life.Logann’s experience with animals extends further than just her general experience caring for cats, dogs, and small forest animals. When Logann was a teenager, she volunteered at a science museum and cared for animals in the museum’s built-in rain forest and aquarium. She has experience working with a menagerie of creatures including snakes, tarantulas, exotic birds and sharks.Logann’s other passions include photography and filmmaking–she can’t wait to make your pet the next DiOGi viral star! Today, Logann lives in Atlanta with her girlfriend and their dog, Mowgli, and cat, Cookie. She is excited to meet you and your fur babies and can’t wait to shower them with all the love and affection they deserve.
Tristram N. - Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
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!
Clara K. - Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Clara is a life long animal lover. Mother to three indoor cats, Artemis, Sunna, and Cinder, and caretaker for the feral colony in her apartment complex. She is a cat momma full time but a dog lover as well, were it not for the very limited size of her apartment she would have plenty of pups running around. Clara has been working as a walker and sitter since she was 11 years old in her neighborhood (with breaks for school and other work of course). Over the years she has collected experience with snakes, birds, rabbits, hamsters, and yes admittedly mostly dogs. Outside of her love of animals, Clara is an amateur sequential artist and painter. A lover of all things pop culture and literature, Clara is a homebody who enjoys quiet nights alone with her animals. She is thrilled to be part of DiOGi as well as everything the company has to teach her. She loves learning the best ways to interact with different dogs. Needless to say, she’s thrilled to work with the kitties too!
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.
James P. - Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
Born in Cleveland Ohio, James graduated from high school and proceeded to the United States Military. Upon joining the Air Force, he was sent to Saudi Arabia to fight for our country. After serving in the US Armed Forces, James moved to Virginia where he held a Logistics Managers position for SAIC. James carried on his career in logistics for several more years before moving on to work in sales.
In 2006, James remarried and discovered his new found love also had a strong love for animals. At that time, she had just one dog, but their family of animals quickly grew to 4 dogs, 2 cats, 2 fat tailed geckos and a rabbit. They continue to share their love of animals along with their children and currently have 3 rescue dogs.
After moving to Georgia with animals in tow, James soon would find myself doing some work with Paws Atlanta and expanding his knowledge of animals as well as the basics of animal medicine. He was exposed to the proper handling of cats and dogs of all ages and sizes. James is excited to be part of the DiOGi Team of animal lovers.
Samantha F. - Dog Walker/Pet Sitter
It all started with dog named Spike. He was the first pet Sam ever had the pleasure of knowing. Having Spike in her life really made her appreciate the unconditional love and companionship that comes with being a pet parent which makes her an excellent fit for DiOGi. Sam is the kind of person you will find hanging out with pets at parties, and she contributes her caring nature and the need to help others to her relationship with Spike. Samantha is currently attending Emory University for medical school, and at the same time, she is becoming an EMT. Because animals are such a big part of her life, she is working with DiOGi during her down time to stay active and bring the peace of mind to our clients whether it’s for a dog walk while they are at work or pet sitting while they are on vacation. She looks forward to meeting your fur babies!