Our Team, Our Story

Our Team
Our Story
What Is A Pet Care Specialist?
Benefits of Professional Pet Care
Our Team

Brenton Dickerson, President, Co-Owner

Brenton has had extensive experience in business and customer service, as well as the handling of Dogs, Cats, and Iguanas. Having been a manager for a leading hospitality business, Brenton truly understands what customer satisfaction is all about.He is also a proud father to two girls.Brenton and Ashley share their home with two dogs, Bentley and Layla and two guinea pigs, Commander Zippie and Special Agent Q.

Ashley Watkins, Vice President, Co-Owner

Ashley has been handling several species of animals since a very early age and has been training horses since 15 years old. She has always been in the company of lovable companions such as dogs, cats, rabbits, chinchillas, horses, and much more. Ashley’s most dominate background is the training of horses and the education of adult riders. She is also a proud mom of two girls.
Ashley and Brenton share their home with two dogs, Bentley and Layla and two guinea pigs, Commander Zippie and Special Agent Q.

Kayla Kennedy, Pet Care Specialist

Kayla has been a writer ever since she was a little kid, and as the great Stephen King will tell you, writing is a lonely job. It's a bit less lonely of a path, however, when you have furry friends there to comfort you and even encourage you in their own nonhuman way. Likewise, Kayla has adored animals since she was a little kid, and when she was ten years old, she was finally allowed to adopt a puppy. This dog, Sheila, is now sixteen years old, and in addition to providing Kayla with love and affection from childhood to adulthood, Sheila has helped her grow braver, more confident, and more compassionate, both as a writer and a person. 

Now, Kayla is engaged to her best friend from high school, and her relationship with him is reaffirmed on a daily basis by his interactions with Sheila, who is as loyal to him as she is to Kayla. Over the last few years, the three of them have built a strong, happy "pack" by taking in another dog named Flash, a cat named Millie Mouse, a kitten named Jazz, and a rabbit named Toby. Along with Kayla's fiancée, Sheila and Kayla spend each day guiding their fuzzy family and ensuring its peace and prosperity. Because she understands and values the constant job it is to give her fur kids the love, care, and attention they deserve, Kayla is a person people can trust to do the same for their own pets when they are busy. Her ability to write is honed, in part, by immersing herself in the stories around her, and just like people, Kayla believes every pet has their own story worthy of appreciation.

Makenzie Richmond, Pet Care Specialist

Makenzie has always had a passion for animals and grew up in a family that always had an array of pets let her explore that. Her house has always had some number of cats and a dog at all times. They also had a variety of fish and some rabbits. When she was younger she participated in 4-H by showing her rabbits. She has also experienced handling a variety of other animals throughout my life.
Makenzie graduated Kent State with a degree in Zoology which further expanded her passion for animals.   

Currently, Makenzie has one cat (Mr. Ratty Cat) that lives with her, but her parents have 6 cats and a dog back home that are still part of her furry family. Her whole family is so passionate about their animals, that her father is constantly rescuing cats and making sure they find homes.
Makenzie says, "Sometimes I think the neighborhood strays know he will take care of them because there's always at least one hanging around and that's how I found my little fur ball today. He meowed his way right into my life and I wouldn't trade him for the world."

Caroline Brennan, Pet Care Specialist

Alyssa Hernandez, Pet Care Specialist

Our Story

Executive Pet Services was established in 2009 by Ashley Watkins and Brenton Dickerson. We originally operated in Knox County, OH as part of our sister company, Executive Stables. However, we now provide service to the Cleveland, OH area. The Owners and staff have a combined 30 years of experience with Dogs, Cats, Small animals ("Pocket Pets"), and horses.
When the company was founded, Ashley and Brenton were the only two team members, but they were able to garner the help of Teresa Watkins, owner of Executive Stables, when the need would arise. Our first clients were three Chincoteague Ponies, a Great Dane, and two Collies.
With those very first clients, our mission was to provide an “Executive Level” of service to anyone who needed time away but, unfortunately, their pets couldn’t travel with them. Most of our Knox County clients were owners of farms and ranches.

Today, we strive to create the “Pawsitively Purrfect” pet care experience to the over one hundred pets we care for.
While dogs and cats make up about 90% of our furry friends, we also have birds, reptiles, pocket pets, farm animals and even insect colonies.

With our Mission Statement, “Pawsitively Purrfect” we set the goal of being an excellent alternative to boarding and kenneling.

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What Is A Pet Care Specialist?

An Executive Pet Services Pet Care Specialist is an advanced-knowledge dog walker and/or pet sitter.

Our Pet Care Specialists are PetTech™ CPR & First Aid Certified, have completed 2 weeks of in-the-field training covering handling, situational awareness, incident avoidance, and more. They also participate in continuing education courses related to the pet care industry. Some may have also attained additional certifications in the field.

The selection process for prospective Pet Care Specialists is a rigorous path including "best fit" surveys, one-hour primary interviews, four hour secondary interviews, background checks, and drug screening.

Benefits of Professional Pet Care

Considering the following benefits of Professional Pet Sitter and Dog Walking services will help you choose the best care options for you pet(s)

  • Your pets remain in a familiar place without the distraction of unknown animals and kennel activity, which also reduces the possibility of pet illnesses.

  • Your pets receive love and attention from a person they are familiar with while you are away.

  • Your pet does not have to suffer the stress of traveling to and from the kennel or pet resort.

  • Your home is made more secure by the activity in and around your home while you are away.

  • You do not need to impose on neighbors, relatives, or friends to take care of your pet.

  • Your pet does not have to be picked up by a set time but instead is waiting for you when you get home!

  • Multiple pet families might benefit from our service as our rates include your first two pets versus a per pet fee at a kennel or other pet care provider.