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."

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  Pet CPR & First Aid Certified, have completed up to 24 hours 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, open-ended essay style application questions, 1 hour primary interviews,  1 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.

Ryan Detwiler, Pet Care Specialist

Ryan has been surrounded by animals his entire life and has loved every second of it! His two passions are music, as he is currently majoring in violin performance at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, as well as nurturing animals. When he finds time in his busy lifestyle, Ryan volunteers at the Animal Protective League in Cleveland, and even fosters any animals from the APL that may need a little extra love. He has many crazy stories about kittens, puppies, and pregnant dogs and cats that he has fostered over the years! 

Ryan has one cat that he lives with (Hazel), but is showered with affection by 3 dogs and 4 cats whenever he goes back home in Westlake.  He has a knack for “adopting” every animal in his life, adding them into his own little family to take the best care of. Other than practicing violin, Ryan spends his free time reading books and watching movies.


Lori Puchalski, Pet Care Specialist

Lori is an avid animal lover and has been around animals all her life.  Her goal is to be with all the wonderful "fur babies" and give them all her love and attention.  Lori has been volunteering at the Cleveland Animal Protective League walking dogs for over 12 years. She says, "It's been a great experience and journey.  My goal in life is to continue doing what I have been doing and that is being with 'fur babies'" 


Caleb Beidelman, Pet Care Specialist

Caleb is a theatrical artist, educator and all around creative guy from Indianapolis, IN. He moved to Cleveland in 2018 to pursue his Master’s in Theatre at Case Western Reserve University. After traveling the country doing Theatre with stops in Eau Claire, WI; Upstate New York, and finally Nantucket, MA, he decided to return to the midwest to pursue teaching as a career path. Along the way he met his soulmate Lindsay who is an avid lover of dogs, especially Golden Retrievers!

Before meeting Lindsay, Caleb was fortunate to care for a very energetic black Labrador Retriever named Buddy (whose original name was Sirius, but Buddy was a more suitable name for a dog who refused to let anyone not be his friend). Buddy stumbled into Caleb's life while he was planting flowers for his high school graduation and they were attached at the hip from that point on. While on Nantucket, Caleb had the absolute pleasure of caring for many dogs when their owners needed a quick trip off-island. Some of his favorite memories are of taking his roommate’s golden retriever, Millie for runs on the beaches or to the annual dog festival and winning “crowd favorite” during the dog show. In his free time Caleb is an avid gamer and typically streams on Twitch for his community of followers, “The Speakeasy”


Cindy Kravitz, Pet Care Specialist

Cindy has enjoyed animals all her life! She grew up playing with her animated Boxers and the family adopted a cat they found in the hood of their car on a cold winter morning. Her love of pets has come from not only caring for her own - as an adult Cindy and her family have raised and rescued Labs, a Rottweiler, a Lab/Shar-pei mix and 6 cats (4 from the same litter!) - but also from caring for animals of family and neighbors and volunteering with a local rescue group. Currently, she has three senior cats (siblings!) that were rescued as kittens. She also has the joy of having four ‘grand fur-babies’ that she often “borrows” for walks, hikes, and overnight stays (that sometimes turn into weeks!). Cindy is an outdoor enthusiast and believes every day is a good day for a walk with your loyal friend!

Katie Overholser, Pet Care Specialist

Katie has been an animal lover ever since she was a kid, and constantly brought new pets home all throughout childhood (her unenthused parents would always come around and end up loving the animals too!). When she was in grade school she began taking horseback riding lessons, and within a couple of years was working at the barn and taking care of all the horses in order to fund riding lessons. After high school she attended Case Western Reserve University and obtained a degree in biology. Hoping to find a career working with animals she moved away to Arkansas to intern at an exotic animal refuge, and got to work with rescued lions, tigers, and bears (oh my). After falling in love with the resident grizzly bear, Katie decided to move to Northwest Canada to do an internship at a rehab center caring for orphaned bears and moose. Upon returning to her beloved Cleveland she started working at a wildlife center/mini zoo that houses Ohio native animals unable to be released back to the wild due to illness or injury. Here she made many special relationships with the animals, in particular the coyotes, North American porcupine, and American crows. Her dream is to one day own her own farm sanctuary with her wonderful fiance, Matt (who willingly welcomes all the crazy animal rescue missions Katie ropes him into!)