Owner/Manager, Kitty Berns, CKO- ...has worked in the petcare industry since 1978.

"For me, the most important part of my job is the trust that my customers place in me to care for their most precious friends."

I have my Certified Kennel Operator designation from the American Boarding Kennel Association. In 2006 - 2007 I served as interim President for the ABKA during the final year for our founder/CEO. I had previously served as Secretary to the Board of Directors of the ABKA as well as serving as the Director for Region 6 (IL, MO, KS) for more than 6 years. I actively attend seminars and conferences hosted by the Association regarding Pet Care. ABKA is now known as Pet Care Services Association.

I train and show in Agility, Obedience, Herding and Conformation and have taught Puppy Kindergarten and Basic Obedience for over 18 years both in class settings and individually.

I have groomed dogs since 1981. I completed my all breed training at Knob Hill Grooming School in April 1982. I regularly attend seminars and conferences to increase my skill and knowledge and I am working towards certification as a Master Groomer through International Society of Canine Cosmetologists. I offer hand scissoring for fancier styles for Poodles and Bichons and Hand Stripping for many terrier breeds, including West Highland White Terriers, Schnauzers, Scottish Terriers.

I am committed to providing my staff with the most up-to-date educational opportunities available.
  • CPCT - Certified Pet Care Technician
  • CAPCT - Certified Advanced Pet Care Technician
  • CKO - Certified Kennel Operator

Assistant Manager, Patrick Douglas, CAPCT - Patrick has worked for Tailwaggers since February 2008. He has several years experience working with companion animals and exotics. Patrick obtained the rank of Eagle Scout through the Boy Scouts of America.

Lead Trainer, Jane Rothert - Jane has titled in almost every venue available, including 3 breed championships, about 20 CDs, 9 CDXs, 4 UDs, 4 TDs, 4 rally titles, 11 agility titles, 10 CGCs,  and 24 herding titles including two herding championships, and is also an AHBA and AKC herding judge. During this time she has finished grad school and worked for 34 years as an analytical chemist. After 36 years Jane enjoys training and working with dogs of all breeds and mixes.

Temp Help and Substitute Assistant Manager, Nicole Halton-Berns, CAPCT - Nicole has worked part-time at TailWaggers since 1992. Nicole works full-time in management at GameStop and is a licensed pharmacy technician with Walgreens.

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