Pet Care Team
Hi! My name is Michelle Montoya and I am so excited to be a part of the Bark to Basics team! I have an extensive background in animal care, including 13 years taking care of the animals at Disneyland. I have worked with animals of all kinds, dogs, cats, horses, livestock, reptiles and exotics.
I have a variety of fur babies of my own, including Chihuahuas, a Pit Bull, a Cane Corso, a Sulcuta Tortoise and a beautiful mare.
I am so looking forward to meeting you and your fur babies!
Animals have always been a part and love of my life. Therefore, when my family and I moved to orange county five years ago, I knew that I needed to follow my passion.
I have worked with the SoCal Weimaraner rescue as a foster and I have one dog, Lola. I am dependable and energetic.
In my free time I enjoy Pilates and gardening and I look forward to meeting some new furry friends.
I have been working hands on with canines of all breeds, temperament and size for more than 20 years. My 14 year-old-dog, Mozzerella, is a certified therapy dog. I knew when I adopted him his overall demeanor would make him the perfect candidate for therapy work!
I have trained many dogs over the years to get their TDI, CGC and to go off to provide affection, comfort and support to people in hospitals, retirement, nursing homes, hospices, etc.
In college while completing a bachelor’s degree I worked in kennels, managed dog daycares, offered pet sitting services and realized I couldn’t get away from the thing I was most passionate about – dogs. I started working side by side apprenticing with different dog trainers until I found my niche in the industry and went off to start my own dog walking training business in North OC to help families with specialized dog walks with a training focus. I recently moved to Lake Forest with my dog and husband; and joined Bark to Basics team to help educate your dog! I strive to help my clients and their dogs form a strong bond through clear communication and structure.
My training is mostly reward based. Food and play are huge motivators. I’m fond of clicker/marker training but don’t require you to use one. It is well known that punishment hinders the learning process, and you don’t need to be dominant or “alpha” to succeed!
When not helping clients to enjoy easier lives with their canine companions, Mozzarella and I frequently visit private nursing homes and enjoy weekend hikes. I’m also certified in Pet CPR and First Aid.
Greetings! My name is Laura and I am honored to be part of the Bark to Basics team. I have been an animal lover since birth and appreciate your love and trust with your home and precious babies.
Speaking of babies, mine is my cat, Dobbie, who just turned 19 years old. He is kind to share his home with me in Laguna Beach. He chose me at the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter all those years ago when I first was a volunteer. I have always approached pet care as a team effort with tools of patience and love, and have been pet sitting for 18 years. I look forward to spending time with you and your loved ones.
Growing up, I never had a dog. I would always go over to my neighbors house to visit and play with their dogs. I begged and pleaded with my parents to no avail, finally at 16 my friend and I started our own pet sitting service in our small town and I haven’t stopped since.
I love animals and believe in giving them all the love and care that they truly deserve!! I’m dedicated to the dogs I watch and love to go on adventures whether it be a long hike or walk around town. I have experience with dogs that need medication administered as well as dogs with severe anxiety.