Serving Vancouver with pet care for over 15 years!

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Meet Noelle

A certified veterinary assistant & technician with a deep love for all animals.

Youth

Noelle hails from the Kootenays, and was brought up with animals — the usual horses, dogs, cats and rabbits as well as a variety of rodents. She spent most of her time in the barn or out in the fields with the horses and dogs — and even slept outside with them as often as she could, weather and parents permitting.

Education

Noelle left the mountains to attend UBC in 1998, and graduated with a degree in Genetics, Animal Physiology and Nutrition (double major) in 2003. But animals were always her deepest passion so she later studied to be a Veterinary Assistant, then Vet Tech through online courses followed by practicum at local clinics. Noelle then completed her CPPDT certification (Certified Professional Pet Dog Trainer). Noelle is currently working on her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer- Knowledge Assessed).

History & Experience

Pet sitting since the age of 12, she has been providing full-time pet care since 2007, working at various veterinary clinics in Vancouver as an assistant and technician as well as through her growing private pet care business.

In 2010, Noelle decided to leave the clinic she was working at to devote all her time to her business — prompted by the huge demand from her clients. Now self-employed, and much more content, she works seven days a week and is never seen without a small herd of happy dogs at her side.

Meet the team

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Sandy Yates

As a dog behaviour therapist for over 20+ years, Sandy Yates has worked with thousands of dogs, puppies and their owners in both Canada and her native Australia. Aside from the infinite rewards of rehabilitating dogs with behavioural issues and setting mischievous puppies on a path to being good natured and respectful family members, Sandy’s most important role is educating owners on how dogs view their world and how they communicate – both to us and with each other.

Sandy has been the resident dog behaviour expert on Global Noon News and Global Weekend Mornings since 2005.

She specializes in behavioural issues in adolescent and adult dogs, while her puppy training program is designed to prevent these very issues arising…. An ounce of prevention?

It really is worth it!

Videos Sandy featured on Global News Ask An Expert:

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Kelsea

Kelsea’s love for animals started at the youngest of ages. Always having cats and critters in her household, she grew up knowing the full joy that furry family members bring us. Kelsea first started working with dogs when she got hired in 2010 as a commercial dog walker. Having little to no experience, she took to it like a duck to water.

She was in that role for 8 years before leaving to pursue a career in hair. Although she enjoyed being a full time hairstylist, she knew something was missing from her life.

In the midst of a worldwide pandemic and a rough couple of years for many, Kelsea was presented with the opportunity to work with dogs once more. She fondly describes it as Noelle’s Pet Love having come at the exact perfect time in her life. Now, she is able to share her love with not only her 2 cats and 2 dogs at home, but now so many more dogs through her work. Kelsea is currently completing her CPPDT (Certified Professional Pet Dog Trainer).

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Nicole

Nicole has been surrounded by animals her whole life – dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs and horses. Dogs have always held a special place in her heart though. This was instilled by her first family dog at the age of 5, who quickly became her shadow. Every time Nicole traveled she managed to find a way to incorporate animals, her favorite experience was volunteering at Soi Dog in Thailand.

Prior to deciding to change her career Nicole was in Hospitality and Event Management but always knew that her true passion was to work with animals, in particular dogs. After moving to Vancouver from Australia she got the opportunity to finally follow that dream.

Nicole has her Canine First Aid and is currently completing her CPPDT.

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Fiona

Growing up Fiona always had a natural affinity for dogs, begging her parents each year at Christmas and every birthday for a four legged friend. It wasn’t until the age of 12 that her parents finally gave in and brought Molly into their lives, the sweetest little Yorkie and best friend a girl could ask for.

Fiona studied art and design in Dublin and pursued this path for the better part of her 20s, working in various fashion and graphic design roles in Ireland, the US and Spain. It wasn’t until she took some time out to travel and volunteer at a dog sanctuary in the mountains outside of San Diego in 2017 that she realised her true passion. Looking after 26 special dogs, many of whom were elderly, abandoned and abused, as well as cats, ducks and two hilarious goats for 2 months, was a truly fulfilling and life-changing experience.
Since emigrating to Vancouver from Ireland in 2019 Fiona has decided to fully pursue this path. She has 2 years of hands-on experience in a dog daycare environment, as well as private dog walking and dog-sitting experience, and hopes of soon starting her CPPDT.

In her spare time Fiona melds her 2 loves of art and animals doing commissioned pet pencil portraits, hand-poked tattoos, baking vegan treats, and firmly lives by the motto ‘dogs are better than people’.

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Dad

Dad moved in with Noelle 10 years ago and has been working full time for her ever since. Dad is retired and able to help out lots at the house as well as handling much of the accounting and bookkeeping and pickups/dropoffs. (Dad was an accountant most of his working career). Dad played a very important part in helping encourage Noelle to become an animal lover as he didn’t put up much of a fight when Noelle continuously brought home stray cats and dogs and insisted on starting work at 12 years old so she could afford to buy a horse (with whom she spent most of her days and nights.) Dad encouraged Noelle’s passion for animals and her obsession with spending all of her time with them. Dad is especially fond of the wee dogs and usually has 4 or 5 of them on his bed at all times plus a couple in his lap while he watches TV.

Client Love

A few woofs and meows from our clients, translated through the words of their owners!

Oggy

I have been taking my Jack Russell terrier to Noelle for nearly 3 years, and I have been impressed with her flexibility, understanding of his medical needs & typical terrier traits. If it was not for Noelle and her dog care service I am not sure that my fur-baby would be in the happy, healthy place that he is.

— Kelly
Tawney

Noelle has been looking after Tawney for several years. She has always been there even when I had emergency family visits away. She notices things and keeps me alerted to any changes in my senior cat. She has been a great find and allowed excellent peace of mind.

— Sandi
Nina

Noelle’s been reliable and flexible and has gone the extra mile for us. She has always made it easy to arrange daycare and boarding. She has provided quality veterinary technician services at a fraction of the cost of a veterinarian.

— Judy
Artemis

Artemis loved to be with Noelle and visit with the other dogs. We felt secure in knowing that Noelle cared for her in the best possible way. The love that Noelle gave to our pet made us feel that Noelle helped raise this puppy into a loving member of our family. Highly recommended! We have referred our friends to her care.

— Wendy & Keith
Mishka & Kara

Noelle's Pet Love has been taking competent and kind care of our two large dogs who need regular, mid-day, “rain or shine” walks. She also accommodates short-notice requests for weekend walks, boards our dogs when we are away, offers expert advice and provides on-site veterinary care when required. Noelle is always pleasant, professional and calm, and has proved many times over that she understands the behavior of large, protective dogs and knows how to handle them.

— Elizabeth & Igor
Todd

Being a nurse and working shift work I found it very challenging to find daycare for my 3 year old Mexican rescue dog, as I worked 12 hour days and started very early. My dog Todd is easy-going but needs company when I am at work, and a typical daycare facility was too overwhelming for him. Todd instantly loved going to Noelle’s place and he feels right at home there.

— Jodie
Bonita

I often have to work long hours for days on end and Bonita sometimes stays for many nights. It is hard for me but I know she is in great hands, can’t imagine a better person to take care of Bonita in my absence, plus she sends me pictures and videos, which is such a lovely touch when you miss your pet. I feel so lucky to have someone like Noelle and so does Bonita.

— Alexandra
Snickers

Our dog, Miss Snickers, does not react well when she does not get to go out and socialize during the day and hates to being kenneled as she came from a shelter in Greece. She has helped Snickers socialize with big and small dogs and she is much more calm when we get home. We highly recommend Noelle and the loving care she provides to pets!

— Helen & Vlassis
Johnny

As the founder of a dog rescue, I have two dogs of my own and new foster dogs are continually coming in. My own dog is special needs and some of the foster dogs have medical or behavioural issues but I know the dogs are in capable hands with Noelle. He is always so excited to be dropped off so I never worry about him! I really appreciate that Noelle is so flexible with her dog walking service. I wish there were more animal lovers like her in this world.

— Alexis
Founder & Executive Director, The Penny Foundation Dog Rescue Society
Jesse

My boy Jesse has been going to Noelle’s place (camp, school, sleeps, etc) since March 2011. Jesse loves to go ‘on vacation’ and weekend stays when I’m up at Whistler, he absolutely adores Noelle; Deservedly so, she is a wonderful caregiver. Noelle was a veterinary assistant before starting her pet sitting business that she now is dedicated to full-time; That was actually a big factor for me, as when I left Jesse with her the first time, he was still recovering from a routine surgery and needed attention and care.

— Anita
Kitty

As well, with Noelle’s experience as a licensed veterinarian technician, she had given us invaluable advice as a preemptive measure in ensuring optimum health for our kitty. And last but certainly not least, when we arrive home our cat is groomed, well fed with ample water available and her eating area and litter box are very clean.

— Eva
Major

I have had the pleasure of knowing Noelle since May 2010 when she began visiting my senior cat, Major. He suffers from kidney disease, as do many senior cats and the twice weekly sub-cutaneous fluids, administered by Noelle have stabilized his condition. He now also has a Vitamin B12 injection to boost his metabolism. She is also very good at nail clipping; and does it quickly with more confidence than I can muster.

— Alison
Teddi

The first thing I would like to say about Noelle is that she is a dog-lover. It is a rare combination when someone has technical expertise in an area that they love. Noelle was fostering Teddi when Teddi and I "made a connection." Noelle was instrumental in this transition time, and also in teaching me how to look after Teddi. She showed me technical basics like how to clean out Teddi’s ears and how to manage her allergies.

— Carissa
Loki

My cat has often been referred to as ‘the most difficult animal we have ever had to deal with’ by vets throughout Canada and the US – to the point where she must be sedated for many office visits. However, Noelle is able to bond with her with ease resulting in a much less stressful situation for the aged creature. Noelle has assisted with her care for over ten years now, and as a result my cat is a healthy (if cantankerous) 18 years old and doing very, very well!

— Sally
Sasha

As a cat with advanced kidney failure, Sasha requires more care than the average pet. In addition to special dietary supplements and medication, she is administered sub-cutaneous fluids daily to keep her in good health. Noelle’s experience as a veterinary technician is invaluable to maintaining Sasha’s level of care when we are out of town and has given us peace of mind that she is in good hands.

— Sanya
Fred

It means a lot of have someone like her to depend on for the care of my rabbit, Fred. Her clear love for animals and attention to the details of their behaviour and needs is a remarkable asset. I can rest easy while I’m away knowing that he’s being looked after by capable hands. She has been flexible in response to my schedule and is happy to pick and drop Fred off, which saves me a great deal of time and effort as I’m preparing to leave town.

— Grant
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