Beyond Animal Lovers


Lacey Hotte


Lacey Hotte, Owner of Playful Pups Doggy Daycare. Lacey eagerly took over for the previous Doggy Daycare Care business which was named Playful Paws Doggy Daycare in 2019. Lacey is an extremely loving person who is passionate and knowledgeable about personal care of family Dogs. She has five dogs; Kali, minpin 5 years old: Kobe, minpin 1 years old: Kaine, minpin, 8 years old; Kastro, mastiff 11 years old, and Tink, Pomeranian 17 weeks old. She is also Walks N Wags Pet First Aids Certified. She attends seminars, courses, and Doggy Daycare Expos to stay up to date of work and continue learning in
science based dog care techniques.
  In addition of Doggy Daycare, Lacey is also a Min Pin Breeder. Currently in process of becoming CKC breeder and will compete in dog shows in the near future with her lovely min-pins: Kobe, Kanine and Kali.

​Walks N Wag Pet First Aids
​Bravo Dog- Dog Body Language
University of Edinburgh - Animal Welfare Behavior
AKC Canine College- Breeder Education

“Dogs are not our whole lives, they make our lives whole.”

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Kiersten Harrison

Hi, I'm Kiersten!


Growing up i always had a love of animals, especially dogs.

since before i could even talk, I've always had a dog by my side, or a critter in my pocket! 


when i got the opportunity to start working with dogs in 2018, i didn't walk, i ran. it was everything i had ever wanted, getting to love and build connections with each and every pup, (and fur parent!) that walked through the door. 


in 2019 i went to a small family owned daycare and really got into social media part of daycare! I was promoted to manager and certified in Fear Free Pets. my favorite part of the day is taking adorable photos of all of the pups!


in early 2021, the daycare sold and i found a new home and family at playful pups! thank you for trusting me to care for all of your wonderful pups!


On my days off i enjoy spending time with my husband and our two dogs, Luna and Roxie. I also spend free time designing and making all of our staff uniforms!



Fear Free Pets,

Walks and Wags Pet First Aid

Fetch Find Basic Behaviors and Wellness

​"Where is Wads and Lasso!"

Customer Experience Manager 

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Ziyaarah Akbar

Employee Engagement Manager

Senior Dog Handler

Ziyaarah came to us after working at YVR where she did overnight care with dogs and puppies coming in on planes .

At YVR she cared for many different breeds of dogs, from teacup Pomeranians to wolves from England

She gained experience in handling frightened, nervous dogs who had been traumatized by their experience on the plane.

Calming these dogs down and caring for them gave Ziyaarah great satisfaction. 

Ziyaarah volunteered as a dog walker at Delta Animal shelter when she was in grade 8 and ever since Ziyaarah can remember she has wanted to care for and work with dogs. 

So, sadly when due to COVID pets stopped flying Ziyaarah felt something was missing in her life. But then Ziyaarah joined our team here at Play-full pups doggy daycare and she feels complete again.

Ziyaarah’s vast customer care experience together with her dog handling abilities, calming demeanour and genuine affection for dogs makes her the perfect senior dog handler / employee engagement Manager


In her downtime Ziyaarah enjoys taking her 3 dogs Nala, Simba & Akhira for walks along the river, she also loves driving around in her new sports car!

​"Literally!!!!!! He had an awesome day! Mini! Minho! Harley!"

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Tanisha Herft


Assistant Manager

Tanisha joined playful pups family as junior handler in October 2021.  Her passion and energy is amazing whenever it relates to dogs. She is a professional dog handler currently is under DogSafe Pet First Aids training.  She has been promoted to assistant manager in Jan,2022. Most likely YOU will see her during pickups and in the yards with the big dogs.

Tanisha's is an integral part of the team who you can almost always see at daycare cause she comes to hang out with her favorite dogs even on her days off.


Build Your Dog's Confidence-Victoria Stilwell Academy

Being A Good Pet Neighbor-Victoria Stilwell Academy

DogSafe Pet First Aids- On Going.



you can always hear Tanisha saying " Yeeee, Down! Lets do it!" "HUNDY PEES"

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Madison Legere

Team Lead

I grew up on a farm so I've always been around animals, I've always had a passion for helping dogs and cats and such. I always knew I wanted to work in a field that involves animals.
I wanted to be a vet when I was little 
I did K9 when I was about 10 and really fell in love with dogs!
My family had always had a dog since I was 3 years old and got my own personal dog George when I was 17, him and out family dog Temprence are in sask so I don't get to see them much and I really miss them♡
I love music and makeup and go for hikes and swim in the ocean!
I moved to BC for the ocean and I'm staying for the dogs and the amazing people I've met


​Animal Welfare Behavior

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"Loooookiiiaaaaaaa. Bayuyuyuyuyuyuyuyuyuyuyuyu."

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Larissa Matthias

Senior Handler

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Devin Fletcher

Senior Handler

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Alyssa Kertesz

Hola! I’m Larissa and I’m 26 years old. My experience with dogs starts when I got into the truck to go home from the hospital as a baby- with my first ever best furend, Max! My family has always had dogs around and through that I’ve learned dogs completely own my heart. Every dog is very special in their own way, just like humans! Dogs have shown me relentless patience and love with a reasonable dash of lessons and all I can hope for is to reciprocate that back to as many dogs as possible :)




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"Arlo, come on lets go.! Arlo stop! Dont you dare.......!"

​  Hi! I’m Devin. I’ve been around dogs since before I could walk. I know how much your pups mean to you, so I promise to take my best foot forward in taking care of yours! I’ve been working with dogs since June of 2019 and have loved every moment of it. In my free time, I spend it with my own dog Dekes; taking him for hikes and car rides. You won’t see me very often in the daycare until April as I’m in university full time for recreation management! Thank you for trusting me with your four legged friends and thank you for choosing Playful Pups!


  Hazelmere Kennels June 2019-February 2020

Playful Pups: February - present

"Awesome! Fantastic!"



Alyssa has loved dogs since she was a kid. She used to volunteer at the SPCA growing up and she enjoys fostering dogs for a local rescue. She has a soft spot for nervous and fearful dogs. Her dog, Penny, had a severe fear of people before she was rescued. She had to learn how to connect with her to earn her trust and make her feel safe. Since then she has become passionate about helping dogs and has focused on surrounding herself with them.




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Senior Handler

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Anina Mok

Junior Handler

Anina joined the Playful Pups crew in the summer of 2021.


She became an avid dog lover after she got her very first puppy from owner, Lacey. Since then, she has always wanted to work at a doggy daycare in addition to her full time corporate position. 


In her spare time, she enjoys cuddles and walks with her two dogs, Nano and B.







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Bert is the owner Lacey's mother. She is well educated and experienced dog handler. she loves to spend her evening time supporting her daughter's career and cuddle dogs at same time. You will be most likely to see her in the evening shift.


Dog Body Language- Udemy

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"Hey, can somebody tell me who is boarding tonight? Somebody

help, the TV is not connected !"

Bert Leprieur

Overnight Staff, Cuddle Expert