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Beyond Animal Lovers


Lacey Hotte


Lacey eagerly took over from 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. Along with being certified in Walks N Wags Pet First Aid, she also attends seminars, courses, and Doggy Daycare Expos to stay up to date of and continue learning in science based, positive reinforcement dog care techniques.
In addition to owning a Doggy Daycare, Lacey is also a Min Pin Breeder. She is currently in the process of becoming CKC breeder and will compete in dog shows in the near future with her lovely min-pins: Kobe, Kaine 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.”

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 her great satisfaction. 

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

Sadly, due to the pandemic, pets stopped flying.  She felt something was missing in her life. Then she joined our team here at Playful Pups and she feels complete again.


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

Tanisha joined the 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 and currently is under DogSafe Pet First Aids training. Most likely you will see her during pickups and in the yards with the big dogs.

Tanisha 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

Playful Pups: September 2021 - Present 

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Ziyaarah Akbar

Junior Handler

Tanisha Herft

Senior Handler/ Office Manager

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Madison grew up on a farm so she's always been around animals, She's always had a passion for helping dogs and cats and such. She always knew she wanted to work in a field that involves animals.
She wanted to be a vet when she was little.
She did K9 4H when she was about 10 and really fell in love with dogs!
Her family has always had a dog since she was 3 years old and got her own personal dog George when she was 17, him and their family dog Temprence are in Saskatchewan so she doesnt get to see them much and she really misses them♡
She loves music and makeup and going for hikes and swims in the ocean!
She moved to BC for the ocean and she's staying for the dogs and the amazing people she's met.


​Animal Welfare Behavior

Walks N Wags Pets First Aids: On Going Online

Playful Pups: August 2021 - Present 

Madison Legere

Senior Handler/ Socials Manager

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Devin Fletcher

Senior Handler


Devin has been around dogs since before she could walk and she knows how much your pups mean to you, so she promises to put her best foot forward in taking care of yours! Devin has been working with dogs since June of 2019 and has loved every moment of it. In her free time, she spends it with her own dogs Max and Rue. Dev also went to university 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 2021 - present



Becs has been around all kinds of animals from a very young age as she lived on a farm in Nova Scotia. She also volunteered at a Doggy Daycare next door from the ages of 10 - 15. At age 17 she moved to Banff, Alberta and volunteered at the animal shelter there for four years. She has been with us since June 2022 and has moved her way up to our management team. You can always see her smiling face greeting pups in the morning. On her days off Becs enjoys taking some of the long boarding dogs that need extra exercise or just a change of environment out on hikes and adventures with her friends. 




Volunteered at Cheryl's Doggy Daycare 

Volunteered at Banff Animal Shelter

Playful Pups: June 2022 - Present 



Becs Mac 

Senior Handler/ Office Manager


Danica Shuen

Senior Handler 

Danica has loved all animals and aspired to be a dog behaviorist from a very young age. She sees how the pups in our lives are like family and so she treats every pup that comes through our doors as if they were her own. Danica enjoys getting to know each and every pup as an individual. She studied at the University of British Columbia and has a BA in Psychology with a minor in Applied Animal Biology. In her spare time, she spends time with her dog Chloe and her two cats, Salem and Kota. Danica has been with us since July 2023 and is loving every minute. 


UBC BA in Psychology 

Minor in Applied Animal Biology


Playful Pups: June 2023 - Present 



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