MEET THE TEAM
Jill Blocker, Owner - PetSaver™, Pet CPR and First Aid Certified
Hi, I'm Jill Blocker, the owner of The Happy Paws Pet Nanny. I've been lucky to learn about unconditional love first hand from many wonderful animals. Currently, I have two best furry friends at home; Roxy a yorkie mix and Murphy a Golden Retriever. I have a natural passion for a healthy lifestyle, and compassion for animals and humans alike. I love my life and strive for it to be an exciting, fantastic and sunshine-filled. That's why I have chosen dog walking/pet-sitting as my career. I am happy, honest, reliable, and have a high standard for service. I hope by working with me, you and your pet feel cared for and pampered. We began Happy Paws Pet Nanny with one goal in mind; to provide top-quality, reliable and professional pet care to the Northern Virginia area. We pride ourselves on developing personal relationships with all of our clients and their pets. When you choose Happy Paws Pet Nanny you can have a peace of mind knowing that we take our job very seriously and your pet's well-being is our top priority.
Lynn McCarton, Head Trainer - PetSaver™, Pet CPR and First Aid Certified
Hi there! My name is Lynn McCarton. I was born and raised in Nokesville Virginia. I was lucky enough to have grown up on an active farm. I had the opportunity to experience caring for all types of animals. Currently I have two fur-buddies - Spud, an American Bulldog, and Lucy, a long hair miniature daschund. I am very passionate and caring to all animals. I am honest and have a very high standard for service. I believe you should treat every animal as your own and give them the best care possible. I am also a Mom of two amazing boys and my hobbies are coaching and playing soccer
Cristen Younts, Business Manager - PetSaver™, Pet CPR and First Aid Certified
Hello! I'm Cristen Younts and I am the business manager as well as a walker/sitter for Happy Paws! Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, I now live in Bristow with my husband, James, and our four children, ages 13, 11, 8, and 6. We first became acquainted with Happy Paws Pet Nanny as a client, for our beloved rat terrier puppy, Skyler. After much admiration of Happy Paws over the several years, I am happy to now be a part of the team that is so dedicated to caring for our special fur-babies!
Stacey Walsh- PetSaver™, Pet CPR and First Aid Certified
Hi there! My name is Stacey Walsh, I am a proud military wife and a mother of five. I love animals and am so excited for the chance to get a workout in with your pet. I currently have 4 furry friends; Cash (Black Lab), Zola (rescue mix), Saide (mini-Daschund), and Duke (Scottish Fold). I am honest, responsible, reliable and have a high standard for service. Can't wait to meet your buddy!
Aidan O’Neal- PetSaver™, Pet CPR and First Aid Certified
Hi there, My name is Aidan O’Neal and I have lived in Virginia all of my life. I graduated in 2016 from Battlefield HS in Haymarket. I currently attend NoVA Community College where I am gaining an AS degree. I have had animals all my life ranging from goldfish and frogs, to guinea pigs and dogs. I was lucky enough to be able to work on a horse farm for a few years, so I have been around many types of pets. Besides school, I spend most of my time with my two dogs, May and Missy, as well as playing with my two hamsters, Mr. Bean and Nicolette, and also my family’s two year old guinea pig named Valentine. When I am with your pets, I will treat them with the same respect I treat my own. I can’t wait to meet your furry friends!”
Jessica (Jess) Bacon - PetSaver™, Pet CPR and First Aid Certified
Hello, I am Jess Bacon. I live in Bristow with my husband and am a Graphic Designer. I grew up in Nokesville with several large dogs and have always loved helping neighbors with their pets while away. I understand the importance of finding a trustworthy pet sitter so you can relax knowing your fur baby is getting the best care while you’re away. I love animals and can’t wait to meet your pet. Ramsey (or Rams) is my sweet and faithful 11 year old yellow lab who lives for playing fetch with his frisbee, long walks, and the lake. He is pictured here with his cousin, Frank (black lab).
Pat Walsh - PetSaver™, Pet CPR and First Aid Certified
I couldn't resist any longer; I am now embarking on a job that I love - walking, playing, and running with furry pets. I love animals, and the experience is mutual when given the opportunity. As I transition from military service to my Veteran status; Happy Paws lets me help out either with my wife Stacey or solo. Our house is filled with 5 children and 3 pets - Zola (rescue dog), Cash (Daughter's Dog), and Duke (Scottish fold cat - who thinks he rules the house). I am so excited for the chance to spend some time to relax and play with your pet.
Larry Blocker - PetSaver™, Pet CPR and First Aid Certified
Hi, I'm Larry, the lucky husband of the owner of Happy Paws Pet Nanny. I've been lucky to help whenever I am needed by taking care of our clients wonderful pets. As my wife has said, we have two great dogs; Roxy, a yorkie mix, and Murphy, a Golden Retriever. I have had dogs my entire life and love spending time with them and our three boys. Like my wife, I have a passion for outdoor activities and we are service oriented people that will treat your home and pets like our own, besides…I definitely can’t let the boss down. See you around the neighborhood.
Newly retired educator and empty nester with new adventures ahead! First up - joy in helping others, especially children and animals! Happy Paws is the ONLY pet service I would feel comfortable leaving my dog Sven while working or vacationing, so why not work for such a loving, honest, professional and caring company!? Looking forward to showering your pet with love and eradicating the stressors of a family not home. Very excited to start a new phase in life with the Happy Paws team!
Hey there, I’m Justin Drinkwater, Dad to 3 active boys and 1 “little” girl, Nala, our South African Boerbel. I have been around dogs my whole life but am a true lover of all animals. My full-time job has allowed me the flexibility to join the Happy Paws team and I can’t wait to meet your pets and give them the love and attention they need!
Hey, y'all. I'm Carter. I'm originally from NC, and I've lived in both VA and NC since the age of 13. I have 3 college degrees, I'm currently the Treasurer of Chris Yung Elementary School's PTO, a Daisy Girl Scout Troop Leader, a Firefighters wife, mom to an 8 year old human boy and a 6 year old human girl. We have 2 puppy-dogs weighing-in at a collective 190 pounds, a 105 pound English Lab named Homer and an 85 pound Collie-Mix mutt named Stella. We also have Kevin, my sweet snuggle baby butterscotch tabby, and my son has George, a beautiful silver blue beta.
I've had many types of pets in my 42 years. I even nursed a bat with a broken wing back to health, and hand fed her meal worms while she recovered. I've had iguanas, frogs, fresh water fish, mice, gerbils, a hooded rat, a rabbit, 7 cats, and 5 dogs.
I feel honored to be a part of The Happy Paws team and look forward to getting to know your furry, feathery, scaly, and finned babies.
Hi there! My name is Sara Shahidi and was raised here in Bristow, Virginia. I am currently going into my third year at VCU to get my B.S. in Biology and will hopefully go on to attend Medical school. I unfortunately didn’t get to own any furry friends as I was growing up. Though, I have been lucky enough to have my Uncle, who lives just down the street, let me spend lots of time with his dogs, Ollie, a white Lab, and Bruce, a Doberman and German Shephard mix. After being their dog walker for these last couple of years, I am supper excited to join Happy Paws and help out to provide the very best care for even more amazing pets. I am trustworthy, hardworking, and compassionate and looking forward to giving lots of care and attention to your pets!"
I'm Kim Dinga, a Reading Specialist at Fred Lynn Middle School. I graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a master's degree in Literacy. I have lived in Bristow for three years. I am a proud parent of an eight-year-old Bichon Poodle, Riley. Riley's warm smile is her hallmark. My favorite quote is by O. Pamuk, "Dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen".
Hi! My name is Ally Manners. I am a student at Marymount University. Throughout my life, I have always been an advocate for animals and have grown up around dogs. Formerly, I worked at a pet resort and hotel so I have a lot of experience with dogs. Penny Lane is the name of my 1 year old yellow lab and also my best friend! You can count on me to make your furry friend feel loved while you are busy!
Hi there! I’m Sally Crockett. I’m the mother of four girls, ages 13, 11, 6 & 4, and to Bosley the Wonder dog, a black lab mix. I’m lucky enough to work from home and have a very flexible schedule, so when I’m not working or taking care of my family, I love helping the Happy Paws team provide the very best care for your pets! I am hardworking, honest, caring and compassionate and I strive to treat your pet and your home the same way that I’d treat my own. I look forward to meeting your fur-baby!
I’m Scot Crockett. I have four beautiful daughters and a black lab/ great dane rescue named Bosley. I own a small Public Affairs company and have a flexible schedule, so I love helping the Happy Paws & Happy Helpers teams provide the very best service when I can! I am trustworthy, reliable and kind, and I will treat your home and your pets as if they were my own.
Hi. I’m Patrick. I’m the husband/father/marine/firefighter that is married to Carter on the Happy Paws team. As a military brat I grew up all over the world, but the one constant was having pets. My house is filled with my son and daughter (8 ½ and 7), a large 12lb butterscotch tabby (Kevin), my sons fish (George), two one year old Shepherd mix puppies (Bonnie and Clyde), and my one of a kind 11 year old fuzzy brown mutt (Stella – pictured). I truly enjoy all types of animals and am excited to spend time with your furry family member and care for them to the best of my ability.
Hi there! I'm Kristen Thompson. I was born and raised in Manassas. I have a passion for caring for animals as long as I can remember. Since my friends and neighbors know I love animals so much, I'm always the first to be asked to pet sit. I love making their pet(s) feel comfortable while their owners are away. I'm currently a lucky parent to one dog, a husky named Gracie. She is very energetic which fits my active lifestyle.
Hello, my name is Jeanine Raghunathan. I am originally from Kansas City, Missouri but have lived in Virginia since 2001. I am mom to two very active boys, ages 10 and 8, who keep me on my toes and on the move constantly. We have a 15 year-old cat named Buster that my husband and I adopted as a kitten from the Middleburg Humane society. I am a librarian part-time at the Haymarket Gainesville Community library and I love all things books and cats. I am also a Yoga and Spinning instructor and always strive to lead a healthy lifestyle. I am so excited to be part of the Happy Paws team and look forward to meeting and caring for your fur babies!!
Hello, my name is Susan Swenson and as you can see I am a dog lover. Pictured with me are my two favorite German Shepherds. Sarge is our 7 year old rescue and Gunnar is our 3 year old Grand Dog. I have chosen to join Happy Paws because I love dogs and enjoy walking outdoors. Dog walking is a great form of exercise and it also lets you get acquainted with your neighbors. I retired 3 years ago after working as a Dental Assistant for 19 years. Helping out with Happy Paws is a great chance to bring exercise and pleasure to family pets who have been at home all day while their families are busy at work, school, or on vacation.
Hey guys, my name is Chelsea! I am a college student working to obtain my bachelors degree in accounting. I spend my weekdays working at a local insurance company. I am always willing to help an animal in need and so I try and help Happy Paws whenever they need me! My natural talent lies with dogs but I love all animals. When I'm not with your animals I can be found with my own dogs, Cash and Sutton, my black and brown labs. As a pet owner myself I know the struggles and stress of putting your furry family member in the care of someone else but rest assured they are safe with me! I can't wait to meet you all.
Hi there! I'm Stephanie Yohey - pictured with my 10 year old furbaby Roxanne who goes by Roxi. I was born and raised in Woodbridge, Virginia. I'm a wife, a mother, and an entrepreneur. I'm excited to join Happy Paws as a Pet Nanny because I understand what it means to me knowing my pets are being taken care of by a pet lover who is responsible and reliable! Can't wait to spoil those special pets in your life! Much love!
Hi there! My name is Michelle, and I'm currently a stay-at-home mom of an 11-year-old daughter. We've lived in Bristow and Haymarket for the past 9 years, but I'm originally from Dallas, Texas. I've loved animals my entire life, and our house is currently home to our cats, Higgins (15) and Pumpkin (7), and our dog, Dizzy (8). I also love working with horses, although it's been several years since I've had my own. Our pets are true members of our family, and I know what it's like to want them to be happy and healthy while we're away.
Hello! My name is Rachel Levans. My family and I have lived here in Catlett/ Warrenton area since I was little. I have a chocolate lab puppy and a lovely cat. I am an animal lover at heart. My favorite quote is “Don’t apologize for your pet coming up to me, because that’s exactly what I wanted” Looking forward to seeing all the wonderful pets!!
I'm Erin Blaemire, currently a stay-at-home mom of a two-year-old and an eight-month-old. I am also an elementary school teacher and previously a marketing manager. My husband and I have lived in Bristow for eight years. We are also the proud parents of a nine-year-old Cockalier (Cocker Spaniel and King Charles Cavalier Spaniel mix), Pumpkin. I am a bit more behind the scenes at Happy Paws, performing administrative tasks in the office.