About Us


Dances with Dogs owner Katie,
with her dog Briscoe.


I’ve had a passion for pets since I was a child. Cyrano, our mini Schnauzer, was the dog of my childhood. There was always at least one dog in our house. I talked my parents into getting a kitten when I was five. I also had pet mice (I know). I got my first pony when I was six and went on to show horses in equitation and side-saddle.

In 2001 our dog Rocky joined our family. He wasn’t planned, but he was one of the greatest things to happen to us. Rocky was actually my inspiration for opening Dances with Dogs. We found ourselves having to board him while we went away for a long weekend and frankly, I was a mess! I wanted him to be home in his own bed, with all the familiar smells and sounds, feeling safe. My thought was “I want to go on vacation, but does Rocky?” In 2002, after a year of extensive research, I opened Dances with Dogs with the goal of providing pet owners, like myself, peace of mind that their pets were safe in their own homes.

Since opening, in order to educate myself and provide the best service to my clients, I’ve pursued my professional education to become a Certified Dog Trainer, Certified Professional Pet Sitter, Certified Fear Free professional, and have my Certification in Disaster Training for Pets. 

Dances with Dogs has now expanded our offerings to include professional dog training, Fear Free vet visits for both cats and dogs, and professional dog walking services.

Today my husband and I share our home with two rescue dogs, Kensi and Briscoe, and our rescue cats Claire and Gibbs (have you noticed a theme?).

In order to provide you with the best in service and coverage Dances with Dogs has several professional trainers, pet sitters, and walkers available. This ensures that in case of emergency, your pet care needs will continue without interruption. All sitters have passed a comprehensive background check and will meet you at the initial meet and greet. Everyone working with Dances with Dogs has passed a comprehensive background check. They also provide your pets with positive, Fear Free experiences.

I look forward to meeting you and your pets!

Katie Casell CPPS

Owner of Dances with Dogs

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Katie, David and Rocky at Everglades National Park

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