Meet the team

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Jen sitting with her dog on a rock

Jenn

Founder & Trainer

In 2010 I adopted my first dog as an adult, Piper Jett, and yes she is named after the plane! At the time I had an established career in luxury cosmetics with no desire to change that, but little did I know within two years that would all change because of Piper. The bond I built with her catapulted me into learning as much as I could about canine psychology, communication, and health. I was inspired to learn her language so that we could communicate better and deepen our bond. I enrolled in the Vet Tech Institute of Houston and upon returning home I began working as a vet tech at The Animal Hospital of Carrboro. My experience there led me to sitting on the side and before I knew it in 2015 Laughing Dog was born and I had a new full time love. Training was the next natural evolution and I strive to be the resource that I couldn’t find when Piper was younger (and VERY difficult).  Whether I am in a training session, a mid day walk, a kitty or exotic visit, I approach every animal with patience and confidence. Our beloved companions are emotional beings just like us and the connections we make with them can be deeper than you could ever imagine. I am so lucky and honored to be trusted and loved by so many animals of all species. 

We hope to welcome you to the pack soon!

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Heather Raye

Jenn Wrangler & Snuggler Extraordinaire

Kitten cuddles, outdoor adventures, and peaceful vibes! I’m here to help your pet have a paw-some time while you’re away. I love all animals but am very passionate about neonatal kitten rescue and TNR ever since my two cats and their siblings were abandoned by their feral mama in my backyard when they were about a week old. I have one teenage daughter who is highly gifted and intuitive with animals and dreams of becoming a zoologist. With my lengthy background in the hospitality industry, I am uniquely focused on next-level client care through my stellar attention to detail. And as a massage therapist and reflexologist, I am all about finding rest and balance. As LD’s new Operations Assistant, I seek to bring a little bit of relaxation and joy to pets and their families in the Chapel Hill area.

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Zelda

aka Da Baby Warrior

I’m Zelda and I love to go to work with my mom! I’m a pretty laid back lady that likes to meet new pups and explore new things. Don’t worry you’ll come off too strong when we meet, I’m a professional and I always keep my cool. My hobbies are rolling on dead frogs, zoomies in the garden, and terrorizing my big sister. I enjoy long walks on the beach on Ocracoke Island but I’ll settle for a street walk if that’s all a girl can get! Hope to meet you soon! Peace, love, and paws y’all!