Meet your team:
Hannalore Tice, Owner
Boston for the Dogs is the brainchild of Hannalore, born out of a lifetime of loving and caring for animals. She brings an unparalleled passion and devotion to her business marked by an unconditional, unapologetic, fierce love for each dog.
She is an active member of the Roslindale community and her social media content cultivates a family atmosphere and network of dog lovers.
With a background apprenticing with various trainers, Hannalore has gained a skillset of basic obedience to match her love of all breeds. She is continuously adapting her services to meet the diverse needs of her clientele, and is willing to work with you to best serve your dog. By personally scheduling each dog, Hannalore is able to evaluate and modify each plan to provide the most reliable, loving pet service tailored to each client.
When not hanging out with your dogs, Hannalore enjoys craft beer, hiking and spending time with the BFTD family.
Corey Shields, Owner
If Hannalore is the wind behind Boston for the Dogs, then Corey is the windmill. With 4 years of canine handling under his belt, Corey joined Boston for the Dogs as a co-operator and part owner in 2016. He has a background in basic obedience training but his real gift lies in his calm approach that makes both humans and dogs feel comfortable. He has a knack for house training puppies and dogs and has successfully fostered multiple rescue dogs.
Corey offers a patient, understanding approach to everything he does and loves assisting families in their transition to dog ownership. Corey loves working with large breed dogs, and a has a knack for dealing with some of our most difficult cases. Dogs come home after Corey's hikes feeling happy and exhausted, which is a delight to both dog and human.
Corey enjoys craft beer, shoe shopping, history and charcuterie.
Kaela O'Connell, Office Manager + Team Manager + Walker
Kaela is the newest member of the Boston for the Dogs team and we're so glad to have her. She has extensive experience working in doggy daycare as well as boarding dogs. In addition to her dog handling skills, Kaela has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Management from Mt. Ida College. This unique blend of skills makes her an asset in the field as well as in the home office. When not hanging out with her dog Ziggy, Kaela loves exploring Boston's food scene.
Gian Gonzalez, Walker
Gian was the first employee of Boston for the Dogs, and joined the pack in 2013. Inspired by the success he achieved (with the help of Hannalore) in training his own skittish pup, Gian brings his ever-positive attitude to help dogs be their best selves. His gentle, calm demeanor coupled with a strong presence gives him the edge over timid and untrusting dogs, allowing him to diffuse tense situations with grace.
Everyone (both dogs and humans) inevitably falls for his quiet confidence and winning smile. Gian is able to handle some of the most challenging pups with ease, assisting them in gaining the confidence and skills they need to succeed.
Jason York, Walker + Sitter
Originally from Delaware, Jason moved north to Massachusetts in 2005 and hasn't looked back. Jason grew up taking care of dogs, and his love of dogs is very apparent. His laid back vibe brings a certain calm to dog handling, and he's always eager to learn new things.
When not working with dogs, Jason finds time to write. He has seven romance novellas on Amazon (Under J.H.York) and has written three movie screenplays. As of August 2017 he has a children's book and a psychological thriller novel in the editing phase. He lives in Quincy and is an avid beach goer.
Melissa Gorash, Walker +Sitter + Crazy Cat Lady!
Melissa joined the Boston For The Dogs team in 2015 with a strong passion for working with dogs and cats of all breeds. Being a mother of 3 bright girls, a wife of over 20 years, and juggling 5 pets of her own gives her a strong motherly instinct that creates a safe, calm, and empowering environment for dogs of all temperaments. She believes that if she goes into each new relationship with the dogs or cats open minded and optimistic it will create a relationship that is constantly evolving and growing as they learn to overcome the obstacles together.
It takes that kind of patience and understanding to really let an animal blossom to its fullest potential. Melissa brings a bright light to the company and hopes to continue to grow alongside the BFTD family as a handler, walker, and overall human being.
Cara Wehmhoefer, Walker + Sitter
Cara hails from an animal and music loving background, having spent her past few years at Berklee College of Music obtaining a degree in Songwriting and spending her free time working at a doggy daycare close to her hometown. She’s looking to expand her handling experience beyond walks and playgroups and to learn about training as well. Cara loves her active structured hikes but also takes refuge in her solo walks, where she can spend some quality 1-on 1 time with her doggie pals. She plans on attending lots of Practice in the Parks and is so excited to learn from the BFTD family! When she’s not working at BFTD, she is playing music, hiking, cooking, and spending all her money at Trader Joe’s.
Madeline Davis, Sitter
Hey fellow dog lovers! My name is Madeline, and I'm a college graduate who just moved from sunny Southern California. My main interests are animals, nature, and psychology, and I'm combining all three of those by working for BTFD while studying to attend grad school in counseling psychology in the next couple of years! I've lived around animals all my life, and can't wait until the day I can adopt a dog. For now, I've got two sweet cats that both fell into my life by serendipity. In my free time, you can find me exploring Boston (especially restaurants and cool outdoor spots), playing video games, reading, and finding new ways to volunteer and give back to my community. Jamaica Plain has been so great to me and I couldn't ask for a better home! I'm looking forward to meeting and spending time with all your furry friends!
Dani Clark, Sitter
Originally from rural New Jersey, Danielle moved to New Hampshire to attend film school. After graduating and commuting to Boston for a few years, she moved to Massachusetts to start a full time job as a labor coordinator for special events. Despite working in a dog-friendly building, she still needed more dogs in her life, so joining BFTD as a sitter was an easy decision! In her free time, Danielle is an avid Netflix binge-watcher, a true crime fanatic, and collects license plates.
Sam Martinez, Walker + Sitter
After attending BU and NYU, Sam was a sports writer for nearly four years before she decided to pursue her passion: working with dogs. Sam boarded and walked dogs independently with Rover for two years before taking it on full time with Boston for the Dogs. She boards in her apartment with her husband (who obsesses over the pups as much as she does) and wants to learn more about training from the BFTD fam.
When Sam isn't walking your dogs, she's most likely watching the Red Sox, Patriots, or Celtics. Sam also loves cooking, writing, going to national parks, Marvel movies, and Beyonce.
Alyssa Flores, Walker + Sitter
Alyssa is a chicana from Texas that moved out to the Boston area 10 years ago. She went to Smith College and graduated with a degree in women & gender studies. After graduating she began working in a middle school doing special education. Upon feeling frustrated with the structure of the public education system, she decided to pursue a different career path which led her to BFTD! Having always had furry friends growing up, Alyssa is super excited to spend everyday hanging out with the BFTD dogs and family! She loves all kinds of animals and isn’t afraid to use that love to grow and learn.