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The Team Behind EC Petcare

EC Petcare: Positive Reinforcement Pet Sitting for All Your Pets, Walking and Training for Your Portland, OR Dogs and Puppies

Meet Ellaree! (she/her)

Owner and Head Trainer

Ellaree is an Animal Behavior College Certified  Force Free Dog Trainer with a lifelong passion for animal care. She is also certified in Pet CPR and a Member of the Pet Professional Guild (PPG).

Ellaree grew up on a farm in Amity, OR, where she played with dogs, pigs, cows, and other animals, her love of animals apparent from a young age. She also attended 4-H in the Cavy department, where her love for guinea pigs never ended to this day. In 2011 she began volunteering at the Willamette Humane Society and raised $1,000 for the organization, as well as started pet sitting and dog walking through various pet sitting websites as an independent contractor. It was during this time that her desire for more education grew.

In 2015, she began her dog training certification with Animal Behavior College, a year long commitment that provided her with knowledge of canine obedience training and an understanding of canine behavior and its motives. Ellaree continues to advance her education by attending animal behavior seminars and brainstorming ideas/solutions with other certified dog trainers.

Today, as the owner of EC Petcare, she uses her education, certification, and experience to train dogs humanely and effectively; keeping them safe while providing kind, compassionate and excellent service to her clients.

In her free time, Ellaree enjoys traveling and spending time with her anxious pup, who has taught her more about training than any book could have. Additionally, she enjoys sewing and being surrounded by nature.

Our Promise

At EC Petcare we are more just dog walking, training, pet sitting, our goal is to create a peace of mind by making sure all pets are being cared for with the exceptional and individualized attention they deserve, in the comfort of their own home.

We Promise:

Your pet’s safety is our top priority

Our force-free methods are humane and effective

We will provide only educated suggestions to help with behavior issues

We will care for your pet as the unique animal that they are

We are committed to continuing our education

We are Proud Members of The Pet Professional Guild

Pet Professional Guild Members Understand Force-Free to mean: no pain, no force, no fear and no compulsion methods are employed to train or care for an animal.

The Pet Professional Guild Mission

Our mission is to help make every pet a valued member of its family and improve the relationship and the quality of life people share with their pets by:

Providing the greatest value and highest quality, state-of-the-art, force-free, scientific based pet training and pet care for each client.

Always demonstrating integrity, compassion and an uncompromising commitment to excellence in the care and support of clients and their pets.

Continually expanding our knowledge and improving our skills to serve our clients as a valuable resource, providing the most innovative pet training and pet care possible.

Meet the Pet Care Team

Nick K. (he/him) 

Pet Care Provider – Pet CPR Certified
Dog Trainer

I am a native Oregonian. I grew up with dogs and cats all around me. My love for animals carried on from my childhood to interning at the Oregon Zoo for almost five years. I had the opportunity to work with and care for all types of animals. Working at the Oregon Zoo at a young age really fueled my passion for caring for animals and gathering knowledge about animal care and development. After the zoo, I started volunteering in animal sanctuaries. 

I have a few pets of my own, a dog, a cat, and two lizards. However, I have had many different pets over the years like snakes, hedgehogs, rabbits, and other lizard types. I have been working with dogs for the last ten years, I have been a dog daycare attendant, I have managed dog daycares, and have been a trainer at dog daycares, and I have worked at a vet clinic as a trainer. I have my CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer Knowledge Assessed) certification.

I have worked with animals for over 15 years, and my passion and patience for them will never diminish. I am currently studying Biology hoping to increase my knowledge of animals and grow my skills.

Nick’s Certifications

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*All of our pet care providers are Pet CPR certified, insured and bonded

Mieke S. (she/they) 

Pet Care Provider – Pet CPR Certified
Dog Trainer in Training

I was born and raised in Portland, and have enjoyed exploring the pacific northwest with my pup, Rue. Rue is a pandemic rescue dog, meaning there has been some struggles with socialization; I’m sure many dog parents can relate! Rue was the biggest motivator for me to get into the dog industry; working through her dog-reactivity when the world slowly started to return to normal was a huge learning experience, and has created an unbreakable bond between us. 

Like most animal lovers, the exposure to nature and different species started young. I grew up around farm lands, with animals ranging from chickens to goats. My parents couldn’t tear me away from the barn when it was time for dinner (sorry mom!).  I learned very quickly how to safely interact with animals who were twice my size, and it gave me great appreciation for the vast difference in how other animals think/behave. My curiosity might lead me down the path of animal behavior, and possibly become a behaviorist.

Fast forward to now, I am enrolled in the “CATCH canine training academy” program and worked at an enrichment-based doggy daycare, where I learned more than I ever thought possible. I got an amazing chance to practice group training, patience, group calming exercises, observing play behaviors, and to hone the skill of constant awareness; to have safety be my top priority. I will always continue to seek education and further my knowledge/experience!

Mieke’s Certifications

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Sarah W.L (she/her)

Pet Care Provider – Pet CPR Certified –  Dog Trainer In Training

Growing up in Northern California, I was lucky to experience a variety of animals: dogs, cats, hamsters, rabbits, chickens, snakes, cockatoos, pigs, horses, fish, you name it! My extended family are farmers and they taught me about caring for animals of all different shapes and sizes. I didn’t realise I wanted to work with animals until 2019, which prompted me to leave the environmental non-profit I was with to make a huge career shift and start working with dogs.

In my training as a groomer, I came to specialize in treating long-term skin conditions and deshedding treatments in long-coated breeds. My favorite part of grooming is the relief it can bring to a dog suffering from pain or discomfort. During my time as a groomer, I began growing my educational foundation around pet health, nutrition, and wellness. As I learned more, I became more interested in dog training. I completed a Dog Trainer Instructor Program in 2022 and began teaching basic training to new pet parents. Over time, I offered private lessons for pet parents whose dogs were struggling with anxiety issues. I’m currently continuing my educational journey as a dog trainer, as I’ve found that my greatest passion is helping dogs stay in their forever homes by working through behavioral issues together with their pet parents.

 

Sarah’s Certifications

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Carrie B. (she/her) 

Pet Care Provider – Pet CPR Certified

I am a native Oregonian, born and raised in Ashland. I inherited the gene for bonding with animals from my Dad and Grandpa. I got my first pony when I was 4 years old and it just carried throughout my life, being around animals and loving every minute of it.

I grew up on a farm with horses, cows, sheep, pygmy goats and a border collie. Equestrian was my sport growing up. I entered horse shows doing Dressage and Show Jumping. Horses were my life.

While at college, I volunteered at Equine Rescue & Sanctuary in New York, helping the owner take care of rescued horses. There I faced one of the most difficult jobs – handling horses, donkeys and mules that suffered from animal cruelty – abuse, neglect and abandonment. I loved the position there very much because I was able to be around animals that really needed positive human attention. 

I have continued doing animal care, on and off, since college. My calming energy seems to be a hit with many pets. I volunteered at an Animal Shelter to walk dogs. And I have always been available to do pet sitting for many friends and for those referred by friends. In 2012, I became an independent contractor and started working for another pet sitting/dog walking company here in Portland. I am excited to add EC Petcare to my family.

Carrie’s Certifications

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Austin B. (he/him) 

Pet Care Provider – Pet CPR Certified

My name is Austin Sevigny, I am originally from Melbourne, Florida. I have had the opportunity teaching math to a diverse population of students in Palm Beach, FL, Salt Lake City, Utah, Arcata, California and here in Portland, Oregon over the last 9 years. I currently still tutor math but my true passion is hiking and backpacking with dogs. My evolution to loving pets didn’t start until my late 20s when I discovered hiking having moved from Florida to Utah in 2010, it was there that I volunteered at a massive shelter for various animals including birds, cats, and dogs, called Best Friends Animals Sanctuary.

I started to volunteer pet sitting for any friend or family member who needed help and absolutely fell in love with the possibility of caring for others’ pets as a job.  I genuinely care so much for all animals and adventuring with them has given me and the animals such authentic joy and I can’t wait to meet and care for yours.

Austin’s Certifications

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Rojer (he/him) 

Pet Care Provider – Pet CPR Certified

I have adored animals since the moment baby me came home and met the family dog! Some of my earliest memories are being licked by dogs and meeting the neighbor’s cats. I originally grew up with dogs and was particularly obsessed with rats as a kid but eventually became a huge fan of cats and ferrets, the latter two animals being my current pets. I’m quite certain there has not been a day in my life that I didn’t think about animals!

On my sixth birthday, my parents brought home a dog as a birthday present, a terrier named Maddie.

They quickly realized they may have made a grave mistake when Maddie came with an assortment of behavioral issues and wouldn’t hesitate to bite if her boundaries were crossed. When my parents considered rehoming her, six-year-old me overheard their conversation and I pleaded with them not to. So, Maddie stayed with our family for the rest of her long life, and growing up alongside her gave me early experience with an aggressive, reactive, and leash-aggressive dog. She was all-in-one! 

As soon as I was old enough to, I attended several training classes with Maddie and put in years of hard work needed to build a connection with her. Maddie truly broadened my understanding of animal behavior like no other animal has since and I now have a soft spot for animals with behavioral issues. Had I immediately resented my dog the first time she attacked me, who knows where she might have ended up. This insight has fueled my passion for all animals, not just the friendly ones! One of my life goals is to work closely with aggressive cats in need, such as rescues or local feral populations. 

It is with that same sentiment that I guarantee no matter what your pet throws at me, I will return only love, patience, and acceptance.

Rojer’s Certifications

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*All of our pet care providers are Pet CPR certified, insured and bonded

Julien L. (they/them) 

Pet Care Provider – Pet CPR Certified

Ever since I can remember I’ve been working with animals and engaged with the natural world. From raising pigs as a kid to bonding with the family dogs. I have roughly 7 years professionally caring for rescue dogs and cats. I especially love working with reactive dogs and seeing them grow and shine. I’m a big advocate for working within an animal’s specific needs and limitations in order to nurture growth. Nothing taught by force stays in the soul.  I’m whole-heartedly invested in the long game of that pursuit with your animal. 

I adopted a street dog from Mexico 3 years ago who battles with reactivity and fear of people. That got me into learning force free training methods to help her better cope.  Our experiences really set me up to learn and observe how to better serve/help other dogs and owners. I can’t wait to work with your pets!

They quickly realized they may have made a grave mistake when Maddie came with an assortment of behavioral issues and wouldn’t hesitate to bite if her boundaries were crossed. When my parents considered rehoming her, six-year-old me overheard their conversation and I pleaded with them not to. So, Maddie stayed with our family for the rest of her long life, and growing up alongside her gave me early experience with an aggressive, reactive, and leash-aggressive dog. She was all-in-one! 

As soon as I was old enough to, I attended several training classes with Maddie and put in years of hard work needed to build a connection with her. Maddie truly broadened my understanding of animal behavior like no other animal has since and I now have a soft spot for animals with behavioral issues. Had I immediately resented my dog the first time she attacked me, who knows where she might have ended up. This insight has fueled my passion for all animals, not just the friendly ones! One of my life goals is to work closely with aggressive cats in need, such as rescues or local feral populations. 

It is with that same sentiment that I guarantee no matter what your pet throws at me, I will return only love, patience, and acceptance.

Julien’s Certifications

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*All of our pet care providers are Pet CPR certified, insured and bonded

Ginny B. (they/them) 

Pet Care Provider – Pet CPR Certified

I have volunteer experience caring for family and friends’ pets, worked at the Humane Society for three summers, and took a PetTech CPR & First Aid class in 2018.

I grew up with a pack of rescued beagles in my household. My parents were involved with a beagle rescue organization, so we always had five to six beagles at a time because we lived out in the country. We would foster beagles and get them socialized so they would be ready for adoption. We often loved and cared for many rescued beagles from medical labs and puppy mills.

I used to have a reactive dog. She was a beautiful and loving pit bull, Alaskan husky, and German Shepard mix, and I miss her very much. The experience of trying to find a pet sitter that was a good fit for her taught me how challenging it could be.

I have two cats and am training my second cat to wear a harness and go hiking with me. My first cat loves walking in her harness on nice days.

 

Ginny’s Certifications

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Peyton B. (she/her) 

Pet Care Provider – Pet CPR Certified

I was born and raised in Southern California, and split my time between my family’s old ranch and my grandparent’s pet store, where I spent time with critters of all sizes–dogs, cats, cows, horses, mules, chickens, birds, snakes, rabbits, turtles, you name it! For several years I rode horses, and my trainer taught me to learn the horse’s footfall in order to communicate with them and guide them, rather than relying on spurs, bits, and other uncomfortable (and often harmful) tools. A disability led to me giving up riding, but that experience intensified my love of all animals and deepened the connection I felt with them.

My house was always full of dogs (mostly smaller breeds, though we had several boxers as well) and once I moved to Oregon, I adopted my first cat. I cannot imagine going through life without fur babies and furry friends, and I consider myself lucky to work in pet care (prior to joining the EC Petcare team, I worked at a doggy daycare as a dog wrangler and pet sitter).

I always say that pets are like tiny children that can’t talk, and I am passionate about learning how to communicate with them and care for them.
When I’m not hanging out with my cats (Grandma and Lucifur, the two silliest ladies on the planet) or my friends’ pets, I work in the fine arts industry, lurk around museums and galleries, write my future book, and create collages.

 

Peyton’s Certifications

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Hailey R. (she/her) 

Pet Care Provider – Pet CPR Certified

I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. With 7 years of pet sitting experience under my belt, I’ve nurtured a deep bond with all animals big and small. Currently, I’m pursuing a degree in Communication and Arts, but my heart truly belongs to furry companions. My journey into pet sitting began as a kid, walking dogs and caring for pets in my neighborhood. It was then that I realized my true calling. I built my own freelance pet sitting  service in 2021. 

With two French bulldogs and a Black Lab of my own, I understand the importance of trust and reliability when it comes to pet care. Rest assured, your beloved pets are in capable and loving hands with me.

Hailey’s Certifications

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Ali Z. (she/her) 

Pet Care Provider – Pet CPR Certified

The first time I saw Steve Irwin on TV, I told my mom “I’m going to be the next Crocodile Hunter!” and the rest was history. My childhood was spent loving, admiring, respecting and caring for animals of all shapes and sizes. I even started walking dogs in my neighborhood at 8 years old, while all the other kids were babysitting – pets are babies too, ok?!
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After high school, I found myself in veterinary medicine – sorry mom, no crocodiles. This brought me to a small rehab center, where I learned how to handle reactive/fearful pets, administer medications and care for a variety of different animals…but of course, life is unpredictable and I ended up leaving this dream behind.
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I spent the next 15 years in the wellness industry, where I quickly realized that humans are pretty cool too! Then, just like that, I was also deeply passionate about helping people. During this time, I continued to walk dogs/pet sit for others, but I could tell that something was missing. Fast forward a few years, and I’m thrilled to now be working full time in the pet care industry, where I am able to help others AND care for their furry companions.

Ali’s Certifications

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Linda B. (she/her) 

Pet Care Provider – Pet CPR Certified – Dog Trainer

After a rural Northern California childhood filled with 4-H, horse shows, AKC dog shows, and raising guide dog puppies, I’ve been a professional dog trainer in the Portland area since 2007.
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Many of the dogs in my training string deal with behavioral issues, some pretty severe. These dogs take a little extra management and planning, but they can and do improve. One of the keys to having a wonderful life with your more challenging pet is to have a go-to team of knowledgeable, caring and experienced professionals in your corner to help the dog maintain all the help, support, love and good old hard work you’ve already put in. I’d love to be one of those caring and supportive pro’s for you and your pet!
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My current dog is a Golden Retriever named Halo; she’s titled in obedience and she gamely participates in all the group dog activities I lead, including running, hiking, trick training, rally obedience and truffle hunting.

Linda’s Certifications

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*All of our pet care providers are Pet CPR certified, insured and bonded

We’d Love to Meet You and Your Pets!