Meet the Crazy Dog Ladies of FairyTail Pet Care
Kelly + Ilana
You will often find us finishing each other's sentences. Best friends since we were 13, we met in middle school and instantly bonded over our two favorite things: music and animals. Over the many years of friendship, there are one of two things you could always find us doing; dancing at concerts or loving on anyone and everyone's pets!
The idea for our company came after we graduated from Florida State University and began our careers with Hilton Hotels.
We saw a need for couples getting married that spoke to us; they wanted to include their pets in their special day but it was just too stressful. Our pets are our family and we couldn't imagine not having them there on such a special day! Caring for animals is second nature to us, and having been pet sitting for friends and family (plus raising our own dogs) we knew this was our calling! We are creative, hard-working and have a passion for treating your pet like they are our own. This along with our hospitality background creates a professional and personalized experience for both our human and furry clients.
Our Expanding Team
In the past several years since we've started our business, we have grown quite a bit! What started out as just an idea, became a successful business. This is why we are extremely excited to also introduce everyone to our Pet Care Managers, Jennifer & Taylor, that allow us to provide the absolute best care possible to all of our clients & their babies. Without them, it would simply not be possible to take on all that we do.
Jennifer + Taylor
Jennifer manages & operates the pet sitting side of our business. There is a lot that goes into quality in-home pet care & she handles it all thoroughly with attentiveness, warmth & always puts the care of our client's babies first & foremost. She also has a few babes of her own! She has an incredibly sweet yellow lab named Trooper, a lovable chocolate lab named Raudi & two amazing cats named Kiki & Little Miss (aka Kitten Cat). She lives in Seminole Heights with her husband & when she is not pet sitting you can find her traveling or drinking coffee at one of our many amazing local shops.
Taylor is our head pet sitter in the Tampa area and also manages the pet sitting operations a couple days a month. Outside of that, Taylor is our Lead Wedding Coordinator & has been helping to include couple's pets in their wedding day since the start of our company. She understands how important it is to be flexible & attentive on wedding days. She works diligently to ensure our client's pets are happy & comfortable on the big day so that they can rest easy knowing their babies are in good hands. As you may expect, Taylor also has animals of her own. She has a gorgeous husky named Zeppelin and a sweet Aussie named Rae, plus two adorable kitties named Meelo & Tobi. Taylor also lives in Seminole Heights with her husband & when she is not pet sitting you can find her at the beach, exploring downtown or relaxing at home with the fur family.
Enough about us though...
In our line of work, it's all about the animals, so people ask us ALL of the time if we have any pets of our own. The answer is, of course, HECK YES!
Our puppies are the center of our worlds, our best friends and the most perfect, sweetest little angels ever. In fact, I feel like it's pretty safe to say we may not be where we are today if weren't for our sweet puppies.
Meet the Dogs of FairyTail Pet Care
Cooper, Rowdie & Grizzie can actually be found in our logo as silhouettes! These three are a huge part of our inspiration for starting this business.
The sweetest & most awkward pup you will ever meet. He is extremely emotional and begs for constant affection. My boyfriend and I ask ourselves all of the time "Is he a baby because we baby him, or do we baby him because he is a baby?"
We adopted Grizzie & Cooper (brothers) together in a small town called Chipley, FL. About a week after we brought them home, Grizzie became terribly sick. We discovered that he had Parvo Virus and was given a 50/50 chance at survival. The little baby was quarantined at the vet for over a week, but came out a SURVIVOR! Maybe this has something to do with why he is such a baby!
He wears his emotions on his sleeve and kicks his legs like a crazy kangaroo when he is excited or when he gets in trouble. Seriously, I have never seen a dog kick his legs like this, it's hilarious! He hates to be left alone and will always accept belly rubs. He's been known to fake an injury or sickness to get out of trouble or receive attention. He can sense stress like no other dog I've ever met and will do whatever he can to make you happy if he feels you need him.
Grizzie's favorite things include:
happy people, barking, swimming, playing with his brothers, stretching out on ottomans, being smiled at, chasing butterflies, cuddling & constant affection, scamping, nibbling, squirrel hunts, biting your nails, belly rubs and being loved on.
Handsome, confident, intelligent, & everyone's best friend. I adopted Rowdie sophomore year of college. I have always had a dog in my life and when I moved away from home and spent a year living in a dorm, I was going crazy without one! To me, a house is not a home without a dog and so I found myself on Craigslist and came across puppies up for adoption in a farm town called Monticello. My boyfriend and I drove out to the farm where their dog, a Yellow Lab, had gotten pregnant from a neighborhood Boston Terrier. Yes, he is half Lab, half Boston Terrier. Making for the sweetest, smartest and goofiest pup you'll ever meet. Of course, you know the story - Rowdie absolutely chose us.
He lived the college lifestyle growing up. He stayed up late & slept in late, partied all night & hung out on campus. He was never alone and made a ton of new friends. He potty trained himself in 1 day and taught himself new tricks all the time. I could go on forever about this dog because I am unashamedly obsessed with everything about him & he is my BFF.
Rowdie's favorite things include:
anything with taste, being told he's a good boy, getting Rowdie, looking into your soul, butt scratchies, chillen on the armrest of a couch, going on walks, cuddling with his stuffed animals, sun bathing, and being a pillow.
He is a very special pup, with lots of unique quirks. He is scared of hats, tall trees, anything that is out of it's place, loud noises (fireworks are the worst!), and pretty much anyone he doesn't know. Once you make it into this guys inner circle, you're in for a treat! He gives the best hugs, makes the funniest howling noises, and greets you with a toy EVERY SINGLE TIME. Coop loved growing up with his brother Grizz, but mostly enjoyed learning life lessons from brother Rowdie. He was (and still is) the master of the puppy dog eyes and he is constantly in search of something to rest his heavy head on.
While his puppy hood was all fun and games, at around 2 years old Cooper developed severe allergies to grass, chicken, beef, wheat, and basically everything you can think of. He would lick himself raw from being so itchy and was losing hair all over his body. We spent months of dr visits and trial and error until we FINALLY figured out a system that worked for my poor little dude.
Adopting Coop was the best decision I've ever made, and even though my fiance didn't EXACTLY know that I would be coming home with a dog that fateful day, he is truly our very best friend.
Cooper's favorite things include:
not meeting strangers, playing fetch for 26 hours straight, going on walks and barking his face off, playing hide-and-seek, eating vegan food, sleeping completely sprawled out and back/weird underarm scratchies.
Our Philanthropy Efforts
We love and appreciate our local animal rescues & all of the amazing work they do. That's why we give back 10% of all of our wedding packages to the non-profit animal organization of the couple's choice!
We are very passionate about adoption! We are constantly working to promote and raise awareness for animals looking for their forever homes. Every year we host a contest giving away a FREE FairyTail Wedding to a couple who rescued/adopted their pet(s).
Suncoast Animal League is local non-profit, no-kill, no-time-limit animal welfare agency that cares for domestics and wildlife. We volunteer at their shelter every Monday caring for the dogs, taking them for walks, playing with them in the yard and working to socialize them so they can find their forever homes. You can check out the adoptable pups on our social media accounts every #MuttMonday!
We are Designated Walkers which means we've received additional training and are equipped with the skills to handle the more reactive and under-socialized pups that come through the shelter. We are also involved in events held by SAL to raise funds for the organization. We have a program in place for clients that rescue/foster/volunteer for SAL where we take 10% off of their first service and donate an additional 10% to the shelter.
Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs. A nonprofit with a national reach, they train dogs of the highest pedigree for the visually impaired and for veterans, providing premier dogs and lifetime services at no cost, without government funds.
Every year we volunteer and raise funds for their Walkathon events, which represent their biggest fundraising of the year. We invite our friends, family and clients (furry & human!) every Spring to join our team and help to support this amazing organization!
AGold Photo is a photographer and storyteller that takes photos of rescued and adopted animals, tells their stories and highlights issues related to animal welfare. His mission is to promote the benefits of adoption and raise money for animal shelters.
We partner with him on many of his Photo Shoot Fundraiser events which have raised over $30k towards animal charities! We also partner with him on FairyTail Weddings and donate a portion of the proceeds to the animal organization of the couple's choosing.
We are members of Tampa Tails, a young professionals networking group who fundraise for the homeless animals at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, while networking and attending events.
We partner with the Humane Society of Tampa Bay by donating our services for their annual Tuxes & Tails silent auctions and by participating in many of their local events.