Dena Rowe | Owner/CEO

Graduated Murray State University with a  Degree of Master of Science and have dedicated my entire life to animals. Whether participating in animal rescue or attending an exotic animal school in Florida, I have never been happier than I am taking care of animals of all shapes and sizes.

In 2005, I moved to Paducah from Marshall County and was not at all happy with the lack of options for pet care in the area. I decided to take all my experience, education and passion to make sure pets where well cared for, by my standards. I opened Furkidz Pet Hotel in December 2013. I can happily say we are a success! We currently have 9 employees and have had over 5,000 pets utilize our services since we opened! We offer un-paralleled customer service to anyone with any type of animal, including pot-bellied pigs, reptiles, birds and small mammals!

Charity Blanton | Office Manager

I graduated from Berea College in 2018 with a B.S. in Technology and Applied Design. Berea is a working college in Central Kentucky that provides free tuition with the stipulation that each student will have a part time campus job. One of my first work-study positions there was on the college farm where I had the opportunity to work closely with pigs, cows, chickens, and goats. This sparked in me a love of animals that has continued to grow even bigger since I started working at Furkidz in late 2020! I firmly believe that we can all make the world a better place by showing kindness and compassion to our fellow humans and animals which I try to exemplify in all of my work here. When I leave Furkidz for the day I come home to two rambunctious cats named Mozz and Rella and my loving husband Arlen.

Tisha Milheiser | Manager/Trainer

I started working with animals while I was stationed in Germany. I started dog walking/sitting and training and just fell in love with it! I mostly worked with German Shepherds and ended up bringing one back with me! I started working for Furkidz in May of 2018 and it’s just been such a blessing for me! I feel like I finally found what I was truly meant to do. I’ve learned so much just working here and I’m excited to learn more about the care of the different animals that come here. I’m so honored to be apart of their lives and build relationships with these families.

Eric Chandler | Manager/Master Groomer

I was fortunate to have been raised in a rural area surrounded by my four legged friends. My curiosity and love for animals and learning came together at the age of ten when I started caring for exotic fish and reptiles. My journey in the pet care industry started in 2012 working part time as a groomer’s assistant while achieving a bachelors degree in human physiology at Murray State University. I have been with Furkidz since the fall of 2015. 

Peyton Hartig | Master Groomer

Hello my name is Peyton, I have been working at Furkidz since July of 2018 as a
bather/groomer. I have learned a lot since I have been working at Furkidz. I started out working at my Aunts grooming business as a bather when I was a teenager and wanted to learn more about grooming. I love animals and I feel like this is a great job for me! I’ve been training under my manager Eric for the past year and he has taught me everything I know today! I still have some to learn but I have came a long way! I finally feel like I am at a job where I belong and love making your Furkidz look fabulous!