Meet Our Team
Our team is excited and ready for your Pet Sidekick! While we are all background checked, Pet First Aid and CPR certified, and go through hands-on training for all pet species, our best quality is our love for pets. We promise to be dependable, reliable, and professional. Giving your pets the same love and attention you would!
Stephanie Garza, CDPT-KA
Company Owner & Certified Dog Trainer
I’ve always had a passion for animals and began my career in 2007 working as a receptionist and vet tech for an animal hospital in San Antonio. Thinking my calling was in the veterinary field. I began attending Texas A&M University only to find my passion in behavior. I interned training hunting dogs, worked in boarding and daycare facilities in College Station and San Antonio, and soon found myself moving to Houston where the real magic happened.
In September 2012. I began working for a training and daycare facility called Peace Love & Dogs. My days consisted of playing and observing the daycare dogs during the day and observing various training classes. By July 2013, I was teaching my own puppy group classes focusing on basic obedience and socialization. I then became a certified trainer through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers in 2015. Throughout my time at PLD, I also taught and assisted in adult basic obedience, tricks, and CGC group classes, as well as educated owners through private lessons. My favorite way to spend the day was in Puppy Preschool where I taught puppies basic socialization skills in an open play environment.
Even though I loved my job and clients at PLD, home was calling. In January 2016 I moved back to San Antonio where I began operating Pup Pup & Away! I am extremely excited to start touching the lives of dogs and their families through training and pet care in my hometown.
When I am not training or loving on someone’s furbaby, you can find me cuddling with my schnauzers, Sully & Reishi, or working out at my boyfriend Matt’s International Patterns Fitness classes. I also enjoy reading, listening to personal finance, true crime and business podcasts, watching various shows like Pretty Little Liars, Jane the Virgin, and Grey’s Anatomy, and doing anything Disney-related.
Pet Sitter / Dog Walker
My whole life has been centered around kids and animals. I was the only kid in our family to convince my parents to get a dog and that’s after having snakes, mice, guinea pigs, and even a pet rat in the house. My career went from babysitting to teaching Kindergarten and preschool to being a nanny. My husband, Anthony, and I have been married since 1992, we have two grown kids, Maggie and Morgan.
When I married Anthony, I inherited his love of Miniature Schnauzers. In 2006 we moved from chilly Minnesota to Katy, Texas (the 8th State I’ve lived in) and found my passion for helping animals through fostering, transporting, and volunteering at CAP, a local animal shelter where I went from dog walker to surgery monitor. For the last 12 years I have been fostering homeless Schnauzers. I supported Miniature Schnauzer Rescue of Texas for 8 years and I have been a part of Schnauzer Rescue of Texas since it began in 2014.
We moved to San Antonio in June 2017 as a part of my husband’s job and I found myself without kids to take care of. To keep busy, I signed up to foster for the Animal Defense League, where I mostly foster kittens, since my house is already full of dogs from Schnauzer Rescue. I met Stephanie when I hired her to work with my daughter’s dog who lives with her at college. Stephanie has a wonderful personality and is so good with dogs and their humans. I have loved being a part of her team since 2018
My name is Maggie and my canine sidekick’s name is Corky. Corky and his 6 brothers and sister were born to a dog my family and I were fostering back in 2014 and he has been my son ever since, and recently also became my ESA.
I’m a 5th year accounting student at UTSA, expected to graduate in December, but my true passion is animals. I am the biggest dog lover you may ever know.
I’ve had a couple of other kennel jobs, but Pup Pup & Away has been such a warm, welcoming experience and I’m so glad I get to be a part of the company.
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My name is Sadie and training and caring for animals has been a dream career of mine for as long as I can remember. To help me with my career path, I graduated from the University of Tampa in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Minor in Marine Science Biology. Throughout college, I completed multiple internships at different facilities where I was able to gain training and care experience for a variety of species, some including Common Bottlenose Dolphins, African Elephants, Masai, Reticulated, and Rothschild Giraffe, Southern White Rhino, Okapi, and Southern Ground Hornbills. Since I currently do not have a dog of my own, to get my dog time in, I was also a dog walker and sitter throughout college.
I moved to San Antonio after graduation when I accepted a job with SeaWorld San Antonio. I currently work at SeaWorld and at Pup, Pup, and Away to grow as an animal trainer and care for exotic and domestic animals! Both locations use positive reinforcement training techniques, so when searching for a second job, Pup, Pup, and Away was an obvious choice for me! Enrichment is also an important part of animal care, so having two jobs where I am able to create and implement enrichment for animals has been a blast! I love spending time with dogs and making training fun, so I cannot wait to meet your fur babies!
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Howdy! My name is Haidy I am a Zoology major at Texas A&M-San Antonio. I was born & raised in Texas. I hope to one day open up my own animal sanctuary for endangered animals or animals facing loss of homes due to deforestation and forest fires. I have always been the little girl who bring puppies home and begs her dad to keep them! I have two Shih tzu’s, Duncan and Daisy. Working with animals is what I love to do so I’ll make sure to take care of your babies as I would mine!
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