Meet Our Team
Our team is excited and ready to care 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, CPDT-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 Intentional 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.
My name is Cassandra Bartlett and I am a vet tech at Banfield pet hospital located at The Rim shopping center. I have been a vet tech since 2015. Animals have been my passion my whole life and being able to help save animals everyday is a blessing. I have 2 childhood dogs, Toby and Nikki, and two of my own, Tony Barker and Nymeria. I recently bought my first house with my boyfriend, Brandon, and the main reason was to have a backyard for our dogs! In my spare time I love to be lazy, hanging out with my pups watching TV (our favorite show is Game of Thrones!). I also love going outside and working out at Intentional Patterns. I have known Stephanie since 2015 and we love doing stuff with our dogs like doggy brunch and dog yoga. I am very excited to meet your furry best friends and help make their day.
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.
In 2006 I found my passion for helping animals through fostering, transporting, and volunteering at CAP and a local animal shelter in Houston 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.
My family and I moved to San Antonio in June 2017 and I began volunteering for the Animal Defense League. My husband, Anthony, and I have been married since 1992. We have two kids, Maggie and Morgan.
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 am going to love being a part of her team and turn my love of animals into a useful service for busy people.
I have several passions: God, my family, volunteering and saving dogs’ lives. This is exactly how I met my dog, Jesse, who I rescued back in July 2016 but now realize she was the one who rescued me. I suffer from depression and Jesse helps me so much when it hits hard. In July, I also began fostering a dog. Along with my Sidekick, Jesse, we help get these dogs family and home ready. I am so proud of my furry ambassador- she is so welcoming and friendly to all the dogs that come by.
My husband, three teenage children and I are very involved with our church. Sundays are our favorite day of the week as we volunteer in our church community. I always tell my children, “when you were younger, people volunteered to help you, so it’s your turn to volunteer for others.” During our downtime, my family and I love to go to the park, the movies or just relax at home.
I am so excited to be a part of a company that shares the same passion for dogs as I do and I look forward to meeting and caring for your furbabies!
Pup Pup and Away strives to be a pet owner’s professional and trusted source for every pet care need.
To help cultivate and care for pet sidekicks through effective and safe training techniques and compassionate pet care.
Pet Care With a Behavioral Edge
Because Pup Pup & Away is owned and operated by Certified Dog Trainer, Stephanie Garza, CPDT-KA, our staff is trained with a deep understanding of canine body language, psychology, and behavior. We know the behaviors you have worked to establish like not jumping on guests, not pulling on leash or sit-stays before walks and are sure to reward the good behaviors and ignore the inappropriate ones. We also know that proper pet care should go above and beyond just feeding and walking, but should involve your pet’s mental health as well!