Julie Grounds

Julie Grounds

Owner / CEO

Julie has been involved in the pet care industry for over 10 years. Owning Central Pet is her dream come true. Julie spent several years working at a pet resort in San Antonio, learning the business and broadening her knowledge in all areas of pet care. She designed and built Central Pet from the ground up, using her knowledge and experience in pet care to build the best pet friendly facility possible. Julie’s willingness to work with the community and provide the best care possible for their pets is second to none. Her strong work ethic and leadership skills are what make Central Pet what it is today, and what will take it into the future. Julie has been an influential member of the Green Valley and Tubac communities by supporting several non-profit organizations such as the Green Valley Assistance Services, The Animal League of Green Valley, and the Santa Cruz Humane Society. She resides in Tubac with her partner, two twin boys Wesley and Dylan, 7 dogs, Tipper, Chloe, Otis, Star, Tater, Remi and Roo.

Brittany Mann

Brittany Mann

Certified Pet First Aide/CPR Instructor

Brittany is an Arizona native, originally from Chandler, who moved to Tucson and began working with animals over a decade ago.  While Doggy Daycare was her fist love, she has extensive knowledge on all areas of our operations.  She also attended the University of Arizona and in 2012 she earned a bachelor’s degree in natural Resource Conservation with a focus in Wildlife Management.  Brittany joined Central Pet in 2013 and we are so fortunate to have her as our Tucson location general manager.  Brittany is a PetTech Certified Pet CPR/First Aid instructor with a passion for educating pet parents on how they can contribute to the well-being of their pets.  Brittany lives with her 3 rescue dogs: a 12 year old Greater Swiss Mountain Dog named Boozer, a 7 year old Pit Bull/American Bulldog named Kilroy and a 4 year old Pit Bull/Catahoula named Pete.

Richard Pugner

Richard Pugner

Director of Operations

Richard comes from Connecticut and joined the Central Pet family back in 2010.  After working at our Amado location, he assisted in the opening of the Tucson location before leaving us to pursue a degree at Pima Community College.  Richard went on to graduate and become a Veterinary Technician and rejoined the Central Pet family in 2017.  He is the proud pet parent of a St. Bernard named Fiona, a French mastiff mix, a southern African mastiff mix, and two cats.  In his spare time, Richard enjoys skateboarding, building cars and travelling with his car club to car shows.

 

Ashley R.

Ashley R.

Certified Professional Groomer/Instructor

ASHLEY RICHARDSON

Certified Professional Groomer/Instructor
Animals have always been my biggest passion in life, and grooming is a great artistic outlet for me. I started working in groom shops as a bather at 16, and by 18 I was a certified dog and cat groomer. Central pet is my 4th grooming home, and I’m ecstatic to be working with such a great crew! I’ve learned a wide variety of techniques since I began in 2007, and take great pride in my scissor work and blending ability. My favorite breeds to work on are standard poodles, Bouviers, and Airedales. I love getting to know my clients and building a strong bond with their pet. It’s a great feeling to see a dog walk out of the shop with confidence in its step.
Patty G.

Patty G.

Professional Groomer

PATRICIA GUTIERREZ

Professional Groomer
I’m always working towards learning new things and currently have an Associates degree in Business and a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. I joined the Central Pet family in 2015 as a kennel technician before becoming a groomer. I have multiple dogs and cats and also foster pets through 2 local organizations. I became a groomer because I love helping pets look and feel their best!
Angela C.

Angela C.

Professional Groomer

ANGELA COCKBURN

Professional Groomer 
I am an animal lover who made that a life passion.  My world revolves around the love and care of animals.  I groom, train, show, compete in performance events, and perform massage and calming techniques.  I have a long history working in professional kennels, veterinary hospitals and private shops, with show handlers, veterinarians and other grooming professionals.  I love to advance my knowledge at every opportunity.  When a person’s pet is with me, it is treated as my own.  I have done rescue, reform, rehab, and re-home.  I feel as though these gifts were given to me as my purpose in life.
Kathy G.

Kathy G.

Professional Groomer

KATHY GONZALEZ

Professional Groomer
I have always been an animal lover and advocate. I’ve been volunteering at shelters since high school and throughout college. I also served in the Army National Guard, where I met and married my husband. We have a beautiful two year old girl and three dogs. I am also an ABC Certified Dog Trainer in addition to being a groomer. I grew up in Pennsylvania and have lived on the east coast most of my life, but moved to Tucson to be closer to our family. I specialize in heavy blowouts and find it very rewarding to help nervous and shy dogs through the grooming process.
Crystal Blaker

Crystal Blaker

Professional Trainer

Central Pet is Excited to Join Forces with the Ruff House to Expand our Expertise & Continue to Offer the Very Best in Dog Training and Behavior Modification!

Crystal, a Tucson native, has been passionate about animals since childhood. Her work with dogs began during high school while employed at a boarding and daycare facility in the east valley area of Phoenix. She relocated back to Tucson for college and earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Arizona in 2007. Crystal’s experience working with animals includes time at veterinary hospitals, boarding and daycare facilities, animal shelters and Tucson’s Reid Park Zoo. Most recently she served as the Animal Enrichment and Behavior Coordinator for the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. In addition to her natural behavior assessment abilities and years of dog-training experience, she continues to sharpen her skills through formal education and applied activities such as dog sports and therapy work. Her husband, Michael, works alongside her, managing the company operations and marketing efforts to provide the very best in dog training to their clients! Her training options include Lodge and Learns, Private Lessons, Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Obedience, Agility and Service Dog training.

Jill Cruz

Jill Cruz

Professional Trainer

Jill joined the Central Pet family in mid 2009 and brings us her experience as a professional dog trainer, doggie daycare manager and animal assisted therapy tester.

She is an AKC CGC evaluator and Alliance of Therapy Dogs Tester.  After rescuing and adopting a Mastiff in 2007, she became a big supporter of shelter, rescue and less fortunate animals. While Central Pet is not a shelter, we end up with a few dogs we foster and adopt out; Jill oversees all adoptions.

She and her husband reside in Sonoita with Bubba, an Anatolian Shepherd, Ripley, a Rottweiler and Bruce, a Heinz 57 from TALGV.org and their two crazy rescued cats, Bates and Oliver.

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