How'd we start a dog care business? Blame it on the dog.
Wag N Heel started in 2015 as a hobby with the purpose of having dog friends over for Emily's dog, Spider after we moved away from his friends. Within a few weeks we gained a small clientele base. We were asked if we could do daycare and said "why not?". We were asked about doing in home visits and, again, said "why not?". We surely and steadily gained clients through word of mouth. after one year, Emily and Nick quit their jobs to take over the business full time and "Back Yard Dog Park" was born.
From 2015 to 2019 we hosted over 500 individual dogs and had over 1000 individual bookings at our home in South Austin. In December 2019 we took the next step and found the perfect property to expand our vision and bring Wag N Heel ranch to life. After a hell of a first year, we're so grateful to still be here. We could not have made it without our incredible clients and your furry companions.
Meet the pack
Emily has had a dog beside her since before she learned to walk. Volunteering with the Akita Rescue of North Florida and boarding facilities by the age of 10, she's gotten hands on experience from day one. Born in Texas & raised in north Florida, Emily moved back to Texas in 2014 where she met adopted Spider and met Nick.
Originally from New Jersey, Nick has spent time all over the U.S. including a few years in Hawaii. He has great love & knowledge of plants, trees and flowers. He moved to Texas in 2014, and within a few months ran into a girl with a dog living at the same apartment complex. Before long, Emily & Nick were running Wag N Heel and raising chickens in South Austin together.
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Emily adopted Spider (FKA Montel) when she first moved to Austin in 2014 from Austin Humane Society when he was 6 months old. After a painstaking battle with mange, his skin and coat came back 100%. From day one he has shown that he has an exceptionally loving and caring personality. He's able to bring the shyest pups out of their shell and even get along with dogs that have reactive tendencies and don't get to have many dog friends. (He's why this whole operation exists).
Nick adopted Ladybird (FKA Madeline) from Austin Pets Alive! in 2016 when she was 8 weeks old. She has had a spunky, explorative and independent personality from day one. Growing up with a constant flow of new friends big & small and her big brother to show her the ropes. She loves face pets and food more than anything else.