Our Team

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Oh, hey! We’re so happy you’re here.

Growing this team has been a dream. I’m extremely proud of the effort, integrity, and knowledge that each individual brings while providing genuine love to all of the animals in our care.

As employers, we strive to show appreciation for our staff by providing above average wages, added perks, and we’ve even introduced health insurance!

Our entire crew is focused on continuing education as we regularly attend courses to stay on top of current trends and absorb the scientifically backed methods of behaviorial approaches in the pet care industry.

In addition to everything you’ll read below, all members of our staff have varying years of experience in geriatric and special needs care for dogs, are Pet CPR and First Aid certified, and are background checked and drug screened through Acutraq.


Pet Care Provider

To know Trish is to love Trish! She is a doting mama to her wonderful 13 year old Sawyer, a big ol goofy senior pup with special needs. Her talent knows no ends, from her artistry as a painter to a skilled photographer. She even spent some time working in human cardiology before joining our team - when she dishes medical knowledge it's quite the treat! Trisha has been a stronghold throughout our growth since 2021. The trusting relationships she has built with the pets in our care is absolutely unparalleled. Additional certifications include: Dog Emotion & Cognition from Duke University.


Pet Care Provider

Our go-getter and future veterinarian, Eunice, is a mama to her household of 4 dogs, Canelo, Kona, Millie, Ranger, and 1 kitty named Panini. She is completing her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from University of Houston while also attending Lone Star College to complete her Associates to become a Veterinary Technician. She has experience volunteering at a local veterinary clinic and is about to begin her internship at another. Eunice has aspirations to open a rescue and we are excited to watch that dream come true! Additional certifications include: Fear Free certified.


Pet Care Provider

Our newest teammate is a proud cat dad to Chai and Espresso and is a recent Marketing graduate from Texas State University. While he's been around dogs since the age of 12, his experiences expanded while helping his family operate their successful 501c3 no-kill bully breed rescue here in Houston. Behren then spent 3 years working under highly decorated canine behaviorists at their board & train facility while in college. Watch out for his witty one liner zingers! We are ecstatic to have him on the team!

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Kristen and Chad Parkhurst

Co-Owners and Pet Care Providers

Hi, I'm Kristen! As the CEO of Shaggy Chic Pet Services, I currently manage daily operations, our team, and client relations. I began my professional career with animals while working in veterinary clinics in 2008. Shaggy Chic was established in 2010 as a health and hygiene centric in-home dog grooming salon with dog walking and pet sitting on the side. I met my husband, Chad, in 2019 after a romantic Bumble match where our mutual love of dogs and altruistic endeavors allowed sparks to fly. The evolution of the business changed trajectories and just before we married in 2021, we decided to form an LLC together, refocusing efforts solely dog walking and pet sitting. We both have extensive experience with owning and operating separate rescue organizations which are now defunct, as well as plenty of hours logged as volunteers and as fosters with several rescues in Houston. Additionally, Chad currently sits on the board for Citizens for Animal Protection. While he has a demanding day job working at a Big 4 accounting firm, he still has time to serve as our CFO, handling the wizardry of payroll and taxes.

Kristen’s additional certifications: CPPS (Certified Professional Pet Sitter) through Pet Sitters International, Dog Emotion & Cognition from Duke University.

Our family unit has sadly said goodbye to many of our aging and ailing pets over the years and we’d like to keep their memories alive by mentioning them here. We are forever missing Daisy, Heckie, Kingston, Boo, and Joey girl.

To end on a very happy note, our old man tuxedo cat Winston has outlasted the entire original gang and is happily waiting to assume his role as big brother as Chad and I are expecting our first human child in December 2023!