Meyer’s Tails Up Farm is piloted by owner Kent Meyer, third generation dog breeder of the Meyer family. Along with gaining knowledge from his family for decades both Kent and his wife and several team members have trained with John Rogerson of England and the late Lee Mannix and as such is versatile in canine behavior and understanding how dogs think. Kent has consulted with hundreds of dog owners to help them clarify and improve their relationship. As a youngster Kent worked his way up learning every aspect of dog language and behavior with a lot of trial and error. Over the past years Kent and Gwen have had the privilege of showing some of the US’s top show dogs and repeatedly winning top awards at national specialties and the Westminster Dog Show.
Kent is a third generation dog man. Behaviorist, trainer, professional dog handler and the biggest heart for dogs, he’s married to his best friend, Gwen, they have a son Luke. This is the best time of his life watching Luke grow.
Wife Of Lead Dog
Little did she know over 30 years ago when meeting Kent at a dog show the ride she was in for and has been by Kent’s side helping Meyer’s grow to what it is today. Gwen wears a few hats but her greatest accomplishment and joy is being Mom to their son Luke.
You gotta love that person in the center of the team, the one who you can depend on for help with everything and anything. That’s Donna. She is one of our busiest ”behind the scenes” team members and also one of the most calm, pleasant people you will ever meet. But as much as we depend on her, we know one of her most cherished roles in life is that of GRANDMA to precious little Selah.
If she isn’t running the trails on weekends, she is running the lodging areas like the pro she is. Another one of our Rockford natives, she’s been whispering to the pets at Meyer’s for about a decade; they love her and she certainly has a gift with them. Her humor is one of the many bright spots here around the farm.
Many of you have seen Stacey as she leads our doggy daycare students in their daily lessons! She also works hard with our lodging dogs. Stacey loves her pup, Butter!
If you have been at Meyer’s a few times you have probably met Jordan. Another MVP team member who has been with us for over a decade. Wise beyond her years, Jordan has a gift for both being very sweet and keeping us all in line. Probably one of the most organized people most of us will ever meet. She runs dog daycare but make no mistake, she loves cats just as much!
Pet Care Lead
Kaitlyn works hard to make sure all of our dogs have a fantastic vacation with us! She’s especially partial to those adorable small dogs that she loves to hang out with during her downtime!
Training Coordinator / Customer Care
Joyce, a Rockford native, will be there to greet you and will personally help you or be served by one of her amazing team. She keeps all those details of your dog’s custom plan, but what we look forward to the most is when Joyce comes in with FOOD! A great cook for us, her family and grandkids.
Pet Styling Leader
We are always happy to see Nick’s smiling face at work. Grooming comes so naturally to him and he makes it look effortless. When you meet this friendly guy you may not guess that he is a formidable competitor in the grooming world. Nick earned a place on GroomTeamUSA and is featured in their Hall of Fame as a TOP 10 stylist. His family, including 6 brothers and a sister enjoy the dog world together, cheering each other on.
AJ has been part of the Meyer’s team for years. She started in the front office and now she works on our daycare team. In the summer, she suits up and works as a swim coach too. She love, love, loves dogs! One of her favorite things to do is go on nature walks with her two dogs. She also keeps active playing soccer and enjoys photography.
Nick is the God of they Meyer’s grounds! He takes care of all of our facilities in Belvidere, Roscoe and DeForest, WI and he is literally doing it one-handed right now. He can do or fix anything and he is so positive he always puts a smile on our faces. We are so thankful to have him on our team. He spends his free time with his family and loves his cat much more than his cat loved taking this picture.