Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Rebecca Williamson
Licensed Veterinary Technician

Beka’s farming background provided her with a valuable hands-on perspective on animal care. In addition to becoming familiar with horses, cows, and domestic pets, Beka became an expert at showing pigs. In fact, when Beka was a young girl, she even rode the pigs in swine rodeos. Her well-rounded animal care experiences have given her an excellent background for veterinary medicine work. In fact, Beka always knew she would work in the veterinary field, helping to keep animals healthy so they could enjoy quality time with their pet parents!

Beka was born in Melbourne, Florida, and moved to South Carolina when she was seven years old. Beka and her older brother had plenty of chances for animal encounters on their family farm. Beka frequently rode horses, and excelled in her 4-H chapter’s competitions. In fact, Beka won scholarships, medals, ribbons, and trophies for displaying her well-cared-for farm animals. One of Beka’s favorite pets was her guinea pig Duke, who often accompanied Beka to school. Duke quietly stayed under Beka’s chair during her school day, waiting patiently for some playtime.After Beka graduated from high school, she worked at a local veterinary clinic, an experience that provided her with good real-world experience in her chosen field. Next, Beka enrolled in Piedmont Technical College’s Veterinary Technology Program. As part of the program requirements, Beka had to complete three semesters of internships besides completing her classwork. She interned at Verdin Veterinary Services, at another veterinary practice, and at a specialty animal hospital. She graduated as Valedictorian of her class. Beka immediately felt at home at Verdin Veterinary Services, and came to work at the hospital full time after she finished her internships.As a Licensed Veterinary Technician, Beka thrives on interacting with the hospital’s clients and their much-loved pets. Beka’s work frequently takes her to different hospital treatment areas. She enjoys assisting in surgery, and especially likes to monitor patients under anesthesia. She takes care to perform her very best with each patient. Beka also likes to splint and bandage patients, and knows that her first-quality work can help each patient to heal quickly. Beka and her husband Matthew have two sons, and Beka absolutely loves being a mother. Beka helps out regularly at her church, and she also serves as a Volunteer 4-H leader. Beka often hones her cooking and baking talents, and she willingly shares her popular chocolate chip cookies with her friends and coworkers. However, don’t ask her to share the secret family recipe!Finally, animals are still very much a part of Beka’s home life. She often visits her parents’ farm animals, and has also opened her home to two feline family members. Pepper and Snickers are brothers, and look almost exactly alike. They’re both high-energy kitties, and are often seen jumping over furniture and endlessly chasing each other around the house.

Erica Merrill
Customer Care Representative/Veterinary Technician

Erica especially enjoys working with her older clients and their pets. She appreciates the clients’ wisdom and insights, gained from years of life experiences. Erica also loves to see the special connection these clients have with their beloved pets. When Erica can play a role in helping a client’s pet stay healthy, or recover from an illness, she receives a wonderful sense of fulfillment!

Growing up in Clinton, South Carolina, Erica was primarily raised by her grandmother, whom Erica remembers for her delicious Southern cooking. Erica credits her hard-working grandmother for passing on a good work ethic and an abiding sense of honesty.Once Erica was old enough to work, she took a job to help support her family. When her employer’s business closed, leaving Erica seeking work, a friend introduced her to Dr. and Mrs. Verdin. In 2006, Erica was hired as a veterinary receptionist, but also received hands-on veterinary technician training. Erica very much appreciates her cross training, as she’s equally comfortable working in the front office and in the exam rooms. Most importantly, Erica loves building relationships with the practice’s clients and their much-loved pets.Erica enjoys sharing life with her husband, Victor, who travels throughout the United States as a land surveyor. The couple has one daughter, Viktoria. Erica loves to read, and she also receives great satisfaction from teaching a Sunday School class at her church.Erica and Victor provide a wonderful home for their pets. Their elderly dog, Porter, passed away recently, and she and her husband have added two new pups to their family: Cooper and Uncle Ruckus. They are a handful but a lot of fun! Their daughter Viktoria is exploring her options as far as whether or not she wants to go back to school or continue working in the local area. She isn’t sure of her final career path yet, but she is being industrious with a full-time job in the meantime!

Kaitlin Stoddard
Customer Care Representative / Client Communications

Kaitlin’s passion for people shines through in her daily interactions within our practice and making the patient experience the best it can be. She is our strength behind the scenes as our Marketing coordinator. She thrives on helping clients to meet their pets’ needs as economically as possible, along with finding ways for our practice to give to the community in a charitable way through the power of the media. Kaitlin has also been elected the practice’s “Board Master” by her coworkers. She has taken a hands on approach to Marketing regarding our online presence and website and enjoys it thoroughly! She regularly updates the practice’s Facebook page as well. Kaitlin certainly excels in her role as an enthusiastic client ambassador!

Growing up in Simpsonville, South Carolina, Kaitlin stayed busy with family and school activities. Kaitlin was actively involved in several school-based church and Christian organizations, and she also competed in track and cross-country in high school. After she graduated, Kaitlin joined Verdin Veterinary Services following other part-time work.When Kaitlin joined the practice, she developed a passion for educating clients about their pets’ health. Kaitlin considers her coworkers just like family, and each day is filled with friendly camaraderie and mutual affection. Kaitlin also feels that her work is a ministry, and she has been called to Verdin Veterinary Services to bring joy to others.Kaitlin has been happily married since 2010 to the 2nd love of her life (her Savior, Jesus Christ being the first),and she and her husband have three children. She is now working primarily from home, so most of what she does no longer involves being in the front office, accepting phone calls or scheduling appointments. She is considered our partner with a marketing company we work with to keep the clinic forefront in our community’s mind. In addition, Kaitlin makes re-check phone calls on behalf of the Doctors to follow up with specific patients’ progress and help field questions about the next steps in treatment. She focuses on personal relationships with clients through thank you notes, sympathy notes, and thinking of you cards, as well as helping with specific community outreach programs and initiatives. She also helps to ease the burden of daily email communication by managing both of our clinic email accounts and keeping up with requests or questions through our Pet Portal system. She’s an active member of her church praise band, passionate about missions, and loves to spend time with her family. Kaitlin also takes pleasure in creating crafts, and takes any opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. While Kaitlin and her husband don’t currently have any pets, they formerly owned a lovely female pit bull. The couple hopes to share their home with another “bully breed” dog in the future.

Leah Lanier
Pet Groomer

Leah’s entire life has revolved around animals. Growing up in Valdosta, Georgia with her brother and sister, Leah brought home her first stray dog when she was five years old. Every Easter, Leah received chicks, rabbits, and guinea pigs from her grandmother. Leah has always loved to be outdoors, as her father’s parents had a farm near Savannah, Georgia. In fact, Leah’s first job was mucking stalls for her horse trainer. Leah’s familiarity with different types of animals gave her a wonderful foundation for her pet grooming career!

Leah began her pet grooming career at a large corporate grooming salon in Greenville, South Carolina. After completing grooming school in Union, South Carolina, Leah worked at the corporate salon for several more years. Seeking better hours, she came to Verdin Veterinary Services, where she has groomed pets for the past nine years. With 20 years total grooming experience, Leah can confidently groom dogs of different breeds and coat types. On any given day, Leah might give a Labrador retriever a bath, clip and scissor a poodle to the breed standard, and give a rambunctious puppy his first-ever haircut. Leah might even groom a client’s cat on occasion. Leah enjoys the variety of animals she sees every day, and she values her coworkers’ expertise as well.Leah’s family includes two children, a daughter and a son. She also has quite a few canine children. Leah counts greyhounds, whippets, Rhodesian ridgebacks, and Borzois among her canine housemates.Finally, Leah’s expertise on the grooming table has helped her to achieve impressive results in the show ring. Over the years, several of her dogs have become finished champions. Leah’s dogs have also proven to be canine athletes, achieving great results on the often-challenging coursing field.

Rebekah Verdin
Practice Manager

Rebekah’s Irish grandmother was instrumental in helping young Rebekah develop a deep love for animals. Her grandmother often took Rebekah and her siblings to visit animal sanctuaries, and frequently supported animal welfare charities. These experiences led to Rebekah’s desire to help young, needy animals to get a good start in life. Rebekah and her parents were also able to help a sick young kitten return to health. Working at Verdin Veterinary Services, Rebekah is happy to play a part in helping clients’ beloved pets remain healthy!

Rebekah was born in Northern Ireland, and moved to a town near Glasgow, Scotland when Rebekah was four years old. Next, Rebekah moved to Allentown, Pennsylvania, as her Presbyterian minister father wanted to establish a church there. After Rebekah and her sister graduated from high school, they both moved to Greenville, South Carolina to attend college. They were both bitten by the state’s southern charm, and decided to settle in the area after college. Rebekah accepted a position as a third grade teacher in a local school.Rebekah became involved with Verdin Veterinary Services in 2009, when Dr. Verdin and his wife Eloise asked Rebekah to provide additional support during a time of transition. Andrew Verdin, the couple’s son, was preparing to graduate from veterinary school and join the practice. Rebekah, who was happily dating Andrew, gladly embraced this challenging new opportunity.While Rebekah first trained as a veterinary receptionist, she transitioned into Eloise Verdin’s former office manager role. Rebekah most enjoys interacting with the clients and their pets, and considers the hospital’s staff more like family than employees. Each week, Rebekah juggles many tasks to keep the practice running smoothly. She handles inventory management, helps develop and implement marketing strategies, and works as a receptionist when needed. Also, Rebekah constantly seeks more efficient ways to operate the practice while still maintaining the staff’s close relationships with their clients. Since Rebekah primarily works behind the scenes, she’s able to bring her sweet baby girls to work some days. Rebekah is thrilled that Baylis and Harris will grow up seeing their father improving, and even saving, animals’ lives every day. Her responsibilities involve “behind the scenes” management duties – Human Resources, financial, inventory management/ordering, and some client communication when the need arises. Rebekah has always enjoyed running, but has recently switched to long walks on the family’s property. In her limited spare time, she also enjoys reading, trying new recipes, and scrapbooking so she can remember the milestones in her girls’ lives. Naturally, Rebekah and Andrew share their home with furry children as well. Rebekah showers love on their four sweet rescue cats, Teacake, Sunshine, Spot, and Marshy.

Nicole Ince
Veterinary Technician/Customer Care Representative

Nicole was surrounded by animals constantly while growing up here in Simpsonville. She had a particular fascination with a television show called Emergency Vets, and the program inspired her to pursue veterinary medicine herself. Nicole’s passion hasn’t wavered—now, she’s a member of the Verdin Veterinary Services team and plans on continuing her studies in the world of animal care!

Nicole earned her Bachelor’s degree in biology from Bob Jones University and graduated in the spring of 2013. Currently, she’s taking online classes through Penn Foster College to obtain her Veterinary Technician’s certification. Once she becomes licensed, Nicole plans on continuing toward her ultimate goal: attending veterinary school to become a practicing veterinarian!Here at the hospital, Nicole enjoys the constantly changing nature of her work; no two days are ever quite the same. She has a special passion for surgical work, and even hopes to specialize in surgery during veterinary school.When she has time outside of work, Nicole enjoys reading, working on puzzles, cross-stitching, and spending time with her own pets at home. She has Cockapoo named Copper, a playful Malti-poo who goes by Trevor, and a lazy tabby cat named Simba. Nicole and her family also keep two large freshwater fish tanks in their home and are currently raising three goats named Andrew, Annie, and Carmel.  Her family only has 1 fish tank now 

Ashley Hughes
Veterinary Technician

Ashley started as a Summer Intern in 2016, then in August 2016, she joined the Verdin Family.

Working with animals has always been her passion. From the time she was able to walk, her parents would find her in the goat pastures. She would stay there until they made her come in! Animals have always had a special way of making her feel comfortable. Since animals have always been a huge aspect of her life, she could not see herself doing anything else.

In 2007 Ashley started showing Boer meat goats with the local and state 4-H. Rocky, her first show goat was her best friend! They had a connection that was very noticeable, and very understandable. After finishing his show season, Ashley kept Rocky as a pet. About 3-4 years later, Rocky became very sick, and had lost over 75% of body weight. As Ashley worked with him for almost 6 weeks with no improvements, she went back to the barn with her dad, to say her goodbyes. As she was talking to Rocky, she told him she wished there was something more she could do for him, but she was out of options. Rocky had gotten so weak, that he could not stand on his own. As Ashley sat there crying and praying, Rocky started fighting to get up. That is when Ashley realized that there was one thing she had not done at all since he went down. She had never continued to work his legs and muscles. Slowly, he was able to start holding his own and after six more weeks of physical therapy, she had her best friend up walking again. About 6 months total, and after almost losing him, he ran out of the stall when she let him out! That is when she realized that she not only wanted to work with animals, she needed to. From then on, Ashley worked hard to accomplish her dreams.

Ashley first started volunteering work at clinics during the summer and school breaks. Then, in 2011 she was able to start working in a clinic as a kennel keeper, and was slowly introduced to vet medicine, where she fell further in love with the profession. In 2013, she was trained as a tech assistant and was blown away at how natural some of the techniques felt. When she started looking for a clinic to be at long term, she found herself looking at Verdin Vet. Ashley’s grandmother and family started using Verdin about 30 years ago. Her grandmother would always bring her to the clinic when she had to bring a pet in, so thanks to her, Ashley decided to come here when the time was right.

Ashley really enjoys assisting in surgery. She loves being able to learn something new with each procedure. It keeps her mind sharp to look for anything abnormal in lab work and to assist with monitoring anesthesia machines. She also has a growing interest in radiology. It has always caught her attention when a patient comes in acting fairly normal, but after taking x-rays, the Doctor notices a hurt back, or a bladder stone.

Ashley grew up in Laurens, SC with both parents and a sister. Her family frequently had baby goats in the house that needed extensive care. Her interest in school included showing livestock, being very active in FFA and 4-H (on local/state and national levels).

She now lives with her husband Brooks, Daisy May, her 12 year old Basset Hound, Hank, her 2 year old pit mix/rescue baby, and 6 goats (Lizzy, Baby, Blondie, Mary Jane, Snickers, and Ranger). Ashley’s goats are just pets that eat a lot of grass and feed! Daisy used to work as a herd dog when she was younger, but now just loves to lie in the sun. Hank, her crazy child, loves to learn new tricks, but is easily side-tracked. He can start learning a new trick, and out of no-where starts chasing a leaf or bug. Hank is the BEST cuddle buddy on rainy nights!

Danielle Walsh
Veterinary Technician

Danielle began working for Integrity Animal Health Group on March 2018. She made the decision to switch from Equine back to small animal when she found out she was expecting her first child.

Danielle has always loved animals but, from a young age she felt more connected with animals than people. It started with her love for horses and flourished after that. She loves being an advocate for animals that don’t have a voice.
One of the first horse farms where she rode as a young girl had a very temperamental horse named Tiny Tim. He didn’t like many people but for some reason liked Danielle. She would go into his stall, talk to him and groom him before and after her lessons. Most of the children were scared of him because he would bite and sometimes kick if he was mad. But for some reason she knew she was safe, almost as if she could understand him in her own way. Danielle’s mother saw at that moment that she would have a special relationship with animals her whole life.
She grew up on Long Island, NY in a single parent home and as a result has a terrific role model and best friend of a mother. Her mother’s influences were strong and instilled a strong work ethic, good morals and perseverance throughout life.

Danielle started her educational journey at Becker College in Massachusetts for a Veterinary Technician degree and graduated in 2004. After working with both equine and small animals, she took a break to teach horse-back riding and become a horse trainer. She returned to school at North Carolina State University in 2009 to finish her Bachelors in Science/Animal Science and applied to vet school. After graduating in 2012 with that degree, she unfortunately did not get into her top choices on the first try, so she decided to pursue her love/family life instead of trying a second time.
One of her particular passions within veterinary medicine is sports medicine and lameness. She finds it challenging and rewarding when coming up with a treatment plan that helps relieve the animal of pain and discomfort.
Danielle’s dog Zach is a Collie/Shepherd mix they adopted in a shelter in Charlotte, NC. He was 7 months old at that time and had some emotional baggage. With the help of a great trainer, he got over most of it and is a happy, tail wagging, cat chasing, paw patrolling the backyard kind of pup. She and her husband also have a 3 year old cat Theo who thinks he is a child and even asks to be picked up like one! In the backyard you will find a variety of chickens that they raise and love very much. Last but certainly not least is her horse Halla. She lives at a barn down the road and has been with Danielle for 17 years.
Her all time favorite hobby has always been her horses: riding, training, and just being around them. But her newest hobby is being a chicken momma!! Last year her husband talked her into allowing him to build a chicken coop and get a few. They started with 3 and now have over 20! She has become obsessed – down to naming each and every one of them in a showgirl/performer theme. And they all live in the Coupa Cabana!

Lynne Long
Veterinary Assistant

Lynne has always harbored a deep passion for animal care, and wishes she could adopt every single pet in need of a home. She’s wanted to work with animals for almost 12 years, and is absolutely thrilled that her dreams in the veterinary field are finally coming true! She serves as a Veterinary Assistant here at Verdin Veterinary Services.

A South Carolina native, Lynne was referred to the clinic by her neighbor, who also works here. Lynne began as a Veterinary Assistant in June of 2014. She’s particularly fond of drawing up medications for pets, holding animals while they’re getting vaccines, and lending a helping hand to anyone in the office.At home, Lynne and her family have six dogs: Bit, Benji, Buddy, Bella, Joe, and Max. They’re all very different, and each holds a special place in Lynne’s heart.Outside of her work, family, and pets, Lynne loves crafting and recently learned how to transfer a photograph onto a canvas. She also likes hunting and fishing with her husband Ronnie, grilling, camping, swimming, and roasting marshmallows around a toasty fire with her two children.

Brittany Ganey
Veterinary Technician

Brittany started working at VVS at the end of June 2017. She had previously worked in another animal hospital environment, and based on those experiences was unsure if this was the right profession for her long-term. After applying at several other places but receiving no offers, she found herself interviewing at another animal hospital, but they had just filled their technician position. The manager at that facility knew the VVS manager well and was aware that VVS had an open technical position, so she came over for an interview, and a few days later was offered a job. She believes she is exactly where God wants her; He opened this door, and she is doing exactly want He wants her to do, so she could not be happier!

Ever since she was a little girl, Brittany said she wanted to work with animals, and possibly be a veterinarian. She has had all kinds of animals – from Chinchillas to horses – and loves them all. She decided that she would love to be a technician and take care of animals full-time, so she went to school to further her education as a veterinary technician.

 She has always had a passion for animals: caring for them and simply being around them to meet their needs. Her heart goes out to them, especially the neglected ones. An example of this heart would be when she and her husband caught sight of an extremely skinny dog running down the street on their way home from work one evening. They immediately stopped and were trying to get the dog in their vehicle so they could at least take it in for veterinary care, thinking the dog might even need to be put to sleep. It took awhile for the dog to trust them enough to cooperate, but they were finally able to get him in the car and take him to the Animal Emergency Clinic – the only facility open that late on a weekend. Having pets of their own and not being sure if he was contagious (he was covered in fleas and noticeably neglected), he stayed the night with them and then came to work with Brittany for the next few days. She was able to successfully find a rescue group who connected her to another rescue located in New York, and they found someone who wanted him. When he was rescued, he was just skin and bones, weighing 42lbs, and within just a few months, he had reached over 80lbs, happy and healthy!!  It makes her heart happy to know that he is now settled in his forever home.

Brittany grew up in Fort Myers, Florida. She is from a very loving family who always supported her 100% in everything she has done! Her family has helped her in any way possible to make sure she succeeded in what she loved doing. She has a clear memory of her dad outside with her when she was riding her horse, helping her train and practice and pushing her to be the best she could be. Her parents are her heroes – always have been and always will be!

Brittany moved to Tallahassee for a couple of years, thinking she would attend a school there for her Veterinary Technician degree. Instead, she met her husband and they moved back to Ft. Myers together where she worked on her technical degree. They moved to South Carolina in 2016 and love it! Currently, she is completing additional classes online and will take the VTNE to become offically licensed soon!

One of the highlights of her job is her love of building relationships, not only with our patients but with their owners. She enjoys educating clients so they have the resources they need to provide the best care for their fur babies.

Brittany’s husband is finishing up his degree at Southern Wesleyan University. They have 4 fur babies, two cats and two dogs. Nala, their cat, was their first pet together, and she knows she is the princess! After they got married, they got their first dog Boomer, a boxer who is such a momma’s boy, very sweet, calm, and loving. Next in line is Chubs, their second cat. He is just over a year old now. He was a rescue kitten whom Brittany nursed back to health and decided to keep, even though he was a food hog (hence his name!!). Finally, they acquired Remi, another boxer. He is their wild child, very stubborn and independent, super jealous of his brother Boomer. They actually share the same dad.

A personal achievement of hers would be completing school and starting a career doing what she loves. Her next big goal would be to pass the VTNE in the next year or so. When she’s not working, she enjoys doing anything outdoors. She and her husband love to hike or just be in the mountains to relax. They love to go places with their dogs. Kayaking and paddle boarding are probably their most favorite activities.

Jessica Menig
Customer Care Representative/Veterinary Technician

Jessica started working at Verdin Veterinary in June 2017. After practicing as a Registered Dietitian for 7 years,   she decided to embark upon a career change to veterinary medicine. After shadowing at Verdin, she feels fortunate to become a member of the team to be trained as a technician.

She has decided to work in the veterinary field because she wants to improve the health and welfare of animals by being an advocate and care taker for pets.

She’s always been passionate about caring for animals. At a young age, she started her own dog walking business and walking neighborhood dogs every day after school. She clearly remembers thinking how cool it would be to have a job as an adult that allows you to be with animals every day.

Jessica started becoming involved in the veterinary field by first becoming a volunteer at the Greenville County Animal Shelter. From there, she started interviewing local veterinarians and veterinary technicians, followed by shadowing at various clinics to gain insight into the profession.

Jessica is very intrigued by the learning the pathophysiology of diseases and figuring out the root cause of the problem to find the best way to restore the pet’s health.

She grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago, Illinois with my mom, dad, 2 sisters, and of course their family dogs. She has always been an athlete and interested in good health and nutrition. Jessica actually studied dietetics at the University of Illinois and moved to Greenville SC for her first job as a dietitian in a pediatric clinic.

Jessica and her boyfriend Justin have three dogs. Lexi and Gunner became ‘friends’ at the dog park which led Justin and Jessica to meet each other! They are best friends, as long as Lexi doesn’t have to share her toys. They found Caroline a few years later in their front yard as a neglected stray dog. They rehabbed her back to good health and she has been a member of the family ever since.

Her favorite hobby is running and her greatest highlight in that area was completing the Chicago Marathon in October 2016. Her next goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Jessica also loves to cook, especially homemade pizza dough, pastas, and baked goods.

Zane Moore
Kennel Technician

Zane’s position at Verdin Veterinary Services is that of a Kennel Technician. He was introduced to the practice through his father, Dr. Daniel Moore.

Zane loves working with and being around animals. He credits his early love of veterinary medicine to a time when he was watching one of the veterinarians do surgery. Right in that moment, he knew he wanted to be able to also help animals.

His experiences in a veterinary clinic began when Zane would help his dad from time to time by letting the dogs out of the kennels. He became a part of a previous clinic his dad worked at by helping take care of the dogs. Zane finally became an employee at Verdin Veterinary Services as a kennel technician.

One of his greatest areas of interest is helping with ultrasounds because he thinks the technology is incredible! He enjoys gently holding the dogs during the procedure because it strengthens his bond with them.

Zane grew up in Waycross, Georgia. He lives with his parents, one older brother, and two younger sisters. Zane’s dog, Aspen, will eat just about anything, and their other family pet, a small dog named Cinder, can escape from just about anywhere!

His hobbies include playing soccer and engaging in fun outdoor activities. In fact, during one of his soccer games, he actually scored a goal with his derriẽre!

Nancy Lyles
Customer Care Representative

Having just recently moved to the area, Nancy was concerned about getting her fur babies set up with a new vet. Integrity Animal Health Group (formerly Verdin Vet) was recommended to her. At Nancy’s initial visit with Dr. Verdin, he asked if she would consider working with the team. She came in to the practice as a pet owner for a vet appointment and left an employee!

Nancy’s passions include meeting and connecting with people and being around animals, so her work with Integrity is a perfect fit because it allows her to do both. She really enjoys seeing all the different breeds of dogs and cats and their distinct personalities. She is driven by the challenge of a fast-paced practice and making clients feel welcome and valued.

On a personal note, Nancy lived her entire childhood and adult life in Indianapolis, Indiana, the youngest of five siblings. She moved to Simpsonville, SC in November 2017 to be married. Jon and Nancy have 6 adult children between them! Not surprisingly, they also have two Australian Labradoodles, Maggie and Tootsie. Her hobbies include reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Nancy loves to remind those around her that “You miss 100% of the dogs you don’t pet!”