Meet the Team

Shannon McKinzie, Owner

In 2011 I left Corporate America after 16 years to open Top Dog. This has been a dream of mine for more than 25 years. I am so happy and thankful to be doing something I REALLY LOVE. I handle questions, scheduling, and phone calls that get you paired with the sitter that is the perfect fit for you and your best friend. I am also the 2nd back up for all of my pet nannies in case of illness and accident to make sure that all of our furry clients are taken care of.

Rosalee Dameron, Pet Nanny

In 2009 Rosalee retired from the fraud department of Sprint in Kansas City and moved back home. By 2012, By was bored to death and ready to work. She was offered the opportunity to pet sit and since she has always had and loved animals she decided it would be a great fit for her.  She currently has one dog, a teacup poodle named Tinkerbell. Rosalee says working at Top Dog has been one of her favorite jobs. The animals she has met have become family to her.

Kara Stanei, Pet Nanny

Kara graduated from Angelo State University in 2007. She moved to Fort Worth shortly after graduation and attended nursing school at TCC. She worked mainly oncology before becoming a stay at home mom. She is married to an amazing man and has 2 rowdy boys! Kara also has 2 rescue pups, Ace (terrier/dachshund/chihuahua mix a.k.a. Heinz 57) and Doris (lab/border collie mix) She loves all animals and will treat yours as her own!

Jamie Barter, Pet Nanny

Jamie around animals her entire life, dogs, horses, cattle and rabbits. She loves being patient as they get to know and trust me – then allow her to know their amazing little personalities. Jamie recently left her office job to be a full-time pet sitter and we are so glad! Jamie has lived in the Benbrook area since childhood, and raised her children here, now ages 19, 17 and 16. She is married to Gary, and they thoroughly enjoy their rescue dog Sassy Grace, a lab mix.

Alese Ashford, Pet Nanny

Alese was raised on a farm in Oklahoma, where her family owned horses, cattle, dogs, rabbits, a gerbil, and fish; loving and caring for animals became second nature.  Currently, she and her husband, of 28 years, reside with their son in Benbrook. They have a fourth member of the family, Rusty, an 8 year-old bichon frise poodle mix, which Alese trained and now grooms. They have 3 sons and 5 grandchildren. Prior to starting with Top Dog she has been pet sitting for neighbors for years. She has also been very active in her neighborhood helping hurt and stray dogs.

Amy Auanger, Office assistant and Pet Nanny

Amy lived on a farm in Nebraska as a child and developed a love for many kinds of animals at a young age. Her childhood photos often show her carrying around a beloved guinea pig named “Pinky”. She moved to Fort Worth at age 8 and it has been her home ever since. Throughout her lifetime, Amy has owned and cared for a variety of animals including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters, birds, and fish in tanks and a pond. Amy joined Top Dog after leaving a career in the nursing field and now enjoys assisting Shannon with scheduling pet visits, answering phone calls, and advertising. In addition, she also enjoys being a Pet Nanny for our furry friends and will care for them as though they were her own.

Kimberly Sims, Pet Nanny

Kimberly grew up as the child that “couldn’t say no to a wet nose,” she was the girl who brought in every stray and eventually became a volunteer for her local animal shelter.

During her high school years she grew up on a small local ranch in Texas where she raised and showed goats, sheep, chickens, and rabbits as well as loving and caring for her family’s 3 dogs and stock pond. Currently she and her 3 year old son live together in their apartment here in Fort Worth along with her 8 year old Siamese cat, Milo, and her 2 year old Shepherd / Heeler mix, Otis.

Prior to working with Top Dog, Kimberly had worked in security as a correctional officer and has now began to pursue her dream of first response by starting fire academy to become your next local Firefighter and EMT.

Kimberly joined Top Dog in 2019 and truly has a heart for animals of every shape, size, breed, and age and would be delighted to love and care for your babies as if they were her own.

Dallas, Pet Nanny

Dallas has lived in Fort Worth all her life. Growing up her family rescued and fostered pets for Ninja Pets. Dallas has had many pets over the years including rottweilers that her parents raised and bred. Prior to joining the Top Dog Team Dallas was a supervisor at Hyatt Place. She is married to her high school sweetheart and has two rescue dogs, Titus (a rowdy Pitbull) and Memphis (a mellow Boston Terrier) and 2 fat cats named Ash and White Walker. She loves animals of all shapes and sizes and cannot wait to love your animals!

Derik Lattig, Pet Nanny

Derik Lattig had a nose for news for the past 30 years, working in newsrooms around the country and retiring recently as a National Producer for CBS News. Derik has always enjoyed Dogs, raising and showing 7 Champion AKC Kerry Blue Terriers. He now joins our staff and is ready to meet your best friend’s needs. Derik knows Dogs and has worked in the past as a trainer when not in the show ring. For several years he was rescue coordinator for the Kerry Blue Terrier Foundation, finding wayward Kerries good homes across the United States. Derik knows your pet is your child and will treat your best friend with respect and kindness. Derik is currently Dad to a Kerry Blue Terrier named “Patrik” and two Japanese Bobtails, “Jangle” and “Leiko” who keep him busy when he is not taking care of Top Dog clients.