Dogtopia of Austin Owner Stefani Ballard has had a passion for animals all her life. After obtaining a Bachelor of Business degree from Texas State University she enjoyed her career as a media buyer in the advertising industry, but always had the desire to own and run her own business. Stefani has always been an avid dog lover and as a girl hoped to one day become a veterinarian. After losing her first furry family member, she decided she didn’t have the heart for it and decided to pursue Business Management. She came across Dogtopia while researching business opportunities online and decided that Dogtopia was the perfect fit for her entrepreneurial spirit and as an added bonus would give her the chance to work with dogs!
Dogtopia of Austin is a true family venture as Stefani’s father, Steve, is a partner in the business. Her husband Craig is our General Manager and you can often see their daughter’s Olive and Sofie visiting Dogtopia from time to time admiring the doggies as they come and go.
Stefani, Craig, and their daughters reside in Dripping Springs, TX with their two Catahoula mixes, Laika and Zoe, and their pug Hailey. Stefani loves spending time with her friends and family, both two and four-legged, and either relaxing at home or exploring the great outdoors.
Craig has been with Dogtopia since 2009 and has been working with dogs for over 8 years. He is first aid trained and CPR certified. Craig enjoys spending time with his family, fly fishing and chasing around the family dogs!
Assistant Manager Nate is a Florida native who joined Dogtopia in September 2014 as one of our playroom attendants. He enjoys leading his team, interacting with all of our wonderful customers, and seeing all of the dogs that join us each day. One day, Nate hopes to have his own pack of dogs, but for now has three cats. In his free time, Nate enjoys browsing local dogs available for adoption and exploring the outdoors.
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