Houston – Waugh Drive team


If this is your pup’s first time at Dogtopia, there are a few things pet parents should prepare prior to rewarding your dog with the most exciting day ever!

As Dogtopians, we're a unique breed, we love and care for your pup like our own furry family.

Meet the Team

Amber Woods, Owner

Amber’s favorite thing about Dogtopia is getting to know all the pup personalities. She has been an animal lover since birth, having worked with both domestic and wild animals. Before coming to Dogtopia in 2021, she was a Management Consultant and now oversees the daily operations of Dogtopia of Houston. Amber and her husband Alex have two human children Gracie (6) and Grady (4), and a Vizsla named Velcro. They live in East Downtown and enjoy family bike rides along the Memorial Bayou and exploring the world through travel.

Tony Howdeshell, Executive Director

Tony spent 30 years serving the country in the Navy. After his military retirement he spent several years consulting mostly in the oil and gas industry. He and his family are all animal lovers. His wife, Ann-Marie volunteers at local shelters and is usually caring for rescues on her own. He has a 30 year old son and a 29 year old daughter who he partners with on a family run Halloween business. You’ll rarely see him without his support dog Sasha by his side. We are excited to have Tony (and Sasha) on the Dogtopia team!

Jimmy Rosado, Pet Parents Relationship Manager

Jimmy is a latin ray of sunshine whose laugh fills the room with joy! Prior to joining us here at Dogtopia, Jimmy worked for United Airlines. He is loyal to his friends and family and his heart belongs to his Chihuahua Cokita. He enjoys going on walks through the city, cheering on Houstons sports teams with friends, and sampling our city’s great cuisine!

Susan Dennis, General Manager

Susan has been with Dogtopia since October 2006. Dogs and pet parent relations are the most important things to her as is Dogtopia which provides the best of both worlds! She is a true dog lover and has been involved in dog rescue through foster care for many years. Dog rescue is her true passion. Susan and her husband currently have 2 dogs, Lucas and Josie, both rescues. Besides working at Dogtopia, she loves to go fishing, redecorate her house and explore what she hasn’t already seen in the USA.

Trisha Rainosek, Assistant Manager

Trisha is a dog lover and the proud owner of Casanova, an adorable Frenchie. Together they form an inseparable duo. Trisha’s free time consists of volunteering at local animal organizations, cooking, cleaning and watching TV in bed, cuddled up with her 3 dogs and her cat. Trisha goes above and beyond to create an exciting and safe environment for all the dogs at Dogtopia. Whether it is organizing fun-filled activities or just loving on all the dogs. She truly is a dog person!

Bischon Frise Running in Dogtopia
Big dog on Dogtopia playroom equipment
Pup with Tongue Out in Bath
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Houston – Waugh Drive

Mon 6:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Tue 6:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Wed 6:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Thu 6:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Fri 6:30 AM - 7:30 PM
Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sun 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Holiday - our lobby is closed
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Holiday - our lobby is closed
Holiday - our lobby is closed