New Pet Parent?
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!
Meet the Owners
Meet Mike and Terri Wilson. Although huge dog lovers, Mike and Terri didn’t feel it would be fair to a dog to bring it in to their busy life. They did not want to raise a dog who would be left at home alone for 10-12 hours a day. It wasn’t until they found out about the existence of dog daycares that they were able to experience the joy of dog ownership and brought their first dog (Boomer) into their home.
After 30+ years working in corporate America, Mike was ready to try something new and began searching franchise opportunities. Understanding the value of dog daycares, the Dogtopia franchise seemed like a perfect match. Bringing an upscale daycare and boarding facility to the Sacramento area would allow other families to also experience the joy of dog ownership.
Stop in, grab a cup of coffee, and meet our awesome team that will help create the most exciting day ever for your dog.
Meet the Team
Nickole Fiola, General Manager
Nickole has been around dogs all her life. She was so fortunate to have grown-up in a home that always had a dog, and/or puppies in it. Her family was into breeding Golden Retrievers, training and showing the dogs. Her own family dog (Three J’s Golden Rye) was a show dog that received multiple 1stplace Ribbons.
Nickole was in corporate America for over 25 years and while trying to figure out what she wanted to do when she “grew up”, the Dogtopia GM position came available. She thought “what could be better than working with Dogs daily and working for her friend Mike & Terri Wilson (the owners) again”.
Now after being in the position for almost three months, she has never been happier. She feels lucky to have the best team anyone could ask for. It truly makes it a great place to work (if you can call it work?).
Abigayle Horn, Front Office
Abigayle has been a dog lover since the day she was born! She started at Dogtopia October 2018 when they first opened. She is a full-time student studying biology hoping to become a veterinarian or a wildlife conservationist. She has had dogs her whole life but adopted her first in 2015 named Peach. She also has two other dogs named Max and Frankie, as well as a giant goldfish named King Charles. She loves animals of all shapes and sizes, including reptiles!
Sarah Illig, Front Office
Sarah has been working with animals for over 7 years. She grew up surrounded by pets, but she always had a soft spot for dogs. She has two rescue dogs of her own, Gambit a 7-year-old Dachshund/Staffordshire mix, and DD, a 5-year-old American Bulldog/Pitbull mix, as well as a cat named Merrill, who might as well be another small furry dog. Sarah is a huge advocate for the education and understanding of bully breeds. She has 4 years’ experience as a veterinary technician/assistant and loved the work she did helping animals. Currently she has found her calling as a receptionist at Dogtopia and absolutely loves it!
Marissa Allerdice, Front Office
Growing up on a ranch in Montana I have always loved all animals. I was the kid that would constantly bring home stray animals and ask if we can keep them. I started working with Dogtopia in July and knew it would be a great fit. I really enjoy all of my coworkers and our day is filled with laughter and furry friends. I currently own a Siberian husky named Miki. She is the best dog I have ever owned and my love for her is infinite. I also own a Palomino paint horse named Aurora. We often go for trail rides around Folsom Lake and have way too much fun together. I also own a kitten named Harley who loves to talk and take walks around the neighborhood. I enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, traveling, horseback riding, playing video games, hanging out with family and friends, live music, gardening, laughing and really everything that life has to offer. As a lover of all animals, I plan on working with animals for the rest of my life.
Xoxo, Marissa Allerdice
Melinda Wilson, Front Office
Morgan Storer, Groomer
Aiden Keller, Rover
Aiden has been with Dogtopia Sacramento since they opened in October of 2018. He grew up in New Jersey with many different breeds and has always considered himself a ‘dog person’. His favorite breeds are French and English bulldogs, Newfies and St. Bernard’s. In March he adopted a chijack (Newton) with his fiancé, Seth. His is currently considering getting his bachelors and certification to train seeing eye dogs.
Jordyn Perry, Rover
Malasia Pitts-Friday, Rover
Malasia has been at Dogtopia since they opened in October of 2018. She grew up in Sacramento with a lot of animals. Her and her family raised many dogs and used to breed them. Her dream career is to be a veterinarian and so far she completed 2 years of college! She has 6 more years to go, but hasn’t given up. She is very determined and a hard worker. She always comes to work with an upbeat attitude and never takes no for an answer. Her favorite breeds of dogs are German Shepherds, Pit Bulls, and Great Danes. Malasia has always loved animals her entire life. She also has a dog of her own named Nikita, and they are the best of friends. Malasia really enjoys her job as a canine coach!
Taylor Rowe, Rover
Haley Kline, Rover/Canine Coach
Arianne Meade, Canine Coach
Arianne has been apart of the Dogtopia team of Sacramento Nimbus Winery since they had opened in October of 2018. She was born and raised in Rancho Cordova, California and still resides there. Arianne has always been fond of dogs of all breeds, and just animals in general. Since childhood her and her family have owned various pets such as dogs, cats, bunnies, hamsters, and even birds! Currently she has a Toy Fox Terrier named Max who is her childhood dog, a black cat named Boomer, a parrot named Rocky, and a parakeet named Sunshine. She firmly believes in treating all living beings with kindness and love, in hopes that sharing such positivity will make each day that much brighter for those who come in contact.