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!
Dogtopia of Miramar Owners Meg Halaska and Diane Hotz, both parents to pups who have attended daycare in the past, felt like they needed more dogs in their lives.
Meg continues to work part-time in the recovery room of a very busy trauma center as a San Diego Registered Nurse. Diane continues to be a dedicated high school science teacher, with 27 years of service for the Poway Unified School District.
They decided a life spent caring for dogs would be the perfect solution to creating a better work-life balance. They were attracted to Dogtopia’s focus on health, safety, and employee training and wanted to expand the franchise in the San Diego area.
Meg and Diane are actively involved with community service efforts. Both have collected money, food, bedding, and miscellaneous supplies for the Baja Animal Sanctuary. Diane is a monthly volunteer and active member of the Animal Rescue Reserves/San Diego Humane Society/SPCA. She is highly skilled in handling and rescuing a variety of animals, both domestic and wild. She is also the advisor for the Animal Rescue Club at her high school.
Diane and Meg are the proud parents of three rescue dogs and their one-eyed cat Ida. In their free time, they enjoy time spent with family and friends, traveling, and the outdoors: hiking, scuba diving, swimming in the ocean (for Diane) and yoga (for Meg).
Diane and Meg are excited to offer Dogtopia’s outstanding care and services to dog owners in Miramar and the surrounding communities. They look forward to providing high quality boarding and daycare for many lucky dogs. They want their pet parents to feel happy and content, knowing their dogs are receiving the best care possible.
Meet the Team
Tatiana Kotas, General Manager
I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology and spent some time doing undergrad research at a marine lab. I love the ocean and the inter-tidal almost as much as I love dogs.
What I love most about Dogtopia is the perfect blend of great dogs and their amazing pet parents. Watching these dogs grow, getting the chance to interact with their families, and do fun things for the dogs like treat and event days, really makes me feel like we are part of their extended family. I am committed to caring for all of our Dogtopia dogs as much as I am committed to caring for my own dog. I love all of our Dogtopia dogs and I am excited for all the new dogs I will get to meet in the future.
Mika Sakamoto, Groomer
Mika has 17 years of experience grooming and has the knowledge and compassion to make each dog feel comfortable and look beautiful! We are very lucky to have Mika on our team!
Nathan Virgen, Assistant Manager
As a dog enthusiast, Nathan constantly strives to provide the best care possible for all dogs in our facility. His background as a veterinary technician has given him a good base of knowledge when it comes to canine health.
Chloe, Head Shift Lead
I am a photographer wanting to go into the dog photography business because I love dogs! I felt this was the best place to learn to capture pups amazing personalities. I love learning and growing with Dogtopia. I have always loved dogs, I was a dog sitter/walker for 2 years and then I started working here to start working with more breeds of dogs. I would love to do dog photography. I love snapping pics for our Instagram, everyone loves seeing happy dogs!
Kaily (She/Her), Shift Lead
I recently graduated from Humboldt State with a Bachelor’s in sociology, and now I work with dogs. I love what I do and being part of a pack! Dogtopia is my happy place because who can ever have a bad day when you’re around a dog.
Clay (They/Them), Shift Lead
I was born and raised in San Diego, and I’ve been working at Dogtopia Miramar for over two years. I’ve always loved dogs, and I’m happy to be a part of the Dogtopia pack!
Amanda, Shift Lead
I am a 3rd year student at Cal State San Marcos studying to be a Physical Therapist. As much as I enjoy helping people, I love helping dogs more! I have worked at Dogtopia for over a year and have loved every second of it! I like to think that each dog here is one of my best friends and I will remember them forever!