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.
Chelsea Abrahamson, Assistant Manager
Our Dogtopia pups are always happy to see me and bring so much joy to me every day, I always find myself laughing or smiling throughout the day watching them. They all have their own silly and loving unique personalities! I like to spend time outside and adventure with my dog, cook a lot, and spend time with family and friends. My baby is a 2 year old German Shepard named Summer. Golden Retrievers are my favorite breed of dog. One of the most rewarding part of this job is seeing how happy the dogs and owners are everyday, seeing new dogs come out of their shells, and bonding with the dogs and owners.
Annie Hwang, Shift Leader
Annie joined the Dogtopia team in October 2016. Like all of us Annie has a dog addiction. Annie has trouble saying “no” when a homeless dog finds her. She currently has 4 dogs and would adopt every dog if she could. Annie is also working on her college degree.
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!