Heather (Office Manager)

Heather was born in Slidell, LA and then moved to Tennessee in 1995. She has worked at several Veterinary Hospitals before settling down at PAWZ Dog Services. Heather loves getting to know the families and fur babies here at PAWZ. She currently lives in Maryville with her husband, Noah and daughter Arley. They have 3 fur babies of their own, Sturgill(the dog) and two cats, Ariel Kitty and Fat Cat. In her spare time, she loves sports, the outdoors and spending quality time or just enjoying life with her family and friends.


Anthony (Kennel Manager)

Anthony is originally from Lakeland, FL where he had a brief career with Animal Control. After moving to Knoxville and opening a golf cart shop he realized he had one true love...Dogs.He has one dog of his own, a nine year old German Shepard named Ziggy, but he would own one of everything if you could. Especially goats. He is currently in school at the Animal Behavior Institute for Canine Behavior and Nutrition. Anthony specializes in group play and loves to play with the dogs in the yard. 


Ariel (Asst. Manager)

Ariel is from California but was raised in Middle Tennessee. Now a South Knoxville resident, Ariel has two deaf double merle Australian Shepherd’s. She loves to take them out to public events in order to educate about the dangers of merle on merle dog pairing. She has worked at a pet store for some time and found the most loyal animal to also be her favorite -dogs! While dogs are a huge part of her life she also owns a pet fox, two bearded dragons, two hedgehogs, an iguana, three leopard geckos, a six-toed cat, three rabbits, nine ferrets (don’t worry, three are fosters), and has 59 freshwater aquariums where she breeds axolotls! She is a senior at the University of Tennessee focusing her studies toward animal nutrition and genetic engineering. Her focus at PAWZ is to make sure your pet stays healthy and happy!


Becca (Pack Leader)


Rebecca is from South Knoxville and has known Jennifer the majority of her life. She has two dogs of her own, Charlie and Lindsey. Charlie is a 4 year old dachshund that loves to sleep and cuddle, and Lindsey is a 12 year old Jack Russell Terrier Mix who still loves playing like a puppy. Anytime she is interacting with the dogs at PAWZ, her main goal is to love on them and cherish them just like her own two pups. Rebecca is currently a sophomore at Johnson University and plays on the ultimate Frisbee team. She loves traveling and has been to South Africa twice!


Kealie (Pack Assistant)


Kealie is one of the newest additions to our PAWZ team but is no stranger to a love of animals! Our owner, Jennifer, and Kealie grew up together and Jennifer always saw how much Kealie loved her family’s pets and the care she gave them. This spring when Kealie graduated from South-Doyle High School, Jennifer decided to bring Kealie on to the team so she could work part time before starting college at the University of Tennessee this fall to study Sociology and Criminal Justice. She is someone who always gives 110% to any job or a project she is a part of and that is one of the main reasons we are glad to have her at PAWZ. She loves keeping your pups active and your pups love keeping her on her toes!


Preston (Pack Assistant)

Preston moved to Knoxville  from South Arkansas to start the rest of his big life adventure. His abundant love for all animals led him to PAWZ. He works hand in hand with the dogs to ensure they not only have a good time, but are also cared for and loved whole heartedly. 

PAWZ Pack member interacting with one of our doggie daycare regulars.

Emily (Pack Assistant)

Emily is another South Knoxville native who is currently finishing up her senior year of high school online. After graduation she plans to continue on her education and go to college where she is particularly interested in criminal justice. She likes to fish and play with dogs. Growing up she rescued dogs that "found her" on the street, which led them to be her favorite animal. Dogs will always have her heart!

At PAWZ Dog Services we are committed to providing excellent care to your furry friends. In doing so, we train ALL of our staff using The Dog Guru's - Knowing Dogs 101 & 201 programs. This is to ensure they have the knowledge to handle any situation that might occur. 

About Us


Our Mission

Our Mission

Our Mission

 To create a clean, safe, and trusted environment that stimulates and enriches the dog's life while still allowing them to feel at home. We strive to make not only the pet comfortable but the human as well, giving them one less thing to worry about.


Our Vision

Our Mission

Our Mission

 To create true happiness within ourselves and animals by making an impact on the way all are treated. We work to do this by providing love, patience, and compassion through the best care possible for the dogs we are entrusted with. 


Our Values

Our Mission

Our Values

To provide a professional, accountable, reliable, and trustworthy service to both dogs and their humans in Knoxville, TN. We know most humans have a busy schedule that's why we aspire to be a flexible option for everyone.


At PAWZ Dog Services we understand that a love and passion for animals can sometimes be hard to explain. If you have ever had a deep love for any pet or animal in general you know just what this means. Seeing their emotions and the joy, or sometimes the sadness they can feel leaves a lasting impression in your heart that can never be forgotten. PAWZ aspires to embody the love you share for your furry friends through the attention, stimulation at play, compassion, and the care we provide. The primary reason PAWZ began is due to those exact same emotions being taught to founder, Jennifer McKinney, through the dogs she’s owned and known through out life.

PAWZ began when the owner, Jennifer McKinney, found an unbreakable friendship with her Great Dane Marley. This friendship led her to the driving passion she has today to provide for dogs in a way like no other. After pet sitting for family friends growing up, working at a doggie daycare during high school, and facing life as an adult she realized dogs were WAY better. While attending college for Animal Science she got a job at Central Veterinary Hospital in Knoxville, TN where she began working as a Veterinary Assistant and Kennel Attendant. Her work experience here helped teach her an extensive amount of pet care knowledge that she is thankful to carry on into her work today. Like any broke college student, she needed a way to make extra money to pay the bills. She turned to her true passion of pet care and PAWZ Dog Services began to evolve, fueling a drive she didn’t know she had. Motivated to provide adequate care for pet’s all over Knoxville, TN she changed her major to business and marketing, developed a business plan, and got to work. She is Pet Tech CPR & First-Aid Certified, a IBPSA and Dog Gurus member and (almost) a CPACP who is dedicated to providing the best care possible for your pet. After starting as a small pet sitting and walking service PAWZ Dog Services has grown into one of Knoxville’s favorite boarding and doggie daycare facilities, where animals are always treated as family, constantly stimulated and able to experience a relationship just like the one they have at home with their owner. 

Jennifer’s connection with dogs has been one that has cultivated over years of companionship that she would even say is stronger than the connection she shares with most humans. If you can relate to the PAWZ story, then you are already part of the #PAWZPalz family. Allow us to continue the care you provide at home, even when you can’t be around. Feel free to book a meet and greet with us so that we can get to know your pet(s) a little better and for us to answer any questions, or request regarding your pet’s stay with us. Although Jennifer’s focus is dogs, she has experience with all kinds of animals. Feel free to ask if we can accommodate your cats, reptiles, bunnies or fish!