Meet the Paws n Motion Team
Sarah Smith (CPT), Trainer and Co-Founder
Sarah graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2003 with an English degree, and from the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers in Columbus, Ohio in 2009, having completed the Master Trainer course. She went on to complete the “That’s My Dog E-cademy Trainer’s School” 1-week remote collar course with Robin MacFarlane. She and Tom have two dogs, Andy and Cody, two cats, The Bear and Bub, and rabbit Brian-all of whom came into our lives as rescues or strays. Learn more about Sarah’s trainer qualifications.
Tom Sullivan, General Manager and Co-Founder
Tom’s professional background in project management and helping to build small businesses prepared him to launch Paws n Motion, which he sees as the intersection of two passions: animals and entrepreneurship. His strives to make Paws n Motion a business that helps people and their dogs live happier, healthier lives together. Interests include playing with Andy and Cody, creating new dog treat varieties with Tally’s Treats, and developing pet product ideas to improve the lives of pets and their people.
Andy, Enthusiasm Director
Adopted from a Rescue in Faribault (Minnesota) along with his brother, Cody, Andy is from a litter of nine Black Lab/German Shepherd puppies. He attended the National K-9 School for Dog Trainers with Sarah, where he was a quick study and went from zero obedience training to becoming an AKC Canine Good Citizen in two weeks. Besides obedience training (which he actually really enjoys!), Andy loves to run his agility course, nap in the sun, and gnaw on the occasional raw marrow bone. Maybe more than anything else, he loves to bite the back of his brother’s neck – it’s a lab thing.
Cody, Playtime Coordinator
Cody attended the “That’s My Dog E-cademy Trainer’s School” with Sarah where he quickly became off-leash reliable even with distractions. Cody is a happy-go-lucky lab, through and through. He loves to play fetch and distribute the contents of the toy box throughout the house. When not playing fetch with the humans, Cody can usually be found antagonizing his brother, usually by neck biting or stealing whatever toy Andy happens to be interested in at the moment. Be warned, Cody also has mind control powers that can convince people to let him out into the backyard or give him treats (don’t stare at his picture too closely…).
Bub, Head of Security
Bub was rescued from a life on the street, surviving outside alone one winter as a kitten. She’s got the scars to prove she lived a wild life before settling down, but prefers to talk about canned meats and catnip these days. Always on the prowl (or napping), she makes a point to evaluate and keep an eye on all the dogs that come around. Dignified and self-possessed (unless we’re talking about tuna), Bub likes to help test a dog’s self-control by presenting herself as a real-world distraction (read: temptation), but smartly stays just out of reach.
Bear, Animal Ambassador
Bear taught skills to veterinary technicians at a local university before coming on-board with Paws n Motion to build connections between the different species on the team. Known to dogs and people alike as simply “The Bear”, she can often be found working out with her trusty ball or practicing pouncing, or “punching” Brian, though by all accounts, they both seem to enjoy it. (There are some things here we just don’t question.) She does have a quieter side too – enjoying cuddling, ice cream, and anything soft.
Brian, Brave (but sometimes angry) Bunny
Like Bub, Brian was rescued from a life on the street. He had been found full of fleas on a school playground and brought to the local humane society. Brian came on board with Paws n Motion to help proof dogs with impulse control issues around small prey animals. He has experience working with large dogs face-to-face and coming out on top (with a little assistance from the humans). When not working, Brian enjoys hay and “bunny chilling” in his 3-floor luxury rabbit condo with floor-to-ceiling windows and coordinating carpet. But his most favorite thing in the world might be his granola-dispensing treat ball.