Trailblazing Tails is a Dog Running Service whose mission since 2007 has been to help keep your loved ones happy and healthy by physically and mentally stimulating them on every run!  We also offer dog walking, dog training, pet sitting, mobile vet tech care, and pet first aid and CPR training and are not just reliable, trustworthy dog lovers but also trained to read canine body language and dog behavior to quickly make good decisions.  With over 10 years of devoted service, we work hard to reinforce the good behaviors our pet parents work for everyday, and are fully insured and bonded through Business Insurers of the Carolinas.

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Tricia is a dog person who grew up on a small farm in rural Iowa.  With a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, she believes that if her clients and staff are happy, the quality of life will improve for so many dogs and [their] people; envisioning TbT as a place where humans and dogs become the best team they can be through force-free compassion and science-based methods. She is a Pet Tech Certified Pet First Aid and CPR Instructor, Pet First Aid and CPR Instructor for the Dog Walking Academy in Portland, OR, a Be a Tree presenter, and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Enjoys spending her free time reading and listening to seminars from some of her favorite dog people, such as, Patricia McConnell, PhD, Jean Donaldson and Dr. Sophia Yin. Dedicated professional devoted to learning as much as she can about dogs and pet first aid. 

Tricia is a dog person who grew up on a small farm in rural Iowa.  With a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, she believes that if her clients and staff are happy, the quality of life will improve for so many dogs and [their] people; envisioning TbT as a place where humans and dogs become the best team they can be through force-free compassion and science-based methods. She is a Pet Tech Certified Pet First Aid and CPR Instructor, Pet First Aid and CPR Instructor for the Dog Walking Academy in Portland, OR, a Be a Tree presenter, and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Enjoys spending her free time reading and listening to seminars from some of her favorite dog people, such as, Patricia McConnell, PhD, Jean Donaldson and Dr. Sophia Yin. Dedicated professional devoted to learning as much as she can about dogs and pet first aid. 

Tricia Case
Owner

Christy May
Manager, Bend

Connor was born and raised in SW Portland and has been there ever since. Never having the chance to have a pet of his own, he made an effort to simply be with dogs whenever he could. Connor began sitting for his friend’s and family's dogs and quickly became attached. Today, he is trained in Pet first aid and CPR and a proud member of TBT. He cares for dogs whenever he can while attending college in Downtown Portland for a BFA in game art and design. He plans to adopt up to three dogs of his own in the near future and be the best owner he possibly can for them.

Connor was born and raised in SW Portland and has been there ever since. Never having the chance to have a pet of his own, he made an effort to simply be with dogs whenever he could. Connor began sitting for his friend’s and family's dogs and quickly became attached. Today, he is trained in Pet first aid and CPR and a proud member of TBT. He cares for dogs whenever he can while attending college in Downtown Portland for a BFA in game art and design. He plans to adopt up to three dogs of his own in the near future and be the best owner he possibly can for them.

Connor Hessel
Coach, Portland

Elissa is a lifelong dog lover who has made animals and animal welfare the focus of decades of experience through her MS in Animals and Public Policy, BS in Animal and Equine Science, volunteer work in shelters, rescues, rehabilitation centers, and vet clinics. Previously an animal welfare policy analyst, she enjoys improving the ways in which we share the world with our canine companions for increased quality of life and health for both canines and their two-legged counterparts. Happiest when she’s running and spending time with dogs, Elissa embraces TbT’s mission and loves working with everyone who is a part of the TbT family.

Elissa is a lifelong dog lover who has made animals and animal welfare the focus of decades of experience through her MS in Animals and Public Policy, BS in Animal and Equine Science, volunteer work in shelters, rescues, rehabilitation centers, and vet clinics. Previously an animal welfare policy analyst, she enjoys improving the ways in which we share the world with our canine companions for increased quality of life and health for both canines and their two-legged counterparts. Happiest when she’s running and spending time with dogs, Elissa embraces TbT’s mission and loves working with everyone who is a part of the TbT family.

Elissa Sosland
Director of Operations

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Robin Sargan
Manager, Los Angeles

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Mary Walsh
Coach, Portland

Christina grew up on a small farm, where it seemed natural to talk to the animals, and sometimes they seemed to talk back. While earning her Ph.D. in Political Science, she began volunteering for Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue, adopted an easy-going but headstrong boy, Jake, and trained him to run with her. She continued fostering dogs and doing temperament evaluations for rescue, trained with Jake, and ran her first 50-kilometer trail race.  In 2009, Christina’s interest in dog training took off. The inspiration: Pippa, a struggling female Ridgeback with lots of fear and a heart of gold. Pippa slowly blossomed and became a confident companion through a combination of medical care, professorial research, teacherly patience, and athletic training. In return, Pippa helped Christina learn how to talk and how to listen. This is Christina’s passion and her approach: helping people and their dogs become the best team they can be with a holistic, compassionate approach.

Christina grew up on a small farm, where it seemed natural to talk to the animals, and sometimes they seemed to talk back. While earning her Ph.D. in Political Science, she began volunteering for Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue, adopted an easy-going but headstrong boy, Jake, and trained him to run with her. She continued fostering dogs and doing temperament evaluations for rescue, trained with Jake, and ran her first 50-kilometer trail race.  In 2009, Christina’s interest in dog training took off. The inspiration: Pippa, a struggling female Ridgeback with lots of fear and a heart of gold. Pippa slowly blossomed and became a confident companion through a combination of medical care, professorial research, teacherly patience, and athletic training. In return, Pippa helped Christina learn how to talk and how to listen. This is Christina’s passion and her approach: helping people and their dogs become the best team they can be with a holistic, compassionate approach.

Christina Gray
Director of Education, Portland

Growing up on a small farm in rural Iowa, the animals would be found surrounding Erica.  She always had the knack for communicating with them.  This knack grew into a career as a vet tech and almost 10 years later, you can find her coaching dogs and providing mobile vet tech services for TbT.  Her extensive experience in her field is now available to our TbT clients!

Growing up on a small farm in rural Iowa, the animals would be found surrounding Erica.  She always had the knack for communicating with them.  This knack grew into a career as a vet tech and almost 10 years later, you can find her coaching dogs and providing mobile vet tech services for TbT.  Her extensive experience in her field is now available to our TbT clients!

Erica Eason
Mobile Vet Tech/Coach, Portland

Melanie is the Manager for our Portland location. She grew up surrounded by animals on a small animal sanctuary in southern CA. Her innate passion for animals has continued into her adult life and she is rarely seen without a dog by her side. Melanie is interested rescue and rehabilitation and has an adopted dog of her own. Both a runner and outdoor enthusiast, she feels right at home wherever running the pups takes her.  

Melanie is the Manager for our Portland location. She grew up surrounded by animals on a small animal sanctuary in southern CA. Her innate passion for animals has continued into her adult life and she is rarely seen without a dog by her side. Melanie is interested rescue and rehabilitation and has an adopted dog of her own. Both a runner and outdoor enthusiast, she feels right at home wherever running the pups takes her.  

Melanie Barber
Manager, Portland

Carlee has always been an animal lover.  There was never a time she was not surrounded by dogs, cats and other critters. Her passion for dog training was sparked when she became a volunteer at the Oregon Humane Society.  After 20 years in retail management Carlee switched careers and received her personal training certification and is a group fitness instructor. Carlee is an avid runner and has a trail running group that explores the wonderful trails of Portland. She spends her spare time hiking, volunteering and along with her husband of 17 years spoiling their two dogs Winston and Lola, both rescue dogs from CA.

Carlee has always been an animal lover.  There was never a time she was not surrounded by dogs, cats and other critters. Her passion for dog training was sparked when she became a volunteer at the Oregon Humane Society.  After 20 years in retail management Carlee switched careers and received her personal training certification and is a group fitness instructor. Carlee is an avid runner and has a trail running group that explores the wonderful trails of Portland. She spends her spare time hiking, volunteering and along with her husband of 17 years spoiling their two dogs Winston and Lola, both rescue dogs from CA.

Carlee Roe
Coach, Portland