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, pet first aid and CPR training, and Be a Tree training. Our aim is to be the leaders of safe, positive, force and fear-free handling! We are not just reliable, trustworthy dog lovers but also trained to read canine body language and dog behavior to quickly make good decisions. With almost 12 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, a  Be a Tree  presenter, and a proud member of the  Professional Pet Guild . 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, a Be a Tree presenter, and a proud member of the Professional Pet Guild. 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
Founder

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Lydia Manning
Coach

  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

 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
CEO

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Nadia Riabkova
Coach

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Gail Mosh
Coach

 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

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Charlie Moses-Wilson
Coach

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Peggianne Dominguez
Coach

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Kari Hays
Coach