CityPets Handlers come from a variety of backgrounds, including farming, hunting, horse riding, conservation, and other outdoor and animal-related pursuits. They are practical, internally motivated, emotionally intelligent, no. 8 wire type people, with integrity and of course, a passion for animals.
If you think you have what it takes to become a CityPets handler, own a station wagon or larger vehicle, hold a clean license, love a challenge and have a professional work ethic, send your CV and cover letter to: including experiences you've had working with animals.
flash - founder - director
Flash is the Founding Director of CityPets and it's her vision that grew CityPets from a local dog-walking business to New Zealand's number one Adventure Dog Walking Company.
Flash grew up horse riding, tramping, swimming, and learning bushcraft, always with a large group of adopted dogs by her side. She has spent her life adopting, training, and socialising unwanted dogs before finding them permanent homes.
Taylor - handler - admin
Taylor realised early on in life that her life's passion was working with dogs. By the time she became part of the CityPets team, she could already boast extensive experience working in doggy daycares and kennels.
Taylor's love of the outdoors coupled with her passion for seeing dogs run their hearts out in the wilderness makes her a perfect fit with the CityPets ethos of allowing dogs to be true to their canine natures.
Not only is she an accomplished handler, but she also runs the administration team with the same amount of diligence and perfectionism as she brings to the dogs.
john - handler
A creative type John trained as a thespian both at home and in London where, amongst other roles, he wrangled Zombies in NZ's hit export 'The Generation Of Z'.
As John travelled throughout the UK he was able to keep his canine addiction in check by dog and house-sitting, using his experience working in his family's kennels to land him the choicest homes all over the country.
Once back in New Zealand he found CityPets combined with his theatre life, provided a perfect work life balance. It is not uncommon to hear him rehearsing his lines to his attentive hounds while he's out in the wilderness and thinks no one is listening.
Maddie is in the final months of her MSc in biological science and luckily for CityPets dogs and people, has decided to continue with CityPets after she graduates.
An avid horsewoman, Maddie spent her youth riding for St Heliers Pony Club, fostering SPCA kittens, and training the neighborhood dogs, so it is no surprise to the people in her life, she has found her happy place, living, breathing, and dreaming about dogs, her every waking hour.
Maddie - handler - admin
Josh is in his second year of paramedicine and while he's not studying for exams or riding shotgun during placements, you can find him hitting the hills with his high energy packs, burning off their excess energy, and his at the same time.
A keen surfer and lifeguard, it comes as no surprise that he's the first to put up his hand when the tide and weather are right and Canine Swimming Adventures is on the menu.
Notably, the dogs can't get enough of him, which is ultimately the best endorsement a handler could have!
Josh - handler
Most handlers begin working for CityPets while putting themselves through their tertiary education which means eventually it's time for our handlers to graduate and move on with the next stages of their lives.
The wonderful side of being part of the CityPets team is no one ever truly leaves the pack. Long beyond their final day handling, the camaraderie and shared experiences keep people united and it's not uncommon for an occasional sick day to be claimed in order that a handler can be reunited with their packs once more.
There's also awesome handler reunions involving excellent work stories which never get old.
Once a CityPets handler always a CityPets handler.
When James isn't running his pack of high energy hounds through off-track trails and hills around Auckland, he pursues his thespian passion as Detective Darryl Warwick on Shortland Street and Remmington from Pleasuredome.
James' runs are not for the faint-hearted which is why he takes out the boisterous and high energy packs who have the energy to spare for another hill and one last run down a stream!
Before CityPets, Abigail was the Head Research Assistant studying humpback whales in Rarotonga and the Cook Islands. During that time she also operated the drone filming the whales and edited an award-winning video using her drone footage.
Abigail also holds a certificate of Animal Management and a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Biodiversity. She is a keen diver and is passionate about preserving our environment.
Needless to say, Abigail is a talented and resourceful handler and the dogs love her to bits!
Sam is our mountain man who spends all his free time in the wild outdoors, hunting, fishing and spearfishing
meaning he's in his element taking our wilderness dogs into wild and isolated locations.
Sam rescued his dog Rye from life on a chain and taught him everything, - from the basics like 'sit' and 'come' all the way to being a capable duck retriever. Now Rye has a loving family and Sam has an amazing dog and friend.
Sam has a degree in Economics and International Business from Auckland University and left CityPets to pursue a job which involves wearing a suit and lots of important numbers. Sam misses his dogs and comes back to handle for CityPets on his days off.
Naomi's love of animals has had her doing years of volunteering with animal organisations, first for the RSPCA in the UK, then in NZ, she volunteered at the Auckland zoo and the Royal NZ Bird Rescue, looking after sick native birds. In her spare time, she knits blankets to send to Africa for orphaned rhinos.
Naomi has a double majored degree (Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy), plus tertiary qualifications in animal husbandry and handling, photography, and canine behaviour and psychology.
When she's not handling her CityPets packs, she runs a teeny weeny publishing company from her front room
Pack life is something Briar had figured out before she was six. From as early as she could mount her horse independently, she travelled anywhere by horseback, including to school and visit friends, and always with her faithful dogs by her side.
Briar recently completed her masters in politics, specifically conflict and terrorism studies. so unsurprisingly, handling for CityPets is a breath of fresh air after many long years buried in academia studying conflict and terrorism.
Fredy hales from the far shores of Mexico where he grew up as his family's 'crazy animal lover", so it was no surprise that his first jobs were working in kennels around the world.
Since handling for CityPets, Fredy has become increasingly interested in canine social behaviour and it is evident he understands it well as his packs consistently return home calm, happy, and with smiles on their faces.
Fredy has a degree in Construction Management where he came top of his class.
Julian grew up in a family of passionate Irish Setter breeders and showers so his love of all things canine is in his blood.
Julian holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration, as well as Paramedicine.
On his rostered days off you can find Julian taking to the hills, recharging his batteries with packs of CityPets hounds, the perfect balance to a career dedicated to saving people's lives.
Georgina joined our admin team with a Bachelor of Commerce, Marketing, and International Business.
She brings a highly pragmatic and animal-focused approach to our team of intrepid handlers, happy to step into the mud, inclement weather and west coast wind.
Like the rest of our team, she's a passionate believer in animal rights.
Hanne is a Norwegian Viking who lives the saying, 'there's no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.'
This held her in good stead as a wilderness adventurer, happy to brave the elements and get wet and muddy while taking our dogs that extra mile.
Hanne holds a Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology and is a keen conservationist, she also fosters kittens.
Natasha is responsible for the communication between handlers, clients and the rest of our team. When asked about her life experiences and accomplishments, without hesitation she responded that she'd successfully performed CPR and mouth to mouth resuscitation both on her pet rat and on her pet rabbit, of whom both went on to live happy and healthy lives until old age.
She's worked in animal rescue shelters in Melbourne and fostered large numbers of dogs and kittens but her CPR story pretty much sums up everything which is important about her, and the rest is just twiddle twaddle.
Isaac comes to the Waikato where he lived with his family on a lifestyle block hosting a wide variety of animals which is what led to his deep and enduring love of all animals.
Isaac holds a PhD in medicine along with his Bachelor of Surgery. He was a gold medalist at the 2008 Oceania Continental Karate Championship as well as being NZ Gold Medalist 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009.
Isaac speaks fluent Mandarin which he endeavoured to teach the dogs while out on their Adventures.
Jordy comes from rural Gisborne where she spent time mustering with large packs of farm dogs.
She has the kiwi number 8 wire attitude in spades and is never afraid to run the extra mile.
She holds a conjoint Bachelor of Science, (Earth Science) and Bachelor of Engineering.
She's a keen sportswoman who coaches youth cricket, before she came to Auckland was a volunteer Lifeguard.
When Solomon isn't touring the world as a circus performer, you'll find him taking out packs of dogs to the most remote and isolated locations CityPets has to offer.
Being Flash's son, Solomon grew up surrounded by dogs of every description, making canine communication his second language.
He is currently studying Circus at CODARTS in Rotterdam and returns to NZ periodically to recharge with the dogs on Auckland's wild and woolly west coast beaches and forests.