The team

dog walking at the beach



CityPets Handlers hale 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 socializing unwanted dogs before finding them permanent homes.




Taylor realized 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. 




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 an avid horsewoman having spent her youth riding for St Heliers Pony Club.

When she wasn't riding you could find her 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, working for CityPets where she can live, breathe, and talk about dogs, her every waking hour. 

Maddie is in the final months of her MSc in biological science and luckily for CityPets dogs and people, has decided to continue working for CityPets after she graduates.




Zara came to Auckland from sunny Nelson to pursue her lifelong passion for dogs and photography.


She began her canine adventure volunteering for the SPCA, exercising and socializing dogs on weekends while studying photography during the week.

Now Zara balances her passion for photography and dogs by handling for CityPets the first half of the week and pursuing her photography work the second half of her week. 

Zara has a bubbly personality which her dogs adore, and can't wait to join her on her fun and light-hearted.  adventures!



Sophia was born and raised on a Waikato farm in a family passionate about horseback riding and breeding Blue Heelers. As a result, Sophia has an inherent instinct for canine behavior, as well as lashings of farmer-like pragmatism, making her an excellent fit with the CityPets working-dog packs.


Sophia is in her third year of paramedicine. 




Like so many of CityPets handlers, Liam grew up on a dairy farm, where he learned animal husbandry along with an inherent instinct for animal welfare at his parent's side. 

Seven years ago he moved to Auckland where he pursued his passion for music and performance at the New Zealand School of Music, followed by touring New Zealand as a  dub/reggae trombonist. 


Handling for CityPets pulls together his two great loves, dogs and music, so it's no surprise that Liam's packs return relaxed and happy. He sings and plays music to them all adventure long!  



Sha's love of animals and the environment explains his double major in Zoology and Marine Ecology.


Prior to becoming a handler, Sha had worked for Animates, and while he loved the animals, his passion for the great outdoors never left him.  To his delight, CityPets merged his greatest loves, dogs, and the great outdoors!

Sha brings deep love and respect to his dogs. Quiet, calm, and self-assured, Sha's forte is creating a calm and structured space, particularly beneficial to anxious dogs. 








Josh brings energy and enthusiasm in spades to his high-energy packs. He traverses mountains in rain and shine,  and always runs the additional mile to ensure happy smiling dogs at the end of every Adventure. 

Currently, in his third year of paramedicine, Josh is also a professional lifesaver and avid surfer, which explains why he has first dibs on CityPets' Swimming Adventure. 

Josh - handler

past handlers

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 and is now studying to be a vet in Palmerston North. 


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 touring Europe but returns to NZ periodically to recharge with the dogs on Auckland's wild and woolly west coast beaches and forests.