Mike Wilkinson // Co-Owner & Manager
Hailing from the rough-and-tumble streets of the Raytown, Missouri, I made my way to Arizona in 2007 in search of a new adventure. After working an unfulfilling (and dreadfully boring) job for many years, I was presented with the chance to work at Dog Days. I was hesitant at first, but upon my initial visit to the facility, I fell in love with the idea. Since then, it has been my privilege and honor to take care of both owners and their dogs. I could not imagine a more positive, fun, and healthy environment for everyone involved. I believe that it shows, every day, in the attitude of our staff, customers, and most importantly, the pooches that cannot wait to burst through our doors and start playing.
Gabrielle Young // Co-Owner & Manager
I came to Dog Days in the summer of 2012. Born and raised under the hot sun rays of Phoenix, I spent my childhood pet sitting for my neighbors, family friends, and even co-workers. My love for animals started as soon as I could walk up to my Nana’s chicken coop to feed the baby chicks. From then on it was horses, pigs, cows, and of course, dogs. Never in my wild (animal) dreams could I have imagined working and being part of a place where dogs get to come and play in their own element. From mopping up piddle-puddles, to playing fetch with 10 dogs at once, to feeding them a late-night treat, I couldn’t be more excited to come in and immerse myself in the pack. I am a fun-loving, familiar, and excitable to every dog and parent that comes through our doors. I dream of Dog Days prospering not just here in Tempe, but around the valley as well, so LOOK OUT Phoenix!
Michael Erickson // Champion
Michael is originally from Tempe, however he has moved a fair share of times throughout the course of the last 15 years. From Wisconsin to Michigan, to Colorado and California, dogs have always been a big part of his life. Working at Dog Days is really enjoyable and a great opportunity to express myself.
Mike has an Albino 4 and ½ year old Bull Terrier/Pit-bull mix named Zach who really loves coming to work. He was rescued from the kill-list at the Humane Society about 2 years ago and Mike couldn’t be happier with what he’s received in return! Mike firmly believes that the dogs are what come first at Dog Days.
Shane Rendon // Champion
Having worked at many rescue organizations over the years, I came to Dog Days to utilize my many hours of canine experience. I am currently attending an animal behavioral college where I will receive my certification in dog behavioral training. Going forward, I hope to rescue homeless dogs and train
them to be utilized in hospital programs that cater to children and elderly patients.
My ultimate goal is to become involved with search and rescue work. This is a highly specialized field in which I feel like I could be a big contribution.