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My name is Angel Nassif and I am from the Dennison, MN area. I graduated from University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education. I grew up in the dog world showing, training and breeding American Eskimos. My family has been showing and training dogs for almost 40 years. I have worked with many different breeds of dogs in training, showing, and boarding situations. I have a huge passion for companion animals and the education of their owners. Education is the key to success in pet ownership, and I want to help as much as I can in that process. I am excited to be at the Paw to interact with all the owners and their companions, helping with the bond of dog to human. I have three American Eskimos Chewy, Eve and Viktor who I compete and train with in Conformation, obedience, rally, nosework, and agility. 

Angel Nassif
Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education
General Manager

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Maddie has always had a love for animals growing up and had plans of pursuing a future career doing so.  She is currently getting an associates degree as a Vet-Tech along with a business degree at MNSU.

Maddie recently started her fur baby family when she added her golden retriever, Jasper to the family.

Her favorite thing about working at The Paw is being able to build a relationship with each individual dog and getting to know their personality!


Lead Pet Care Attendant and Front Desk Associate

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Ami grew up in Propser, Texas.  She has four furbabies: Presto (mini pit), Jami (golden) and Macaroni & Gouda (orange tabby). Ami’s favorite thing about working at The Paw is meeting and getting to know all of the animals.

Lead Front Desk Associate

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Tori has lived in a small town in Minnesota her whole life, surrounded by all sorts of animals. She decided to rescue her own fur baby, Bella Boo, in 2016 before moving to Mankato.

She is currently a student at MNSU for business management and hopes to eventually pursue a career in IT. 

Her favorite thing about working at The Paw is getting to know all the dogs and learning their personalities!

Front Desk Associate

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Growing up in Mankato, Katie has had a wide varitety of animals. Her dog piper is in the furry little puppy in the photo with her!

She is a student at MNSU studying corrections and hopes to someday serve as a probation officer working with adults.

Katies favorite thing about working at The Paw is having the opportunity to get to know every animal.

Pet Care Attendant

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Laura grew up in the country, in Mapleton, MN. She has always had an animal in her life; from hedgehogs and birds to dogs and horses. She currently has a mixed breed rescued pup named Thelma.  Laura learned about grooming as an assistant at The Paw's Vanity Fur.  She found that she loved grooming and expanded her skills, becoming a lead groomer for Vanity Fur.  Her favorite thing about working at The Paw, is that it challenges her to meet and exceed expectations.  In her free time she is active in softball and volleyball.

Grooming Technician

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Dogs have always been a big part of my life. My family once raised Brittanies, and we were active in the MN Brittany Club, competed in field trials, obedience shows, conformation shows, as well as hunting and field training. Throughout my adult life my interest in dogs and dog training has only grown. I currently participate in on a national level in agility, confirmation, rally, obedience and herding. I have had the opportunity to own and work with a wide variety of dogs - Brittany, Labrador Retriever, Miniature Pinscher, Rat Terrier, Basset Hound, Old English Sheepdog, Bluetick Coonhound, Australian Cattledog and mixed breeds. They have all given me experience in the diverse personalities and training needs of a wide variety of dogs. It brings me joy to share my lifetime of canine knowledge as an instructor. I enjoy competing with my dogs. However, my number one priority is for my dogs and I to have a strong bond. This is also my goal for every student team and family who comes through my classes.  

Dawn Finch
Dog Trainer

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I have attended obedience classes offered by almost every instructor in the Mankato area, beginning in 1976! In 1995, I attended my first agility class in St. Cloud. Since 2000, I have offered classes in Rally, Back Packing, Weight Pulling, Carting, Sledding, Nosework as well as Obedience Training. My own dogs have titled in obedience, rally, sheep herding, lure coursing, snow pull, weight pull, agility, conformation, Barn Hunt, therapy and working Samoyed titles. I am a member of numerous dog clubs and offer a diversified background of dog knowledge to my students.  

Linda Murray
Dog Trainer