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Cathi Overend's picture

Cathi has moved to Mankato from Lake Villa, Illinois, and brings with her much experience in dog training and people management. She worked at Shag Bark Pet Retreat as the Training Manager for over four years. To mention a few of her accolades, Cathi has completed certifications in CPDT-KA-CCPDT and is also pet certified in First Aid and CPR.  In her new position, Cathi is looking forward to learning our programs and systems, and looking for ways to improve them. Moving us into becoming, a day school for dogs and improving our daycare and boarding programs. She is interested in staff development and staff training of our team. Cathi has a passion for animals. She has brought her fur family with her, a 14year old Australian Cattle Dog Boxer mix named Lefty, and a 14year old Poodle Shih Tzu named Jazzy. Cathi and her family live on property at The Paw.

Cathi Overend
Dog Training and Pet Care Team Supervisor

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Maddie has been with The Paw since August of 2016. She is our Pet Care Lead and also helps out as a Front Desk Specialist. She has completed training on understanding canine body language, and group play through the nationally recognized Dog Gurus.


Maddie has two fur-babies of her own; Jasper, a 2 year old Golden Retriever and Benson a 5 month old Golden Retriever.


Her favorite thing about working at The Paw is getting to know each individual dog’s personality and quirks. She enjoys being able to build relationships with all of our amazing customers and their fur-children.


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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Katie has been employed at the paw since April 2016, as a Pet Care Attendant. She has completed training on understanding the variety of dog behaviors both good, and bad through the Dog Gurus.

She has two dogs, Piper and Olive, with whom she spends a lot of her time. Piper is a 3.5 year old Lab/Pit mix and Olive is a 4 month old Lab/Aussie mix.

Katie’s favorite thing about working at The Paw, getting to build relationships with every animal that walks in the door. As well as learning something new, every day when she comes in to work.

Pet Care Attendant/ Front Desk Associate

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Liz has been working at The Paw since May of 2017. She is one of our pet care staff members. She has completed training on understanding canine body language, and off leash play through Dog Gurus. 


Liz has an 8 year old border collie mix named Skeeter. 


Her favorite thing about working at The Paw is being able to help our more nervous furry friends out of their shells and bring out their true personalities. She also enjoys getting into the pool and swimming with the dogs! 

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

Dawn Finch's picture

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

Linda Murray's picture

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