Meet the Staff
Tyee Chief and Founder of Lovable Pets
With Us Forever in Spirit
Max Director of Doggie Relations
Our beagle Max has held this position at Lovable Pets for 13 years now, and he has become very well known by just about everyone. He still likes to howl “welcome” to visitors. In his free time, Max likes to go for hikes and walks to sniff stuff out. Of course, chasing rabbits is his favorite thing in the world! He never seems to run out of energy even at age 13 (it must be all the good food he gets from Lovable Pets). Max can make all dogs feel welcome coming into Lovable Pets. He really lives up to his prestigious title.
Marty Vice President of Customer Service
Marty the beagle joined the Lovable Pets team in 2014 at the age of six. His story is quite remarkable given his rocky past. He spent the first six years of his life in a pharmaceutical research laboratory in Colorado where he was used to test drugs. As a result of this terrible life, he was quite traumatized when he was finally released from the research facility. Imagine living in a cage your whole life, never seeing the sunshine, or being outside? Marty had to learn how to start his life all over again in a whole new world. With the help of an amazing rescue organization called Kindness Ranch located in Wyoming, and his new family (Ellie & Jeremy Hansen-Lovable Pets Owners), Marty emerged from his past tail wagging high, proud, forgiving and kind. Marty has also become quite a celebrity. He was featured in articles in Animal Wellness Magazine (2015), Yellowstone Valley Woman (2016), and All Animals (2016). Marty has big plans to help end animal testing one day!
Eddie Supervisor of Sales
Eddie is a beagle mix and he joined the Lovable Pets staff in 2014. His story is also quite amazing given his tough history. Eddie spent the first eight years of his life in a research laboratory. As a result of this torturous life, Eddie was not the most trusting guy when we met him. But with the love of his family (Ellie & Jeremy Hansen-Lovable Pets Owners), Eddie has learned to love being a dog. What else can we say about Eddie…well, he is one unique and awesome dude! Besides being a gentle soul, he is very intelligent and is always thinking and observing. He may look quiet and reserved at work, but at home he is quite a goof ball with tons of personality. On his days off, Eddie loves going for walks, and he likes showing how fast he can run. Rolling in the grass is one of his favorite things in the whole world, so we make sure he gets to do that a lot.
Jessica Tippett Fluffer of Doggos
Jess has been grooming dogs since 2008, and she has been part of the Lovable Pets grooming salon for nine years. She says “I still can’t imagine a better job!” Jess loves grooming older dogs and making sure that they are pretty, clean and comfortable. Her favorite breed of dog is the miniature Schnauzer. “I can relate to their sassy attitudes…mostly all bark but just enough sass,” Jess says. She owns her own precious mini Schnauzer named Finn, whom she fondly calls “Gremlin.” Finn is a great doorbell that she still does not know how to turn off after a few minutes of barking. Jess also loves taking Finn out most mornings for an off-leash walk before work, and enjoys hiking in the summer and fall.
Britney Doely, CFMG Feline Fur Stylist & Fluffer of Doggos
Britney has been with the Lovable Pets Grooming Salon for six years years and is our Certified Master Cat Groomer (CFMG), as well as a dog groomer. There are only two CFMGs in the state of Montana. Britney earned her certification in 2014, and watching her groom cats has been described as “ninja-like.” In addition to her love for grooming kitties, Britney is passionate about animal rescue and welfare. She has fostered for Rimrock Humane Society several times, and has several rescued pets as well. Her furry family includes her dogs Abby, Piper, Spi, Pixel, and kitties Butters and Princess. Britney loves her kitty clients and is always excited to help them live their healthiest, happiest lives.
Kylee Kromee Bather/ Groomer-in-Training
Kylee joined the Lovable Pets team in 2015, working primarily as a bather of their furry clients. She is currently training under Rae Traver to become a groomer herself and one day earn the privilege of calling herself a Certified Master Groomer. Kylee has only one cat right now named Phantom, but has aspirations to grow her family to include more cats, a Husky, and even a Maltese or two.
Rachel Traver Healthy, Happy Pets Associate
Rachel has been part of the Lovable Pets team for almost four years. Rachel loves educating customers about cats, and she has earned the nickname “Cat Owner Therapist.” She also is enthusiastic about dog nutrition and completing detail-oriented tasks at Lovable Pets that no one else loves to do. In her free time Rachel loves playing with her rats “Relish the Troll King”, “Pickles”, “Gandolf”, and “Fritz.” Oh, and her sister Rae is the head of our grooming salons—when we say we’re like family at Lovable Pets, we actually mean it!
Ellie Hansen President of Pet Happiness
Ellie started Lovable Pets back in 2006 as a small doggie bakery. As the years have passed, while Lovable Pets has grown, she continues to make it her life mission to make pets happy and healthy–hence her very business-like title. Ellie is very active in the animal community. She is a District Leader for the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and a member of the HSUS Animal Rescue Team. Ellie is also an outspoken advocate against animal testing and a published writer. She has adopted two beagles rescued from animal testing, and wrote a story that was published in Animal Wellness Magazine (April/May 2015) entitled A New Life for Marty about her experience rehabilitating a rescued laboratory research beagle. She is also the author of the book Fly to Me: Extraordinary Lessons of Life and Death from a Little Dog, which will be available in Spring 2019. In her free time, Ellie loves doing hot yoga, spending time with her three dogs—Max, Marty and Eddie–and her horse Melody, and of course her wonderful husband and business partner Jeremy, who is always there to support all her unconventional projects and life work.
Jeremy Hansen Chief Bone Counter
Since Jeremy was a kid he has always been an entrepreneur. He started his business career mowing lawns and shoveling sidewalks as a boy. Knowing that he always wanted to own a business, he obtained his degree in Business Finance and co-owns Lovable Pets with his loving, great business partner, and wife Ellie. Lovable Pets has been his biggest life challenge, but the most rewarding. His favorite part of Lovable Pets is working with very talented, hard-working, creative and fun people that love being at work with each other. So if you come in and see Jeremy smiling it’s because life doesn’t get any better than working with great people, great customers and great pets on a daily basis. When Jeremy is not busy being our resident handy-man extraordinaire, Excel mastermind and number cruncher, he is avidly enjoying the outdoors of Montana including fishing, hunting and camping.
Rae Traver, NCMG Chief Choreographer of Wet Dogs & Fur Styling
Rae helped build Lovable Pets’ first grooming salon over nine years ago, and she has been grooming here ever since. Rae has been grooming since 2002 and has had the opportunity to learn techniques at five salons across the Northwest. She originally learned the trade at the Alaska SPCA, in her home state, and migrated to Montana to get a degree in Equestrian Studies from Rocky Mountain College. She enjoys spending huge amounts of time perfecting her art through continued education and has had the opportunity to compete, earning a third in the poodle class. She is currently a Certified Master Groomer through the National Dog Groomers Association of America (NADGAA). She competes in a variety of dog sports including conformation, nosework, agility, obedience, dock diving and herding with her dogs Zulu, Ryelie, Kenai, and Brekka, all of whom can be seen gracing the big arm chair in grooming while working hard at their advertising jobs (a.k.a. looking beautiful). She also has an Appaloosa, Azure, who is currently helping teach in the Rocky Mountain College Equestrian program and in the off season enjoys traveling to local shows where she pretends to be amazing (and sometimes is!) Currently she is very excited about doing more continuing education and participating in more competitions.
Rosanne Bailey, NCG Fluffer of Doggos
Rosanne joined the Lovable Pets team in 2012. She obtained her National Certified Sporting Groomer title 2015 and is continuing to work towards her Master Groomer Certification. Rosanne really enjoys Asian Fusion Modern grooming and loves to be creative and try new styles. She hopes to compete in Asian Fusion someday. Rosanne’s furry family consists of a senior cat named Moon and 2 dogs named Panda and Vivi. Panda is a border collie mix who has been her hiking companion for many years. Vivi is an Australian cattle dog who has been a hilarious, lively addition to her family from Rimrock Humane Society. Vivi enjoys coming to work with Rosanne to demand treats and belly rubs from her co-workers. Rosanne enjoys hiking, backpacking, and visiting her hometown of West Yellowstone with her dogs, friends, and co-workers.
Elease Krueger Fluffer of Doggos
Elease started working at Lovable Pets back in 2010. In fact, she was one of their very first employees! In 2012, Elease decided to pursue a career in grooming at PetSmart, where she received training. Six years later, when a position became available in the grooming salon at Lovable Pets in 2018, she jumped at the chance. Elease has a Bachelors Degree in Art. She likes to joke, “I have chosen my medium and it is dog hair—so I guess I’m technically still using my degree.” Elease loves grooming, and has a special place in her heart for grooming puppies, helping them to like it and not be scared of it. Elease spends her free time busy with family activities, and loving and caring for her animals including dogs Annie and Wicket, three cats and backyard chickens.
Zachary Marman Healthy, Happy Pets Associate
Zach has been part of the Lovable Pets team for seven years. He likes to joke with people saying “I walked in here seven years ago to buy a pupcake and never left.” Zach has always enjoyed working with people and is driven to research everything 10 times more than he should—making his job at Lovable Pets a perfect fit. Since Zach started working at Lovable Pets, he has started a family which includes two boys. In his free time Zach likes to collect art and hang out with his family and two dogs, Harley and Nova.
Megan Green Healthy, Happy Pets Associate (a.k.a Papillon Purist)
Megan has always had a love of animals, and even worked at Zoo Montana for a while, where she learned just how important daily enrichment is for all of our animals. She came to Lovable Pets to share her love of animal enrichment with everyone who visits. Megan has two show papillons, Simon and Ditto, as well as her mutt Payton and a household of other pets. In her free time she competes in a variety of dog sports, creates art of different animals, and gives her pets the best care she can.
Kristin Kolstad Bather/Fluffer of Doggos
Kristin absolutely adores animals. She has two cats–Johnny age 10, and her newest addition Sapphire that she adopted through Lovable Pets. Kristin has been grooming since 2003. In 2009 she took a break to raise her children. Kristin is so happy to get back into Grooming with Lovable Pets, where started working again last year. She says “I absolutely adore my job at Lovable Pets!” Kristin finds grooming very therapeutic and loves the transformation that takes place in each groom and she always tries to make pets as happy as she can. Occasionally you will hear her singing to the pups on her table, always trying to make it fun for them as well. Her goal is to help keep pets looking and smelling wonderful while working towards her Master Grooming Certificate. She would eventually love to get back into grooming cats again as well. In her spare time Kristin enjoys spending time with her three amazing children and her wonderful soulmate Robert. She enjoys reading, writing and has her own online blog about cooking adventures.