Meet the Team
Laurie Raymond, founder and guide. Now in her 70s, she has worked in many animal related fields including grooming, training, showing, animal sheltering, writing, retail and wildlife rehab. She'll be a member of the co-op, but has already started, with 2 others, a new business offering support services to landlords and tenants of pet-friendly rental housing. She lives in Glenwood Springs with 2 dogs, Rascal and Skipper.
Robbi Villemarie, manager. Robbi has been around dogs her whole life; loved them her whole life; and worked with them professionally for 20 years - 12 of them at High Tails. She resides in Silt with her two dogs, a cat and husband, Dan.
Becky Spagnolo, retail and day care specialist. Becky has lived in Glenwood Springs for over 20 years. She was one of the initial organizers implementing the need for and creation of the Glenwood Springs dog park. She and her husband, Cory, were small business owners in town and she has worked extensively with animals in the fields of retail, boarding and daycare.
Cara Murray, professional groomer and daycare specialist. Cara grew up in a grooming and day care facility as her mother herself is a groomer. She began as a bather/brusher, and by the age of 15 picked up her first set of clippers to begin learning to groom. Since becoming a certified groomer at the age of 19, she has over 20 years experieince in the field. She also has a passion for rescusing, rehabilitating and carefully rehoming animals -- especially bully breeds.
Shauna Harlow, professional groomer and social media. Shauna has been working with dogs & cats for over 20 years. She started as a vet assistant where there was a grooming shop in the vet hospital. After seeing how much grooming can help dogs and cats her grooming career took off, and she has been grooming for 15 years ever since. She has a house full of dogs, with her favorite breed being the Chinese Sharpei. Her friends affectionately call her Shaunadoodle because she loves grooming doodles, but she is an all breed dog groomer that also grooms cats!
Danielle, retail and day care specialist. Danielle is a mid-western transplant who has enjoyed becoming an outdoor enthusiast in the beautiful mountains of Colorado since 2012. She holds a certificate in veterinary assisting, but prefers to work in the pet industry in either a retail, grooming, or day care/boarding setting. Her best friend and partner in crime, an 80 lbs. mutt named Jesse James, absolutely loves hanging out at High Tails.
Lacy King, website and social media. She is a proud native of GWS and is the owner of LIVING - The Plant & Pet Workshop. She has worked on and off for High Tails the past 6 years and hopes to bring more locally made products to the stores shelves. She has over 15 years experience working with animals in many different capacities such as retail, farming, boarding, day care, grooming, and animal welfare. She lives in Glenwood Springs with 3 dogs, 2 cats, chickens, and her husband, David.
Heather Wilkinson, bookkeeper. Heather is the proud pet parent of Dylan, (an energetic pitbull,) and Stella, (a lively, adventurous human child.) She is a seasoned bookkeeper that brings a high level of business skill to High Tails, and is currently pursuing her CPA.