Our Staff Commerce

Meet our team! Did you know? Each staff member is required to become Pet CPR & First Aid certified before completing their status as a Trainee. This helps ensure our Pack Leaders know how to handle any situations that may arise. We are proud to be surrounded by a team of dedicated dog lovers, some of whom have been with us for over 6 years! Read all about your dog's BFFs below.

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Liz Blondy

Founder and Owner

Founded Canine to Five in 2005

Pets: A Landseer Newfoundland named Clover

Liz is a long-time Detroiter who, after a decade in sales, decided to combine her love of animals and her hometown passion into a career. In 2005, she opened Canine to Five Detroit Dog Daycare in Midtown and in 2013, Canine to Five Ferndale. Both facilities offer daycare, boarding and grooming, and the business also facilitates trainings and hosts events like pack walks and dog-friendly happy hours.

Canine to Five is now recognized as a Detroit small business success story, and Liz has emerged as a staunch and prominent advocate for Detroit’s resurgence. Firmly convinced that small businesses are the key to true revival, she co-founded Open City Detroit, a networking group designed to encourage entrepreneurship, and participates in many initiatives to foster a strong grassroots business community.


Benjamin Paga

Director of Operations

Joined Canine to Five Team in 2015

Pets: 2 dogs named Bonnie & Kiba, 1 cat named Oliver

Ben is our Director of Operations, and going above and beyond for our clients is totally his thing. Coming from a background in the rescue/vet world, Ben says doggy daycare is a completely different environment. "It has been so inspiring to work with a team that loves, adores, and truly wants to learn more and grow with each dog that comes through our door, as well as our clients that treat their pups as their own children."

Ben currently lives in Ferndale with his Shepherd mixes, Bonnie & Kiba, and long haired cat, Oliver. In his free time, Ben enjoys painting, wood burning, trail hikes with his dogs, gardening, and fixing his house. His favorite thing about Canine to Five is “The need to learn more. I love this company because we grow with the times. I love learning more about each and every dog and their individual behaviors, quirks and personalities and then being able to have a conversation with our awesome clients really just makes my day. Seeing a dog go from underconfident to giving that first booty bump to the owner walking in for the first time with a treat pouch is the biggest win for my staff and I. The ability to enrich all dogs' lives is my favorite thing about Canine to Five."


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Director of Marketing & Client Experience

Joined Canine to Five team in 2017

Pets: A Boxer Mix named Charlie & A Cattle Dog/Terrier Mix named Violet

Samantha is the doer of all things. As our Director of Marketing & Client Experience, she is behind all of our client communication and social media, she helps document and improve our processes, maintains our reservation software, updates our website, writes blog posts, and honestly - so much more.

Outside of having an knack for technology, Sam has over 10 years of experience working with animals! She has worked everywhere from grooming salons to vet clinics, working with border patrol K9’s, horses, and has even helped deliver newborn puppies. She loves working at Canine to Five because basically everything she does is also her hobby! Writing, social media, graphic design - it truly is her dream job. Sam also loves that Canine to Five is all about being positive and provides a healthy outlet for dogs who would otherwise be bored at home. "Working for a business that shares your same values and training beliefs is so great. I know my own dogs are happy and safe at Canine to Five, so it's easy for me to communicate the benefits to potential clients when doing my job."

Samantha currently resides in Allen Park with her husband, Matt, her two daughters, Hailey & Hannah, and her two dogs, Charlie & Violet.


cullen perry

Manager of Training & Development

Joined Canine to Five Team in 2012

Pets: 4 dogs - Birdie, Beowulf, Sabretooth, and Charlie, 5 cats - Elvira, Inana, Ishie, Lulu, and Flea, and a catfish named Salvador

Cullen is our dog guru. As our Training Manager, he makes sure all of our Pack Leaders are proficient in dog behavior and body language, and that all of our dogs are being taken care of properly and with positive techniques. When asked what his favorite thing about CTF was, he replied, "The dogs, obviously. I like that we have created an environment that can be healthy, positive, and enriching for so many different personality types. I love that our staff puts in the work to help dogs learn the skills they need to be successful. Our level of dedication and knowledge, matched with customer transparency and education, means that we can provide a beneficial service that is unique within the industry."

Cullen currently resides in Detroit with his 4 dogs, Birdie, Beowulf, Sabretooth, and Charlie, his 5 cats, Elvira, Inana, Ishie, Lulu, and Flea, and his catfish, Salvador.

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Kaitlin Lulofs

Canine Concierge

Joined Canine to Five team in 2016

Pets: A Cocker Spaniel named Noah, and two delicate Millipedes named Thorne and Admiral Rodcocker

Kaitlin is a Pack Leader who joined our team in 2016. She previously lived in Denver, Colorado where she was a live-in care provider for a special needs Chow Chow and studied Mortuary Science. The very first day she moved back to Michigan, she was walking around her neighborhood and saw Canine to Five.. her eyes lit up! She knew she had to work with us.

Kaitlin currently resides in Ferndale with her roommate, her Cocker Spaniel, Noah, and her different species of insects! During her free time, she legitimately plans all year for Halloween, watches Law & Order, and is currently learning how to drive so she can get her license! She is also always trying to convince the world that leggings are pants. Her favorite this about Canine to Five? “All the dog kisses, duh!”


Nicole Parry

Facility Manager

Joined Canine to Five team in 2021

Pets: Shiloh & Daisy the Beagles

Nicole started with Dog City in 2020 prior to it's opening. She helped this dog daycare flourish with her previous experience working at other daycares in the area, and has been so helpful with the transition to Canine to Five! Nicole currently resides in Clarkston with her fiancé, Josh, and their two Beagles. Her favorite thing about dogs is their unconditional love! "No matter how bad of a day I am having, if a dog is around, that can make all of the difference. "

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Maddy Owens

Pet Care Manager

Joined Canine to Five team in 2021

Pets:  Nova the dog, Loki & Luna the cats, Norbert the bearded dragon & Styx the ghost corn snake

Maddy is a certified Dog Trainer who joined Dog City in 2020 to continue doing what she loved - training dogs and educating people about why dogs do what they do and how to to build close relationships with them! She also wanted to continue learning about dogs and how to keep them happy and safe. Prior to joining the team, she was a K9 Tech/Assistant Dog Trainer at a different daycare. Maddy currently resides in Walled Lake with her boyfriend, Collin, and all of her sweet children (no actual kids, just pets (:) In her free time she does… a lot. She loves to craft, hike, train and do fun stuff with Nova, play video games, and go off roading in her Jeep! Maddy's favorite thing about Canine to Five so far is getting to do what she loves, which is hanging out and understanding dogs, and helping people understand dogs!


Miah Pauley

Customer Service & Social Media Assistant

Joined Canine to Five team in 2021

Pets: Kaiser the Great Dane, Hazely the Australian Shepherd/Lab mix, Bolt the Boston Terrier, and a cat named Bubbles

Miah started with Dog City in 2020 because she absolutely loves dogs! Prior to joining the team, she worked in sales. Miah currently resides in Howell with her boyfriend, Evan. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family. Miah's favorite thing about Canine to Five so far is the atmosphere! "It’s such a positive environment to work in."

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Chelsea Yates

Customer Service

Joined Canine to Five team in 2021

Pets: Five dogs: Remington a silver lab, Juneau a Siberian husky, Molly a lab pit mix, Lily a Pitt bull and Tony a Chihuahua. Two Russian tortoises, and a Guinea pig.

Chelsea joined Canine To Five because she loves dogs and was ready to experience something new as her long term, career choice.  She has always grown up with and has been around several house pets and farm animals.  Animals and caring for them have always had a special place in Chelsea's heart. Before joining our team she worked at a restaurant and nannied.  Chelsea currently lives in Commerce with her boyfriend and his parents (and all their pets!)  During her free time, she likes to be active by working out, hiking, playing with her dogs, fishing, being on the lake on her pontoon or kayaking, and pretty much anything outdoors.  Chelsea's favorite thing about Canine To Five is the relationships she has made so far with her coworkers and the clients.

"I love meeting and getting to know people, and this job is perfect for that! Spending time with and meeting adorable pups is a bonus haha! I also love the continuous opportunities I get to expand my knowledge and challenge my skills."


Norah Besmar

Pack Leader

Joined Canine to Five team in 2021

Pets: Kobe the Goldendoodle

Norah is a Pack Leader who started with Dog City in 2020. This gal is a huge dog lover who not only wanted to work in a field with them, but wanted to have some knowledge about dogs as she plans to major in pre-vet for college! Prior to joining our team, Norah worked at a bed and breakfast in Clarkston. She currently resides in Commerce Township with her mom and twin brother where she enjoys hanging out with her friends and participating in school events. Norah's favorite thing about Canine to Five so far is each dog's personality!

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Noah Chrostowski

Pack Leader

Joined Canine to Five Team in 2021

Pets: 2 Dogs; Violet and Georgia, and a few cats to go along with that.

Noah joined Canine To Five to get a foot in the animal industry.  He had never worked formally with dogs before Canine To Five.  Prior to joining our team, he worked at a car detailing company.  Noah currently resides in Commerce with his parents and sibling.  In his free time, he likes to be with his friends or take his dog out to pay frisbee. Noah's favorite thing about Canine to Five is seeing how his dog interacts with others in the room.
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Samantha LaPan

Overnight Tech

Joined Canine to Five Team in 2022

Samantha joined Canine To Five because she's always wanted to work with dogs.  Sha has always been surrounded with animals growing up.  Prior to joining Canine To Five she worked in the food industry.  Samantha currently lives with her boyfriend in Canton.  She enjoys gaming and crafts in her free time.  Samantha's favorite thing about Canine To Five is the dogs (of course!)  Her favorite breed of dog is a Dalmatian!

Cecelia Perry

Employee Recruiting & Company Events Manager

Joined Canine to Five Team in 2014

Pets: 3 Dachshunds named Simon, Garfunkel, & Tazz, a mystery mutt named Lurch, and two cats, Julius & Angelo

Who's that lady walking 4 dogs at once? It's our HR Manager, Cecelia! In 2014, Cecelia joined our team looking to break out of the food industry. Her brother, Cullen, had already been a Pack Leader with us for 2 years and introduced her to Canine to Five. Starting out as a Pack Leader herself, Cecelia quickly moved up to Supervisor, then Facility Manager at our Midtown location, in just 3 short years! Between her love for animals growing up, and her managerial skills from working at Qdoba, we knew she would be a perfect fit.

Cecelia currently resides in Dearborn with her Husband, Chris. They share their home with Dachshunds Garfunkel, Simon, & Tazz, mystery mutt, Lurch, and cats Angelo & Julius. During her free time, she loves reading and seeking out live music. Her favorite thing about Canine to Five is the family atmosphere. From the staff, to the dogs, to the clients - so much love! ❤

Lou Ray

director of finance

Joined Canine to Five team in 2019

Pets: Suzie & Blue Ray the Lab Mixes

Lou is a Certified Public Accountant who joined our team to provide our company assistance with accountability, metrics, and strategy development. Prior to Canine to Five, he owned and operated an industrial supply distribution company. When he isn't talking finances, Lou enjoys golfing, cycling, hiking, and traveling up north. He has owned dogs his whole life, and currently resides in Grosse Pointe with his wife and two dogs, Suzie & Blue Ray. Lou says his favorite thing about Canine to Five is our employees and their enthusiasm for the dogs in our care.