In addition to our Sitter Spotlight, we wanted to feature a Rover employee here and there!
Today we are hearing from Bette (aka The Seattle Dog Training Coach).
Bette is on the Rover team here in Seattle & we caught up with her recently to chat about her role at Rover, her dogs (of course!) & other fun stuff going on in her world!
Your name is unique, any background on that?
My birth certificate calls me Bette, my good friends call me Betina.
What is your current role with Rover & how long have you been on the Rover team?
I've been on the Trust & Safety team for a bit over a year now.
Do you have pets? If so, tell us about them!
Yes! I have two borzois, Iniya & Gracie, that co-workers usually refer to as "the unicorns" or "the dragons."
Oooooo...."the dragons"...do they have a fav dog sitter?
Yes! We have a wonderful Rover sitter, Reggie. Although he has relocated, the love and attention he would shower on my girls when I was gone was amazing! Not having to worry about them being happy or cared for was the best.
Now we are looking for our next favorite sitter on Rover. :-)
Would you expand on your background as a dog trainer?
I fell in love with the study of animal behavior and training almost 20 years ago when I got my first borzoi while living in Japan.
Mannerly conduct is highly prized there, so my embarrassment every time people crossed the street to avoid the foreigner and her over-exuberant (giant) dog is what initially led me to what would later become my passion as well as a large part of my life's work.
When I returned to the U.S., I dove into my studies and then opened Picture Perfect Pets in the Boston (MA) area, going on to win a number of local awards for dog training (and also pet photography) through the years, the most notable of which was Boston magazine's "Best of Boston" for Best Pet Training School in 2006.
I relocated to Seattle and joined the Rover team after some challenging family and life events prompted me to seek a better work/life balance. I still offer training in my free time outside of Rover, taking on the students and cases that bring me the greatest joy and satisfaction. There's nothing more rewarding than helping a frustrated dog owner learn to unravel their pet's behavioral puzzle so they can love life with their dog!
Are there any podcasts, TV shows or movies that you think are awesome?
I don't watch much TV (aside from binge watching a select few programs, including Game of Thrones.)
Favorite movies: THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN (LA CITÉ DES ENFANTS PERDUS) (1995) and THE MATRIX.
What is the best part of your day here at Rover?
Honestly, the best part of my day is seeing how happy my dogs are when co-workers stop by our area to visit them. I'm perfectly ok with people only thinking to say "hi" to me as an afterthought once they are done cuddling Iniya and Gracie. Seeing how much my dogs love the attention makes my heart flutter.
What is the most random thing on your desk right this second?
A plastic toy Koala character from the movie, "Sing." Dunno why.
A co-worker who is no longer here put it there one day, and I've never seen a reason to remove it, though it frequently topples over, startling me with the unexpected noise when I'm deep in thought over a work issue.
Awesome! Thanks, Bette!
If you'd like to learn more about Bette and her dog training experience, you can find more info here: