Dr. Kelley was born and raised in Novato, California. She graduated from Novato High School (a very long time ago), before attending CSU Stanislaus, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Kelley has known from the age of 8 that she was going to be a veterinarian. It was a career that would combine her love for animals and problem solving with her fascination with the way living things work. Her hard work and determination all paid off when she received her DVM degree from UC Davis in 1998.
Kelley worked in a traditional veterinary practice in Novato for the next 14 years. She created Dogtor Calls in 2012 with one very specific goal in mind - to continue to provide full service, quality veterinary care, but in a less rushed, crowded, unsettling environment than that of a traditional veterinary hospital. She wanted more time to befriend her patients and to earn their trust & affection.
Kelley enjoys spending time with her "boys". She is an avid K9 agility addict and spends most of her "off time" training or trialing with Golden Retrievers, Kamdyn and Kaydyn, but always makes sure Tommy the Mustang gets his share of her attention as well. And if there's any time left over after that... Kelley and the boys go hiking or camping or enter a Splash Dog or Nose Work event.
Alyssa was born in Marin County and was raised in Novato, California. She graduated from Marin Catholic in 2012 and then spent a year abroad, studying in Australia, before returning home to Novato to continue her education.
Alyssa is currently working towards obtaining a degree in biology from Sonoma State University. She has also completed the Veterinary Technician program at Santa Rosa Junior College and is currently working on accumulating her required veterinary clinical hours so she can take the RVT boards to become a Registered Veterinary Technician. After that, she hopes to fulfill her life-long dream of becoming a veterinarian.
Alyssa has always had a deep affection and special connection with animals, particularly with her beloved Quarterhorse, Moose. Moose was Alyssa's best friend and confidant, until he suddenly and unexpectedly passed following surgery at UC Davis. Alyssa was devestated, but Moose lives on in her heart. He has been her inspiration to continue to follow her dreams.
When Alyssa isn't studying or working at Dogtor Calls, she's usually cuddling with her kitty, Noah (who was adopted from the Macy's Christmas window in Union Square in 2015) or taking care of Daisy (Noah's Golden Retriever) or one or more of the many other McGrath family pets.
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Kamdyn was born in Penngrove, California in 2008. He was Dr. Kelley's favorite of a litter of 7 pups whelped by her agility trainer. Kelley loved visiting & playing with the pups, but had no intention of adopting one. She already had a dog & didn't "need" another. But at 7 weeks of age, the "Camo-collared pup" was diagnosed with a heart murmur and suddenly his future was uncertain. He shouldn't go to the performance home he'd been promised to, because the murmur might be an indicator of a serious heart condition. But if he went to a pet home and it proved to be an innocent murmur (one that is of no consequence to the pet & might even disappear), "Camo Pup", who'd been bred to be a high-drive working dog, might end up frustrated and destructive in a quiet family home. So when Kelley's trainer asked her if she might be willing to adopt "Camo Pup", Kelley replied, "Oh, you mean Jecon's Kruizin' Kamdyn? I'll take him home Thursday." One year, two cardiac ultrasounds & three cardiology consults later, Kamdyn's murmur was declared innocent and he was released to "work" with no restrictions. Kamdyn loves K9 agility more than anything in the world. He recently attended the AKC Nationals in Reno and earned his MACH (4th Master Agility Championship) in December, 2017 and is currently working towards his Agility Grand Champion title. Kam also competes in Splash Dog competitions and is working on earning his K9 Nosework 3 & SDS Excellent titles. He also enjoys camping, swimming, boating and hanging out with Mom and brother Kayde.
Kaydyn was born in Spring Grove, IL in 2012. Once again, Dr. Kelley was not really looking for a pup. She was grieving the loss of her beloved Jordyn and planning the opening of Dogtor Calls and had decided she'd look for Jordyn's successor sometime in October or November. But then a friend sent her an email reading, "I know it's too soon, but I thought these pictures might cheer you up," with a link to a website introducing a litter of performance pups that were directly related to the friend's Champion agility dog. Kelley scrolled down the page, with no intention of doing anything more than looking... and then she read the final comment at the very bottom of the page... "Pups will be available to go to their forever homes on July 4," which just happened to be the same day she had picked up Jordyn, 10 years earlier. Kelley sent a quick note to her friend, "Please don't tell me these pups were born on May 10th - Jordyn's birthday." The response read, "Sorry... they were..." Six weeks later, Kelley flew to Illinois to bring Kayde home. Kayde is an extremely high-drive and incredibly curious boy. Keeping him out of trouble has been quite a challenge for his Mom. Kayde's greatest pleasure in life is running on the agility course, but he also enjoys luring big brother Kam into doggy wrestling matches, and socializing with anything that breathes. And at the end of a long day, Kayde likes nothing better than curling up in the best spot on the couch - in between Mom & Kam.
Tommy was born at the Bureau of Land Management's Litchfield Corrals, near Susanville, Ca. in 2007. His mother had been part of a wild Mustang herd that had been brought in from the range as part of the BLM's Wild Horse & Burro Program. Dr. Kelley had been researching horses at the facility ever since her 31 year old pinto Mustang had passed 6 months earlier (Little Scout had also been born to a BLM mare, acquired from the "Nut Mountain Herd"). She never saw quite the right horse on the BLM website, so she finally decided to drive to Litchfield, just to look (famous last words). She was sent to walk along a breezeway between pastures full of horses, separated based on age and gender. She planned to take a look at the yearling colts, then move down to look at the mares and foals. But as she stood outside that yearling pasture, something incredible happened. Kelley locked eyes with a pinto colt standing about 100 yards away... her heart started to pound, her face went white & she began to shake. Her concerned guide tried to coax her off to the foal pasture but she told him she couldn't go yet, she had to see ALL of this colt. At that moment the colt moved away from the rest of the herd and began to slowly walk towards his admirer, displaying markings identical to Little Scout's, only in bay rather than chestnut. Five days later, she returned to Litchfield with the horse trailer and brought Tommy home. It turns out that Tom's mom was also from the Nut Mountain Herd, the same herd as Little Scout's. Tommy was technically a wild Mustang, but Kelley had him halter trained in 9 days and he is now as tame and loving as the puppy dogs he grew up with. Tom looks forward to his training and grooming sessions with his Mom, but loves nothing more than greeting the people and pets that come to the Dogtor Calls property to visit him.
Leo's's original place of birth is unknown, but we think he was born sometime around 2000. He's a Buckskin Welsh Mountain Pony, owned and much loved by Dr. Kelley's neice, Kelsey. Leo and Kelsey grew up together and trained and competed as a team in dressage events for many years. Leo retired a few years ago and was enjoying a life of leisure at his boarding facility in Santa Rosa - we talked about moving him to Novato, where Kelsey would be able to visit him more often and he would be able to keep Tom (who'd lost his beloved pony, Kodi, not long before) company, but were hesitant to move him from the horses and ranch with which he was familiar. Then, in the early morning hours of October 8, 2017, fate intervened in a way none of us ever expected. The Santa Rosa firestorm struck, and Leo's ranch on Crane Canyon Road was one of the first to catch fire. The amazing owner, trainers and ranch hands evacuated every single horse (40+) safely from the property, in the middle of the night, as the fire raged. We received word early that morning that Leo was safe - it took two more days to determine exactly WHERE he was, as the horses from the ranch had been evacuated to several different locations. On October 10th, we made our way through the smoke and ash and picked Leo up from the Sonoma County Fairgrounds evacuation center and brought him home to meet Tom. The rest is history...