Full-time Woof Pack

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Melissa Helms – ABCDT Dog Trainer – owner of Woof Pack Pet Services

My name is Melissa Helms (formerly MacKinnon) and I am the owner and ABCDT trainer for Woof Pack. I am originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and I moved to the High Country several years ago. I graduated from Appalachian State University and loved Boone and the High Country so much I never left! I really love being around all types of animals and I currently have 10 dogs a cat, each with a very unique personality:


Leo is our fearless leader  in training. He is a 1 year old Great Pyrenees puppy and the great grandson of our beloved Samson.  He has big shoes to fill and is working hard at being our leader pup!
He was rescued by Partners Canines before coming here at 3 months old. 
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Navi is a 4 year old Maremma Sheepdog. I fostered Navi through Partners Canines and she ended up being a foster failure. This sweet girl is very smart and she also loves to play dress up!
TPU Therapy Dog
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Loki Puppy aka Hell on Wheels

We aren’t quite sure what Loki is! She showed up at Woof Pack around 8 weeks old. She is a handful and 5 years old now.  

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Ajax is a 5 year old rough collie from Collie Rescue of the Carolinas. He is mostly blind, but figures out how to get around very well. He is a therapy dog and loves everyone he meets.  

TPU Therapy Dog
PTSD Service Dog

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Kaya is a 9 year old Siberian Husky. She is the alpha female of our pack!

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Piper is a 5 year old Blue Merle Rough Collie. She is a precious old soul. 

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Rogue is a 2 year old Golden Retriever. We can always count on Rogue to be happy and full of energy.

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I am Mystic. I am a 5 year old Double Merle Pomeranian who came from Heart rescue in Raleigh. I get to go to work with Mom often!
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Viggo is my name and being handsome is my game. I am a one year old husky mix that was found in a ditch after being almost hit by a car. I am living the good life now though!
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My name is Merlin and I am a 7 month old Aussie. I am blind and deaf, but that doesn’t stop me. I love my new pack and all my new siblings.
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Queen Willie

I am Queen Willie of Willhaven. I am famous in these parts for stalking my siblings and peering over my parents food.

In Loving Memory

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Samson – The Love of My Life

Samson lived until 15.5. He was my heart dog and a gentle giant of a a Great Pyrenees. He was a Certified Therapy Dog, PTSD Service Dog, and the love of my life!

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Lilybelle – Rough Collie
December 2004 – April 2017

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Redbone Coonhound
Co Founder of the Woof Pack and Lucybelle’s Lodge
June 2003 – September 2014

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Balto – Siberian Husky
May 2004 – June 2015
Patriarch of our Pack

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Angus – Rough Collie
May 1999 – May 2012

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Katie – Shetland Sheepdog
August 1995 – July 2009

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Raven – Shetland Sheepdog
April 1997- February 2007

As you can see many of my dogs are rescues. I have a special place in my heart for shelter dogs and rescue organizations and I feel that the work these folks do in their community is an invaluable resource and they deserve all the help they can get! I am a dog lover first, and a dog trainer second.

I know from first-hand experience the difference dog training makes in the relationship between dog and owner. Without professional training, it can sometimes be a frustrating relationship, but with an investment in good training a wonderful transformation will occur.

My mission is to help you and your dog enjoy many happy years together.