Woof Pack Team

Meet the dedicated team of animal lovers that make up Woof Pack Pet Services of Boone, NC.

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Melissa Helms – Owner and Trainer

My name is Melissa Helms, but feel free to call me Mel, most people do! I am the owner of Woof Pack Dog Hotel and Lucybelle’s Lodge. I am also the head 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 7 dogs and a cat, each with a very unique personality. You can check them out on the Full Time Woof Packer’s Page!

Animal Behavior College – ABCTD Dog Trainer
Animal Behavior College – Mentor Trainer
AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator
Therapy Pets Unlimited Evaluator
Therapy Pets Unlimited – Regional Director for North Carolina
Association of Pet Dog Trainers Professional Member
C.L.A.S.S Canine Life and Social Skills Instructor
C.L.A.S.S Canine Life and Social Skills Evaluator
The Family Dog Private Trainer

Gillian Bridges – Guest Relations

My name is Gillian and I am originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina but I moved to Boone three years ago to attend Appalachian State University. I am majoring in Exercise Science and Spanish and hope to go on to grad school for Physical Therapy. I have always had a passion for animals and began volunteering at the local animal shelter at a young age.

I have a wild Golden Lab puppy that is enrolled in puppy class with Melissa, which is what brought me to Woof Pack. I hope to one day train him to be a therapy dog but right now we just have to get through basic obedience.