Woof Pack Team

Melissa Helms - Founder 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 16 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

Madison Milam

Hi, my name is Madison or Madi for short. I moved to the High Country in 2017 and have been working with dogs every second since. Aside from working at Woof Pack, I also work at a local vets office. I do have a little pack of my own with a house of four cats, two dogs, and an axolotl. I’m Pet First Aid and CPR certified. My favorite thing to do is to give everyone treats.

Hailey Church

Hi, my name is Hailey and I am from Greensboro, NC! I moved to Boone in August 2018 to attend Appalachian State University. I am majoring in actuarial science and double minoring in statistics and finance. I have owned animals all of my life including dogs, cats, horses, fish, snakes, and pigs. I have been working with animals since I was twelve years old, when I started my own businesses teaching horseback riding lessons and pet sitting. I also have a second (seasonal) kennel job back home and I currently own three dogs, a cat, and a snake!