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

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Amy Mogler-Wyatt – Guest Relations

I was raised in Nebraska, and moved to North Carolina in 2005 so that I could go to Carolina Panthers’ games and get residency for grad school. While I never did go to grad school, I did find my husband in the High Country and moved here to be close to his family. 
I have always had a deep connection with animals, especially those considered “underdogs,”  which led me to volunteering/fostering for a local rescue organization.  Since Melissa is also a big supporter of rescue, our paths have crossed many times,  and I have always admired and respected what she was able to do with/for dogs. 
I enrolled in Animal Behavior College’s Dog Training Program in 2015. When time for my mentorship/practicum came up, I was excited to find out Melissa was going to be my mentor-trainer.
After completing the program, she was in need of an assistant, and I jumped at the chance to work for her, and am so thrilled to actually get paid to work with animals on a daily basis. I have already learned so much from being a Woof Pack Staff Member and excited to not only keep expanding my knowledge base, but also continue to make Woof Pack THE BEST Pet Care Business in the High Country.  My current household consists of two dogs, six cats, and any number of auxiliary furkids (i.e. fosters). 
Animal Behavior College – ABCTD Dog Trainer
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Lauren Tipton – Guest Relations

I am a 2013 graduate of the Animal Behavior College Dog Training Program. I am also pet CPR certified. I am a native of the beautiful mountains of Boone, NC where I live with my two sweet boys and three dogs. I look forward to getting to know you, and caring for your pets! 

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.