Karen Pientka

Founder

Dog Runner/Walker/Biker

This idea has been a thought in the back of my mind for a while and I finally decided it was time to combine my two biggest passions, dogs and fitness, into a unique business that can help both dogs and their owners live happier lives.  My two weimaraners, Deja & Chance are my best workout partners.  I regularly run and bike with them not only because I enjoy it but because they absolutely need to burn that weimaraner energy on a daily basis.  My dogs love to exercise at a higher pace, as a result they are calmer, happier, healthier and in great shape!  I know that K9 VIP can bring those benefits to dogs in the community as well.   I am committed to creating a team of athletic dog lovers who believe in our concept and want to help dogs and their owners as much as I do.  When I'm not running, biking or walking dogs, you will find me watching my two sons play baseball, working out at the gym, catching a Chicago Cubs game on TV, reading a good book or experimenting with the latest healthy recipe I found online.  I represent K9 VIP by going to every consultation myself so I get to know our clients and make sure we are providing the best possible services for their dogs. 

Terra Lovelin

Dog Runner/Walker

Terra has been in sunny Las Vegas for the past 5 years.  Prior to Nevada, Terra spent many hundreds, probably thousands of miles running in the beautiful Pacific NW.  A lifelong passion for animals, she grew up in the country with her best friend Kersey, an amazing German Shepard.  Terra currently takes her own dog, Lilly, out for her daily run.  When not running ultra races (her favorite distance is the 50 miler), Terra works in Administration at a local hospital.  Pets have always been a large part of her life and she looks forward to spoiling your dog and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  Your dog is in for a great run! 

Brian Lovelin

Dog Runner/Walker/Biker

Five years ago Brian moved to Nevada from Portland, Oregon and his entire lifestyle changed.  He became a long distance runner, a mountain biker and loves to try any new activity that comes his way.  He has dropped almost 80 pounds through this new lifestyle and loves to share his running with furry and human friends and inspire others.  Brian shares three cats and a dog with his wife Terra, works in finance for a local entity, and likes to travel to various trail races in his spare time.  Brian absolutely loves dogs and people and is never without a smile on his face and positive attitude to make your day (and your dog's) a little brighter! 

Crystal Miranda

Dog Runner/Walker

Crystal grew up in Las Vegas and has been around all breeds of dogs from pit bulls to bull dogs to great danes.  She loves to workout and running is specifically her favorite activity.  She has done several marathons and is on a mission to run one in every state.  Crystal owns a handsome german shepard that loves to go on hikes with her and is very energetic.  To  keep up with him she also loves to take him on runs.  She loves the outdoors and looks forward to active adventures with her K9 VIP clients.

Melissa Dickinson

Dog Runner/Walker

Melissa has lived in Las Vegas for 10 years and loves to run the streets and parks of her community.  She is an avid runner who has completed three full marathons, a dozen half marathons and countless smaller races.  She grew up in New England with a loyal golden retriever named Brandi.  Besides running, Melissa loves to hike in Red Rock Canyon and Mt. Charleston.  She is a mom of two young daughters and hopes to pass on her love of fitness to them.

Scott Daniel

Dog Runner/Walker

Scott is a world traveler who took a 49 state journey a few years ago.  He has an MBA in Animation/Visual Effects and has a 21 year old son who attends the University of Texas Austin.  His ongoing passion for animals led him to volunteer at the Austin SPCA for several months which exposed him to many dog breeds and temperaments.  He has been caring for animals since he was young and has taught all his dogs commands in ASL such as sit, bathroom, ball, lie down and stay.  He is very patient with all kinds of dogs.  In his free time he likes to go for long jogs and to the gym.  Scott is also a Nuun ambassador, was recently a Tough Mudder ambassador and an ambassador to a local running company called Triple Dare Running.  He loves anything to do with running!  Scott is excited to be part of the K9 VIP team and will treat your dogs as if they were his own.

Cameron Stuber

On Call Runner

Running, the outdoors, and dogs have always been a fixture in Cameron's life.  Cameron is a teacher, coach, and has run races around the world.  He has been living in the southwest for years, but is fairly new to Nevada.  He sees running with dogs as a great way to see the neighborhoods of Las Vegas, while enjoying the company of some happy dogs and taking his mind off of the classroom.  Rain or shine, Cameron is ready to get out and go with a great pooch! 

Deja

Associate Boss Dog

Deja was born in Santa Rosa, CA  in April of 2012.  Her mother, Dar, thrived in hunting and her father, Big, was an award winning show dog.  She moved to Vegas at only 8 weeks old to join Karen's family.  Deja developed into a fast learner, who although was relentlessly determined, also suffered from anxiety and lack of independence.  Although this was a difficult time in her life, everything changed when a slightly beat up, yet handsome chap named Chancellor joined her family.   From that point on Deja had the companionship she needed to regain her confidence and thrive.  Her favorite past times include stalking Chance, stalking birds, watching lizards through the window,  running random circle sprints at the park, sunbathing, and at times, she enjoys the running and biking sessions with Chance and Karen and catching her frisbee, but only when she wants to.  Although she believes her position with K9 VIP to be ranked higher than Chance's, she really is an equal Associate. She is a self-proclaimed diva who loves nothing more than to be held and cuddled.... but again, only when she wants to. Because she's the Boss Dog.  

Chancellor (aka "Chance")

Associate Boss Dog

Chance has come a long way since his days on the street.  He prefers not to discuss the details of that time in his life and his family and friends have come to respect that.  His life turned around once he arrived at the Las Vegas Weimaraner Rescue in 2014, fearful of everything and everyone and covered in scars and scratches.   Life looked bleak, but his optimistic personality never faltered and he was adopted by Karen and her family shortly after.   Since then Chance has built his confidence immensely and found happiness in the simplest things in life:  food, sleep, chasing balls, running and biking with Deja and Karen, drinking water while pretending to be a camel, slobbering that water all over the kitchen floor,  and his favorite thing above all else... peanut butter. He has proven himself to be even tempered and incredibly dependable with an amazing work ethic and endless endurance, which has landed him the position of Associate Boss Dog with K9 VIP.   

K9 VIP, LLC

K9vipLV@gmail.com

702-848-4485

Chance & Deja

"Dogs are not our whole life,

but they make our lives whole."

~ Roger Caras

photographer/writer