About Uptown Pup
Welcome to Uptown Pup! We use the latest and best in canine science to create the happiest, healthiest environment for dogs in Indianapolis. Our Dog Boarding Resort & Dog Grooming Salon use proven Adaptil Dog Appeasing Pheromones (DAP) to promote calm and reduce stress. In addition, Resort guests enjoy Through a Dog’s Ear music and Thunderease scent therapy. And our Dog Daycare & Canine Fitness areas offer doggie games, activities, and loving humans. Lastly, our Dog Training Team is Karen Pryor Academy certified and adhere to proven positive-reinforcement methods, creating the most confident and happiest pups in Indianapolis.
Our strongest asset, however, is our staff. The Uptown Pup team has extensive animal care experience and a passion for dogs. In addition, we’re trained in Pet Tech Canine CPR & First Aid and renowned Dog Gurus training systems. The result is a team that knows and understands dogs and their needs.
The Uptown Pup Team
Mandy Stetzel, Owner
Mandy has loved dogs for as long as she could talk. (One of her first words was “dog” — you can ask her parents.) After a lifetime of owning dogs, she began studying them and working in the animal welfare field. Knowing dogs bring so much joy to our species, she and Kathleen created Uptown Pup to offer them as much joy as possible in return. She’s the proud owner of four rescue dogs (and a rescue kitten who grew up at Uptown).
Kathleen Schonsheck, Owner
Kathleen is a lifelong dog lover with 10+ years working in the daycare, grooming, and shelter worlds, as well as a background in human rehabilitation and personal training. She and Mandy founded Uptown Pup with a mission to create a wonderful place for people to work with dogs and their owners. After becoming a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer in 2018, she now enjoys helping dogs live longer, healthier lives.
Brooke Huntzinger, Assistant Training Manager
Brooke started working with dogs in 2016, when she found her passion for positive-reinforcement training. Her goal is to continue honing her training skills to create a better life for dogs. And she ultimately plans to train and work with service animals. She’s the proud mom of Rottweiler mix Koda and Husky mix Shoo, but also dreams of owning a corgi because of their big personalities and legendary rear-ends.
Ben Hamilton, Resort & Daycare Lead
Ben came to us from The Humane Society of Indianapolis, where he was an Animal Care Technician. He is skilled in understanding dogs’ health, behavioral, and social needs, maintaining happy rooms full of dogs, and managing dogs and humans with his calming presence. Dogs love Ben as much as he loves them, and his best friends tend to be any Basset Hounds found in our daycare area.
Alyssa Franklin, Resort & Daycare Lead
As the cousin of our trainer Katie, Alyssa is of course a natural with all species of animals and has spent her life caring for dogs, cats, hamsters, and more. Her heart for animals and exceptional work ethic makes her critical to every part of our building. She plays a lead role in our daycare, resort, and grooming areas, and trains new Uptown Pup staff in every component of our facility.
Meg Owens, Enrichment, Tummy Rub Club, Resort, Daycare
Meg was one of the original motivators behind opening Uptown Pup, and today she works with the Enrichment, Resort, Little Dog Daycare, and Tummy Rub Club guests. Her long history with dogs began as a toddler, when she helped care for her first family dog. From there, she adopted her dogs Wynnie, Mokey, and now Rolo the yorkie mix.
Marissa Hulvey, Resort, Front Desk, expert picture taker
As the owner of Furtography, Marissa is a huge asset to Uptown. Her career as a photographer sparked 15 years ago, when she began submitting photographs for 4H competitions. She absolutely loves animals, and it shows in her camera work. Marissa has a true talent for creating tangible memories, especially with dogs. In addition to running her pet-friendly studio, Marissa assists the Uptown resort and front desk. She’s the proud mom of Samson the lab and Kingston and Olive the chihuahuas.