Our Backgrounds

As a youthful retired husband and wife team we offer maturity, reliability, and responsibility along with the stamina necessary to take care of your active pets. Billy is a native of Mooresville and retired from the US Air Force. Beth hails from nearby Lincoln County and is a retired Licensed Clinical Social Worker. We know and love the Lake Norman area, the people who choose to live here and the recreational opportunities the lake provides.

Our Dogs

We are owned by Luke, a 10-year-old English Springer Spaniel; Trooper, a 5-year-old English Springer Spaniel and Daisy Mae, a 4 -year-old Brittany. They keep us on the go with hikes at Lake Norman State Park, off leash walks around our wooded property, playing fetch and daily reinforcement of their training. Or maybe…they are training us!

 

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The Harwell Crew. Luke, Daisy Mae and Trooper.

We know the joys of raising a dog from puppy hood, the challenges of adopting a rescue dog and the heartbreak of sending a dog over the Rainbow Bridge well before his time. Our love of our dogs led us to choose pet sitting as a career in our semi-retirement. Through our work as professional pet sitters we have come to love the antics of kitties and get excited when the reclusive cat comes out of hiding to see us while we visit. For some strange reason we even take pleasure in scooping litter boxes. Go figure!

 

 

Our Sports Teams

We are Carolina Panthers fans and keep the Carolina spirit going throughout the year. We are alumni of East Carolina University, Western Carolina University, and  UNC-Chapel Hill.  That’s why we cheer for the Pirates, the Catamounts and the Tar Heels.  That’s ok though, we have family members that are fans of the NC State Wolf Pack and Duke Blue Devils so we can pretty well get along with anyone! (LOL)

Leisure Pursuits

Billy is a reformed runner.  (Isn’t that a nice re-frame for lapsed runner?) Beth is a wanna be half marathoner and understands injury all too well. We love slipping our canoe into the lake on a pleasant fall or spring evening.  We can be seen huffing and puffing on our bikes near Bellingham Park. And sometimes we just enjoy a quiet ride in the Miata on a warm summer evening. 

 


How Our Dogs Influenced our Retirement Career Paths

Pet First Aid and CPR  Billy was a lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor when he was in high school (Mooresville Senior High) and college (Mitchell Community College and Western Carolina University). That foundation along with his military career gave him opportunities to use his life saving skills.  

In the spring of 2013 Lymphoma claimed the life of our beloved Brittany, Beau just two days before his 8th birthday. His loss inspired us to educate ourselves on subtle signs that we missed until it was too late.  We want to spare others from that heart wrenching experience.

We opened Dog Walkers & More at Coddle Creek, LLC in June 2013.  During the summer of 2013 Billy completed Dog and Cat First Aid with the American Red Cross. In October 2014 we both completed training as Pet Tech Life Savers. Billy built on that foundation to become a Pet Tech Instructor last January.. He teaches the classes periodically throughout the year.

Beau and Luke  We bought Beau from a breeder.  When we visited the site the parents were on site and things were clean. We received information for registering Beau with the AKC. We did not receive any requests to return him if there were problems. We knew very little about what questions to ask and consequently don’t remember if we received a health history.

We bought Luke from what we now understand to be a back yard breeder. When we brought him home he was covered in fleas despite us having been told that he had been allowed to live inside because, “all our puppies get to come inside.”  Make no mistake, we have never been sorry we bought these two loving dogs and would not have traded them for anything, but now we know so much more.

Daisy Mae joined our family in May 2013.  She was picked up as a stray in Caldwell County and rescued by NBRAN.  We believe that she spent the first year of her life tied outside. Now she leads a life of luxury and is indeed the queen bee of our family.

Our usually sweet Daisy Mae came to us with a year or more of baggage influenced by her past of being tied out 24/7, her time in a shelter and genetics. She had no concept of how to play with toys or other dogs and had received no training until she entered foster care. She was almost potty trained when she adopted us.  We continue to address the monthly, weekly, daily or hourly challenges of dogs with histories of neglect. Beth researches and practices force free interventions to help Daisy Mae adjust on her way to becoming and remaining a happy family pet.

Trooper joined our family in the fall of 2013.  His elderly owner surrendered Trooper and his half brother to ESRA after being diagnosed with cancer.  We were honored to allow an open adoption so his first Daddy could visit him in his new surroundings.  Trooper is an active little boy who seldom stays put.  He is the perfect playmate for Daisy Mae.  Luke is the old man who shakes his head at their antics.

With Trooper we got an opportunity to learn more than we ever wanted to know about heart worm treatment and how to help a dog adjust to professional grooming. Although he was potty trained to a doggie door, his social skills were under developed. 

Rescue and Training  Over the early years of Beau and Luke’s lives we gradually learned about effective positive training. We learned about pet over population, puppy mills and testing on animals. Since opening our business we have been flooded with the realities and work hard to advocate for better laws and improved lives for all domesticated animals.  Luke, Daisy Mae and Trooper are the sometimes willing subjects of these studies!

Last fall we are coordinated the NAPPS Presents 4 Pets 2014 Program and it was a great success. We are coordinating the drive again this year to benefit the pets served by Iredell County Animal Services, Lake Norman Animal Rescue and Catering to Cats and Dogs. A trip to our Presents 4 Pets 2015 page will provide all the information you need to help.

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We have adopted a section of Highway 3 under the NC Adopt a Highway Program.  We have learned more about the trash habits of people traveling our roads than we ever wanted to know.

We are members of Central United Methodist Church in Mooresville.

We trust this information provides you with some insight as to who we are and what we represent.  Please peruse the remainder of our website to learn more about how we can assist you and your pets.  We look forward to meeting you and your pet family.

And Now a Word About our Sitters

 Haley Harwell

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Haley Harwell with her dog Milo

My name is Haley Harwell. I was born and raised in Mooresville, North Carolina. I attended High Point University and graduated in May 2015 with a BS degree in Business Administration and a minor in Event Management.

I have always loved animals and had many pets growing up. I adopted my own puppy, Milo from Animal Adoption and Rescue Foundation in Winston-Salem shortly after graduation.

I agreed to help my uncle and aunt in the summer of 2015 while they got ready to hire someeone in a more long term capacity and while I searched for work in my chosen field.  As a new puppy parent I knew it was very important that I earn money to pay for the needs of my “child.”  I am certain all you pet parents can relate to that!  

I went to work in my chosen field in a full time capacity in the fall of 2015 but loved what I do for Coddle Creek Pet Services so have remained with the business on a part time basis. I am having a great time walking dogs and playing with kitttys!  I look forward to meeting your fur children soon.

Kim Doyle

My name is Kim Doyle. I was born and raised in Cornelius, NC.  In December 2003 I began working in the veterinary field and absolutely love my work with animals and their humans. For many years I also did pet sitting on a part time basis while continuing my full time work in a veterinary clinic.

In 2009 I met my best friend Jason.  We married in April 2011 and moved to Mooresville. Jason and I adopted our first fur baby, Chloe in 2012 and in 2015 we adopted Duke. I have always loved the “littles” and am drawn to dogs with special needs. Duke is a poster child for special needs when he wears his diapers.  It’s never dull around our house!!

I have worked at Village Animal Hospital since October 2014. That’s where I met the Harwells.  They invited me to join their team at Coddle Creek Pet Services and after a great deal of consideration I did so in November 2016. I missed pet sitting and knew the couple I wanted to work with.  I am very blessed to work in a field that is also my passion.

I do tuck in visits on weeknights and dinner and tuck in visits two weekends a month.