ashley gann

founder since March 2017

Beginning at the age of 15, I spent my summers traveling to Rifle from Colorado Springs to rock climb. I came back summer after summer throughout high school. I spent my adolescence thinking about rocks, volunteering at my climbing gym, and occasionally trading class for climbing. I started college my senior year of high school. My grades were poor in high school because I never felt connected with my school (even though I loved learning) and this frustrating disconnect is ultimately what drove me to become a teacher.

Once I started college, I found my drive and received a full academic scholarship to the University of Denver where I majored in Cognitive Neuroscience and later began my MA in Education. I received my first teaching position in 2014 in Colorado Springs, but it was my dream to move to the valley to be closer to the areas I loved and to continue climbing. In 2016, I landed my dream job teaching Physical Education in Carbondale, Colorado. After my first year teaching archery, fly fishing, and rock climbing, due to unfortunate budget cuts, my position was no longer available.

As someone who has always felt outside the “norm” and is not afraid of hard work, I decided to start my own business. I founded Dog's Best Friend the evening after I learned I'd been laid off. Today, now age 28, I  continue to substitute teach on my days off to stay close to the kids, and feel grateful everyday for all my borrowed furry friends.

You can usually find me sipping coffee at Bonfire, sporting a fanny pack or a "chuck it" at a dog park, hugging my fur-babies on a gorgeous hike, fly fishing (very poorly), or climbing!

Andrea Cutter

Team Manager since January 2019

Bio coming soon!

anna kistner

team member since January 2019

Bio coming soon!


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