195 Skylane Road, St. Simons Island

195 Skylane Road, St. Simons Island

912-268-4725

Our Team

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Tina Sportschuetz, Esq.

Owner

Tina opened Puppy Paradise in February 2014. A native of Germany, Tina moved to the United States in 1998 and now makes Saint Simons Island her home. Tina's love for animals led her away from a career as an attorney. She remains licensed to practice law in the State of Florida. Tina owns a Rottweiler named Iza and two horses, Zorro and Noble. 

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Colleen Sosa

Operations Manager

Colleen joined Puppy Paradise in March 2020, shortly after moving to Georgia from O’ahu, Hawai’i with her three rescue dogs - a Schnoodle named Chewy, a Terrier-mix named Chelsea, a Puppy Paradise regular, Seeley-Bones the Golden Retriever and a Jenday Conure named Sunny. Prior to working at Puppy Paradise, Colleen was a sailor in the United States Navy as a Master-at-Arms (Military Police) where she worked and trained with Military Working Dogs. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Criminalistics from Saint Leo University. Colleen and her husband adopted Military Working Dog (Ret.) Hopski after his third and final deployment beside her husband in Afghanistan. 

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Alex Blanton

General Manager

Alex joined Puppy Paradise in June 2018. He was born and raised in LaGrange, Georgia. Alex attended Georgia Southern University and pursued a Bachelor of Finance degree. Alex worked for Coca-Cola United as Sales Merchandiser from 2015-2018 before deciding to pursue a career working with animals. Alex and his German Shepherd Gracie happily call Saint Simons Island their home. 

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Roy Scarborough

Certified Trainer and Behaviorist

Certified Trainer and Behaviorist Roy Scarborough, ABCMT, has been serving our community since 1984. Roy is also a mentor to Glynn County's Humane Society, and serves as an adjunct professor with Animal Behavior College. Roy is a Major in the Civil Air Patrol and recently completed a four year tour of duty as local Squadron Commander. You can reach Roy at 912.223.1093.

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Cathy Thrift

Certified Trainer

Certified Trainer Cathy Thrift, ABCMT, graduated with High Honors from Animal Behavior College in 2015. She was mentored by Roy Scarborough and together, they provide exceptional dog training in the Golden Isles. Cathys career includes 3 years as the volunteer and foster coordinator at the HSSCG. She also taught elementary school for 12 years and was in the banking industry for a decade. Cathy has two rescue dogs named Riggs and Mercy. Cathy can be reached at 912.322.5244. 

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Ashley Barrera

Pet Stylist

Ashley started her pet career working in animal hospitals at just 16 years old. She worked as a bather at a major retail pet store while she attended Veterinary Technician courses. Once she found a passion for grooming, she decided to change her career. Ashley graduated from Petco Grooming School in 2007. She continually has a desire to continue her grooming knowledge and signs up for yearly grooming conventions and specialty classes in Pasadena, California.
Ashley owned and operated a mobile grooming business in the area of South Bay, California. In 2019, she moved to beautiful South East Georgia to continue her career with Puppy Paradise. Ashley provides a stress free and loving grooming experience for her fur clients! Ashley’s education and experience assist with educating parents on pet nutrition, health & at-home brushing needs.

Our Dog Attendants

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Caleb

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Caroline

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Julianne

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Kirsten

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Lizzy

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Taylor