The Pines Pet Pampering
Who We Are
Who We Are
Opened in July 2005 as a small facility geared at personalized boarding and holistic grooming, the superior care and attention provided for each pet established loyal clientele with a high referral rate.
The Pine Trees: Melinda's grandfather owned land in Joshua back in the late 60's/early 70's and the state of Texas' forestry program gave her grandfather hundreds of tiny pine tree switches to plant. The little switches grew to over 100 ft tall and have become a landmark in Joshua.
In 2009 we outgrew our original location next door to Melinda's home and moved into our new location on Broadway, keeping the name "The Pines".
As we've grown over the years, we've still maintained our small, family style team unit in order to provide personalized care for every pet we are privileged to serve. We value the relationships we build with our guests, which in turn, allows us to love them and treat them as members of our family.
Owner, Professional Pet Stylist, Holistic Pet Care Expert, Canine Behaviorist, Certified Aromatherapist, Author, Speaker, & Educator
With over 25 years of working in the veterinary field and pet care industry, she is known for her expertise in holistic pet care and canine behavior, as well as her special bond and connection with animals of all kinds. Her main focus is the health and complete well being of every pet, as well as the ethical and humane treatment of all creatures great and small. She donates her time to the Joshua Animal Shelter and other rescue organizations, grooming rescued pets to encourage their adoption and she assists with Johnson County AniMeals on Wheels.
Melinda is a practicing Certified Aromatherapist through the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and has specialized study in Animal Aromatherapy. When she's not busy at The Pines, she writes for publications and enjoys being an educator.
Her current pet family includes:
Joey - a rescued maine coon cat
Billy - a rescued chihuahua mix
Murphy - a rescued french bulldog
Penelope - a rescued french bulldog
Frankie - a rescued shih tzu
and finally, Onyx, our rescued office greeter cat that has been with us since 2008!
Lonnie is Melinda's husband. He shares in her endeavor to provide the best of care to the pets staying at our facility. Not only is he partner in the business, he also helps take care of our boarding guests on the weekends!
Lonnie is the mastermind behind all solutions to maintenance and repair issues! He's a full time teacher, but when he's not busy conducting the Joshua High School band, he can usually be found helping here!
Lonnie's pet family includes all of the rescued animals Melinda has brought home over the years, past and present. His open heart has allowed an open door to every soul that has needed tender loving care!
Salon Manager, Professional Pet Stylist
Chelsey is part of the heart and soul of our team! She's been with us since 2012 and she manages our grooming salon. Just like Melinda, Chelsey began her career in the pet care field by working for veterinarians. Because of her past experience working as a veterinary nurse, she's skilled at grooming dogs with special health requirements.
Chelsey is also very talented as a stylist and she excels at hand scissored breeds such as Bichons! She truly exemplifies the gold standard in pet grooming with her veterinary background, her styling skills, and her tender-hearted care of our furry guests!
Not only does Chelsey style dogs and manage our grooming salon every day, she also helps in many other areas of our facility and we value her to the moon and back!
Her pet family includes:
Aurora - a miniature poodle
Lily - a calico kitty
Professional Pet Stylist
When Roberta became part of our team in 2013, she came to us with 20 years of pet grooming experience, with a unique desire to learn holistic methods and adapt to our standard of care. She provides a calming and balanced energy to our grooming department, which makes her such a joy to be around!
Robbie has an amazing fashion sense! She's a talented designer with an aesthetic eye! This makes her an excellent pet stylist! Her favorite breeds to groom are Maltese and Yorkies!
Full of grace and beauty, Robbie is an invaluable part of our team!
Her pet family includes:
Lizzy - a boxer mix
Pet Care Specialist, General Operations
Clifton joined our team in 2013 and as all of our regular clientele know, he is loved by their furry family members! Dogs are amazing at discerning the character and true heart of a person and Clif gets the immediate adoration and affection of our guests, even the most timid ones!
Clif knows every nuance of every pet that we care for. He knows their likes, their dislikes, their quirks, and their needs.
Not only is his bond with animals invaluable, but Clif''s dedication and willingness to go above and beyond, make him a treasured part of our team!
His pet family includes:
Monster - a rottweiler mix
Rockstar - an orange tabby cat
Assistant Professional Pet Stylist, Pet Care Attendant
Leah joined our team in 2020 and she has been training in our grooming department, but she also helps out in many other areas of our facility!
Her sweet and caring disposition makes her an excellent team member and dogs are put at ease by her calm and connected way of working with them.
Leah also has an eye for detail and she enjoys being thorough, which makes it easy for her to meet our standards! She's an exceptional team member!
Her pet family includes:
Elias - a german shepherd
Critter - a german shepherd
We truly value attention to detail, personalization, cleanliness, ethics and professionalism.
But most of all, we follow the holistic mantra "Do No Harm". We value treating each pet as an individual with individual needs.
We will not compromise our standards by cutting corners. Each pet in our care deserves the best treatment and the utmost compassion.
We love what we do, and we love to do it well!