It goes without saying that the members of River City Dog Excursions are enthusiastic animal lovers and proud pet parents. We have over 20 years combined experience in the pet care industry and strive to keep an open dialogue with local veterinarians, trainers, rescue organizations, and shops to stay up to date on the latest trends and news. River City Dog Excursions is adamant about your pet's safety and well-being so we are licensed, bonded and insured as well as Red Cross certified in Pet First Aid & CPR.

  April Poland   I have been a Richmonder for seven years now. The past seven years I have worked at a large boarding facility here in Richmond. I started off as a receptionist but quickly moved to management then became senior manager. I have loved caring for every pet that came through my doors. I wanted to make it as much of a positive experience as possible for the pet and its family. I decided to start River City Dog Excursions because I wanted more one-on-one interaction with each pet I cared for as well as being out in mother nature with man and women's best friend.  You'll see me around in the various local parks with my two pups, Allen and Roxie. Our favorite park is Wetlands at Pony Pasture, my Jack Russell loves to swim!

April Poland

I have been a Richmonder for seven years now. The past seven years I have worked at a large boarding facility here in Richmond. I started off as a receptionist but quickly moved to management then became senior manager. I have loved caring for every pet that came through my doors. I wanted to make it as much of a positive experience as possible for the pet and its family. I decided to start River City Dog Excursions because I wanted more one-on-one interaction with each pet I cared for as well as being out in mother nature with man and women's best friend.

You'll see me around in the various local parks with my two pups, Allen and Roxie. Our favorite park is Wetlands at Pony Pasture, my Jack Russell loves to swim!

  Coleen Shockman   At a very young age my parents showed me the value of having pets and the responsibilities that came with caring for animals. When I moved to the east coast to attend college I found that I was lacking the companionship that pets provide so I began to work part-time in the pet care industry. That simple choice ignited the path to what eventually became my full time career and passion.  In my free time I enjoy tinkering with my camera, listening to old records, and getting into a good graphic novel or book. As a native of the Pacific Northwest, I have a profound respect and love of the great outdoors. I enjoy traveling and exploring our country's National Parks as well as hiking, camping, and fishing.

Coleen Shockman

At a very young age my parents showed me the value of having pets and the responsibilities that came with caring for animals. When I moved to the east coast to attend college I found that I was lacking the companionship that pets provide so I began to work part-time in the pet care industry. That simple choice ignited the path to what eventually became my full time career and passion.

In my free time I enjoy tinkering with my camera, listening to old records, and getting into a good graphic novel or book. As a native of the Pacific Northwest, I have a profound respect and love of the great outdoors. I enjoy traveling and exploring our country's National Parks as well as hiking, camping, and fishing.

  Alyssa Sicard   I am originally from South Florida and I graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in art. I have lived in Richmond for over three years now. I have been working in the pet care industry for over five years. I have an adorable rescue cat named Kiwi and in my spare time I love to draw and paint.

Alyssa Sicard

I am originally from South Florida and I graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in art. I have lived in Richmond for over three years now. I have been working in the pet care industry for over five years. I have an adorable rescue cat named Kiwi and in my spare time I love to draw and paint.

 
  Aimee   I was born n' raised in the Pacific Northwest where I went to college for art and studied printmaking. I have two dogs, Beatrice and Maddie, and a kitty named Poe. Some of my favorite things to do are taking Beatrice and Maddie hiking in the mountains, taking care of my houseplants, and listening to podcasts.

Aimee

I was born n' raised in the Pacific Northwest where I went to college for art and studied printmaking. I have two dogs, Beatrice and Maddie, and a kitty named Poe. Some of my favorite things to do are taking Beatrice and Maddie hiking in the mountains, taking care of my houseplants, and listening to podcasts.

  Meghin   I graduated from Ferrum College with a degree in Exercise Science. When I’m not coaching soccer I enjoy taking my dogs on hikes, trying out every Richmond dog park, and exploring the city with my pups by my side. I love learning the individual personality of each animal I work with, ensuring we both enjoy our time together!

Meghin

I graduated from Ferrum College with a degree in Exercise Science. When I’m not coaching soccer I enjoy taking my dogs on hikes, trying out every Richmond dog park, and exploring the city with my pups by my side. I love learning the individual personality of each animal I work with, ensuring we both enjoy our time together!

  Lauren   Hi there! I’m Lauren. A Richmond native, I now reside in Midlothian. I’m a lover of all things 4-legged, and grew up working in vet clinics. I am an active volunteer and Crew Leader at the Richmond Animal League, and have served on their Board of Directors. When I’m not having fun with your dog, you can find me working on my latest creative nonfiction book or article, or crafting some yummy vegan food for the hubby and me. I have a passion for refurbishing furniture and taking my two rescues, Gus and Georgie Jane, to the mountains or the river for hikes.

Lauren

Hi there! I’m Lauren. A Richmond native, I now reside in Midlothian. I’m a lover of all things 4-legged, and grew up working in vet clinics. I am an active volunteer and Crew Leader at the Richmond Animal League, and have served on their Board of Directors. When I’m not having fun with your dog, you can find me working on my latest creative nonfiction book or article, or crafting some yummy vegan food for the hubby and me. I have a passion for refurbishing furniture and taking my two rescues, Gus and Georgie Jane, to the mountains or the river for hikes.

 
  Jackie   Born and raised in Virginia, Jackie is a collector of collections, with a special interest in nic nacs and house plants. She has two dogs, Fig and Fil, who are unrelated brindle russian doll versions of one another. She's got a passion for puffy paint and pups and has worked with dogs in some capacity for well over ten years!

Jackie

Born and raised in Virginia, Jackie is a collector of collections, with a special interest in nic nacs and house plants. She has two dogs, Fig and Fil, who are unrelated brindle russian doll versions of one another. She's got a passion for puffy paint and pups and has worked with dogs in some capacity for well over ten years!

  Arielle   My name is Arielle and I have two dogs named Alex and Honey. I have been working with animals for the past 9 years starting at a local vet. I love yoga and hiking in my spare time.

Arielle

My name is Arielle and I have two dogs named Alex and Honey. I have been working with animals for the past 9 years starting at a local vet. I love yoga and hiking in my spare time.

  Marion   I was born and raised in Germany and have been living in the USA for 23 years. In my free time I enjoy cooking German food, sewing, and gardening. I have been working with dogs for almost two years and my dog Perle has been with me for twelve years.

Marion

I was born and raised in Germany and have been living in the USA for 23 years. In my free time I enjoy cooking German food, sewing, and gardening. I have been working with dogs for almost two years and my dog Perle has been with me for twelve years.

 
  Andrew   I am originally from Northern VA, I love sports, and I have been working in the pet care industry for 5 years.

Andrew

I am originally from Northern VA, I love sports, and I have been working in the pet care industry for 5 years.

  Omar   I am a VCU student and I like Pokemon Go, cheering on the Florida Gators, and playing bass guitar. Hometown is Coral Springs, FL.

Omar

I am a VCU student and I like Pokemon Go, cheering on the Florida Gators, and playing bass guitar. Hometown is Coral Springs, FL.

  Megan   I returned home to Richmond four years ago after a 5 year stint in Las Vegas, and I’ve been so lucky to work with pets ever since! When I’m not caring for other’s fur babies, I’m hanging out with Watts, my rescued pit-pharoah hound, or working on my mixed media artwork.

Megan

I returned home to Richmond four years ago after a 5 year stint in Las Vegas, and I’ve been so lucky to work with pets ever since! When I’m not caring for other’s fur babies, I’m hanging out with Watts, my rescued pit-pharoah hound, or working on my mixed media artwork.