About Us

Fully Trained Pet Professionals at Your Service in Northeast & Central Florida

  • Bad to the Bone Pet Care was founded in 2014 by Doug Keeling. Doug’s mission for Bad to the Bone has always been to provide the most personable, reliable, and professional in-home pet care possible.
  • Bad to the Bone began in Jacksonville, FL with one client in 2014 and has since grown to service over 1,000 families across Clay, Duval, Hillsborough, Polk, and St Johns counties.
  • Our team of pet care professionals have been voted Best Pet Sitting Service Northeast Florida 2016 & 2017
  • Named 2023 Pet Sitter of the Year™ by Pet Sitters International.
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Fun group photo of the team with their dogs
  • The Bad to the Bone Pet Care team offers fully customizable in-home pet sitting, dog walking, and more!
  • Our team is fully licensed and insured, and has gone through extensive background checks
  • We are currently pet sitting and dog walking in Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beaches, Orange Park, Lakeland, Plant City, Brandon, and Eastern Tampa
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Meet The Professionals:

At Bad To The Bone we are not just employees, but a family of professionals. There is great value and importance in using a fully trained pet professional with a team-based approach. We are a team of 27 pet sitters and dog walkers and we are always growing! Our entire team is not listed on this page yet, more bios will be added soon!

Doug holding a small dog and walking a puppy

Doug – Owner & Founder

I founded Bad to the Bone Pet Care in 2014 to chase my dream of working with animals. It is my goal for our team to not only be the best pet sitters you can imagine, but for us to become a part of your family. Since 2014, I have grown an award winning team of in-home pet care professionals across Northeast and Central Florida and intend to keep growing our reach across the entire Southeast. Aside from my passion for animals, my next greatest love is traveling. To combine my passions, I actually travel all over the United States providing traveling pet sitting while managing our team remotely, although I call the Riverside area of Jacksonville home.

Doug was named 2023 Pet Sitter of the Year™ by Pet Sitters International. 

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Brenna – Operations Manager:

Hey there! My name is Brenna and I am the Operations Manager for Bad to the Bone Pet Care. I’ve been with the company since 2019 and have fallen more in love with it every single day! I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado and have always been passionate about animals. I grew up on a small piece of land with multiple dogs, rabbits, cats, chickens and roosters! I now have a chihuahua, Logan who runs my entire life, 2 cats Nala and Shenzi and a rabbit named Junior. Caring for animals has always given my days purpose and fulfillment. Nothing makes me happier than to see a happy pup run to me when I open the door! Or have a sweet kitty rub up against my legs for pets! Animals are walking serotonin and I cannot get enough. ? Choosing Bad to the Bone Pet Care is a guarantee that your pets will be absolutely loved and treated as our own. We will make you and your furbabies a part of our family!

Colleen smiling with a black and orange dog

Colleen – Orange Park & Green Cove

I’ve owned dogs my entire life of various sizes and breeds. I was also a volunteer for the humane society in Orange Park and Virginia. I currently have a lab mix and a Doberman. I’ve done trainings with both dogs so am familiar with commands and how to properly handle animals. My dogs are my children. So I treat other dogs the same way I would treat my own

Jennifer holding a small black dog

Jennifer – Riverside and Westside Jacksonville

Jennifer has been with Bad to the Bone since April 2021. She has lived in Jacksonville since she was a year old and has always had pets since she was little. She currently has a 19 year old cat named Indiana Jones, a 13 year old rescue chihuahua named Cody and a 8 year old pug named Shadow. She will love your fur babies as much as she loves hers. Jennifer currently does the 32210, 32205, 32207 areas but will travel further if needed.

Alexa with two dogs

Alexa – Jacksonville Beach

Hi, my name is Alexa. I am from Syracuse, NY and have been living in Jacksonville since 2018. I love spending time with my two pups and have been an animal lover my entire life.

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Mel – Southside Jacksonville

Hi friends! My name is Mel and I’ve been with the Bad to the Bone for almost a year now! I enjoy every single day hanging out and taking care of animals as my full time job! When I’m not working I’m spending time with my dog and family at the beach or enjoying a good meal! I hope to meet you and your pet soon! ❤️

Carli taking two large dogs on a walk

Carli – Middleburg

Hi my name is Carli! I have 4 furbabies of my own and I’ve been in the animal care industry for about 5 years now. My number 1 goal in life is to own and operate my own animal shelter on my 7 acres of land and I can’t wait to be on the path to that journey!?

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Diane – Orange Park

Hi! My name is Diane Scheirman. I have loved animals all my life. In my late twenties, I adopted two dogs from Hawaii while stationed there and they traveled the world with me. I firmly believe in no pets left behind. I firmly believe that my dogs are NOT just dogs, they are my family. My fur babies. One of the two passed away from sudden aggressive cancer and it was very hard on me and my other dog Savannah. She is still thriving at 10.5 years old. Two years ago, after the death, we rescued a Labrador mix and my family is complete. We take them to the dog park to socialize. We take them on hikes. We take them on road trips and we take them to the beach. I walk them everyday. My Lab mix is my running partner. I believe dogs need walks and fresh air just as much as humans do. I pay attention to their likes and their dislikes and both my girls have very different personalities and I wouldn’t change it for the world

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Brennan – Jacksonville Beach

Hi, I’m Brennan! I am loving working for Bad to the Bones so far! With just recently moving to Jacksonville, working for Bad to the Bone has really helped me transition into this fresh new chapter of life. My love for animals is out of this world! One of the happiest memories I’ve ever had was when I got to hold a sloth in Honduras. I have worked in the dental and orthodontic field since 2016. I started being a Special Olympics Mississippi volunteer from the young age of 5. Some of my favorite things to do are painting, skydiving, riding horses, walking the beach, and meeting & petting every dog & cat that I can! A couple months ago, my boyfriend surprised me with a miniature golden doodle, which we named Jax, who has been such a joy! I look forward to continuing to bring the best care for your pets and the best customer service possible to all my clients!

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Amber – Plant City

Aloha! I’m Amber, a married mom of three rambunctious awesome kids and a Boston Terrier named Mr Harley Bones. Born in Hawaii and grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, my family and I moved from the mountains and Northern Lights to the beaches and endless skies of Florida 7 years ago. My days are now filled with love, either from my little’s or yours!! Being a pet sitter for Bad to the Bone Pet Care is a dream job that brings me so much joy, combining my passion for all animals and giving my clients that piece of mind to know that their pet is being cared for. It enables me to spend time and provide companionship to your pets while you work long hours or go out of town. I am dedicated to give the upmost care to your fur babies. Each client is special to myself and Bad to the Bone. I look forward to meeting you and your pets at our free meet and greet to see if i am a good match for your family!

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Trish – Lakeland

Alanna looking at a black dog

Alanna – Eastern Tampa

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Jerome – Downtown Jacksonville

After six years of working from home, I know two things: I need to be more active and there are a lot of pet parents who don’t have my professional luxury. Pet sitting allows me to, hopefully, provide peace of mind for all you owners out there. My schedule is very flexible, and I’m available for any service – from drop-ins to live-in care. I’m comfortable with any dog.

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Jacey- Riverside

We are always growing! Apply to join our team of pet professionals!