About Us

Fully trained pet professionals at your service

  • 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 in-home pet care imaginable, while uplifting and inspiring the local community through Bad to the Bone’s work with pets and their families.
  • 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.
  • Bad to the Bone is currently pet sitting and dog walking in Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beaches, Orange Park, Lakeland, Plant City, Brandon, and Eastern Tampa
Bad to the bone trained pet sitters and dog walkers
Bad to the bone trained pet sitters and dog walkers
  • Bad to the Bone Pet Care offers dog walking, customizable in-home pet sitting, local and long-distance pet transportation, and pet photography services!
  • The Bad to the Bone team is fully bonded and insured through Business Insurers of the Carolinas, and all team members have passed a federal background check through Acutraq.
  • The Bad to the Bone team is extensively trained on animal body language, pet first aid, bite prevention, leash walking skills, customer service, pet photography, and more! 

Our Service Area

Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beaches, Orange Park, Middleburg, Northern Lakeland, Plant City, Eastern Tampa, and surrounding areas!

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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 24 pet sitters and dog walkers and we are always growing! More bios coming soon!
Bad to the Bone Doug Keeling

Doug Keeling

HE/HIM
Owner & Founder

Hometown
Roseburg, OR

Founded Bad to the Bone
August 2014

Education
Bachelor’s in Business Administration, UNF
Fear Free Certified

Service Area
I call the Riverside area of Jacksonville home, but I travel all over the country and internationally offering specialty pet sitting services.

Pets
I am the proud dogdad to my Golden Retriever, Turkey, my Chihuahua, King, and my two cats, Allen and Athena.

If you could be any animal, what would you be?
I would be a Golden Retriever: Happy, gentle, devoted, and affectionate!

Other Job
I founded Bad to the Bone Pet Care in August 2014 and have been a full time pet sitter, dog walker, and pet business owner ever since! Outside of pet sitting, dog walking, and growing Bad to the Bone, I also help other pet businesses all over the country find success!

Interesting Fact
I buy, sell, and collect antiques in my free time, and I am an aspiring chef!

About Doug
I am a nomad at heart. I travel as often as possible and my life goal is to immerse myself in every culture of the world while visiting every country. I am ecstatic to be the 2023 Pet Sitter of the Year, chosen by Pet Sitter’s International!

Brenna B.

Brenna B.

She/Her

Operations Manager

Hometown
Denver, CO

Bad to the Bone Team Member Since
October 2019

Service Area
I travel all over the Jacksonville area

Pets
I have a chihuahua named Logan who is absolutely glued to me at all times, he is my emotional support boy. I have 5 cats who all have very different personalities and are my whole heart. I also have a rabbit named Junior, he is super sweet and loves his carrots. 

If you could be any animal, what would you be?
I would love to be a cat because they are little misunderstood aliens and I can weirdly relate to them! Haha. I would love to climb everything and be VERY spoiled by my parents who cuddle me all day. 

Other Job
Bad to the Bone is my life 

Interesting Fact
I absolutely LOVE to sing! 

About Brenna
Music and animals are my entire life! I also dream of living in Switzerland one day, it’s such a beautiful place.

Amber Bad to the Bone Pet Sitter dog Walker

Amber S.W.

She/Her
Client Relations Manager, Plant City Pack Leader

Hometown
Anchorage, Alaska

Bad to the Bone Team Member Since
April 2019

Service Area
North Lakeland (Socrum / Kathleen / Gibsonia), Plant City, Knights, Valrico, Dover, Seffner, Thonotosassa

Pets
Boston terrier Mr Harley Bones and Kitty Meow

If you could be any animal, what would you be?
Hummingbird they just have a magic about them they are colorful, quick and bring joy and excitement when they get the chance to see one !

Other Job
Full time mama

Interesting Fact
I am terrified of heights but love to zip line.

About Amber
The bravest thing I’ve ever done is try out for Survivor. My favorite show since its debut in 2000, It was like a dream when my husband and I drove 3 hours and we both tried out for Survivor at a live casting call. My biggest fear is an elevator, I will take the stairs 99% of the time no matter what floor . I’ve swam with nurse sharks and sting rays in Belize. Born in Hawaii and raised in Alaska

Bad to the Bone Pet Sitter dog Walker Alanna

Alanna S.

She/Her
Tampa Pack Leader

Hometown
Anchorage Alaska

Bad to the Bone Team Member Since
June 2019

Service Area
Valrico, Dover, Seffner, Brandon, Mango, Riverview, Apollo Beach, Orient Park area, Thonotosassa, Tampa

Pets
3 rescue chihuahua 2 old boys and a 5 year old girl Kennedy is 12-13 gizmos is about the same age and pepper is a spicy 5 year old

If you could be any animal, what would you be?
An Eagle they are free and fierce.

Other Job
I do some glamping operations at the alaphia state park. I do dog bathing with a local groomer some days. I also work as needed at the hospital still.

Interesting Fact
I was a helicopter mechanic.

About Alanna
I am passionate about my family, nature, pets, nutrition, and crocheting!

Trish Bad to the Bone Pet Sitter dog Walker

Trish M.

She/Her
Lakeland Pack Leader

Hometown
Originally Southern California, then east to Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and ultimately central Florida.

Bad to the Bone Team Member Since
August 2019

Service Area
North Lakeland (Socrum / Kathleen / Gibsonia)

Pets
Two dogs. Lucy, a lab-dalmation mix who turned 10 in April 2023 and Max, a chihuahua-Chinese crested mix who turned six in January 2023.

If you could be any animal, what would you be?
Really would love to be one of our dogs. 🙂 In return for their unending love and entertainment, they get spoiled!

Other Job
I’m with Bad to the Bone full time!

Interesting Fact
Spent six weeks on the road in our RV with my spouse and two dogs. We saw so much of the U.S. It was amazing!

About Trish
I love just hanging out with friends and trying out new restaurants and pubs. Bringing a dog makes it even better!

Bad to the Bone Katharine P

Katharine P.

She/Her
Dog Walker & Pet Sitter

Hometown
I grew up traveling from Airbase to Airbase, with a cherished parade of furry creatures.

Bad to the Bone Team Member Since
March 2020

Service Area
Oakleaf and surrounding areas

Pets
I am currently owned by Buffy our beloved chihuahua, Whiskey our sweet rambunctious rescue lab, and Gogo Kitty, our attack cat.

If you could be any animal, what would you be?
At heart I’m a mother cat. I’m independent, affectionate, obstinate and maternal, and ferocious when it comes to protecting my family.

Other Job
I’m retired from my boring desk job, and thrilled to be running around with my new, furry friends!

Interesting Fact
I slept through a hurricane.

About Katharine
My favorite song is The Rolling Stones’ Paint it Black. My favorite food is anything from Taco Casa in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Roll Tide! I’m an Aquarius who loves to read.

Bad to the Bone Pet Sitter dog Walker Carli

Carli W.

She/Her
Dog Walker & Pet Sitter

Hometown
Middleburg!

Bad to the Bone Team Member Since
October 2021

Service Area
Orange Park, Middleburg, Fleming Island

Pets
I have 5 dogs and 4 cats! I have 2 Great Danes named Bo and Clyde, a bully mix named Raf, a pit/chi named Ginger, and a Dachshund named Pepper!

If you could be any animal, what would you be?
I would be an alligator! I think they’re so adorable and they don’t have many predators so I’d be just chilling!

Other Job
I have 2 other jobs besides Bad To The Bone! I work at Safe Animal Shelter helping homeless pups find their forever home and I also work at Pet Paradise Oakleaf as the bather.

Interesting Fact
I grew up without my parents present so I found my love with animals at a young age and started volunteering at animal shelters at 13. Animals will always love you no matter what.

About Carli
My hobby is going to car shows and car meets all around Florida

Bad to the Bone Melanie B

Melanie B.

She/Her
Dog Walker & Pet Sitter

Hometown
Cherry Hill, New Jersey

Bad to the Bone Team Member Since
December 2021

Service Area
San Marco area, Lakewood

Pets
Cats. I have several kitty cats; many were acquired as foster “failures” or abandoned by their owners. They are my “kids” and they make me smile every day!

If you could be any animal, what would you be?
I’d love to be a bird; to be able to soar above the clouds and see the earth from the sky in an aerial view would be magnificent! I adore seagulls, their caw, and I love the ocean and the beach, so I suppose a seagull is my preferred bird! My family and friends have told me, however, that they’d love to be one of “Melanie’s cats” because they are spoiled rotten and live THE LIFE!

Other Job
I recently made a decision to follow my heart and be a petsitter rather than sit behind a desk at a computer, and I’ve not regretted that decision at all! I love My pets and your pets are what make me smile and feel fulfilled in daily work. It is a joy meeting new clients and their beloved pets. I relish getting out in the sunshine and fresh air with our pet clients.

Interesting Fact
Being a child of the 60’s and teen of the 70’s, I love the old TV shows from that period, and I watch YouTube to see those old episodes. I don’t have a TV set up in my home, so today’s TV shows, I have no idea what they are nor do I care! I don’t know today’s “celebrities” and I don’t care to know who they are! My favorites are old sitcoms and even dramas like The Waltons—the BEST, in my opinion, and The Brady Bunch? Well, that’s my childhood and brings back so many sweet memories.

About Melanie
I adore the musical artists that sang the backdrop themes to my teen years and years of my 20’s—The Carpenters, Lionel Richie, Journey, Foreigner, Chicago, James Taylor, —-so many others! They transport me to another time of my life and they give me joy. The bravest thing I’ve ever done? Sounds simple, but selling my family home in New Jersey in September 2021 and moving here to Jacksonville in October 2021 was a pretty courageous thing for me to do. I love flowers, gardening. I’ve been blessed with a sweet little house that has just enough ground to be able to plant flowers and make my yard look cottage-y! My kitty cats and I are cozy in our new home.

Bad to the Bone Brennan S

Brennan S.

She/Her
Dog Walker & Pet Sitter

Hometown
Southaven, MS

Bad to the Bone Team Member Since
December 2021

Service Area
Arlington, Baymeadows / Southside, Jacksonville Beach / Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra

Pets
I have a mini doodle named Jax, and a kitten named Neptune! They are both Jacksonville natives, so I thought their names were fitting!

If you could be any animal, what would you be?
I’m not exactly sure what particular animal I’d want be, but I have always dreamed of being able to fly next to geese and soar with the eagles. I’ve always believed I’d be so happy and content if I was the only human living on a farm with animals & growing my own fruit and vegetables. I wouldn’t mind having human visitors here and there. 

Other Job
I also work at a wonderful orthodontic practice here in Jacksonville! I am a very clinical, hands-on assistant under the orthodontist. The days I am not dog-walking or pet-sitting my pup/cat clients, I am working on patients’ braces!

Interesting Fact
One of my favorite hobbies, is painting! I love doing thick, textured art on large canvases. One of my favorite memories I have is skydiving twice (the second time with my brother), horseback riding on the beach in Jamaica, zip-lining in the rain in Honduras, and getting to hold a sloth! I started being a Mississippi Special Olympics volunteer by the young age of 5!

About Brennan
My ultimate favorite food is crawfish and crab legs! The song that instantly puts me in a better mood, no matter what is “Miracles Happen” from the Princess Diaries movie soundtrack. I often think of myself as an old soul. I’ve always wanted to be able to live as an adult in the 80’s, 90’s, and early 00’s (before smart phones and social media!) I also wish I could have been able to see Elvis in concert!

Bad to the Bone Diane S

Diane S.

She/Her
Dog Walker & Pet Sitter

Hometown
Texas

Bad to the Bone Team Member Since
January 2022

Service Area
Orange Park, Middleburg, Green Cove Springs, Fleming Island

Pets
I have a black Labrador/Shepherd mix. She is 3 years old and her name is Augustine. She is wicked smart. Fast. Incredibly strong. Very vocal. Interesting in everything. She’s also my running Buddy.

Savannah is a mix. She’s light brown. My heart. She will be 12 years old in July. She was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last June and it’s been quite the adventure and adjustment for sure. But she’s doing very well since starting insulin. She’s traveled the world with me. I adopted her at 8 weeks old in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. We then moved moved a few short years later to Sasebo, Japan. Where she traveled everywhere with me including numerous beaches. She loves to fish. From there she came with me back to the US with a pit stop in Seattle and final destination Florida. She is my whole world. My heart.

If you could be any animal, what would you be?
An Eagle. Eagles embody a sense of freedom and independence that I find truly inspiring. I would have the ability to soar high through the skies with grace and ease, experiencing the world from a different perspective than most other animals. Besides that, Eagles are also incredibly intelligent and adaptable creatures. They are able to thrive in a wide range of environments. They’re admired for their strength, courage and beauty. Also….my father (who is deceased) loved Eagles.

Other Job
I am a Group Fitness Instructor at Crunch Fitness Orange Park.

Interesting Fact
I have climbed Mt. Fuji

About Diane
I’m a Leo. I love to cook Asian food and while stationed in Sasebo, I had my own home food business where I cooked authentic Korean food and sold bento plates to the military community. I’ve also gone sky diving in Hawaii. Once. Once was more than enough lol.

Bad to the Bone Jerome H

Jerome H.

He/Him
Dog Walker & Pet Sitter

Hometown
Savannah, GA

Bad to the Bone Team Member Since
May 2022

Service Area
Urban Core of Jacksonville (Riverside, Springfield, San Marco), Jacksonville Beach / Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra, Orange Park

Pets
I have a nine year old American shorthair named Oreo.

If you could be any animal, what would you be?
A hawk. I’m a bird of prey and I can thrive on six of seven continents.

Other Job
I’m an entertainment editor at Breitbart News

Interesting Fact
I didn’t know my left from my right until I was eight. That it wasn’t necessary knowledge before then is what baffles me to this day.

About Jerome
Favorite composer: Erik Satie. Favorite food: Pizza (extra cheese, sausage, and mushroom). Something random: I have 11 toes.

Bad to the Bone Gloria C

Gloria C.

She/Her
Dog Walker & Pet Sitter

Hometown
Jacksonville

Bad to the Bone Team Member Since
October 2022

Service Area
Westside of Jacksonville

Pets
Cat. One Siamese named Sherman

If you could be any animal, what would you be?
A sloth – You can look at the world from different angles and take all the time you want. There are no expectations on you. And definitely don’t care if you have a bad hair day.

Other Job
Day trader

Interesting Fact
I’m bicoastal.

About Gloria
Growing heirloom tomatoes and habanero peppers and different plants. Writing and published illustrator.

Bad to the Bone Raymond T

Ray T.

He/Him
Dog Walker & Pet Sitter

Hometown
New Jersey

Bad to the Bone Team Member Since
March 2023

Service Area
Arlington, Mayport, Jacksonville Beach / Atlantic Beach

Pets
None at the moment.

If you could be any animal, what would you be?
A dog. Because dogs are the best. But I love all animals.

Other Job
Hospice volunteer for the Spiritual care and No one Dies alone programs.

Interesting Fact
I don’t like bread.

About Ray
My favorite food is anything spicy or a new restaurant. I am a Libra. Something random … I am left handed but use the computer mouse with my right hand.

Anna D.

Anna D.

She/Her
Dog Walker & Pet Sitter

Hometown
Ohio

Bad to the Bone Team Member Since
March 2023

Service Area
Mayport, Jacksonville Beach / Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra

Pets
I have three animals. Two dogs and a cat. My little dog is named Titan he is 13 and the love of my life. The big guy, Hercules, is 90 pounds and is bossed around by his older smaller brother and he is the biggest lap dog you’ll find. Little Cat is the most talkative black kitty and sometimes I believe she thinks she’s a dog.

If you could be any animal, what would you be?
A bird of prey or giraffe because it would be great to see the world from a different perspective.

Other Job
I’m an athletic trainer for a local high school

Interesting Fact
I have a soft spot for senior and special needs animals. You’ll know I win the lottery based on amount of animals I have.

About Anna
I believe working in my garden without gloves and barefoot can fix any problem.

Bad to the Bone Caitlin B

Caitlin B.

She/Her
Dog Walker & Pet Sitter

Hometown
Cape Cod MA

Bad to the Bone Team Member Since
April 2023

Service Area
Baymeadows / Southside, Mandarin

Pets
I have 2 cats, Cheech is 7 and Lydia is 3. They’re best friends and they love to snuggle.

If you could be any animal, what would you be?
This is a tough one because there are so many amazing choices but probably a dolphin because I love swimming, they’re super intelligent and they protect other animals/people.

Other Job
I own a spa called Luna Aesthetics, I’m an Esthetician and Makeup Artist.

Interesting Fact
I used to pretend to be able to change into any animal when I was a kid lol

About Caitlin
I love music, art, and animals. Asian and Hispanic cuisine are my favorites.

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