152-B3 East 22nd Street
New York, NY 10010
Dog Playcare, Dog Grooming, Dog Walking, Petsits, Dog Kennel
ABOUT WIGGLY PUPS
Passionate About Your Pets
We set up Wiggly Pups in 2000 to provide an incredible experience for animals and owners. From small beginnings, we’ve added a whole range of services, making us the premier Dog Playcare in New York. While we’re proud of our fun and easygoing attitude, our commitment to the safety and security of your pet guides everything we do.
WHO WE ARE
Dr. Katherine Olaya Compitus, DSW, LCSW, MSEd, MA
Founder/ Director of Operations
Katherine is a Colombian-American behavioral clinician who was born and raised in Manhattan, where she grew up surrounded by pets. She shared her childhood with 3 cats, gerbils, guinea pigs, rabbits and fish. She spent summers horseback riding in upstate NY. Katherine has dedicated her life to learning about animal (and human) behavior. She has an Doctorate in Clinical Social Work, specializing in the Human-Animal Bond, teaches graduate classes on HAB at New York University, and is a published author who often lectures internationally on the Human-Animal Bond. She also holds an MSEd in Education from Hunter College, and an MSW from NYU. She is a licensed clinical psychotherapist specializing in grief counseling for pet loss and animal assisted therapy. Katherine is interested in both sides of the Human-Animal Bond, so she also holds an MA in Animal Behavior and Conservation (Biopsychology) from Hunter College (her specialty is canine cognition, perception and learning). She is a certified trainer (CPDT, APDT), has extensive experience training animals of all ages, sizes and species, including the dogs of several celebrities. (She even trained her potbellied pig, George, to be an animal actor and he is now featured in the Cash Cash “Surrender” video.) Katherine’s extensive knowledge of biopsychology, animal and human behavior, has lead her to develop her own humane and holistic method of training that pays specific attention to the animal’s health and nutrition as integral factors in determining their behavior. Her training philosophy is unique, but it is scientifically based and primarily utilizes positive reinforcement techniques. Katherine is, therefore, one of the very few people who are trained and licensed as both a human and non-human animal behaviorist. Before opening Wiggly Pups, Katherine worked at some of the best dog daycare/boarding facilities in New York City. She also worked for the NYC Mayor’s Alliance for Animals, was a grief counselor at the Animal Medical Center and was a New York State Wildlife Rehabilitator. She currently lives with her husband, 4 rescue dogs (Skye (aka Bug), a deaf Boxer/Staff mix; Zadie Bird, a Black Lab/Amstaff mix, Professor Chompy Chops, a English Bulldog/English Staffordshire Terrier mix, and Boston, a German Shepherd AmStaff mix), their 14 cats, pet pigeons, salamander, potbellied pigs George and Blue, and steer (bull cows) Magnus and Callum. The family Dogo Argentino, Jack, was rescued in 2009 as a senior and passed away in 2010 from old age. He is featured in the Wiggly Pups crest. Their Black Labrador, Morgan, was Kathy’s inspiration and motivation to become involved in Animal Behavior. Morgan passed away in 2015 and Angie (Akita mix) passed in 2016, both from cancer. Jack, Angie, Morgan and the other fur babies that have passed are all greatly
Founder/ Chief Operating Officer
Paul was born and raised in Surrey, England. Although he did not have a pet of his own, he was always the babysitter of choice for his aunt’s Jack Russell terrier and an uncle’s border collie. He spent a lot of time at another aunt’s home, where he grew up with her purebred American Staffordshire Terriers. Paul came to the United States in 1996 after living and working for 2 years in Japan. He was the first non-Japanese fashion designer to work for the fashion house Matsuda. After many years as a successful fashion designer (with Ralph Lauren, Nautica, Rocawear, Ecko Unlimited), Paul turned his attention towards designing pet beds and accessories. Before opening and designing Wiggly Pups, Paul also worked at several well established dog daycare facilities in New York City. He currently lives with his wife, Katherine, and their family: Morgan (Lab), Angie (Akita/Afghan mix), Boston (AmStaff mix), the cats – Dorian Gray, Navi, Beatrice, Paddy, their three birds and two potbellied pigs. In 2009 Paul adopted Jack, a 12 year old Dogo Argentino, who passed away at the ripe old age of 14. Jack was the official mascot of Wiggly Pups and his image has been incorporated into the Wiggly Pups crest.
Wiggly Pups donates annually to Farm Sanctuary, The Humane Society of the United States, The American Humane Association, The World Wildlife Fund, The Wild Bird Fund and other animal charities, as well as the NAACP and other civil rights organizations.