Store Staff

johannaJohanna (pronounced Joanna) grew up in Baltimore, Ohio. She is a soap maker and owned and operated a soap shop in Nelsonville, Ohio for 7 years. Her dog companion Buddy (far right) aka “employee of the month” worked with her daily in her store. Johanna currently has 4 dogs and 1 kitty. She loves her fur babies and is so excited to work for another great locally owned business.

Jessica is originally from Aberdeen, Ohio and moved here to work towards her degree in Psychology and eventually help people using therapy animals. She currently has two cats and a rescued Great Dane at her apartment but back home there are 3 dogs, 7 cats, and 15 chickens, waiting for her to come home to visit. She has been around all kinds of animals growing up and is excited to work at a locally owned shop where she can do things she is passionate about.



Mary is originally from Southern Maine. She received her BS from University of Southern Maine, and first came to Athens to complete a one year MS program at Ohio University.  She has always been a lover of animals, having spent a significant portion of her time in Maine working/volunteering at the local animal shelter. Mary helps us on on a part-time basis when needed. She currently lives in Athens with her three dogs, four cats and 14 fish… and her husband, Chad.



Judy with her grandson Dane, granddaughter Avery and their pets.

Judy and her husband Chuck owned Judy’s of Athens, a clothing apparel business, for 28 years. They also had sister stores in Beverly and Marietta. The Woodall’s purchased Friendly Paws in 2000 and eventually sold the store to their niece Michelle who ran the store for six years. Aunt Judy, as she is known at the store, continued to do the books for Michelle and currently assists Shelley, generally bossing her around (!) and giving her business advice. Judy is on the Guild Board of O’Bleness Hospital, a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority and of the Richland Ave. Methodist Church. She loves to garden, cook, swim and bike and spends a great deal of time with her extended family and many friends in Athens. Judy has been the pet parent to numerous cats throughout the years and is thoroughly enjoying her retirement.