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.


 connieConnie has been around animals her whole life.  She has always had a fuzzy companion at her side and cannot imagine life without one!  She is the proud owner of Milo, an orange tabby, who she adopted in 2014 and they are best buddies.  She started pet sitting in 2007 for fellow co-workers, college professors, family members and friends.  She graduated in 2011 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Art from Malone University.  She moved to Athens in September after she got married to be with her husband as he completes his Master’s Degree at Ohio University.



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Matt  is an Athens local, born and raised. He spent most of his working life at large businesses and little time at home. Desiring a change of pace and more time with his wife, he now works at Friendly Paws and local BBQ shop, Kiser’s. His wife, Alexis, is the major pillar of his life and happiness. A lover of all animals, his current canine companion is a Scottish Terrier named Sherlock whom is spoiled from all the goodies he receives from shopping trips at FP. Though not as versed on all things pet related as his coworkers, he is enthusiastic to meet and help all pet and pet parents that visit the shop and is learning more with every shift.




maryMary 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. 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.