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Welcome to K9 Cabana Dog Resort & Training Center of Myrtle Beach, SC, the only Dog Resort on the Grand Strand with 24-hour staffing.

K9 Cabana was designed with your dog in mind. Our 7,500 square feet of safe, secure indoor and outdoor dog paradise includes the area’s first Dog Splash Park, as well as two outdoor play yards. Your dog will receive lots of loving attention, fun-filled exercise, and socialization while you’re away. Our staff is trained, pet CPR certified, and dedicated to caring for your four-legged family pet.

K9 Cabana Dog Resort & Training Center is proud to be FetchFind Approved! Using science-based, up-to-date content developed by nationally known pet industry experts, the FetchFind program ensures that all of our employees are trained with the same consistently high standards from the minute they join our team. This means you can rest assured that your beloved pets are receiving the best care possible from our knowledgeable, confident, and compassionate staff.

Our Team

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Lauren Egierd

Resort Manager

Lauren is a New Jersey native who relocated to South Carolina in 2018.  She spent the first fifteen years of her professional career as an Executive Director of Operations for a Software Development company until her love of animals drove her to the decision to apply her professional knowledge to a field she was most passionate about.

Lauren went on to become a certified dog groomer, worked as a veterinary technician, managed a large full-service pet resort and owned and operated her own pet care facility for thirteen years.  She is certified in Pet First Aid and CPR and is passionate about continuing her education in the pet care industry.  She loves the outdoors, riding her horse, studying canine psychology and behavior, and most of all spending time with her family, especially her children and of course her dogs – Bronco, Roxy, Tank and Sarge.

Team-Elizabeth

Elizabeth Metz

Assistant Resort Manager

Elizabeth has been in the pet industry for over 6 years, with experience working at a local shelter, board/train/daycare facility and a local pro-rescue pet store. She is Myrtle Beach native & graduate who attended the University of South Carolina, achieving a degree in French.Elizabeth has three rescue dogs: Emma, Bowie and Zeus, who are her furry children. She is also very knowledgeable in pet nutrition and will gladly help you with any canine cuisine needs! When not at work, some of Elizabeth's hobbies consist of taking her furbabies to the beach or dog park or cuddling.

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Ben Burke

Customer Care

Ben moved to South Carolina in 2017 after selling a successful doggie daycare he and his wife opened in Delaware in 2004. His love of dogs caused him to pursue a career change from accounting director for a mutual fund company to the doggie daycare business. After moving, he missed the daily interaction with the dogs and their parents and decided to join the K9 Cabana team. He has a “dog first” mentality and enjoys building relationships with customers who love their dogs as much as he does. In his spare time, Ben enjoys listening to music, working on his cars and spending as much time as he can with his fur baby “Katie”.

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Darwin Perkins

Operations Manager

Darwin has been in the pet care profession for over thirteen years with experience ranging from kennel attendant to pet care technician. He has been a huge part of k9 Cabana thanks to his love of animals and his diverse knowledge of the pet care field. Other than handling animals nearly every day, Darwin also loves spending as much time as possible with his family.

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Nikki Lucas

Senior Team Leader

Nikki is a proud rescue mom and artist. She attended college for Fine Arts in California, while her husband was creating his Tech network in Silicone Valley. After 10 years, they moved back to Murrells Inlet in 2014 to get back to the coastal life. In her off time, she enjoys trying to paddle board, working in her art studio, listening to live music with friends, and chasing after her own furry kids-Luna, Java, and Perl.

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Tim Culver

Head Trainer

Tim started his dog training career straight out of high school when he joined the US Marines as a Military Working Dog handler. After completing the patrol and explosive detection course, he was selected to attend the Specialized Search Dog Trainers Course. After three deployments, he left the US Marines for a position with the US State Department leading the K9 Diplomatic Protection Services in Kabul, Afghanistan. Tim has excelled in the most high-threat areas training dogs to complete extraordinary tasks. A decade after starting his career, Tim is here to serve all of your dog training needs. From controlled aggression, to puppy potty training, bird dog trials, or Schutzhund tracking, Tim has you covered.

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Nikohl Spencer

Pet Stylist

Nikohl, our Senior Groomer, has been showcasing her attention to detail and unique artistic flair at k9 Cabana for almost two years. Her love of animals began sixteen years ago as a kennel technician. After being inspired by her mother, who is also a groomer, Nikohl delved into grooming for the following five years. She found that her specialty was in Poodles and Shih Tzus, but she can groom any dog breed and size with the utmost professionalism and skill. When not grooming, Nikohl loves to spend time with her husband and three beautiful boys at the beach and traveling back home to visit family in Michigan.

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Jennifer Zastawniak

Pet Stylist

Jennifer is a graduate of the Florida Institute for Animal Arts and has been grooming for over 10 years. She previously worked at an award winning salon in Claridge Pennsylvania before relocating to the Myrtle Beach area in 2018. Jennifer enjoys attending grooming expos and competitions through out the year to expand her knowledge on products and techniques in the grooming industry and when she's not grooming professionally, she enjoys shopping, spending time with her dog, Pyro, and relaxing with friends.

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Dayonna Evans

Vet Tech

Meet Dayonna, she has been with the busines since 2015. She doesn't do many daycare shifts but is our main overnighter. In addition to taking care of the fur babies in our facility she is also a certified vet tech at an animal hospital. Needless to say she can't get enough of being surrounded by loving pets. Dayonna herself has 3 pets at home a pit bull named Pepper, a husky/shepherd named Rambo and a chihuahua mix named Jefé. All 3 of her babies were acquired through rescue. She is deeply committed to the care of animals and she is extremely good at what she does.

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Kaylee Hancock

Team Leader

For as long as she can remember, Kaylee has always been interested in animals in one form or another. When she was younger she could always be found saving and trying to rehabiltate birds with broken wings or taking in homeless strays. Because of her love for animals, her parents always fondly referred to her as 'Elly Mae'. Throughout the years whenever she pictured her future it was always working with animals. In her spare time Kaylee likes to read and write, watch scary movies and go on adventures with her fur baby, Blue.

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Brenda Mendofik

Team Leader

Brenda has always loved working with all furry walks of life. When she was gifted with a mini schnauzer, she developed a passion for showing dogs professionally. Since semi-retiring to the Myrtle Beach area, Brenda enjoys movies, long walks on the beach & spending time with her rescue Schnauzer, Pepper.

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Gerard LaRosa

Team Member

Gerard joined our team in 2016 w/ a passion for dogs. He's worked w/ several trainers to build his knowledge, so he can give each pupper the special attention they need. He devotes his spare time to teaching the community about gun safety. He has a passion for firearms & making sure everyone is responsible. His knowledge to learn, ability to teach, & compassion is what makes him an asset to our team.

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Chaz Soltis

Team Member

Chaz has been fascinated by living creatures, from the smallest caterpillar to the largest Clydesdale horse, since he was a little boy. It certainly seems appropriate that he chose a career involving animals. Chaz relocated to Myrtle Beach from Connecticut in 2015. He earned a Veterinary Assistant Certificate at Horry Georgetown Technical College and joined k9 Cabana Dog Resort's team shortly after completing his externship at a local veterinary hospital. When Chaz isn't working, he enjoys spending time with his family, his two dogs, and expressing his artistic side with animated drawing.