About Four Paws
Doggie Day Camp & Boarding
Trusted Care for Your Pooch
Leslie Hawkins (with daughter, Leah)
I am owner of Four Paws Dog Retreat. I have had a passion for dogs from a very early age, but out of college I followed my computer science degree and took a job with a major international software company. However I left my first career to stay home with and raise my children, so when it was time to rejoin the workforce 17 years later, I knew I wanted something different than before. My love for dogs led me to Four Paws, where I quickly moved into the General Manager position. In GM capacity, I grew the business exponentially, doubling the daycare business and increasing the boarding business year round. When the opportunity arose, I was able to purchase the business from its original owners, fulfilling my dream of business ownership!
Miranda Hansen (with daughter Olivia)
I am originally from Toledo, Ohio (Frog Town USA). My husband and I moved down here to escape the arctic weather and fell in love with the city of Charlotte and all it has to offer. Before working at Four Paws Dog Retreat, I was in the hotel management at a pet friendly chain. I enjoyed checking the dogs in more than the people. This is where my love for dogs began. As a child, I always wanted a dog but was never given the chance. My husband and I got our first fur baby, a Goldendoodle named Onyx, in 2013, and in 2014 I was blessed to be offered the job here at Four Paws. I love coming to work, I feel truly lucky every day! In 2017, Olivia (my daughter) arrived and she enjoys coming to “mommy’s work” too for visits. Genuinely I love this place, the dog’s, the clients, absolutely everything! Couldn’t be more thankful!!
I’m from Harrisburg, NC. After high school I joined the army in 2010 and served until 2014. After I got out, I was looking for a career, and that’s when I found Four Paws. I love being able to do something I enjoy and take pride in it. My hobby is disc golf I play every chance I get!
I've been working with Four Paws Dog Retreat since 2008. During this time, I have enjoyed caring for your furry babies and learning all their unique personalities. I am happy to be part of the Four Paws Family as we have the most loyal clients and the best canines I have ever worked with.
I’m originally from Danville, Illinois and moved south in 1984. Since then it’s been my home. I’ve worked in various industries since the age of fourteen. Retail. Customer Service. Government. Fourteen years as an on air personality in Charlotte radio. I have also served as a Party Disc Jockey since 1990 for events both personal and corporate. I needed something different in my life as far as a professional path, but I also wanted it to be something that mattered to me personally. Being a lifelong pet lover, while dogs had always been in my life, I had not worked with them. Here, I have found mutual appreciation and happiness. Some of my most fun days in the yard with the dogs is when we will have “Super 80s Music Doggie Party”. I have been with Four Paws since August of 2015 and look forward to many more years there. The honor of knowing that loving pet owners are entrusting you to be a part of their dogs’ lives is what makes it worthwhile and rewarding.
I was born in Orlando and spent the first 34 years of life living there and other surrounding areas. Upon moving to Charlotte in late 2014 I started my adventure working with dogs at a facility in the Uptown area. What brought me to 4pdr was being gifted the chance to adopt a 6 year old female Boxer from a client. Upon my first visit to 4pdr I saw something special and wanted to be part of it. I made the necessary maneuvers for a job change and started my life at 4 Paws in June of 2016.
Leah Hawkins (with mom, Leslie)
I’m 21 years old and Leslie’s daughter. We have four dogs of our own so it was natural for me to want to work with puppies and dogs of all sizes. After I graduated from high school, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to study in college, so I decided to work instead until I sorted it out. I had worked part time at Four Paws off and on in the past, so it made sense to find work there full time.
I have been with Four Paws Dog Retreat for 2 years. I am a Native Texan but call North Carolina my home now. I have been an animal lover since I was a kid and have worked in animal care for over 20 years. My original background is in animal medicine but, I found myself wanting to spend more time with dogs. I started doing work with animal rescue and fell in love with animal care, that’s what brought me to Four Paws. I have 2 huskies, Khaleesi (named after the character in Game of Thrones one of my favorite shows) who just turned 3, and Elway (named after John Elway, old school Broncos QB the nicest football player I have ever met) who is 17 years old yes 17. I have a special love for our older dogs at Four Paws because of him. What can I say I live the “dog life” and I love it!!
Daycare Attendant/Facility Cleaner
I've been here at 4 paws for about a year now and I still can't carry on a conversation outside of work without bringing up the furbabies. I started out here as just the cleaner but soon got the privilege of interacting with the four leggers a whole lot more. My partner and I have five of our own, so I definitely understand how amazing these fur- babies are. I know it's supposed to be a job but it's more than just that. It's actually fulfilling coming to work to see so many wagging tails and excited faces.
After living my dream in New York City, I decided it was time to come back to my Southern roots. I was blessed to have a job to come to at Four Paws. I have always loved dogs and had several black labs of my own. I was in the procurement field for over 20 years, which requires a strong, confident and demanding nature. These same traits are what I’ve brought to Four Paws. I love that they all have their unique personalities, and they are a joy to be around. After I have my days off, I’m always so happy to get back to the dogs. I love my job. I’ve been at Four Paws almost 2 years now, and they have been some of the most enjoyable years of my life.