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!
I was born and raised in Harrisburg, NC and currently live in Rock Hill, SC. I graduated high school in 2009, and I joined the army in 2010 and served until 2014. After I got out, I was looking for a career doing something I have a passion for which is animals, and that’s when I found Four Paws and have been here ever since. I love being able to do something I enjoy and take pride in. I have a little 4-legged sidekick named Peach; she literally goes everywhere with me. Our favorite thing to do when we are not at 4 Paws is enjoy a nice round of disc golf!
I have been at Four Paws Dog Retreat since 2016. I am a native Texan but, I call South Carolina 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 veterinary 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 two crazy fur baby huskies “Khaleesi “ and “Ragu” aka “Goo”. What can I say, I live the “dog life” and I love it!
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'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 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.
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.
I’ve always deeply cared about animals, and grew up with pets of my own including a dog, fish and a hamster. In 2018, I became vegetarian because I felt that I could not fully show my support and love of animals when I was still eating them. I am in the process of converting to a vegan lifestyle.
For years I’ve wanted to work with animals but never really pursued any opportunities until recently. I moved to Charlotte on an impulse in March 2021. I applied to work at Four Paws Dog Retreat in June and was thrilled to receive the position in July. I absolutely love working here! Every dog is so wonderful and they all have their own personalities. I have two dogs of my own and they both love coming to daycare to play! I feel like I have one of the best jobs in the world because I get to take care of such amazing dogs. I truly enjoy spending time with them! In my free time I like to travel, listen to true crime podcasts, cook and take my dogs to the park.
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. After 2 years back here working in the yards with the dogs, I bought a house in Salisbury, a quaint town that I love. But the commute became too much. After talking with Leslie, we decided that I would work exclusively on keeping vaccination records up to date. The dogs’ safety is our utmost priority. I love my job. I’ve been at Four Paws almost 5 years now, and they have been some of the most enjoyable years of my life.