Meet the ADW Team! We’re neighbors bonded by a great affection for pet care, friendship, and the city of Winston-Salem. We would love the chance to get to you know and your pet! You can start getting to know us here, through a brief introduction to each of our stellar service providers.
Michelle Kline - Owner & Service Provider
Michelle started Ardmore Dog Walking & Pet Services in August of 2017 as a way to meet a need she saw in her own family: reliable pet care that felt as trustworthy as family. Michelle and her husband, Evan, live in Ardmore with their two fur-children, Winston (a four-year-old German Shepherd) and Whitaker (a three-year-old Alaskan Malamute)! In their free time you can usually find them walking to Stella Brew, playing board games with friends, or dreaming up new business ideas over good food and wine.
Michelle also maintains a daily writing blog that you can read here, sharing stories and inspiration on business, social impact, entrepreneurism, and social enterprise.
Matt Ahrenholz - Service Provider
Matt joined the ADW team in June of 2018, and he definitely hit the ground running. Matt works with a wide variety of clients. He’s always quick to jump in whenever needs arise, including last-minute let-outs (yes, you can contact us for that!). From weeklong overnight sitting to multiple daily walks and let-outs, Matt has done a little (no, a lot) of everything! Out of all of the walkers, Matt is the only one who can boast that one time he set Michelle and Evan up to vacation with his parents in Chicago. (Another story for another time, but it was a blast). In his free time, you’ll find Matt reading, organizing Avalon game nights, or hanging out with friends.
Evan Kline - Service Provider
In July of 2018, Evan and Michelle had a family meeting. They decided it was time to make a large transition: Evan would quit his full-time job and come work for ADW. Evan has been with the team since August of 2018, and he immediately proved that ADW was the right transition for him. Our clients love Evan’s creatively written updates and excellent use of pet Portrait Mode (see our Instagram, @ardmoredogwalking). In his free time, Evan enjoys designing his own board game and developing entrepreneurial initiatives of his own.
Megan Todd - Service Provider
Megan and Michelle actually met way back in 2013, when Michelle was commuting to Winston Salem for work from Greensboro. Becoming fast friends, they stayed in touch until spring of 2019, when Michelle remarked to Megan, “No pressure… but you’d be great at this.” (Meaning working for the ADW team, of course.) Megan quickly replied, “Sounds good to me!” and the rest is history. Megan takes amazing care of our clients, and has been known as Queen of the Couch Snuggles for many a housesitting gig. When she isn’t dog walking, you can find Megan discussing theology (she is currently getting her Master of Divinity from Wake Forest), hanging out with her friends, or snuggling her roommates dog. (We told you it was a perfect fit).
Jake Lindsey - Service Provider
Summer 2019, Michelle received a text from a long-time client that went something like the following, “I just recommended a friend to apply with you… He is awesome.” And man, oh man. That recommendation did not disappoint. Jake immediately jumped in with our team and we honestly can’t really remember a time without him. Jake is the kind of walker that says things like, “Your dog had a lot of energy so I took him for a long jog instead of a walk… I hope that’s okay!” He goes above and beyond to make sure our clients have all the snuggles/wrestles/attention/love that they could desire. In his free time, you’ll find Jake long-distance cycling, pursuing entrepreneurial ventures of his own, and hanging out with his own two dogs!
Kelsey Millett - Service Provider
Kelsey came to our team through her friendship with Megan, rocked her interview, and immediately started the next week. “I have a hairless cat” may or may not have been the budding comment that started us down this journey of her on the ADW team. Kelsey may be no longer rocking the purple hair (we were lucky enough to have that included in her headshot for our team… isn’t it amazing!?) but she is still one of the coolest gals we know. Kelsey has somehow ended up working with almost exclusively puppies since joining our team (we are all jealous) but she also loves working with older clients, cats, hairless cats, and whatever else you throw her way! In her free time you can find her making wigs (her speciality in her final year at School of the Arts), hanging out with her friends, and snuggling the before mentioned Casper, the hairless cat.
Graham Hyder - Service Provider
Graham came to our team through the recommendation of a long time friend of Michelle’s (are you sensing a theme?) and immediately felt like a natural fit. (In fact, she and Jake instantly declared “BFF” status over their shared Android phones.) She loves working with all kinds of clients - from older dogs to puppies to giant “monsters,” Graham loves them all and they all love her! Our clients love Graham’s updates and her obvious care for each and every client she comes across. In her free time, you’ll find Graham traveling with her husband (they’re on a big international kick right now - a casual trip to Ireland was recently planned), enjoying the Foothill’s Tasting Room, and snuggling her own dog, Maybelline.