Our Pet Care Certified Staff in Flagstaff Arizona
Kingsmark Kennels is a proud member of the International Boarding and Pet Care Services Association as well as the only kennel in Northern Arizona that is part of The American Kennel Club. Kingsmark employees go through vigorous training and Pet Care Certification. Our entire staff is independently certified for Advanced Pet Care Technician. Our employees are focused on exceptional service to our clients as well as our guests. Each staff member is an essential part of the Kingsmark team and serves to make our reputation even stronger.
John Kavanagh (Founder)
John Kavanagh was born March 3rd 1948 and passed away August 5th 2010. He attended ASU and graduated with honors and a Bachelor of Science degree. His love for dogs began in 1962 when he followed his passion for breeding collies, thus was the beginning of Kingsmark Kennels. He then went on to becoming a professional handler in 1975, where he traveled all over the country. He had successfully showed Kingsmark Collies for over 49 years. He has had over 50 champions and were still counting! John’s dedication to animals also turned into a career of caring for them. He was Northern Arizona’s most experienced kennel owner! He will forever be missed and never forgotten!
Shannon Gottschammer (Owner)
John left an amazing legacy for his daughter Shannon Gottschammer to carry on. She was born and raised with animals her entire life. Shannon began Showing dogs at the age of 5 and had her first champion at 7.She is going to continue showing and breeding her father’s amazing line of champion collies as well as mainting the distinctive mark on the collie breed. She is Passionate about four legged friends and could not be happier to take over the family business. With almost 30 years of life experience, you could say she is now Northern Arizona’s most experienced kennel owner!
Rich Gottschammer (Owner)
Rich Gottschammer has lived in Flagstaff, AZ since the year 2000. Shannon and Rich were married in 2007 and thus began his journey into the family business. He was originally a small town boy from Belleville, IL who went right into the Marine Corps at age 18. After accomplishing his goals as a marine, he became a hardware representive for a company out of Texas, which led him to Arizona in the year 2000. Rich has always been involved in the inner workings of the kennel and now has accompanied Shannon in making Kingsmark the finest pet facility Flagstaff has to offer.
Ria has worked with animals for the last seven years on ranches all throughout Northern Arizona. She has been an animal lover her whole life, having family pets since she was a young child. Ria loves spending time outdoors as well as with her loved ones. She adores all of our guests and is a fabulous addition to the Kingsmark team!
Brendi was born and raised in Flagstaff, AZ and is a true country gal! She loves to spend all her extra time in the outdoors going fishing and camping. One of her true passion lies with animals and the rewards that come along with loving and caring for them. She not only enjoys pampering our four legged friends but also has an interest in financing as she studies to become an accountant. All the clients love her energetic charisma and all the guest’s enjoy her company!
Kim was born in Illinois and raised in Indiana where she studied Graphic Design. She moved to Arizona in 1999,then married the love of her life and had 5 children. Kim has always loved animals and has 6 dogs, 5 cats, 3 ferrets, and 3 bunnies. She’s excited to have a chance to work with animals and enjoys learning more and more about them every day. What a great addition to the team!
Peter Casey was born in Albuquerque N. M. in June 1975 & came to Flagstaff in Oct 1981, where he resided until he passed on August 12th 2013. He attended St Mary's, Cromer elementary, Flagstaff middle school and graduated from Coconino high school. A good portion of his life was spent in the dog show business, riding horses and in the boarding kennel industry. He had also been engaged in construction and the heating and cooling industry in multiple commercial areas in Flagstaff. His sister and brother-in-law were fortunate to have him be a part of the family business and miss him more than he will ever know.