We are Albert & Yvonne Guibert, the Pawprietors of Groovy Cats & Dogs and we are so happy you found us! We feel very lucky to have found each other, and we knew from the start of our relationship that we wanted to combine our strengths to build a business together. We married in November of 2005 and in August of 2006; Groovy Cats & Dogs was “born.” We have 5 human children between us. Al has 3 grown sons Daniel, Derek and Dustin. Yvonne has 2 beautiful school-aged girls Ariana and Roshan. All have worked at Groovy at one time or another. Currently, Ariana and Roshan can be seen often helping out around the store.
Together we have “rescued” three Chihuahuas: Diego-adopted from the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, Pixie-an owner surrender to a local groomer and friend, Ronnie of Ronnie’s Pride & Groom and Chica-adopted from Lost Angels Animal Rescue. But our cat Hedwig, rescued off the streets, is the true boss of our house!
I love chatting with pet parents like you about wellness and nutrition for pets. I have over 20 years of marketing experience working for corporate America, focused primarily in the healthcare industry. I have a passion for writing and event marketing and I love developing fun and educational events for Groovy customers and their pets. My journey with Groovy has been a very interesting one so far. I’ve made many new friends since opening Groovy and I look forward to evolving with the pet industry.I’ve written numerous articles for local publications including The New Barker Magazine and Bella Dog Magazine. I’m constantly educating myself by reading books on pet nutrition, attending industry events and seminars, speaking with holistic veterinarians and maintaining relationships with pet industry experts.I’m currently pursuing a certification in nutrition for companion animals because I love working with pet parents to improve their pet’s health. I enjoy researching and finding new products and resources for Groovy customers. My favorite thing to do when I’m not spending time at Groovy is to pack up the car, my girls and one or more of our Chihuahuas and go on a road trip! I find unplanned, spontaneous trips to be the most fun. I love to write about and share my adventures with other pet owners.
Hi! My name is Al. Glad you found us.
I’m an honest-to-goodness “hippie!” I like to take credit for coming up with the “Groovy” name (although Yvonne believes it was a joint effort – Ha!). I would have attended Woodstock, if I had the funds to make the trip, but alas, I was in high school and couldn’t quite manage it. Many of my college buddies at St. Leo University in San Antonio, Florida (just north of Tampa) were from New York and did attend the famous concert event, so I heard lots of stories about it. We have a copy of the Woodstock poster on the wall of our store. My favorite thing to do when not working at Groovy is to tease my wife (because it is so much fun!) and to play golf.
We know that to achieve real happiness, you have to love what you do every day. We LOVE helping pet owners strengthen bonds with their furry children and we love knowing that what we do helps your pets live longer, healthier lives naturally.
Hello, I’m Shannon!
Shannon has been in the pet rescue and pet industry for over 10 years. Her mother, Karen Ringhaver, was s tireless volunteer and supporter of local rescue efforts. She was instrumental in raising funds to construct Jagger Park, located at Hillsborough County Animal Services on Falkenberg Road. She is also the founder of JaggersDream.org which supports local, state and national animal rescue efforts.
Shannon enjoys caring for her fur babies and loves getting to know customers and their fur babies as well.
Kathy Hall loves cats and dogs and she’d love to meet you and your fur kids. She enjoys traveling when she can, candle making and she spent 7 years volunteering and fostering baby kittens, many who needed bottle feeding — she reports that all her baby kittens found forever homes! She is proud mom to 8 rescue kitties and Sebastian the Yorkie. She likes working at Groovy because she says it is a fun place to work, enjoys meeting loyal customers and getting to know their pets.