Valerie Paul grew up with two loves: music and dogs. She attended college at College of Saint Benedict / Saint John’s University in Minnesota where she met her husband and carpenter- extraordinaire, Hans Paul. Upon graduating with a degree in Music Studies she decided to pursue a different path. That path led her to Tarheel Canine / North State Canine Academy in Sanford, NC where she received her Master Trainer Certification. While in Sanford, Valerie worked with a variety of dogs including police and protection dogs.
Upon returning to her hometown of Richmond, VA, Valerie decided to open Impawsible Pups. Since then, she has enjoyed her time getting to know other dog owners in the Richmond community. She has spent time helping owners to bond with their dogs, and she has done countless work to help re-home dogs with Henrico Humane Society. Valerie loves what she does, and her favorite dogs are those that pose new and exciting challenges. She looks forward to meeting you and your dog soon!
Recognized as the mascot of Impawsible Pups, Cody has worked hard to earn his respected position. Cody attended training school with his mom, Valerie, and had his big break when he debuted as Sandy in Theatre IV’s production of Annie. He earns his treats and praise by sitting and walking nice on a leash, but his favorite things to do are to go swimming in the James River with his pal Lollie and to snuggle with his mom and dad. Cody looks forward to meeting you and helping you learn to speak his native tongue, Dog.
Hans comes to us from chilly Minnesota. He studied theater at Saint John’s University/College of Saint Benedict, and it was here that he met Valerie. He has been a willing and eager participant in all things animal related, and his kindness and gentle nature have proved to be invaluable in working with dogs of all backgrounds. Hans currently works as Master Carpenter at Virginia Repertory Theatre (formerly Barskdale Theatre/Theatre IV) where he creates theatre magic. You may see him around the kennel making repairs, feeding dogs, or sometimes just stopping in to say, “Hi!”
Lollie hails from sunny California. We do not know much about her past other than she was a shelter dog in L.A. and was originally adopted by a two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer! Lollie originally came to Valerie as a training client, and it did not take long for Valerie to fall in love. When Lollie’s owner decided that Lollie might not be the best match for his hectic schedule, Valerie eagerly gave her a new home. Lollie loves to play and can often be seen as Cody’s side kick. While she may be nervous around strangers at first, a little watermelon goes a long way in helping her to warm up.
A native of Richmond, VA, Bethany has known for a long time that she most enjoys working with dogs. She started her career with dogs in training as a vet tech, but she has made her home as kennel manager at Impawsible Pups. Bethany is known to the staff as our doggy encyclopedia, as she has a unique talent for remembering minor and major details about every dog in our facility. In her spare time Bethany enjoys playing with her dog, Juno, watching WWE, knitting, training for Rugged Maniac, and cooking tasty treats.