I am so happy to share my Life’s Story with you!! I hope you find it a lil’ interesting:) However, if you are just here for my reviews, just keep scrolling down😉
But first off, I am sure you noticed the odd name of my business, Kekepania (Key-Key-Pan-Ya). It is actually my name, Stephanie in Hawaiian 🌺 I am obsessed with Hawaii & try to go every year! I even give my dogs Hawaiian names, like Keona, Kapono & Maui!!!
Another obsession of mine is horses! I have been an equestrian english rider since I was 10! I even had 3 Horses named Dozer Magnum & Dodger, which I showed professionally in Jumpers & Dressage! But now-a-days I just ride whenever I can...which is rare for me. But as a young girl, my very first job was to take care of a 30 stall horse barn, to pay for my riding lessons & competition fees! I loved that job & it helped me become the person I am today; a hardworking, passionate animal care giving!! I also volunteered at the PopCorn Park Zoo SPCA in Lacey Township & in Tinton Falls. This is where I first learned how to care & handle dogs, especially in those rare chaotic moments! My late teen years I got a job as the Small Animal Specialist at Petco! And even got to help Bruce Springsteen a couple times!
I started to realize I love working with animals but decided to go to college for Photography! I did really well & even received the Sheldon Linz Award, for the most outstanding study in the field of Photography! Shortly after, I received my associates degree in Photography at Ocean County College and then moved on to get my Batchelor's in Graphic Design at Rutgers! Soon after that I got married to my adoring husband Kevin! But something was still missing...a dog!! I always grew up with dogs but wanted one to call my own so Kevin & I finally adopted the most beautiful Chocolate Shar-Pei ever & we named him Kapono! That’s when my pet business just fell into my lap!! Kapono befriended our neighbor’s dog Brooklyn & the owners absolutely adored the girlfriend/boyfriend relationship our pups had together! So one day, they asked me if Brooklyn could join Kapono & I on our daily afternoon walk & they would pay me! I thought it was the cutest idea ever! Well, that was the start of it all! Soon after, other neighbors of mine started to ask me to walk their dogs & before I knew it, I had my very own successful pet service/dog walking business!! And my photography skills are not totally waisted because I also offer Pet Portraits!
This business has been a dream come true & I believe it is what I was always meant to do...spend my time helping & playing with animals! I hope you have enjoyed reading my bio & how I got my little business going! It has truly been an adventure! And if you are ready to schedule your Meet & Greet consultation, please call text or email me right away because I can’t wait to add another pet to my pack! However, if you need a bit more convincing, please read my many reviews just below!!
Meryl M. (Ocean Township, NJ)
Stephanie is super. My dog loves her & it’s obvious that she has true affection for my dog. She is dependable and very easy to work with. You won’t go wrong with this dog service.
Lauren F. (Asbury Park, NJ)
“Stephanie is absolutely amazing. After getting a new job where I was out of the house for long periods of time, I was feeling so guilty. Luckily, a friend referred Stephanie to me and after meeting her I was super excited to have her as my dog walker. One thing that makes me feel extremely comfortable is that she has pet insurance. After meeting with Stephanie, you can tell she is an animal lover. I can easily text her my weekly schedule since it constantly changes and she always texts me with a report which makes my whole day. I definitely would recommend her to anyone!”
Diana T. (Wall, NJ)
“My Lulu has been so happy since Stephanie began walking her and taking her to the dog park. She was very sad after losing her granny, she wasn't eating or sleeping well. Now she has a bounce in her step, and is eating like a champ. Thank you for making her feel good again and introducing her to new doggy friends!”
Joan M. (Sea Girt, NJ)
“Steph was totally reliable; came every day for three weeks to teach my 1 1/2 old Golden to walk on leash without pulling. Even in extreme heat she arrived cheerful, had water for the dog during the walk, knew when to not over exercise her. I knew all was ok when Steph would arrive at the door and our dog went crazy with joy to go out with her. Thank you Steph!”
Laura K. (Ocean Grove, NJ)
Stephanie takes care of my pets when I travel and she is GREAT! I highly recommend her.
Rob U. (Ocean, NJ)
"Perfect!! She knows what she is doing & has a knack with animals!"
Matt P. (Ocean, NJ)
"Always available & trusting"
Kim W. (Wall NJ)
“Stephanie is the best!! She takes our 2 dogs (5 yr old golden & 11 yr old labradoodle on long walks, to the dog park, backyard, anywhere!!!) my babes are out with her all the time!!! They wag their tales for her more than my husband”
Chris P. (Belmar, NJ)
"Dog Whisperer, Highly recommended”
Chris M. (Wall, NJ)
"So nice & Always around!! My 2 girls love her!!!"
Jamie K. (Belmar, NJ)
“Stephanie is very reliable and trustworthy. She is always on time and treats my brady girl like her own. Couldn't be happier!”
Sharla S. Manasquan, NJ
“Stephanie has walked my Brook & Buddy about 5 days a week for the past year! She is amazing & is very helpful! She is always available if I need her in a bind & my dogs go absolutely crazy when they see her pull up! I would never use anyone else & she even has a key to my house & my good friends house, where my dogs sometime visit!”
Kate P. (Tinton Falls, NJ)
Highly recommend this animal lover!
Ryan C. (Asbury Park, NJ)
“Stephanie is Professional & Organized! She knows how to run a business the right way & pays attention to details! Highly recommend”
If my bio & my reviews still haven’t made you 100% confident of my reliability trust & experience, I’m sure meeting me at our Meet & Greet consultation will seal the deal!! But don’t worry, if you still need a little extra reassurance, my customers line up to be a reference for me! And I’m positive they all will ensure you that I am the right choice for you & your pet(s)!