Dog, Cat & Exotic Boarding | All-Breed Dog Grooming | Training for Dog Sports & Manners

As you can tell from our home page, DogStars is not just a boarding kennel. We have all kinds of dog activities for the beloved pet who just wants to have some fun all the way up to the competitive canine athlete and handler.

One thing that all of us at DogStars have in common is our commitment to and love of animals. Many of came together to create a facility that offered all of us what we wanted and needed for our dogs.



           Meet Our Team

John Gattignolo

Manager of DogStars

Barb Lentz-Gattignolo

Director of Training

Julie Hartzler

Receptionist / Kennel Assistant

Angie Schuhmann

Obedience Trainer

Bonnie Scott

Competition Agility Trainer

Janet Wyatt

Nose Work Trainer

 After many years as Director of Facilities in health-care and financial organizations, John “retired” and is now busier than ever as Manager of DogStars. He brings with him not only managerial skills but a depth of knowledge in building maintenance.

He is also owned by two dock-diving (YES, dock-diving) English bulldogs:  Priscilla and Tulley

He and his wife, Barb Lentz-Gattaglino are the owners of Florida West Coast Air Dogs, which is at  DogStars. For more information, please visit or stop by to watch weekly practice sessions.  John can be reached at DogStars (941-747-4466) or directly at 941-705-4262.


Barb retired after 43 years as a teacher in the Sarasota County school system, but she has been a dog trainer for 44 years and is far from retired.

She has experience working with many different breeds and trains in the following dog sports:  obedience, agility, lure coursing, disc, and dock diving. She has put more than 75 titles on her dogs over the years.

She is currently competing with Torque, a Belgian Malinois, and Quest, a Border Collie. She also has many up-and-comers in a variety of breeds, who she is training for many different canine sports.

She can be reached at or call her at 941-374-9663


Our new, full time “Girl Friday,”  Julie Hartzler, originally hails from the Midwest and, by way of the Outer Banks of North Carolina, relocated her family to Bradenton two years ago.
Julie brings years of experience with animals to DogStars. Her first job at the age of 12 was working at a sheltie breeder’s boarding kennel in Illinois.  Along with being a pet owner of dogs, cats, exotics and the occasional farm animal, her additional experience in the hospitality and customer service industries enhances the level of personalized care we can provide to our clients here at DogStars.

Please help us welcome Julie to the DogStar family,

Where we have Warm Hearts for Cold Noses!


  • Experience in dog training since 1992
  • Obedience Trial participant since 1993
  • Earned conformation and obedience titles in AKC, ASCA, WWKC & CKC on her own dogs including HIT
  • Earned CGC on her own dogs

Angie has been involved in obedience training since 1992 and obedience trial participation since 1993.  She has earned conformation and obedience titles in AKC, ASCA, WWKC & CKC on her own dogs including HIT. Angie traina in Obedience, agility, Flyball, Tracking and Dock Diving with her own dogs.

She is a former member of the Sarasota Search & Rescue Team. She also has Therapy Dogs / CISD (Critical Incident Stress Debriefing), and serves as an obedience consultant.


Bonnie has been involved in agility and obedience training since 1997.  She has earned agility championships on her own Australian Shepherd “Blue” in three agility venues—MACH2 (AKC), NATCH (NADAC), and ATCH (ASCA);  qualified for ASCA National Agility Finals in 2004 and 2005; qualified for ASCA National Agility Finals in 2004 and 2005; qualified for AKC National Agility Championships 2004, 2005 and 2006; and has earned an obedience UD in AKC with with “Blue”, a CDX in ASCA and is now working on her UD in ASCA

With her Aussie “Si,” Bpnnie earned AKC MX and MXJ; earned the Excellent Agility Championship (UACHX) in UKC; and was named #1 Merit Open Gamble dog in ASCA for 2005; and earned obedience CDX’s with “Si” in AKC and ASCA.


Janet Wyatt has been training/instructing for 20 +  years.  Janet has titles in AKC  thru CDX level.  UKC thru UCD level.  She is currently working on her second dog an American Staffie and  a UD with Marieke, her Belgian Tervuran.  Janet has also begun scent recognition with Marieke and plans on competing in AKC and UKC trials.  Janet spent the last 15 years working K9’s in Search and Recovery, under Law Enforcement and throughout the state and beyond with other search teams.   Janet has Nationally Certified 4 dogs yearly in Search and Recovery.  1 Live / Human Remains Detection,  3 Human Remains Detection, 1 Area Live find.   She has since retired but continues to assist volunteer handlers with their K9’s in achieving their National  HRD certification.  Janet has attended Bob Bailey’s Chicken Workshops, numerous HRD seminars, Tracking seminars, and is an instructor at a seminar in North Florida every year.   Janet  also raised and imprinted and trained several Peruvian Paso horses using Pat Parelli’s Natural Horsemanship techniques.





Grooming Artist

Andrea Molinari comes to DogStars with a background in all-breed dog grooming for show dogs and Very Important Pets (VIP).

Be sure to make an appointment by calling 941-747-4466.