About Us

Dani Meidan  (co-owner):

Dani moved to Santa Cruz in 2011 to pursue a bachelors in Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology from UCSC and graduated in 2015. She is now working on her Masters in Public Health with an interest in sustainability and biostatistics. In her free time, she can be found running through the local trails, climbing at Pacific Edge, and playing with her puppy Pogo!


Hillary Nestlerode  (co-owner):

Hillary is a lifelong Santa Cruz resident. Her love of dogs as well as the outdoors led her to GoDogz in 2016. Her natural ability to connect with dogs shines through on her daily hikes and runs. Hillary is pursuing a degree in business and uses her skills everyday as one of the owners of GoDogz!



Ben Carter (dog runner/walker):

A lifelong athlete and dog lover, Ben never gets tired of watching the excited face of a dog about to go running. As a ceramic artist, he has traveled all over the world, recently spending a few years in Shanghai, China as the educational director of an art school. For more on his ceramic career, stop by his website or visit his art/travel blog, Tales of a Red Clay Rambler. When he’s not out running dogs, he’s either doing yoga or working in his pottery studio. Read more about Ben here.






Matt Goodman


Matt Goodman (petsitter):

Matt has been a fixture on the Santa Cruz scene for the past fifteen years, having moved from the Bay Area to attend UCSC. Originally hailing from the mid-western prairies of Canada, he majored in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology before deciding on a different life course. Developing a passion for volleyball late in life, over the past seven years he has been a referee at the local indoor level, satisfying his love of the natural world in part through playing the sport on the beach and taking care of many, many Santa Cruz dogs (plus the occasional cat).








Gordy the dog


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