Bios ~ Meet the Family
30+ Years Experience in the Pet Care Industry
Liz started her life in the pet care industry in 1989 working for her sister who owned a kennel. Her sister Caroline already had 30 years experience and she mentored both Liz and Angie encouraging both education and experience as they moved forward. They both attended many seminars and conventions and also took and passed Petcare and Advanced Petcare exams and Liz got her Certified Kennel Operator qualification.
Together Liz and Angie leased and then bought Countryside Kennels in 1995, renovated and then grew it to be one of the top kennels in Maryland. Brothers (and sons) Kevin and Ian Montgomery bought into the business and help manage. In 2008 the family added Countrysides Pet Paradise in Leonardtown (sold on Dec 15, 2022). In 2019 bought Riviera Kennels in Hughesville (now this Countryside Pet Resort) which has gone through major refurbishment to be able to offer high-quality boarding, grooming and daycare. The Countryside family will be able to service Southern MD; and as well as from our Owings, MD location offer pickup and delivery service to the DC metro and Annapolis areas.
Angie started working in the pet care industry in 1989, initially working as a kennel aide. She later attended the Nash Academy of Animal Arts graduating with distincton as a groomer and pet care management specialist. After working for over 5 years in the business, the opportunity arose to run her own business, so in partnership with her mother Elizabeth Wilmot she embarked on a lifelong venture in pet care.
Christie has been working with animals for over 26 years. She has been an Animal Control Officer (ACO) for more than 19 years in Calvert and Anne Arundel County’s. She has more than 520 hours of training in the Animal Control Field including Nationally certified Cruelty investigator, Nationally certified Equine Cruelty Investigator, Nationally certified Animal Control Officer and Maryland State certified Animal Control Officer. While working as an ACO, Christie has received numerous letters of appreciation from the public.
During her 17 years as an ACO for Calvert County, she took a three year “break” to manage and oversee day to day operations of a 300-pet capacity boarding kennel at Countryside Kennels in Owings, Md owned by her in-laws. She received certifications from American Boarding Kennel Association (ABKA) for Pet Care Technician and Emergency Animal Sheltering, as well as attended multiple seminars and conventions related to the pet care industry.
Prior to becoming an ACO, Christie had approximately 3 years working in veterinary hospitals, approximately 1 ½ years working with Thoroughbred and Standardbred Racing Horses, and approximately 4 years in the medical field to include certifications in: Emergency Medical Technician, Certified Nursing Assistant, Home Health Aide, and Telemetry Technician.
Kevin, the oldest brother, is a retired U.S. Service member, having dedicated more than 20 years of his life in the U.S. Navy, and now currently works for the DoD (Department of Defense). His wife, Christie, and him are owners-operators and manage Countryside Pet Resort.