Get to Know Us


Michael & Deborah Tansley, Owners

Circle Star Pet Resort has been in business since 2005. In 2017, Michael, Deborah and family purchased this beautiful ranch and business to share the passion they have for animals. We provide tender loving care to each of our guests and live on the premises with 24-hour camera surveillance.

Our staff has years of dog experience and have attended multiple programs to further their education through The Dog Gurus courses and IPBSA class offerings. We are members of both IPBSA and The Dog Gurus, and are proud to offer the best dog daycare, pet boarding, dog training and grooming services to dogs in Athens, Tyler, Lindale TX, and beyond.

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Tamara, Manager

Tamara Watson has been with Circle Star since 2015. She began as a housekeeper and has worked her way up to General Manager. She enjoys all aspects of the resort and reassuring customers that their pets are in great hands. She and her husband, David, live in Ben Wheeler with their Catahoula/Basset, Bo that she adopted from Circle Star Pet Resort. 


Paige, Assistant Manager & Groomer

Paige Alvarez is our assistant manager and groomer. She has been with Circle Star Pet Resort since 2016. Paige has recently been promoted to assistant manager and is also our full time groomer. Paige and her  fiance, Michael, have 3 dogs of their own.


Bridget, Trainer

Bridget Ray has been professionally training dogs since 2017. While searching for a new career path, I found myself working at Circle Star Pet Resort, where I learned that I had a true passion for dogs. The first dog I trained was a rescue, whom I later adopted. My drive comes from knowing that I am making a difference, in not only the dog's life, but the families lives as well. 

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San Juanita, Supervisor

San Juanita Fernandez has been with Circle Star since 2019. She has always had a passion for animals and has 4 dogs, and 3 cats of her own. In her spare time she enjoys bass fishing and taking her dogs shopping at Petsmart for new toys.





Savannah Walker, Supervisor

Savannah has been with Circle Star since October 2021. She has always had a passion for animals of all sizes. She has 2 aussies, 1 shih tzu mix, and 1 cat. She also has 2 children. She enjoys spending her time off surrounded with her family and fur babies. Savannah plans on going to vet school in the near future. 


Pinky, Dog Ambassador

Pinky has been with us since she was a little puppy. She has successfully completed our 30 obedience training program. Pinky helps new dogs acclimate to our environment. She never meets a stranger.


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