Our Story

Kaylee Bashaw, CPDT-KA 

Certified Pet Dog Trainer, writer with a BA in English from Rhode Island College, and sometimes-Artist. 

I have been passionate about animals all of my life, and nothing makes me happier than dedicating my life to helping dogs. I have been working with dogs for six years; first as an apprentice in dog training and dog caretaker, and now as a dog trainer and business co-owner.

Helping all dogs function as  happy, healthy parts of our lives, without taking away from who they truly are.  All dogs are unique, intelligent and deserving of love.  Experienced in working with dogs of all ages, breeds, sizes and temperaments, with a have a special place in my heart for senior pups, and those with anxiety.  Working with dogs has been an incredible journey; One full of finding unique and individual ways to communicate with these amazing animals we have evolved with. I look forward to this journey only expanding. 

Kella Woodard, CPDT-KA 


Kella and her rescue dogs Max and Dory. 2018.

As an undergrad at UMass Amherst and as a zookeeper at The Zoo in Forest Park in Springfield, MA, I have had fantastic opportunities to study and work with animals of all kinds.  From lemurs to leopards, all animal behavior fascinates me, but no species more so than dogs!  Before Willow’s Way was created, I worked in a doggy daycare facility, training, caring for, and learning from hundreds of different dogs.  Helping dogs learn to properly socialize and watching them transform into a well-adjusted playmates was the most rewarding experience at doggy daycare.  The ability of dogs and humans to connect and communicate with one another is extraordinary and limitless, but it is a skill both dogs and humans have to learn.  A life without these skills can be tricky, especially for dogs.  We created Willow’s Way in 2018 to help dogs connect and communicate with the world, despite the issues or set-backs that life may have dealt them, and to help their humans connect and communicate with them in a positive, patient, and productive way.