Meet The Team


Nic Lessard


Nic has been working in dog care and rescue for over 15 years. They hold a BA from York University and is also a licensed PTA. They are proud to be able to hold space, represent, and provide work opportunities for intersectional local communities - indigenous, queer and racialised communities in particular.


In 2016, Nic founded Chuck's Mutts & Co., and has since been providing midtown Toronto with loyal and loving dog care since. With devotion and passion, the business grew and in 2019 transitioned into a physical space which is now home to customized dog-focused day care service & classes. Currently Nic keeps busy with group walks, operating and coordinating the business, studying, and working with their own beloved pups—who often help out especially when working with behaviour cases. Though Nic does get to have them wherever they go.


Nic’s business mandate and operation goal is simply, dogs in the forefront. In the forefront of their studying, programming and even day to day life. They live with their own pack of dogs and more often than not have boarders or even fosters who need a safe place to stay. The care provided to any of the dogs that Nic works with is firstly about the dogs, and how to create supports which would then extend back into their own homes.


Certified in Canine First Aid and enrolled in Canine Foundation Training Academy they aspire to obtain their CPDT-KA. They hope to further their knowledge and understanding of dog behaviour. Nic will then  be able to add this to their growing tool box for dog training. 

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Aimée Worrell



Carla Filles



Our Head Trainer, Carla Filies, has walked and trained in the GTA for more than 7 years. Certified in multiple teaching styles, Carla specialises in Puppy Foundation’s Training. Carla is highly respected in the canine community.  In addition to her work with Chuck’s Mutts and her own business Walking the Six, she is affiliated with Educanine, and works with Bow Wow Walkers. Carla also liases with the City of Toronto advocating for improved community dog parks. A self-proclaimed Dog Nerd, Carla is always improving her knowledge while stopping to say hello to every dog she passes on the street (and occasionally she says hello to the parent as well). Carla lives in Toronto with her beagle Ben, and boyfriend, Alistair. 

If you would like to meet Carla to discuss training or ask questions, she attends the Chuck’s Mutts Puppy Socials every Sunday.

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Gabriel Bufardeci


Fear Free Shelter Certified

Gabriel Bufardeci received his his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Queen's University, and worked as a software developer for a few years before completely switching things up. He sacrificed a well paying, safe job in favor of a more fulfilling career path to change the lives of as many dogs as possible. He hasn't looked back.

After walking dogs on the side, while working construction, he started volunteering at When Hounds Fly in July of 2019. A few months later he was offered a job at Sparky's Comrade as a dog walker,  and started working at THS as an Animal Care Worker. Now, almost two years later, we hired him as a daycare attendant and he has been taking on more responsibility each day.

Gabriel is currently enrolled in the Educanine Dog Trainer Mentorship in order to finally pursue his dream of becoming a dog trainer, and is planning to take Susan Friedman's Behaviorworks Course as well as getting his CCPDT and Fear Free Dog Trainer Certificates.

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Megan McGrath