Jonathan and JoDee Watkins and family moved back to South Carolina in early 2014, and founded Pet Commander Kennels in 2015. We are located in Gray Court, SC, just minutes from Greenville! Through many blessings, what started as a twenty-year dream quickly turned into a three-year reality. Their vision of opening a dog boarding and training facility is just one component to a farm that meets and serves many needs. Their love and care for both people and animals is shown throughout the 100+ acre facility that not only houses Pet Commanders Kennels, but will also be home to the CHASE Equestrian Center. Additionally, the Watkins have established a non-profit organization, GIVEN WINGS, which provides hippotherapy (horseback riding as a therapeutic or rehabilitative treatment) and therapy canines to qualified individuals.
Jonathan, a former police officer, worked for one of the largest police agencies in the country. Throughout his career, he amassed numerous commendations, performed life-saving actions, and earned meritorious awards. While his love for working with canines dates back to his childhood dogs, his passion for the working companion comes from working closely with police canines. After his retirement from law enforcement in 2013, Jonathan was committed to pursuing his love for the working canine.