We are funded entirely on donations.  Help us complete our mission to help serve all veterans and first responders in need of a companion.

Caden Strother

Athens Unleashed has been in the dog training business since 2012 and has been very involved in working with dogs and their families' to help incorporate a healthy active lifestyle for all.  Athens Unleashed has been helping with the Guide Dog foundation since in begun through training and donations.  In 2014 Steve took over Athens Unleashed and has continued working to help families to grow closer with their dogs and to help the dogs be fun and happy.  He is a member of ADPT and is constantly striving to learn more about canine behlavior and training.  Steve is currently a CGC Evaluator and is trained in Pet First Aid and CPR.  On a personal level, Steve has been involved in canine activities and sports for the past 8 years.  He has worked as a certified trainer for over 6 years in both basic obedience and in specific sport training.  He has competed in both Dock Jumping and Disc Dog on the National & Worls level.  He takes that experience to his training in creating a fun and challenging atmosphere with his dogs.  He constantly studies the newest conditioning and exercise elements to increase his woeking knowledge.  Steve and his team of dogs is best known as :Team Southern Charm" and can be followed on Facebook.


Clever Companions Staff

Doug Knudsen

Clever Companions is a Non-Profit Corporation (EIN: 47-2018035) and a 501(c)(3) Charitable Foundation DLN: 17053196371045


Steve Mize

Steve Mize

Vice President & Head Trainer

US Army 1986-1989

Was a Sargent in the Army US Cavscout

National Guard 1989-1994 - Active duty participant in Desert Storm

Introduced to canine training during military service

Became a Dog Sport competitor in 1994, participated in world championship events in Dock and Disc

Operations Manager for North American Diving Dogs

Owner of Athens Unleashed

Training focus is on the relationship between owner and dog

Chloe Nighorn

Kim Knudsen

Secretary/ Treasurer

Wife of a Navy Veteran, mother, grandmother, and animal lover.

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Clever Companions staff is consistant and our staff development will always change to be the best!

​Beth Forrest Nighorn


Veterinary Technician of 20+ years.

Veterinary Technician at Galilee Veterinary Hospital

Obedience Trainer

Animal Shelter Volunteer.