Michael and his wife, Angela, both grew up in Waltham, Massachusetts. They have always had a love for animals. Working with animals has always been their dream. They currently have two dogs – a husky mix, named Hugo and a lab mix, named Oki. They love to be in nature and go on hikes with their dogs.
Michael was a union carpenter for over 10 years and decided to change his career. He worked in a doggie day care for almost two years gaining valuable experience working with hundreds of dogs, learning all about the different breeds and their temperaments. He loved working with the dogs so much that he realized he found his true calling in life. After always working for someone else, Michael decided to follow his heart and turn his love for animals into a full time career. Nothing makes him happier than being outside with his four-legged friends!
Owner/Pet Care Manager/Dog Walker/Dog Trainer
Angela is a public school special education teacher and has worked in special education for 14 years. She has always had a passion for helping people and animals. Nothing brings her more pleasure
than watching a two-legged child or a four-legged child learn a new
skill. She also received her dog training certification and is currently
gaining as much hands-on experience as she can with her own dogs and
dogs from the Pawsitive Dawg pack.
She is taking a leave from teaching so she can pursue her other passion in life of working with animals. She joined the business full time at the end of June 2015.
Trisha has been working with dogs for 25+ years and has a natural ability to connect with animals. She has an amazing heart and treats all animals as if they are her own. She is constantly learning new skills and positive strategies to work with all types of animals but has a special place in her heart for elder dogs, as well as shy and fearful dogs. She worked with Pawsitive Dawg for over 2 years before taking a five month break to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail with her daughter. Now that she is back, she looks forward to having so much fun with all of our new and old furry friends!
Randy has a strong bond with animals and cares
for them as if they were his own children. He has cared for animals his whole
life. For the two
years he worked at a local dog day care, he gained valuable experience caring for large groups of up to 100 dogs at a time. He
is able to work with all sizes and breeds of dogs. He has the skills and
knowledge to safely supervise playtime and provide the structure and routine
dogs need. He is also able to handle medical emergencies such as seizures.
Brendan has a passion for animals! He and his wife have four fur family members of their own - Poppy (a mixed breed terrier), and Hector, Bernie, and Puma (domestic short hair cats) - at their home. They are the light of their lives! Brendan understands the peace of mind that comes with knowing your beloved companions are well cared for while you're away, and he goes the extra mile to do exactly that!
Lauren is a fan of furry friends of all shapes and sizes, having been
with cats, dogs, and horses since childhood. She has always gravitated
towards animals, inspired by their wise and loving natures, seeking to
learn from the many lessons they have to teach us. She looks forward to
caring for Pawsitive Dawg family members, and giving them the fresh air
and exercise they need as an evening and weekend pet sitter!
Amanda adopted her first dog, a miniature schnauzer named Fritz, in 2008. Fritz came with many issues that were not disclosed by the rescuing agency. Teaching Fritz to feel safe in his environment brought Amanda back to her first passion--working with animals. Amanda has been pet-sitting for dogs and cats since 2012, as well as walking dogs. In 2014, she attended Animal Behavior College and began working with various mentors on new skills training both dogs and goats. Amanda has a special interest in working with reactive dogs; her favorite part of the job is getting to know new dogs and helping them thrive. Amanda lives in Belmont with her husband Michael, schnauzer Fritz, and their foster schnauzer.
grew up on a quarter horse farm in Vermont so her love of animals comes from a
lifetime of experience. She has worked and lived with dogs of many
temperaments, cats, and horses. Since she currently can't own an animal of her
own, she joined the Pawsitive Dawg team to share that love with other pets. She
offers walks throughout the evenings and during the weekends.
Nellie loves all furry friends, but has a special spot in her heart for dogs. She grew up with three Bernese Mountain Dogs in Colorado and loves the outdoors! Unable to have her own dog here in Massachusetts, she loves to care for others animals as if they were her own. She has a very calm demeanor and knows how to build the trust needed to work with shy dogs.
Chad has three sisters and always had pets in the house growing up whether it was cats, dogs, hamsters, or parakeets. He's always had a love for animals, especially birds and dogs. He is currently helping Angela with the day to day operations of Pawsitive Dawg as an Office Manager.
Nick has a great love of all animals. He has had
the opportunity to care for iguanas, turtles, mice, chickens, ducks,
pheasants, frogs, cats and finally dogs. He grew up with and took care of Zander, a Wheaten Terrier, who recently passed away at the age of 16. Unfortunately, he cannot have pets at his
current residence, but jumps at the chance to work with all animals.
Susie grew up with dogs in her home from a very young age. She also cared for
and walked a number of the neighborhood pets as a kid. She has an
understanding of and a respect for animals, and a passion for the work.
After many years in the social work & social services field, she recently joined Pawsitive Dawg in the
hopes of working with animals more consistently.
Kelly is currently attending Animal Behavior College to learn dog and cat grooming. After owning and operating a successful trucking company for 16 years, she decided it was time to pursue her dream of working with animals. Kelly grew up with dogs and cats her entire life and is currently mom to two Catahoula Bulldogs, a Great Dane, two cats and four ducks (in addition to her four children and three step children). Kelly has been dog walking and pet sitting for two years before joining our team and she hopes to start a mobile dog grooming business when she completes her internship.
Skyler has loved taking care of animals ever since she was young. She frequently volunteers at animal shelters and falls in love with any animal she sees. Animals are the light of her life and she will make sure any animal feels safe and loved. She has provided pet sitting services for many of her friends and family's animals in the past and is excited take care of the Pawsitive Dawg family.
Nick has a 10-year- old dog named Bridget that he loves and cares for. He loves animals of
all types, and enjoys caring for them and being in the outdoors with them! Nick previously has
worked in the field of psychology, including providing behavioral therapy for children. This
experience has helped him foster skills like understanding how to build trust and creating a calm
and safe environment. He utilizes these skills while working with pets in order to provide the
best care possible.
Janet Vera Professional Dog Training
Janet takes pride in offering training and behavior services to specifically suit the unique needs of each family and dog(s) she's working with. Her immediate goal is to be part of improving your relationship with your canine family member. She offers private, in-home training solutions for undesirable dog behavior issues including reactivity and aggression, in addition to obedience training. Her approach is the whole health method of assessing each dog in their primary environment while offering solutions based on the physical, mental and emotional needs of the animal. Her services are recommended by veterinarians, rescue groups, dog trainers, dog walkers and other pet professionals.
AJ's Canine Services
AJ's Canine Services
AJ owns her own business in Waltham called AJ's Canine Services. AJ has had a lifelong love of dogs and has lived with, trained, cared for, and loved dogs. Since she is an Athletic Trainer in the late afternoon at a local school, she is able to provide play date services in the morning and early afternoon. She is also available for doggie sleepovers. Five years ago, she started raising puppies for Leader Dogs for the Blind. All of her puppies have graduated, and are currently working service dogs for the blind. Through Leader dogs, she continues to increase her knowledge of canine training and care, and is always striving to learn more. As a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, she continues to read up on the best training methods and incorporate them into her daily training. She is also an avid photographer and enjoys taking pictures of our four legged friends in action.
**Insured and Bonded**
Dawg is fully insured and bonded and is an official member of Professional
United Pet Sitters and the Pet Professional Guild.
**Pet First Aid & CPR Certified**