PET CARE MANAGER/DOG WALKER/PET SITTER
Angela was a public school special education teacher and worked in special education for 14 years before joining the business full time at the end of June 2015. 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 Walking and Pet Sitting family. She is taking a leave from teaching so she can pursue her other passion in life of working with animals. She loves to be in nature and go on hikes with her dog, Oki.
ASSISTANT PET CARE MANAGER/DOG WALKER/PET SITTER
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.
PET CARE TEAM LEADER/DOG WALKER/PET SITTER
Laura grew up loving animals and has owned dogs since Third Grade. Laura has experience working as a grooming assistant, at a dog boarding facility, walking dogs and pet sitting, and volunteering for animal rescues. She has also fostered many homeless dogs until they found homes! Laura currently has one rescue dog named Mia and a little boy in elementary school. When she’s not working with animals Laura enjoys fitness, the outdoors, and reading.
Brittany grew up with many animals throughout her life, including cats, dogs, turtles, fish, birds and a hedgehog. She currently has two dogs named Cooper and Merlin and two cats named Otis and Nala. Brittany worked as a high school Science Teacher and a dance teacher all while getting her masters in health education. She is currently a pre-school teacher working with children under the age of 2. Animals are and always have been a part of her life, and she cannot image a world without them!
PET CARE TEAM LEADER/DOG WALKER/PET SITTER
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 Walking and Pet Sitting as an Office Manager.
Kamelia has always loved animals. She has taken care of dogs, cats, birds and rabbits at daycare/boarding facilities, where she has supervised dog playgroups, ensuring a safe and healthy environment for all, as well as fed and provided fresh water, provided baths, performed and assisted with nail trims, administered medications, and provided basic first aid. How animals learn, their behavior, and psychology fascinates her, and she is always seeking to learn more in these areas.
Betsy’s love of animals started at a very young age, and she always had many pets growing up. Today Betsy works in Special Education and volunteers a couple days a week at a local cat shelter. At the shelter Betsy works a lot at socializing shy and feral cats to help them become adoption ready. She is also a part of the Cat Pawsitive Team at the shelter and is clicker training cats. The Cat Pawsitive program is through the Jackson Galaxy Foundation. Betsy is taking classes at Animal Behavior Institute towards Animal Assisted Therapy, Animal Training and Advanced Feline Training. At home she has two cats of her own, Rocco and Fifi, a newly adopted feral. She is very excited to join the Pawsitive Dawg Walking and Pet Sitting team.
Diane grew up in Brighton, Ma, and from a very young age she was instilled with the love of all animals, especially cats, by her Mother. She began as a volunteer for The Cat Connection cat rescue of Waltham in 2010, starting as a socializer of semi-feral cats of all ages. Soon she fostered cats of all ages, many with behavioral and/or health issues, with the goal of finding them furever homes and served as the Medical Director, part of the intake committee, and volunteered at many of the fundraisers. She currently is volunteering at Phinney's Friends. She lives in Waltham with her cats and works as a Bus Driver for students with special needs.
Mona is a nanny and loves working with kids and animals. She grew up with dogs but always wanted cats. She couldn’t have cats growing up because her mom was allergic to them. After she moved out, she decided she wanted to be a cat owner and loves every minute of it. She has two beautiful cats Layla and Chloe. She really enjoys working with Pawsitive Dawg Walking and Pet Sitting and taking care of all the cats.
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 Walking and Pet Sitting in the hopes of working with animals more consistently.
Eaden is an animal lover who has been working with animals for years. When she was younger she volunteered at local animal shelters and worked at the farm where she rode horses. She currently cannot have pets at her residence so she loves being able to have animals in her life through Pawsitive Dawg Walking and Pet Sitting!
Lindsay has been walking dogs formally since picking up shifts on a gig-walking app in 2018. She started dog walking and training far earlier when her family got their first dog “Lucy,” a Bassett hound, when she was ten. She currently resides with her rescue pup, Sojie, a lovely mutt she adopted in 2017. Lindsay joined the Pawsitive Dawg Walking and Pet Stting team and looks forward to continuing to bring positive experiences to the dogs she walks.
Audrey has taken trail runs with Aussies, walked packs in the South End, won curmudgeonly chihuahuas' hearts, provided hospice care for ferrets, and currently serves as chief food-preparer and human furniture for her cat, Sweetpea. Her degrees in Equine Business Management and Riding and work with Tuft's Hospital for Large Animals gives her a rich background of experience. Audrey's current work with the human body and nervous system is a perfect fit with her passion for animals and she loves taking a holistic perspective with every animal she works with.
DOG WALKER/PET SITTER
Erin grew up always wanting pets, and loving animals; Her family would watch neighbor’s and family’s pets. Erin also has experience working in doggy day cares. She currently has a pet hedgehog and is hoping to adopt a puppy soon with her boyfriend. After graduating with her Bachelor’s in International Relations last spring, she is taking some time off to enjoy life and do some of her favorite things before going to law school, like caring for dogs and cats! When not working, you can find Erin at the gym, shopping, or making art!
Kate has a love for all animals. She grew up in Massachusetts with both cats and dogs, and volunteered at the local animal shelter as a kid. Kate works as a real estate agent in the Greater Boston area, and she loves being able to spend time with dogs and cats in the afternoons! Kate lives with her cat, Jude. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors and going to see live music with friends.
DOG WALKER/PET SITTER
Witt has always loved animals. He is the only person in his family who is not allergic to cats and dogs, thus he could only spend time with animals while he was with friends or extended family. He’s so excited and grateful that he can now play with pets every day! In his free time, Witt enjoys practicing martial arts, spending time in nature, listening to music and hanging out with friends.
Dante’s interest in caring for animals comes from his past of living with dogs among other pets! Currently, he is going to grad school studying to become a Social Worker so has an inate passion for caring for others. He can’t wait to spend time with your furry friends!
Rowena grew up with cats, but had many friends and neighbors with dogs who she has gotten to know. She has experience in pet sitting and dog walking, and has even had experience caring for horses. She was raised alongside John, her first cat and littermate. Her current two cats are Rob and Maureen.
Shannon has a love for the environment and natural world which includes all animals! She grew up in Massachusetts and although her immediate family never owned a pet, she spent a great deal of time around dogs and cats from extended family and friends. Additionally, she lived with and helped care for some furry friends throughout college and beyond. She has worked as a special education teacher for about three years with kids of all ages and is currently working towards a Master of Science in Marine Technology. She loves when she can fit dog walking and pet sitting into her schedule whenever she can!
Sean grew up in a Midwestern town and moved to the Boston area in 2017. He is a full time welder, and a lifelong animal lover. Growing up with dogs of various breeds and sizes and even a few bunnies in between, Sean is excited to share his personal love for animals with the clients of the Pawsitive Dawg team!
Ever since Grace was a child, she has loved animals of all kinds, especially dogs. Having always wanted a dog growing up, she finally convinced her parents to adopt one in high school and he is the feisty little pup pictured above! Living hours away from home, she found herself missing him a lot and found that taking care of friends’ pets gave her great joy and fulfillment. She is currently working full-time in financial services, but is so grateful that she is able to dog walk and pet sit whenever she can!
Julia is a scientist by day and a pet-sitter by night. As a long-time animal lover and pet owner, she loves to interact with pets and wants to pay forward the peace of mind she gets when trusted people look after her own pet. In her free time, Julia loves to read, partake in escape rooms, and snuggle with her cat, Banner.
Sophie’s love for animals started early and hasn’t stopped. She started her own dog sitting business at 14 and has had dogs, cats and ferrets all growing up. she now has a cat of her own named Pransome who she rescued off the streets and adores. Sophie has done a lot of volunteer work with dogs as well as cats. She recently traveled to Greece to work on the rescue and rehabilitation of stray cats throughout Athens. She loves being able to spend as much time as possible with all the furry friends.
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.
Parts of Newton (West Newton, Nonantum, parts of Newtonville) (Travel Fees may apply)
Parts of Weston, Lexington, and Lincoln (Travel Fees may apply)
**Insured and Bonded**
Pawsitive Dawg is fully insured and bonded, is an official member of Professional United Pet Sitters and the Pet Professional Guild and working towards becoming a Fear Free Certified team.
**Pet First Aid & CPR Certified**
All of our staff have been Pet First Aid & CPR certified through Pro Pet Hero.
Pawsitive Dawg Walking and Pet Sitting was created in 2012 to provide customers with dog walking and pet sitting services that meet human, canine, and feline needs. We know how hard it is to find someone you can trust to take care of your pet when you are going away.
Pawsitive Dawg Walking and Pet Sitting is the company you can trust to treat your furry loved one as one of their own. Our company is committed to meeting your needs. As a result, we want to share our many options with you so that your pet will have fun while being taking care of.
We specialize in individualized pet care services. You will never see us walking a huge pack of dogs or sitting at a dog park with a bunch of dogs. We take the well being and safety of your pet very seriously. We treat our clients as if they are our own pets.
We are proud members of the Pet Professional Guild. Our goal is to provide the highest quality, force-free, scientific based pet training and pet care for each animal under our care. We are dedicated to maintaining and fostering the physical, social, and mental well-being of all of our furry friends.
As Force Free pet care professionals, we adhere to a very strict code of conduct. We understand Force-Free, according to the Pet Professional Guild, to mean: "No shock, No pain, No choke, No fear, No physical force, No compulsion based methods are employed to train or care for a pet." This means that we do not use any tools or training technique that we believe will cause any pain or discomfort. This includes but is not limited to choke chains, prong collars, shock collars, and slip leads. For any dog that pulls, we will only use the Freedom Harness, Easy Walk harness, or Gentle Leader head collar and we will use positive reinforcement methods to teach him/her how to walk nicely on leash.
The Owner and Managers of Pawsitive Dawg Walking and Pet Sitting, LLC are Fear Free certified and we are working towards getting all of our staff certified! As Fear Free professionals, we are committed to preventing and alleviating fear, anxiety, and stress in pets.
Pawsitive Dawg Walking and Pet Sitting is also proud to be FetchFind Approved! Using science-based, up-to-date content developed by nationally known pet industry experts, the FetchFind Monthly Pro program ensures that all of our employees are trained with the same consistently high standards from the minute they join our team. This means you can rest assured that your beloved pets are receiving the best care possible from our knowledgeable, confident, and compassionate staff.
All of our staff are Pet First Aid and CPR certified before they can work with our clients and get re-certified every two years. They learn how to notice abnormalities and detect early warning signs as well as perform life saving techniques. These are all crucial skills of being a professional pet care provider.
Don't let our name fool you, we LOVE cats too and have a team of cat sitters dedicated to ONLY caring for cats. Pawsitive Dawg Walking and Pet Sitting is proud to be Cat KingPin certified. We are dedicated to the well-being, health, and safety of each cat we care for.
Pawsitive Dawg Walking and Pet Sitting is proud to be a part of the BAXTER & Bella partner family and committed to sharing force free training resources with all of our clients.
Pawsitive Dawg Walking and Pet Sitting, LLC
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