Owners

Michael and Angela both grew up in Waltham, Massachusetts. They have always had a love for animals. Working with animals has always been their dream. They both grew up with cats and dogs and currently have one dog, a lab mix, named Oki. They love to be in nature and go on hikes with their dog.

Owner

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/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 pack. She is taking a leave from teaching so she can pursue her other passion in life of working with animals.

Our Employees

Pet Care Manager/Dog Walker/Pet Sitter

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!

Cat Sitter

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. She lives in Newton with her cat Alby, who is part Maine Coon.

Office Manager

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.

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.

Dog Walker

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.

Cat Sitter

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 team.

Dog Walker/Pet Sitter

Chyna grew up with cats and dogs and other small critters. She currently has two Chihuahuas named Cora and Jack, a Pitbull mix named Gertrude, and a Saint Bernard/Boxer mix named Maverick. She is a full time college student studying photography, art history, and advertising. In addition to working with Pawsitive Dawg, she also helps her mother with her dog walking/pet sitting company gaining a lot of experience caring for animals. She has lots of patience and wants to make sure all pets are happy, healthy and living their best lives at all times.

Weekend Asst Pet Care Manager/Dog Walker/Pet Sitter

Alexis has a passion and love for animals. She grew up with cats, dogs, hamsters, and even rode horses for many years. She would often take care of family and friend’s animals while they were on vacation. She currently has a two year old yellow lab named Cayman. Additionally, she has two cats, Kenny and Ollie, whom she rescued. Alexis is currently employed as a social worker and was interested in pet sitting in addition to her social work career. Due to her background in social work she is able to be empathetic, compassionate, and focused on improving the lives of both the animals and people she works with. She hopes to one day combine her social work career with her passion for working with animals to therapeutically improve the lives of both the people and animals she works with.

Dog Walker/Pet Sitter

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!

Dog Walker/Pet Sitter

Leilani grew up always loving animals. She spent her summers taking care of dogs, cats, horses, birds and bearded dragons. Leilani quickly discovered her love for goats and other livestock through her years at college. If she isn't walking dogs, she is most likely at the barn hanging out with horses or goats. Leilani is currently working towards her PATH Intl. license so she can teach therapeutic riding and her Masters in Forensic Psychology.

 Our Friends

Dog Trainer

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.

**Location**

Waltham, MA

**Services Areas**

Waltham

Belmont

Watertown

Parts of Newton (West Newton, Auburndale, Newtonville, Nonantum, Newton Corner, Newton Lower Falls, Waban, Newton Center)

Parts of Weston, Lexington, and Lincoln

**Insured and Bonded**

Pawsitive 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**

All of our staff have been Pet First Aid & CPR certified through Pro Pet Hero.

Why us?

Pawsitive Dawg 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 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.

Pawsitive Dawg 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 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 welcomes the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.

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