Valerie is a Texas native transplanted in Boston with 15 years in client services. She has a B.S. in Marketing Communications from Emerson College (Boston, MA) and also attended Smith College (Northampton, MA). In former lives, Valerie worked in healthcare, disaster relief and motor vehicle accident claims. Her hobbies include visiting Mexican restaurants, Zumba, and volunteering in the community. Both Valerie and her husband are the proud pet parents of two rescued shih tzu-poodles, Xuxa and Tasha.
I am originally from Guatemala, I lived there for 15 years before moving to Massachusetts. I currently live in Everett Ma and enjoy being so close to Boston. I have always loved dogs and owned/ trained 4 in my lifetime. I currently have a three-year old Bernese Mountain dog who loves to go to the beach and run into the ocean. One day I hope to become an owner of a pet hotel.
Kayla grew up in Medford, Massachusetts always around dogs. Her grandparents, aunts, and uncles all had dogs until she finally got her own dog when she was seven. One day her parents got her a little black chihuahua that she named Luna and since then her love for dogs just kept growing. Raising Luna made her realize that pets are truly part of the family and being able to work with dogs every day is like a dream come true.
Brea grew up 20 minutes outside of Chicago and has always been surrounded by the love of pets; including a chocolate lab, golden retriever, and 2 cats. She moved to Boston to finish her Bachelor’s degree and never left! Brea currently lives in Brighton and loves spending time hiking with her boyfriend and their 2-year-old rescue dog, Maya. She really can’t wait to meet your furry family member.
Originally from California, Taghi has been living in Massachusetts for the last 15 years. He holds an Associate’s degree from the New England Institute of Art. Growing up as the eldest sibling, he was responsible for caring for his family pets in addition to his siblings. He understood early on how pets are family members too. In former lives, Taghi worked in the financial sector and real estate. Currently, Taghi and his family have a happy American Bulldog- Pitbull Mix, Elliot. In his spare time he enjoys family get togethers, BBQ’s and attending art exhibits.
Senior Dog Handler/Sitter
Andrew was born in Brookline and grew up in Orlando, Florida. He served in the U.S. Peace Corps in South Africa from 2011 to 2013. He brought back two dogs from his village, Maatla (left), which means “strong” in Sotho, and Chanda, a name he got from the movie “Life, Above All.” They are sweet, if high energy, dogs that are good for both running and cuddling with. Andrew has a degree in journalism from Elon University and has experience in photography, which he may use to take portraits of animals one day.
Born and raised in Ohio, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for animals big and small. Over the course of my life I’ve helped raise three dogs (a golden retriever named Ike, a cocker spaniel named Mackenzie, and a black lab named Katie) and if a friend ever needs someone to help look after a pet, I’m always happy to lend a hand. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the Ohio State University and have held positions as a constituent and legislative aide with both the Ohio House and Ohio Senate. Eventually, I plan to return to school to study for a Master of Arts in Public History. In my free time, I enjoy reading, exploring new places, and catching up on current events.
Christian has had a passion for animals all his life. He never met an animal he didn’t get along with. Additionally, he has a variety of experience working with diverse pet personalities and even rescues. Kindness, patience and consistency in routine go a long way in pet services. Originally from the Boston area, he spent some time out in Florida and decided Boston is his true home. The weather may be different, but the culture and people of the city are incomparable. In his spare time he loves baseball, good company of friends and his ultimate hobby, working on cars.
Samantha is from Boston born and raise. Since she was young she always had a passion for animals, growing up with a dog was only the start. She always wanted to be a veterinarian, with her ability to calm even the most anxious of dogs. Having a dog of her own has made her passionate for rescuing animals and hopes to pursue her love for dog training!
Senior Dog Handler/Sitter
Elisabeth grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts where her love for art and animals first began. She is extremely passionate about Africa’s wildlife and it’s conservation and will soon return to continue her work to help it’s wildlife thrive. She also runs a blog aimed at bringing awareness and education to wildlife conservation. In her spare time, she loves to spend time outside, read, eat, and go to the theatre!
Noelle Maldonado grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. She’s been living in Boston for two years now and has always marveled at the beauty of the dogs all around the city. She is extremely passionate about all animals, especially dogs. She sees animals just as she sees humans, as living things worthy of being loved. Noelle is an amateur filmmaker/photographer with a passion for art. In her spare time she enjoys watching sunsets and cooking.
Olivia was born and raised in Connecticut where she grew up near her family’s farm. Her love of animals only grew as she took care of farm animals and family pets. She has a bachelor’s degree in History from Central Connecticut State University where she graduated last Spring. She has a passion for playing instruments, sports, cooking, and being outdoors. Her border collie/ black lab mix named Max takes up most of her time at home where she walks him off-leash along the Connecticut river. The freedom of being out in nature with her pup is something she feels is irreplaceable.