Meet the Staff
Bjarna O. – Dog Walker & Pet Sitter Extraordinaire
“I believe there are two types of people in this world, “people-people” and “animal-people”. I am mostly the latter.
My love for animals began before I could talk when I opened the door to a stray cat. She walked right into the house and forever into my heart. Since then I’ve rescued many animals from an injured baby woodpecker, to a miniature Irish Wolfhound.
My family now consists of a bearded dragon, a mostly blind and deaf Himalayan Blue Point cat and the aforementioned dog. There is nothing I would rather spend my time doing than caring for my four-legged friends, and yours. The love of an animal is unconditional, innocent and a pleasure to earn.
I greatly look forward to earning the love and respect of your animal family members as well.”
Tara C. – Dog Walker & Pet Sitter Extraordinaire
“I have had a love and fascination for animals from a very young age. A passion that has led to volunteering in caring for domestic and wild animals alike. Such organizations include the NHSPCA and Project Wildlife Rehabilitation Center located in San Diego, California. I have a collective 15+ years of experience in caring for dogs, cats, small mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, and amphibians. These experiences include caring and raising puppies and very young kittens.
My long term career goal is in scientific research in aquatic systems. I majored in Zoology at the University of New Hampshire and look to pursue graduate studies in either conservation ecology or developmental ecology. During my time at UNH as an undergraduate I assisted in the Marine Invertebrate Ecology lab for 2 years. I ran my own solo project on sea anemones before moving onto a developmental ecology study with axolotl (Mexican salamander) larvae.
Much of my free time these days is spent looking after the newest additions to my fur family. Two young and mischievous cats named Griffin and Nova. They are a handful but their antics have provided endless amounts of amusement!”
Melissa S. – Dog Walker & Pet Sitter Extraordinaire
“Ever since I can remember, I have always had a strong love for animals and the outdoors. For the past three years, I have been able to turn this passion into a dream job by working for Top Dog!
I’m married and am currently studying towards a degree in Environmental Science. In my spare time I enjoy hiking up in the White Mountains and traveling to new places.
I also have two precious pups of my own! My oldest is Indiana, a 6-year-old pit bull. I adopted her when she was just five weeks old, and she has been my best friend ever since! She is a great hiker and also loves long walks on the beach! My other pup is Walt, a lab mix who is just 1 year old! He loves playing fetch and swimming, and completes our home!
I grew up with cats and dogs and have always felt a strong connection towards each animal I care for. It’s important for me to earn their trust, teach them positive behaviors, keep them safe and make sure they are having fun.”
Susie J. – Dog Walker & Pet Sitter Extraordinaire
“I am married and have three young adult children and have lived in Londonderry for 20 years. I have always enjoyed being with animals and as a young teen, I spent time with animals whenever I could. One of my passions is horseback riding. I loved grooming, feeding and cleaning the barn stalls in exchange for riding time.
I have volunteered whenever I could at local animal shelters and veterinarian clinics, helping with the general duties necessary to care for the animals. I became a dog groomer and enjoyed grooming dogs until I started my family and became a stay at home mom.
My husband and I now have a home-based office furniture sales business. Because my children are older, I am finally able to get back to spending more time with animals again.
All my life I have had at least one dog in my family. I currently have 3 dogs, my 11-year-old pug Bandit and my two rescue dogs Izzie and Lucky. I have been interested in dog rescue organizations for many years and hope to foster dogs in the future.
I also have interest in learning more about dog training and hope to support dog owners in their desire to train their own dogs.
Dog walking and pet sitting has been a wonderful addition to my personal and professional life. I look forward to walking, caring and spending time with your pet!.”
Courtney G. – Dog Walker & Pet Sitter Extraordinaire
“My love for animals started long before I even knew what they were. I was born into a family that was always known as “the farm” household. I grew up riding horses, raising dogs, lounging with cats, and even inviting lizards and hamsters into my home.
A few years ago all my dreams came true when I adopted a beautiful puppy boy North. He has lit up my love for animals more than I ever thought possible. I enjoy spending all my time outside of the classroom caring for my fur babies as well as yours!”
Danielle J. – Dog Walker & Pet Sitter Extraordinaire
“Animals have been a major part of my life since I was born. I have owned everything from mice to parrots to dogs. Nothing makes me happier than spending time with animals. I have a special place in my heart for dogs. Their smiles and energy can warm my heart no matter what day I am having. It amazes me the joy that animals can bring into your life and the absolute pureness of their souls. I love my job at TopDog because it is never a bad day to go to work.
I have a seven year old mutt named Lucky at home. He is a sweet boy that loves to be pet, eat clementines, and guard the yard from squirrels! The most rewarding work I have done is training my dogs and giving them all my love. That is what makes me overjoyed when working with animals. I love to learn what makes them happy whether it is their favorite place to be scratched or that one treat they go over the moon for. One of my favorite parts of this job is meeting new animals and creating a special bond with them.
At 23 years old I have changed my hobbies and interests many times but one thing has always remained the same, my love for animals! I am excited to meet your family’s pets and encourage good behaviors, keep them healthy, and most of all… make them as happy as they deserve!”
Shawna M. – Dog Walker & Pet Sitter Extraordinaire
“I have always had a love for animals and have always had some kind of furry friend. I am a wife and a mother of 3 school aged kids. We currently have one dog – a pit bull and three cats, all are rescue animals!
I love my job for many reasons. I get to spend my days with lots of different animals and it works perfectly with my busy mom schedule! I look forward to spending time with your beloved furry friends and giving them the love they deserve!”
Lori D. – Dog Walker & Pet Sitter Extraordinaire
“I have always loved animals, especially dogs. I am always able to connect with dogs on a deeper level. Dogs are the best listeners!
I was looking for a job while my daughter is at school that would also incorporate my love of animals. Becoming a dog walker was a perfect fit. I have developed amazing relationships with the pups I walk and their families. I always care for them as if they are my own and tailor walks to how the pups are feeling that day and find ways to make our time together fun and engaging. I absolutely adore my job! To walk in a client’s home and see happy, wagging tails excited to go for a walk with me is so rewarding. I get the privilege of caring for some of the most important members of a family.
We have 2 dogs at home. Buddy Boy, a 3-year-old rescue beagle, and Wrigley, a 3-year-old goofy golden retriever. We rescued Buddy from Friends of Homeless Animals of Rhode Island in 2018. He is a very sweet boy, but you can tell he had a rough start to his life. Giving him a safe and loving home has been so fulfilling. I couldn’t imagine my life not surrounded by dogs.”
Allysa M. – Dog Walker & Pet Sitter Extraordinaire
“I am a huge animal lover! I have always cared for all animals as a child and continued to do so throughout my life and while raising my own family.
I am married with 3 beautiful children, we have 2 white shepherds Lily & Gage, a little CKCS named Jesco and a ferret named Felicia.
I am quite active and love to be outside in the woods with my family . We are often playing on a lake, river or mountain somewhere.
I enjoy my role as a caregiver and a nurturer, seems to come very naturally for me.
I studied business in college, I have been a dog groomer, I’ve volunteered at shelters throughout the years, I have pet sat for many friends & neighbors throughout the years as well, it has given me the flexibility to be home raising my babies but now they are getting older and I am able to spend more time with animals again and I love my job dog walking!!!!
I look forward to getting to know and care for your fur babies!!”
Aisha S. – Dog Walker and Pet Sitter Extraordinaire
“As far back as I can remember I’ve loved animals. I remember begging my mom for a pet and being overjoyed when she surprised me with a hamster. His name was Teddy and he was a grumpy old boy but I loved him all the same!
I realized as I got older that I needed to be around animals, and that was the career path I wanted to follow. I’ve had dogs since I was 6 years old and growing up, my dogs were my best friends.
I worked at a pet supply store for a number of years, learning all about pet nutrition and care. Once I left I really missed being around pets and fellow pet lovers but, was happy I still had my own pets at home.
Unfortunately, in the last year or so I haven’t had any of my own and I was really feeling something missing in my life.
I have always volunteered to pet sit for friends and family so I decided to try it professionally… What a wonderful decision I made! Working as dog walker/pet sitter has really been the best. Pets are family to me and spending all day making sure your pets are getting the love and care they need while you’re away is just so fulfilling. I treat each pet as if they were my own and that’s really important to me.
I can’t wait to meet you and your furry children!”
Lacey F. – Dog Walker & Pet Sitter Extraordinaire
“I am a full-time college student and a full-time dog walker. I grew up on a farm, worked as a vet assistant for awhile, and now I’m working on my best job yet!
My most recent hobbies include rescuing exotic plants and animals, so I have a lot of experience caring for a wide range of living things.
I love sending out cute pictures I take during walks and I especially love hanging out with the pets! Nothing makes my day like being greeted with big smiles from the pups!”