About Me

After years of working good jobs, but jobs that didn’t leave me feeling nourished at the end of the day, I knew it was time to take a leap of faith and change careers.  I spent a few years soul-searching. During that time, I coincidentally found an amazing dog trainer who not only taught me how to successfully work with our very independent dog, Molly, but what it means to truly connect with and fulfill our dogs’ needs. The experience brought me such contentment — and I love animals, have lived with some combination of dogs and cats my entire life — I knew I wanted to spend more time working with animals.  I volunteered at our local shelter for about a year, hiking with the shelter pups, giving them an opportunity to work off their anxiety and have a moment of solitude.  I knew I had somehow found my niche.

058I started Mutt and Molly in 2015. The business is named after our own very special doggies, Molly, a Treeing Walker Coonhound with a melodic bay, and Sally, our wily mutt whom we explain as a combo of Min Pin, Manchester Terrier, Chihuahua and gremlin, depending on our moods and our best guess in the moment.

Mutt and Molly is an LLC, insured and bonded.  I am certified in pet first aid by the American Red Cross.

I worked as an auditor for more than 10 years, including as a forensic auditor for the Federal government where I had been given security clearance (the kind of clearance where they talk to seemingly randomly every person you’ve ever met during your life and check your finances and background until they deem that you can be trusted).  I also worked as a Research Director for a newspaper and editor for a magazine.  I have a BA in Sociology and an MBA. I take a professional approach to my pet sitting and dog walking business (respect your home, arrive on time, be fully accountable, etc.) and will earn and cherish the trust you place in me.

When I started this business, I knew I would enjoy it — but I didn’t expect to become so attached to my pet clients as I am. I absolutely adore them — each one is so unique and special — seeing them each time is like visiting a friend.

I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you and your awesome animals!

– Tessa