OwnerI’m so happy to be able to provide a valuable service to our customers and at the same time fulfill a life long passion of mine. I founded Leashrly Life over 9 years ago in the hopes of making a difference in the lives of people and animals. I wanted to use my passions in my everyday life. I didn’t just want to make a living, I wanted to feel good about how I was spending my day and making a difference in the world. A lifelong love of animals and the need to bring creativity to my work brought me to pursuing a pet-sitting business and a dog-training career while continuing to work at my existing marketing and life coaching businesses. For the past 20+ years, I’ve worked in marketing and advertising. My other business, AMW Marketing, offers affordable, comprehensive marketing services to all types of businesses. However, my favorite work is training dogs. I truly enjoy working one-on-one with owners to teach them how to become leaders in their dog’s eyes. The satisfaction I get when I hear clients say how much better their relationship is with their pet and how well-behaved their dog is since they began working with me is unmatched by anything else I’ve ever done! When I’m not working, I love spending time outside with my own little pup. I’m the proud owner of a 10-year-old mixed breed named Maizie. She is the love of my life and I could not imagine a world without her. In my spare time, I enjoy riding my Harley, hiking in the woods, cooking, figure skating, snow shoeing, horseback riding, jewelry making, drawing, journaling, spending time on the beach, traveling and, most of all, hanging out with friends and family.
Client Care CoordinatorIf you call Leashrly Life looking for that special person to care for your pet, you will likely speak with Stephanie Knoch. Stephanie has lived in Norfolk for four years with her husband and two dogs. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys reading, knitting, cooking, gardening and walking her dogs. Stephanie looks forward to helping you find the perfect walker or sitter for your furry friend, so give her a call today!
Sales and Marketing CoordinatorLauren Kagy has live in the Walpole area for 16 years. She has two sons who are currently in college and a rescue Golden Lab named Lucky. When not busy working or raising her two sons, Lauren enjoys spending time with friends and family on Cape Cod – her ‘happy place.’ She also enoys travel and meeting new people. Lauren has been a dog lover her whole life. She is very excited to be a member of the Leashrly Life team.
SitterHello! My name is Nancy Aldrich and I am so excited to join the Leashrly Life team. I live in Franklin with my teenage daughter, and we are both avid animal lovers. I’ve had experience caring for cats, dogs, and rabbits, and have always treated any animal in my care as a member of the family. I look forward to meeting you and your pet.
WalkerI’ve worked for 23 years in the book industry but decided that I wanted to follow my heart and work with animals. I’ve done quite a bit of volunteer work with animals in the past. I’ve been with the Purr-fect Cat Shelter in Millis for 9 years, I volunteered for 4 years at a wild bird sanctuary while living in MI and I am a disaster rescue volunteer with the Humane Society of the United States. I also try to use my vacation time doing volunteer work for animals and/or the environment. In the past I’ve traveled to Kenya, Nepal, Borneo, Ecuador, Costa Rica and Thailand as a volunteer. Most of these trips were through Earthwatch. I live in Franklin with my four senior cats who are the loves of my life.
Walker/SitterMy name is Marilyn Donnelly and I am new to the Leashrly Life team. I have loved dogs all my life. My family always had a dog while I was growing up and my husband and I had three Sheltie's at one time, then a variety of rescue dogs after that. I love the great outdoors and enjoy taking walks for fresh air and exercise. I am semi-retired and like to spend time reading, visiting with friends, and occasionally taking short trips. I welcome this opportunity to share my time in the company of four-legged friends with a wagging tail!
WalkerHello, my name is Laura and I’m a dogaholic! Big dogs, small dogs, fluffy dogs, slobbery dogs, you name it, I love them all! I was raised on a cattle farm in Tennessee. Growing up, we always had Black Labs who love farm life. As an adult I had a Chihuahua - total opposite, right?! I have previously worked as a dog walker/ pet sitter as well as at a doggie day care/groomers. I am also a dog show enthusiast. Currently I am a nanny for three kids and one Golden Retriever. It is a very rewarding job. You can find me any given day hiking in the woods, either guiding a group of people or alongside a canine companion. Music is another passion of mine. I have been playing and singing music professionally for 17 years. I have been known to sing to my dog from time to time. I look forward to meeting you and your furry family members!
WalkerI have had dogs in my life for as long as I can remember. I have been with Leashrly Life since last summer. and have really enjoyed getting to know so many different kinds of dogs. I am always impressed by how loving and dedicated their owners are. My favorite park for dog walking is Wilson Mountain. My other passion is photography. I have been in the Stock Photography world for many years, and I teach a college course in Darkroom Photography at Wheelock College, where I also occasionally show my work. Additionally, I do Custom Framing at AC Moore.
SitterMy name is Dawn Giardino and I am so happy to be a part of the Leashrly Life team. I live in Franklin with my 90-year-old mother and have been an animal lover all my life. I was raised with eight siblings and in our household, we have had dogs, cats, birds, turtles, ducks, and even a cow! I miss having a dog of my own so I am thrilled to be able to sit for animals.
Walker/SitterMy name is Jessica Iannino. I am a resident of Norfolk, Ma. I am a Mom to two sweet and caring daughters and a wife to my dear husband. I was previously a school counselor for many years, and prior to that working as a moderate special needs teacher in various public systems. I have my own health and wellness home-based business which allows me to have more quality family time while still helping families to live a toxic-free lifestyle. I also enjoy leisure reading, days at the beach, and volunteering in my community. My experience and love for dogs started at a young age. We had a Golden Retriever when I was in elementary school through high school. As an adult, a sibling of mine had two Golden's, which I was responsible for caring for often when they were away and visited often. When I was newly married, we had a Yellow Lab from LRR whom we had for six years and loved every moment we had with him. I believe a pet is a family member and deserves the best possible care and time. Having the opportunity to care for a dog while their owner is at work or away is a privilege. I look forward to helping local families find comfort in knowing their four-legged family member is being cared for while away.
WalkerI’m Wendy, and I can’t wait to meet your pets! Now that my 4 human kids are out of the house, I’m focused on my love for animals. I live in Franklin with my husband, our hound Trixie, our pit mix Molly, and our chickens, Ellie and Ume. Though my daughter took our cat Nicky off to college with her, I still get my feline fix volunteering at Baypath Humane Society, and fostering cats and kittens in my home. I have a Math degree and worked as an actuary before becoming a mom. Along the way, I’ve done some tutoring, party planning, and also charity event planning and fundraisers. I enjoy traveling, walking, puzzles, and reading (especially with a dog in my lap).
WalkerLinda is another great asset to us at Leashrly Life! She has been with us for quite a while. Linda has been working with and caring for animals for probably close to 25 years now. She is a retired veterinary technician, with 11 years in emergency service, and 5 years working in a private practice. For several years she was a long term foster home for a local German Shepherd Rescue club. She has also done some obedience training and kennel work. Linda shares her home with one German Shepherd, Dahlia and two cats, four birds and a turtle. Linda’s three grandchildren hang out with her often and are very helpful with the animals. Linda loves music, the theater, reading and jewelry…the “blingier the better.” Linda enjoys attending charity events that some of her friends participate in often.
SitterWe really enjoy being able to pick up and go, north, south, beach, country, so we never had a dog, but we were asked by our kids no fewer than 67 times how come we do not have a dog? So this is the perfect way to fill that need, have an additional family member to love for a few days, and figure out breeds and temperament. My teens have really enjoyed getting to know labs, terriers, shepherds, springer spaniels, cockapoos and others, and having a pal on their bed for a few days!
WalkerI am a lifelong animal lover! I’ve lived with animals almost my whole life. Walking my dog clients brings me a joy that no other job can, and they are always happy to see me! When I’m not walking dogs, I like to sing and play guitar and cook meals from scratch at home for my family.
WalkerMy name is Joanna Malinn and I live in Walpole with my husband of 16 years, two kids (ages 11 and 13) and 6-year-old Cockapoo. We have routinely cared for dogs of friends and family while they are at work or on vacation. Creating a special bond with each of the animals, our house has become a ‘home away from home’ for them when needed. This is a great opportunity to combine my passion for animals and love of the outdoors. I am thrilled to be joining the Leashrly Life team!
WalkerOver the years, Diana has lived and loved many pets. Currently, she resides in Norfolk with a cute and friendly French Bulldog and cat. Her passion working with animals began as a teenager at a local animal hospital, where she worked for over 3 decades! Diana firmly believes that animals help us as much as we help them. Diana enjoys spending time with her family and grandchildren and has a great love for the outdoors. Diana is caring, trustworthy and has a great attention to detail. You can rest assured that Diana will give your special pal all the love and happiness that they deserve while you are away from them.
WalkerMy husband and I moved to Franklin from Boston to raise our three boys. I have a cat named Milo and have had many pets over the years: dogs, cats, birds and ferrets. I even had a litter box trained dwarf rabbit who had the run of the house and lived to be over 11 yrs old. My personality is laid back and I enjoy a simple everyday life. Some of my interests are being outdoors, camping and hiking.
WalkerI am a semi-retired executive who has been around pets all my life. I currently live in Westwood with my wife and a 4 year old Cairn Terrier named Tilly. Tilly is the 5th Terrier we have adopted. Maybe because I spent so much of my professional life indoors, I really enjoy being outside regardless of weather conditions. In Westwood we are fortunate to live near Hale Reservation which offers miles of wooded walking trails. It is the perfect place bring a dog. My hobbies include golf and horse racing, neither of which I am very good at but do enjoy immensely.
WalkerHi, I'm Jess! Since I was a little girl, I have wanted to be surrounded by animals. I used to always beg my mom to adopt a cat and now, at 26 years old, I have two! I also have a Daschund/Shitzu mix named Bentley. He pretty much runs the house, although my boyfriend and the cats won't admit it. When I'm not reading or watching movies, you can find me hiking in the nearby state forest or jogging through my neighborhood. I volunteer at an animal shelter and am always looking for an excuse to meet new dogs and cats, and often have to fight the urge to adopt them all! I can't wait to meet your fur babies and start a great friendship with them!
Walker/SitterFor all of you lucky ones who have Craig as their friendly dog walker – here is a picture of him and a picture of his beautiful family. Craig and his family love to spend their free time (when he’s not walking dogs!) snowmobiling, hiking, riding dirt bikes, skiing and gardening. We are very lucky to have Craig as part of our team here at Leashrly Life! Craig has been with us for over three years now.
WalkerDonny joins us after a long career in the health care field. He currently resides in Wrentham and is very excited to for this next adventure in his life. He has been a pet owner for over 30 years and had a “Dobie” for 16 years! Donny looks forward to meeting your dog with great anticipation.
WalkerMy name is Monica Ryan. I live in Franklin with my husband and two children and have lived here most of my life. I have a degree in Interior Design and spent several years doing Residential and commercial design before starting my family. I put my career on hold in order to raise my children and planned on returning once the time was right. After rescuing two cats, two rabbits, and a dog, I realized my calling was somewhere with animals. I love being outdoors and walking with my dog in all kinds of weather. It makes me truly happy to do the same for other dogs and their families. I treat all my furry friends as if they are my own during our visit. When I leave them, I love knowing that they have been well cared for.
SitterMarie Stephan joins the Leashrly Life team as a pet sitter. Marie has lived in Mansfield with her husband and children for almost 25 years. She currently works in the mental health field helping people with mental health and addiction. In her free time, Marie loves to work in her garden and enjoy the outdoors. She has a 12 year old Puggle named Diesel and also keeps chickens who are wonderful helpers in her garden. Marie and her husband love to go on outdoor adventures with their dog. She looks forward to meeting new fur baby clients and sharing the great outdoors with them!
Mary Ann Stirling
Walker/SitterMary Ann started working for Leashrly Life on the marketing side. But her love for animals took her to being one of our busiest walkers/sitters. She loves spending time with dogs and the outdoors. Having had jobs where she was required to sit at a desk all day long she realized she much preferred BEING outside rather than looking through a window! While she walks dogs each day, they also entertain her when she pet sits. According to Mary Ann, every dog is her FAVORITE dog! Having always had dogs growing up, she does not have a dog right now, so she enjoys when they come to her house and she gets to spend extra time with them. They always put a smile on her face, saying, “they each have their own personality and I love each and everyone of them!” In her free time, she loves to travel and likes to camp, hike and be outside… except on Sundays when she becomes a couch potato watching the Patriots…she is big fan! She also volunteers each week at a local food pantry assisting clients. According to Mary Ann, “It’s true what they say… if you love what you do, it’s not work! And I love spending time with all my FAVORITE dogs!” You can see her here with one of her dogs, Baxter. Here is a thank you from one of Mary Ann’s overnight clients and daily dog walking client: Thank you for hooking us up w/ Mary Ann. Louie was so happy when we arrived to pick him up…I think he would’ve stayed forever!! We will definitely be using Mary Ann again. She was WONDERFUL! Thanks so much for everything you all do for Bauer! He is such a happy pup when Mary Ann comes. My husband has most of the winter off due to the nature of his job and will be around, but we decided there is no way we are letting Mary Ann go! Bauer would miss her too much!
Dog WalkerLeashrly Life is thrilled to welcome Andrew Sullivan to our team. Andrew comes to us with a background in Human Services, along with 15 years of pet sitting and dog walking experience. He enjoys outdoor activities and loves spending time with his own pooch, an 11-year-old Westie named Emie K. Andrew prides himself on his reliability and honesty, and very much looks forward to working with pets within the Leashrly Life family.
WalkerWelcome Thomas Thornton to the Leashrly Life team! A native of Norwood, Tom now lives in Foxboro with his wife and enjoys taking care of his 'grand-dogs.' Working over 40 years in the electronics industry - 31 of those years were spent at Datel designing printed circuit boards and electronic modules for uses in military and commercial applications. As you *may* have guessed, Tom is also a Revolutionary War Reenactor. He is member of a Revolutionary War Reenactment Militia called the 13th Continental Regiment/Rehoboth Minutemen. Tom and his regiment reenact famous battles up and down the Northeastern states on or near the actual battle sites. Growing up with horses, dogs, and cats, animals have always played a big role in his life. Tom finds it extremely rewarding to help people care for their pets. He knows how much people love their animals and cares for them as if they were his own. Working for Leashrly Life keeps Tom happy and active in his retirement.
WalkerMaria resides in Franklin and is an avid animal lover. She enjoys spending time outdoors with my dog and family. Maria has a 7 year old large mixed breed name Rocco and she couldn’t imagine her family without him! In her spare time Maria enjoys running, hiking, beaches, mountains and playing soccer with her kids. She also love traveling and spending time with friends and family.