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.
WalkerTrinda Batchelder has recently joined the Leashrly Life team as a walker. A resident of Franklin, Trinda worked at Sturdy Memorial Hospital for 8 years up until her childern were born. Now that both her boys are in school, Trinda is excited to pursue her passion for animals. Her love of animals has been a constant in her life. As a child, she brought home every stray animal she found! She is very excited to meet new fur baby friends through Leashrly Life.
WalkerLeashrly Life is pleased to welcome Jenny Bell to our fabulous team of walkers. Jenny resides in Franklin, and has always had a passion for caring for animals from a young age. She has been dog sitting for several years and is an experienced rescue dog owner. She currently has two dogs, Harley and Eliza and they are the light of her life. She is reliable and easy going, and is looking forward to meeting new pups of all breeds, big or small.
WalkerKevin lives in Millis with his wife Meghan, a Mini-Dachshund named Fenway, and a Black Lab mix named Oakie. Both Kevin and Meghan have been dog enthusiasts their whole lives, and started their own dog family early in their relationship. They had a Yellow Lab Elmo, Chocolate Lab Grissom, and a Mini-Dachshund named Austin. They even fostered a Fidelco, a seeing-eye dog named Hailey, who went with them everywhere. They enjoyed hikes, walks and river swims. The years with their first three dogs flew by with many great adventures, and left them with countless memories and good times.
After a grieving period, Kevin and Meghan were ready to welcome new furry friends into their family, and are enjoying time spent with their new dynamic duo Fenway and Oakie. They are hoping to learn many new things from their fur babies.
Kevin and Meghan love traveling, especially cruising. Everywhere they go they always make a point to visit the local zoo and seek out Kevin's favorite animal, the sloth! Kevin looks forward to spending time with Leashrly Life clients soon!
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!
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.
WalkerWe are pleased to announce that Kelly Hull from Plainville has joined our team as a walker. Kelly has many years of experience taking care of a variety of breeds of dogs. She loves being around all animals and thoroughly enjoys caring for them. In addition to caring for animals, Kelly is also mom to an awesome 9 year old daughter who loves dogs almost as much as Kelly! Please join us in welcoming Kelly to the Leashrly Life family.
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).
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.
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.
WalkerKathy resides in Norfolk and has always been an animal lover. She enjoys spending time with her son, 4 grandchildren and 2 granddogs, Mardi and Augusta. Kathy loves spending time outdoors, whether it be walking to enjoy the exercise and mental well being, or just to enjoy being in nature. Having pets has always been a large part of her life. She views them as family and a major part of enriching her life.
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!
WalkerHello I am Andrew Sullivan. I have been a dog walker/pet caregiver for the last 8 years. I consider myself caring, conscientious, and reliable. I have met many wonderful dogs and humans working for Leashrly Life!
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.
WalkerI was born and raised in Boston and have been a resident of Millis for over thirty years. I left a career in software engineering to stay home and raise three children who are now out pursuing their own paths. Since childhood I have been passionate about animals and my husband and I have always shared our home with a variety of furry friends. Currently , we live with our 15 year old labrador, 12 year old hound , 1 year old cattle dog and a very bossy cat. Some of my favorite activities include hiking, cooking, and spending time at the beach.