Regular exercise and social interaction are key to a healthy and well-mannered companion.
Sarah and Noam have been providing pet care and dog walking in the Pioneer Valley for over fifteen years. Our friendly service is the best way to make sure your pets get the loving treatment they deserve, because we know that they are an important part of your family.
We specialize in hour-long, off-leash walks. A tired dog makes for a happy owner! In addition to exercise, the dogs in our pack work on social skills such as staying together in a group, coming when called, and being well-mannered on the trails. And, unlike dog daycare, our dogs get to roam, run, and sniff, satisfying their deeply seated “seeking” drive, the urge to explore and understand new environments.
Sarah’s Pet Services also offers puppy potty breaks, on-leash neighborhood walks, cat care, reptile and rodent care, and in-home pet and house sitting. Whatever you and your pets need, call us to see how we can help make your life together better!
Meet Our Team
Despite a lifelong love of animals, Sarah never had a dog growing up. Well, she’s more than made up for it by now! Sarah was a student at Umass when she started a small, part time job walking a few dogs around town. Word spread and her client list started to grow. Fourteen years and many piles of dog bones later, Sarah and her family (and their extended network of canine friends) have learned that the best things in life can be found outdoors.
Sarah is active in the local community, a member of the Chamber of Commerce, a home visit co-ordinator for Canine Last Hope Rescue, and a participant in Leadership Pioneer Valley class of 2013.
When Sarah showed up at Noam’s college graduation with a little puppy named Taiko, who could have imagined the impact it would have on his life. After a decade of walking dogs, he has learned much about dog psychology, animal behavior, people behavior, trees and plants, the seasons of New England, and especially mushrooms!
Ryan began his professional career with animals almost 8 years ago as a veterinary technician. Since then he has gained a plethora of animal related knowledge by working in kennels, zoos, pet stores, as an animal trainer and while obtaining his M.S. at UConn. Currently, Ryan’s interest includes animal behavior and the reshaping of behaviors in companion animals. He hopes to become internationally certified as a dog trainer in the near future.
Ryan is currently a foster parent for Faithful Friend Service Dog Foundation. You will often see him with his service dog in training, Aero. He additionally helps train therapy dogs as a member of Allan’s Angels. Working with these programs, Ryan has come to realize the importance of encouraging a healthy relationship between human and animal through training, play, exercise and enrichment. He hopes that by working with Sarah’s Pet Service he will be able to encourage the forming of stronger bonds between other people and their own pets.
In Michelle’s words:
“Hello my name is Michelle Lemoine. I am 24 years old and grew up and live in Amherst MA. I have always loved dogs since I was two and my family got our first dog Kristi. She used to let me use her as a pillow when we took naps together. I went on to pursue animal science in college and I received my bachelors degree from UMass. I added my first dog of my own into my life about a year ago. He is a beagle pitbull mix named Leroy Brown and he is almost a year and four months old now. I am so excited to be working for this service and to be able to play with all my new furry friends everyday!!”
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John's love for animals started at a young age while growing up with cats and dogs. While going to college in Boston, John started working in the pet care business. After receiving a degree in graphic design, he moved out to California and over the years gained more experience in all different aspects of animal care. John has worked in grooming boutiques, in dog shelters, pet store retail and in boarding facilities. John recently moved back to Northampton to be closer to his nieces and nephews. He is the newest member of Sarah's Pet Services team. John loves starting his day with a hike or walk with your best friend. John is also a freelance graphic designer on the side and is always working on local projects.
In addition to being Sarah’s mom, Pam is our Pet Nanny. She loves to curl up with a book in her hand and a puppy in her lap. She has been doing overnight pet care throughout the valley for several years. Pam has a Masters of Library Science from Simmons University, where she studied archival methods. She enjoys gardening and riding her bicycle.
While Ania has a background in the arts, she had been dreaming about working with the animals for a long time. Her move to the Pioneer Valley in 2015 posed a perfect opportunity to explore a new profession as a dog walker and now she can’t imagine a better place to do it, or a better job to have. She loves going to the woods every day, learning about her canine friends and from them. After hours, she also does freelance translation, hangs out with Ernest the cat at home, and does some more hiking around New England.