Ingrid is the owner/manager of The Happy Pet Caregivers LLC. She has a degree in Biology, an MS in Microbiology and brings over 40 years of experience working with a variety of animals including turtles, cats, dogs, fish, and small birds in addition to the myriad of creatures brought home for her by her 5 younger brothers, sisters, and her 2 kids. YIKES! Ingrid is a nationally certified pet caregiver and is certified in pet first aid and CPR. Her main jobs at The Happy Pet are to broker pets for the associates, care for her fleet of pets as well as care for her own Daisy, Lily (her dogs) and Pumpkin (her cat) and to be the ultimate backup for all the associates
Kathryn has been working with animals for over six years and has been a pet owner her entire life. She enjoys bonding with all animal and developing a trusting relationship. She has managed animal care facilities in CT, worked as a dog groomer for a pet resort, volunteered for animal rescue organizations, and most recently was the practice manager for a veterinary hospital in Vermont. She is currently attending classes to complete her prerequisites for Veterinary School. She lives in Grantham with her husband, their two dogs, “Monkey” and “Who,” and their cat “Midnight.” Kathryn will be primarily covering the Grantham area with overnights and pet care and occasionally with sleep-overs.
Jess has a degree in early childhood education and is formerly a preschool director. She enjoys participating in the Green Mt annual pug social, supporting the Green Mt Pug Rescue. She has a pug and a Peekapoo of her own! Jess has experience with large and small breed dogs, from bull mastiffs to papillons. She lives in Enfield and covers Enfield, Lebanon and points south specializing in pet sitting, overnights and walks.
Darlene grew up in the Upper Valley before moving to Virginia. There she homeschooled her 3 children surrounded by cats, rabbits, bantam chickens, hamsters, guinea pigs, chinchillas, a short-tailed opossum, & a cockatoo. Working in Busch Gardens Zoological Dept for 4 years, she taught Animal Education & provided training/husbandry for exotic mammals, parrots, raptors, reptiles, & insects. This crazy cat lady lives with 4 Minskin cats & 3 sugar gliders in WRJct. She is available 7 days a week for pet sitting dog walking, & overnights in the Upper Valley area. Darlene specializes in cats, parrots, & exotic pocket pets.
Leah grew up in a small town in Massachusetts a long furred German Shepard, hamsters, lizards, a rabbit named Chicken, a rat named Rabies, and more than a few cats. Leah worked as a Medical Assistant for years but has always had a way with animals. Her family calls her Snow White because she has managed to befriend stray cats, catch them, have them fixed, and find homes for them. She’s worked at a horse farm for years and cared for numerous types of farm animals. She is experienced with special needs pets, vaccinations, medications as well as CPR and First Aid.
Julie has loved and respected animals since she was a little girl. She married a dog lover and they have two girls. Julie is a graduate of Pedigree Career Institute as a professional all-breed dog groomer and is knowledgeable of cats, dogs, pocket pets, and hermit crabs. Julie does overnights and general pet sitting and dog walking and has a real touch with cats. She is working toward her AD as a certified Veterinary Technician while working for us part-time. Julie has the experience, knowledge, and credibility to give the best care for all animals. She likes to say that animals can’t vocalize their thoughts and feelings, “But if you listen, I think they’re telling us to stop and smell the roses… and just be.”
Erin is a nurse at the VA in White River Junction, VT. She loves all types of animals and shares her home with her husband Steve (also a Happy Pet Associate) four cats, and eight fish. Besides her own pets, she has worked with and grew up with various household pets like dogs, rabbits and birds, and farm animals including chickens, horses, cows, and donkeys. She is available for daytime or evening visits. When not at work, she is most likely to be found paddling around in her kayak or spoiling her cats.
Denise F. has cared for dogs and cats for all of her adult life. She also has experience with birds, bunnies, and hamsters. She worked for two rescue organizations fostering, as well as placing abandoned and surrendered dogs. She has lots of experience with older and special needs dogs and cats. Denise specializes in overnights at your home. She currently shares her home with her rescue setter, Buddy. She covers all of our catchment areas.
Carr has lifelong experience and a special bond with animals. She enjoys walking, playing and sharing quiet time with dogs of all ages and breeds. “It’s all about making the connection,” she says. “Everything else flows from there.” In addition to dogs, she has experience with cats, horses, hamsters, turtles, fish, and birds. Since her retirement from Dartmouth, Carr lives in Wilmot and covers Andover and New London, Wilmot, Danbury, Springfield, Salisbury, Grafton and Enfield with sleep-overs, pet sitting and walks.
Sally has always loved animals. When it came time to pick a career path, the only one she was interested in was caring for animals. She became a Certified Veterinary Technician with an Associate Degree in Applied Science and worked for many years in Virginia and New Hampshire as a technician. When she and her husband began their family she ”retired” to stay home full-time with their three children. She has experience with fish, reptiles, pocket pets, cats, dogs and ponies, all which have lived at her home over the years. She is excited to find a new career path which uses her animal care knowledge. She feels comfortable caring for animals that have health issues, whether it is giving medications, giving subcutaneous fluids, monitoring blood sugar levels or feeding special diets. She does dog walking, pet sitting and occasional overnights. Sally lives in Grantham.
Anne has owned and worked with a variety of animals since she was a kid. This includes her experience as a horse owner for twelve years and work experience as a surgical vet technician before becoming a mom and moving to the East coast. Anne is also a fencing instructor at the New London Outing Club and is currently a Graduate student at the American Military University where she also earned her BA in Military History. She loves to be active and walking dogs is a favorite activity due to her family’s rambunctious golden retrievers. They are now lucky to have a miniature longhaired dachshund that keeps everyone very busy. Anne does general pet sitting and dog walking in the Grantham area.
Karen has a passion for all animals and has always worked with them. She is the former owner of a dog walking and grooming shop called Aubrey’s Alley in NYC. As a result, we can’t be happy enough that she shares her skills with us. She has a special touch. Karen is another one of our over-night specialists. Animals seem to sense her love and compassion and are very relaxed and at ease in her care. Since she is very sociable, you will immediately feel comfortable with her attending your beloved pet. Karen is also a volunteer with CAP (Community Action Program), a member of ASCAP (music union). She has written and published music and owned her own land development company.
Kanga lives in West Lebanon. She has been fostering animals since high school, inheriting her mother’s “rescuer” gene and love of animals. Kanga has worked closely with dogs, cats, horses, and rabbits learning about basic obedience training even teaching her cats to sit for treats! She has three rescue cats (Tommy, Stormy, and Henna) and one bunny, Rocco. Best friends Rocco and Henna can often be found playing tag, wrestling or just laying next to each other. A genuine cat lady at heart, Kanga is thrilled to visit kitties at their homes and happily scoops their poop without complaint. Overnights with pups are especially fun when Animal Planet is involved! Kanga dreams of owning her own cattery some day and breeding Maine Coon Cats. If you ask Kanga, she’ll tell you she has the best job in the world. Animal care isn’t just a job, it’s a lifestyle.
Melinda grew up in farm country and has an intense passion for farm animals. She has raised everything from dogs, cats, hamsters, and gerbils to lizards and turtles. She even has ducks and deer returning to her year after year. She raised her three children to nurture and respect all animals and now enjoys teaching her grandchildren those same values. She loves traveling on her ATV with her Sheltie/Pug, Bandit in her free time. Melinda covers Hanover, Lebanon, WRJ and everything close or in-between.
Stephanie has been an “honorary” member of the Happy Pet Caregivers since her daughter Amanda joined the group. We finally convinced her to become an official associate. In the past, Stephanie lived on a farm and learned to love all creatures. She has had the most experience with dogs, cats, and horses, and, more recently, freshwater fish, guinea pigs, and a snake, courtesy of Amanda. She has always had at least one canine family member, usually a rescue because she gravitates toward dogs with “issues.” She has worked as a housekeeper her whole life and has been with some of her clients (and their pets!) for over 20 years. Stephanie lives in Andover and covers as a backup, does sleep-overs as well as the occasional overnight.
Steve is a high school chemistry teacher in Manchester. He and his wife Erin (also a Happy Pet associate) live with their four cats and 8 fish. He holds a BS in wildlife ecology and an MS in environmental science. He has worked with all types of animals, including horses, donkeys, and chickens, and is available mainly for evening visits. He is one of the few people who finds cleaning horse stalls on occasion to be an agreeable task. His hobbies include kayaking, biking, and reading long novels, usually with one of his four cats curled up right by his side.
Michelle is a lifelong resident of the Upper Valley and well-experienced as a care provider for dogs, cats and small/exotic animals, as well as humans. Her interests include watercolor painting, photography, and singing with Revels North. She also enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, and swimming with her golden retriever, Winston. Michelle has two grown daughters and currently resides in Quechee, VT with Winston, Reni (her ragdoll cat) and Tiger (tortoiseshell cat). Michelle covers Vermont and Upper Valley clients with overnights and walks.
Jon and his partner share their home with two rescue dogs: Chase (7), a Basenji, and Puppy (5), a “Mouse” Terrier (so called because he loves to chase the local rodent population). They have lots of room for energetic dogs to play in, including two ponds for those who are so inclined to take a dip! They are on a backroad away from all traffic but close enough to get anywhere. They love dogs and welcome new canine friends for sleepovers. Jon will also be specializing in overnights and walks/visits.
Roxy has owned, trained and groomed Old English Sheepdogs for over 30 years. She and husband Wayne are members of the New England Old English Sheepdog Rescue (NEOESR in Lincoln, Mass.) and she has done both transporting and fostering. She has experience with cats, dogs, horses, and goats. She lives in Springfield (Georges Mills end) and is available primarily for sleep-overs and overnights in the Sunapee, Newbury, New London areas.
Amanda has a geography and a zoology degree and is a nationally certified pet caregiver as well as being certified in dog and cat first aid and CPR and certified by NAPPS. She has lifelong experience with her own pets, including dogs, cats, fish, and more recently, guinea pigs and a snake. For two amazing years, she volunteered at a raptor (bird of prey) rehabilitation and environmental education center working with permanently injured raptors. In addition, she held an internship at a zoo. She learned a little about each of the animals and a lot about cleaning up droppings – and she loved every minute of it. Amanda is our Jill-of-all-trades…she does all stages of pet-sitting from sleep-overs and over-nights to dog walking and “simple” visits with puppies.
Brooke resides in a cozy log cabin in Sunapee with her partner. Brooke grew up in a household full of animals, including a fawn pug, four Siamese cats, a chinchilla, and a dwarf rabbit. She finds participating and sharing her life with animals, big or small, very rewarding. Brooke has volunteered at two different locations for the Humane Society, including Walk for Whiskers of Greater Nashua. She worked at a cage-free dog daycare facility specializing in the enrichment of dogs during the day and bonding with the group for overnights. She has a background in nutrition, proper administration of medications, and CPR & First Aid. Brooke covers the Upper Valley and Lake Sunapee Region with overnights and walks.
Caitlin has many years of experience taking care of her own pets which have ranged from cats, dogs and horses to the exotic ferrets, snakes and an iguana named Lizzie. She grew up in the Kearsarge area and has many fond memories of searching for garter snakes and saving injured field mice from her cats. She has worked at an emergency veterinary hospital in Chicago and has been a farm manager to a stable of 30+ horses. Caitlin covers our exotics along with Amanda and also does a lot of our farm animal clients. She is looking to continue her education by becoming a veterinary technician.
Denise loves all animals especially dogs and cats. She has been pet sitting for regular clients in the New London area for several years. Denise also works for Colby Real Estate in New London. She is one of our over-night specialists and she spends a lot of her evenings caring for dogs and cats throughout our catchment area. Denise plays a mean game of bridge and directs the Thursday Night New London Bridge Club. Her tennis skills are nothing to sneeze at either (just ask her opponents). Among her many hobbies is hiking with her wonderful old yellow Lab.
Lisa started her life surrounded by animals on her grandmother’s farm. She has always had a cat or two (or four!), even while living in Boston. She has a rescue black lab, Maddie, who she will talk about endlessly if you let her. She also has a cat, Pebbles, who yells at her when it’s time for bed. Lisa and her son Harry love to walk Maddie and their neighbor’s dog, Ruby. Lisa’s experience extends to horses, ponies, small birds, hamsters, mice and other small furry creatures. Animals recognize her as one of their own and will flock around her, vying for her attention even if they’ve never met her before. Lisa followed her bliss right to The Happy Pet and couldn’t be happier doing what she loves. Lisa pet sits and does sleep-overs in her home.
Tiffany has loved dogs all her life and has a big affection for hound dogs. With her degree in television production, she produced a show for Time Warner Cable in Florida highlighting dogs and cats available for adoption through shelters and rescues. Her current two dogs were pulled off of death row by a rescue she found for them. Then as luck would have it, both of them were able to join her family. She has spent many years volunteering in dog rescue and has experience with shy, scared dogs. Tiffany covers Andover and the eastern area of the Lake Sunapee Region with overnights, dog walking, and pet sitting.
Nichole‘s passion for animals was encouraged from a young age by her mother, Melinda, who shares this passion and is also a Happy Pet Caregivers’ Associate. Nichole grew up in Hanover, NH and helped raise a variety of pets. She has experience in caring for dogs, cats, gerbils, hamsters, and rats, as well as lizards and turtles. She currently lives in Canaan, NH with her husband, son, two dogs, and two cats.
Eileen joined The Happy Pet as an associate this year, specializing in overnights. She grew up with cats, has a bio degree, and is passionate about all animals. Eileen resides on 37 acres in West Lebanon with 2 young rescue dogs. She enjoys exploring trails in the woods with her dogs and observing nature. Eileen covers the Upper Valley, including Vermont.