I was working as the Director of Marketing, PR and Communications in a multi-billion dollar firm in Corporate America, when one day I just decided I wanted to do something more "fulfilling" with my life. Since I've always loved pets, and was never without them my entire life, I decided this was a good way to fulfill my desire. I ventured into the world of pet sitting and never looked back! I still love my work today, as much as I did back in 1999, but regret that I do not get to spend as much time with the furry critters as I used to. My duties are mostly in the office now, but I cherish those times when I get to cover for one of our pet sitters and go play with the babies!
I live in Germantown and am currently owned by a pair of feline sisters named "Boostie" and "Wiggles". Although I still miss our beautiful German Shepherd, "Maxx", these two little furballs keep us laughing with their antics, and cozy with their snuggles. Now that our 2 daughters are all grown up, we are "empty nesters". Of course, I'm a Grandma now, too! My Granddaughter is 9 years old and so much fun! When I'm not working, or spending time with my Daughters or Granddaughter, I'm out on my motorcycle with my husband. We both love to ride and we spend as much of our spare time as possible on 2 wheels, seeing the beautiful sights the world has to offer!
I am confident that our wonderful team of pet sitters is the BEST in this area; we all love what we do, and that comes across in our work. Operating Happy Paws has given me a sense of pride and satisfaction, knowing that we provide a wonderful service for residents of Montgomery County and their precious pets.
I look forward to chatting with you and meeting your beautiful pets some day.
Hello, everybody in Happy Paws land! My name is Krissi, and I've known Mary for almost 20 years, as her daughter was one of my best friends in high school. I originally joined the team in 2000 right after graduation, but sadly had to depart when my family moved to Hagerstown, taking me with them *grumble grumble*. After earning my Associates Degree, I worked many years in the healthcare fields (for both humans and animals). In October 2014, I found myself with the opportunity to leave the corporate world behind. Right around the time I had decided to do just that, Mary mentioned she was looking to expand the team at Happy Paws. I jumped on the opportunity like a hyper puppy on a tennis ball - even after more than a decade away from working for Happy Paws, it remained my favorite job by far. Mary welcomed me back to the team, and I've been in fur baby Heaven ever since!
As for me personally? Well, I primarily grew up here in Montgomery County, and returned in 2014 after living in Hagerstown since 2001. Since my return to the area, life has been a whirlwind - house buying, going back to school, wedding planning, getting a puppy of my very own - craziness abound I tell ya! Outside of pet sitting, I act and dragrace - there's a crazy combination for you. I've done background work for a few TV shows, and I've been cast in a few upcoming independent films. When I'm not wearing more makeup than should be legally allowed in front of a camera, my soon to be husband Jason and I enjoy going to the racetrack, toting our 1992 Camaro RS with us to tear down the track.
I see you caught the part about a puppy of my very own - good eye! Growing up, I mainly had cats, and carried this tradition into my adult life. However, my father in law is highly allergic to cats, so I had to re-home my kitties when Jason and I combined households. (They now live with my parents, where they are spoiled like crazy, and I still get visitation!) I missed having a pet to nurture and love, so we decided to get a puppy to round out our little family. In October 2014, we brought home a beautiful rescue puppy that we promptly named Maggie. She's an Australian cattle dog mix, and the light our our lives. We recently had to have her knees operated on to correct a genetic problem, but she's already bounced back and is taking life on one face lick at a time! (If you'd like, you can check her out in the "Our Pets" section of the page - she's just adorable, if my completely unbiased *ahem - cough -cough* opinion counts for anything. :)
Thank you so much for checking out Happy Paws - I look forward to the chance to take care of the furry members of your family!
Hi! My name is Rhona Sollod. I've been with Happy Paws since December 2010, but I've been a pet sitter forever. I made a lot of furry friends growing up. My family always had large dogs. My passion for animals began when I was four years old, with our first dog. This loving Dalmatian became my best buddy.
Cats came into my life by accident. A beautiful Maine Coon followed me home. New to kitties, I wasn't prepared for all the mutual love and devotion-he was my soulmate, and three more cats followed soon after. I now take care of a colony of ten cats and have been loving them for 16 years.
The best thing about pet sitting is bonding with so many wonderful cats and dogs. It's an honor to take care of them and I look forward to meeting your fur babies.
Hi, my name is Victoria Kaas. I joined Mary and the Happy Paws team several years ago after retiring from a Fortune 500 company as an IT specialist. I volunteered with an area animal rescue organization and have had dogs and cats most of my life. I'm currently owned by four cats. I specialize in providing cat care and I have never met a cat that I can't pill.
I'm pleased to belong to such a unique group of people who are such animal lovers as I've met at Happy Paws.
Hello! I am Allison Grimes, and I was born and raised in Illinois, always
blessed to have pets to love and nurture. Having been brought up with
animals has definitely made me a more compassionate and understanding
person. Being able to spend time with my furry friends isn't just a job to
me, but my passion. Each and every pet I look after, I try to treat as if
they were my own baby. Besides being a full time mommy, I enjoy playing
poker, mountain climbing, canoeing, and just being outdoors. When I have
free time, I like to hike the paths in Black Hills, and you can find me out
there anytime of year. Working for Happy Paws, I get the opportunity to make
so many diffrerent and beautiful critter friends, and that makes me so super
happy. Wagging tails and purring motors are what I live for!
I have been married for nearly five years to my hero, Steve, an awesome,
multi-talented carpenter. After begging Steve on a daily basis for the last
few years, he finally gave in and agreed to adopt a lil yellow lab puppy
girl and since that day, I have not stopped giggling with glee! I am the
proud momma of a fearsome four year old son, and an angelic sweet pea two
year old daughter, who are my life. Being able to teach my children to
respect and treat all creatures with kindness, by act of example, is a
privillege. They enjoy hearing about what pets I got to look after, and what
we did on our visits. I enjoy getting time away from my hectic life as a
mom, by petsitting. It relieves the day-to-day stresses of life when you
interact with animals, and it always brings a smile to my face. Not to
mention they don't talk back! Your pets are as important to you as your
kids, and finding adequate child care can be challenging. Finding the right
care for your pet can be even more difficult. Knowing that your pet and home
are being looked after is peace of mind that is hard to put a price on. The
entire staff at Happy Paws are dedicated to providing the best possible care
for your pets. I would entrust any one of the staff to care for my pet while
I was away, and that is a compliment to my co-workers, as I can be quite
finicky when it comes to placing my babies in the care of others.
Hello! I have been a happy client of Happy Paws since 2001, so much that I decided to join the team in 2009. As a client I've always felt 100% secure knowing they were in charge while I went away, and now I also have the pleasure of "paying it forward"! I've had cats my entire life, and dogs off and on. My current menagerie includes Gus, a chatty and extremely smart 16-year old cat that fears nothing and loves to get under the sheets when the bed is being made. We also have Monty, a 9 y.o. fraidy-cat who enjoys belly rubs, drinking water off his paw, and carrying toys around in his mouth for a solo game of fetch. Our dogs include Cody, an 18 month old Viszla hound mix rescue from New Orleans who can eat an "indestructible" toy in 5 minutes and loves to fetch sticks, and Teddy, a 3 y.o. big-headed pit mix rescue sweetheart from Raleigh that shadows us everywhere without a sound, just wanting to be loved.
Some other background about me: I'm married, have two beautiful daughters and am originally from the DC area. I enjoy photography, gardening, marathons, and traveling whenever possible. When I'm not taking care of animals, I work with the military to reduce combat PTSD.
In short, I love animals as do all the great folks at Happy Paws, and I know firsthand the stellar care and attention they give to every pet!
Hi, my name is Helene Delizo. I met Mary thru a mutual friend and have been with Happy Paws since July 2014. Since I've been working at Happy Paws I met some amazing pets.
I have a cool cat named Freebie who is 19 years old, does not look his age, and loves to drink water from the faucet. His companion, Felix, is a Tonkinese who is a bit shy but very lovable. I also have three dogs that I rescued from the Miniature Pincher rescue. Rusty is a very sweet guy, who loves to cuddle - he is a lap dog. Dynamite is a minpin/chihuahua mix and she is full of energy and loves to entertain you, dancing for treats. Jasmine is always curious and loves to sleep on pillows.
Even though I have my own pets I truly enjoy taking care of other people's pets. I look forward to meeting you and being given the opportunity to meet your furry friends.
Hi! My name is Sarah and I have been with Happy Paws since November 2015. I've lived in Maryland my whole life and love to frequent the eastern shore during the summer. I am lucky enough to be called mommy and wife by my amazing and supportive family. For now, I hold the title of "stay at home mom" but I wouldn't have it any other way!
Over the years, I've been privileged to be owned by many amazing fur babies. My family is currently owned by a sassy, energetic, and loving cat that my daughter named "Cakes". She follows all of us around and loves to sleep on my head, buried in my hair! We have also had the honor of loving a few dogs, and though they've passed, we think of them everyday! I'm sure my daughter will win the "I NEED a puppy!" battle sooner or later. :)
I truly love all animals and consider caring for them a great privilege. Since I've started working at Happy Paws, I've met some amazing and adorable fur babies! I hope I'm able to meet yours soon!
My name is Amy Horwitz. I'm Mary's step daughter. All growing up, we've always had pets in our home and I've naturally learned to love others as if they were my own. I have a Beagle named Bailey whom I rescued, and it turns out she's actually the one who rescued me.
In my spare time when I'm not working, I enjoy bowling, going camping, hiking, to Orioles baseball games and spending as much time with my fur baby as possible. Since being a part of Happy Paws, I've met so many amazing pets throughout the years and look forward to meeting many more, including yours! .
Hello my name is Cai Diederich and I have been with Happy Paws since June 2016. I was born in Gaithersburg, MD and I have lived here most of my life. I love all manner of pets, and have owned many types. Rodents, lizards, amphibians, birds, and dogs are all pets I have cared for in my lifetime. Right now I have a dog named Dancer (Dani), 2 finches, and a newt.
In my spare time I love to read comic books and meditate. I am a pretty calm and joyful person, but funny enough my favorite genre of music is metal. I also enjoy working with computers and some people might call me a techie. I love pets and look forward to spending time with yours!
Hi, my name is Aaron (although, I'm often referred to as the Happy Paws pet whisperer). I have been blessed with the opportunity to bring my skills and knowledge to Happy Paws, and have been a part of this wonderful team since November of 2015. I enjoy using my special abilities with some of our more timid pets and have even been able to help with some behavior modification training. I have been around animals my entire life and have owned a unique collection of snakes, iguanas, spiders, fish, dogs, cats, and horses. I am just as comfortable medicating and tending to special needs pets as I am going on a nice long jog with a dog that has energy to burn. Like most pet lovers, I see them as family members; and much like humans, every one of them is unique in their own way. I always make it my mission to provide the best service experience possible, not only for you as the owner but, for your family pets as well.
Hi, my name is Christina. I was born in Washington D.C. but have lived in Maryland nearly all my life. Growing up we always had pets in our family. We grew up with two dogs, one cat, one turtle and a hamster. Currently I do have a very cute dog named Odin and a very affectionate cat named Milo (who is featured in my profile picture). They both bring a lot of joy to my life. I really enjoy being a part of the Happy Paws family and promise to bring the same level of love, care and attention for your furry loved ones as I do to my own!!!
Hello, my name is Arria and I love all kinds of pets! I, myself, have had an American Eskimo for 12 years, and growing up with her I've learned how to properly treat and handle dogs. I have also volunteered for Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in the past. I love cats, as well, and they seem to be very drawn to me. I enjoy spending time with all animals, and look forward to taking care of yours. When you're with us, you know you'll always be in good paws.