Meet Our Team

 

Meet Our Team

Amy our dog walker in east rock and spring glen    

Amy

Owner & Dog Walker

Hi! My name is Amy and I’ve been called a “Dog Enthusiast” ever since I can remember. I think that’s the nice way of saying “Dog Nut”.

I grew up in Framingham, Massachusetts where my dog obsession began at six-years- old when my parents finally gave in to the relentless pleads of my sister and I for a family dog. Mackie, a Wheaton terrier, was my best friend growing up and we did everything together. When I graduated high school and left him behind to study Psychology at Quinnipiac University, I was absolutely miserable! Luckily, I was only an hour and a half away from home and I could visit on weekends if I needed my doggie fix. I was so thankful to get that time with him, because the winter break of my senior year, Mackie passed away.

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Matt walks dogs near you in New Haven CT    

Matt

Business Operations

Hi, my name is Matt. I’m Amy’s husband and co-founder of You Lucky Dog! Dogs have always been a big part of my life, from when I was growing up to present day. I grew up in rural New Jersey where we often joked that there were more cows than people. Luckily, living in the country was the perfect place to own dogs.

My first dog was a beagle named Roscoe who joined my family around the same time as I did. He was my best four-legged friend from birth and the epitome of an outdoorsy dog. We had a big yard to explore where Roscoe loved being outside in the woods, sniffing anything and everything! Roscoe was quite the explorer and I loved playing outside and going on adventures with him.

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Mike our Overnight Pet Sitter in New Haven    

Mike

Manager & Dog Walker/Pet Sitter

Hello!! My name is Mike, and I’m positively effervescing with love for dogs of all shapes, sizes, colors, and temperaments! Being crazy for dogs is what led me here to YLD, but that journey started a long time ago when I was a kid growing up in Naugatuck.

My childhood dog was a German Shepherd named Sheba, and this sweet lady was a major lover with an affinity for sunbathing and belly rubs. She also created a soft spot in my heart for big dogs that has stayed with me to this day. We had many Lassie-esque adventures together, and while she left me with an incurable fondness for all four-legged friends, it wasn’t until many years later that I fully understood the pure and complete love that we as humans can experience in our relationships with our canine counterparts.

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Emily offers dog sitting in Hamden and surrounding towns    

Emily

Dog Walker/Pet Sitter

Hometown
Clinton, NY

Favorite Dog Nickname
Peanut, pumpkin, goblin, buddy, whatever comes out, really.

Experience With Pets
I have some experience pet-sitting, but mostly walking. I also have personal experience with all types of family dogs. Ranging from extended families’ Pitbulls and Rottweilers, to my own Shih Tzu’s and Maltese’s. Growing up, I’ve had multiple cats as well.

Current Pets
I have a Beta fish named Carl, and two snails, Marcel and Tiago, as well as a standard rex rabbit named Newman. I love these guys to death!!

Favorite Part About Working at YLD
My favorite part about my job is gaining practical experience with all different types of dogs including learning about quality equipment and behaviors I otherwise wouldn’t understand!

Why I Like Working With Pets
Pets are like people! They all have an individual personality and it’s so fun to get to know their quirks and tendencies.

Favorite Types of Pets
Dogs and rabbits.

Dream Pet
Golden retriever, corgi, dachshund trio.


Erin dog sitting in New Haven CT    

Erin

Dog Walker/Pet Sitter

Hometown
Hamden, CT

Favorite Dog Nickname
Baby (they’re all my babies)

Experience With Pets
I have owned animals as long as I can remember and I started working in the animal field at the age of 17. I started out by working for my veterinarian in Ansonia CT, where I grew up. I eventually moved on to managing 2 different pet stores, most recently the Petco in Hamden where I served as the dog and cat Department Manager for 15 years. I am certified in feline/canine nutrition as well. Over the years I have owned dogs, birds, fish and reptiles.

Current Pets
I currently own a Shiba Inu, Chippy and a Bengal Cat, Xena.

Favorite Part About Working at YLD
My favorite part of my job is spending time with the animals, but I love being able to give pet parents the security of knowing their pet will be well cared for while they are away. I love all my clients as if they were my own.

Why I Like Working With Pets
I’ve loved all kinds of animals as long as I can remember. My grandmother was a special education teacher and introduced me to frogs and reptiles at 5 years old.Do what you love and love what you do pretty much sums up why I love working with pets.

Favorite Types of Pets
I love tigers and cheetahs, I’m definitely a cat person.

Dream Pet
I’m lucky enough to own what was once my dream pet, a bengal cat. Other than that, it would be a white tiger.


Jenny pet sitting in North Haven    

Jenny

Dog Walker/Pet Sitter

Hometown
East Haven, CT

Favorite Dog Nickname
Boots

Experience With Pets
I’ve always loved animals since I was a little girl and I grew up having lots of pets. About ten years ago I started dog sitting and dog walking on the side for extra cash. It’s not about the money though, I enjoy being able to care for dogs and cats while their owners are at work or away on vacation!

Current Pets
I don’t have any right now, however I did have a dachshund/beagle mix named Marley.

Favorite Part About Working at YLD
My favorite part about working for YLD is meeting different dogs every day and caring for them as well.

Why I Like Working With Pets
I love working for pets because they are always happy to see you and I enjoy being around them daily.

Favorite Types of Pets
Dogs, cats , and monkeys!

Dream Pet
I love all dogs but one day I would like to own my own baby monkey.


East rock dog walker Lauren    

Lauren

Dog Walker/Pet Sitter

Hometown
Cheshire, CT

Favorite Dog Nickname
Peanut butter and Jilli

Experience With Pets
I’ve been pet sitting and dog walking for about 5 years now! I started when I was 16, mostly pet sitting and then branched into dog walking and since then have known it’s something that I want to do for a long time! I’ve cared for all different types of dogs, cats, reptiles, and other animals as well! I love being able to show dogs they’re loved when their parents have to work or want to take a vacation! I’ve also dealt with animals with sicknesses and different physical issues! Since being with the You Lucky Dog team I have loved every second of it and every dog I’ve met!

Current Pets
I have a golden retriever who is 13 years old and her name is Jilli!

Favorite Part About Working at YLD
Seeing how excited every dog gets when I walk into their home and just knowing that I can help ease the parents minds when they see how loved their pet is by us!

Why I Like Working With Pets
I like working with pets because they help me in so many ways and I get to help them! It’s so warming to know that animals love us their entire lives and it’s awesome being able to show them they’re loved as well.

Favorite Types of Pets
My favorite types of pets are dogs, kittens, and reptiles!

Dream Pet
My dream pet is a blue nose pit bull and another golden retriever!


New haven dog walking pro Mike C    

Michael C

Dog Walker/Pet Sitter

Hometown
Hamden, CT

Favorite Dog Nickname
Dipsey Doodles

Experience With Pets
I’ve had dogs all my life.

Current Pets
I have a 3 year old Chiweenie named Tilly. And I have a 1 year old demon child Dachshund named Donut!

Favorite Part About Working at YLD
To me honestly it doesn’t feel like work. Just being able to give these animals some attention while their owners are away at work is just a bright spot in my day!

Why I Like Working With Pets
They give unconditional love! And with covid and everything going on right now. A little extra love is not a bad thing!

Favorite Types of Pets
English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Great Danes, Pit bulls, Beagles, and a Scottish Fold!

Dream Pet
A Great Dane named Barbara


Shay walks dogs in the New Haven area    

Shay

Dog Walker/Pet Sitter

Hometown
Bedford, MA

Favorite Dog Nickname
I always end up having a million nicknames for dogs. Munchkin is usually my go to!

Experience With Pets
My family always had dogs when I was growing up and I wanted to be around as many animals as possible! I volunteered at a small animal rescue and then a dog shelter. In college I volunteered with Guiding Eyes for the Blind. I watched the guide dogs who were in training while their raisers were in class or work. I’ve always been the go-to pet sitter for family and friends and I’ve always wanted be able to work with animals.

Current Pets
My husband and I have 2 cats, a black cat named Charlie and a tortoishell named Ursula, a fennec fox named Stitch and a chinchilla named Boba!

Favorite Part About Working at YLD
Learning the quirks and personalities of each dog!

Why I Like Working With Pets
It’s so rewarding when you earn their trust, especially with anxious animals. And they always put a smile on my face!

Favorite Types of Pets
I love all types of pets! And I love when people have unexpected types, like tortoises and goats.

Dream Pet
Besides wanting a dog as soon as we have more space, I would love to have a raccoon one day!

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