To us, Tucker and Hattie are more than our pets - they are our family. It takes a lot to trust someone with your family but Julie makes it so easy. Ahead of the Pack is Hattie and Tucker's second family. Tucker and Hattie truly enjoy every minute they spend on their walks and have both grown and improved tremendously. Tucker rescued as a pup, has learned to accept other dogs as a part of his pack and has become much less anxious around other dogs. Hattie, a puppy mill rescued as an adult, learned to socialize, play, and most importantly trust others. All thanks to Ahead of the Pack!
Barbara and Stephanie
Tucker & Hattie
"When our German Shepherd Zevy was 4 months old she met Julie. Zevy was a reserved, cautious puppy, who was reluctant to venture out beyond 50 yards of the house. Julie lovingly engaged with Zevy, took her on incrementally longer walks around the neighbourhood, until a short few months later, when Zevy and Julie were daily "besties"on a routine park & trail walk, running wild and free with Julie's group of dog friends. Zevy became Julie's "Shepherd", protecting and shepherding the group, and Julie became Zevy's beloved, and the daily play group became Zevy's favourite activity. Zevy also loved being boarded at Julie's place. It was her second home. During periods of injury or post surgery recovery Julie customized Zevy's play time to individual or "with a buddy" gentle walks, as needed. Zevy benefited greatly from not having to miss out on her time with Julie. When Zevy became seriously ill and could no longer join the play or group walk, Julie sacrificed personal time and assisted in the physical care of Zevy, morning and night, daily, for months. Julie and her family gave Zevy tender loving care, in all circumstances, rarely seen. Julie's appreciation of the wonderfulness of dogs, her understanding of the nature of dogs, and her wise and loving treatment of dogs, makes her, in this family's mind, the best friend of the dogs she is entrusted to care for, in the world. Knowing Julie through Zevy was a gift to us. Julie was our gift to Zevy"
Irit & Zevy
Mandy is a 16 year old Coton de Tulear and is the love of my life. So you can imagine how paranoid and picky I am with whom I would allow to walk and board her. Julie has been the ONLY person I have had as a walker and babysitter for her entire life. Julie has boarded her so I can go on vacation without ever having to worry for one minute. She walks Mandy every day and for a 16 year old gal, she loves her walks and Julie. Julie has stepped up to the plate under dire circumstances and both Mandy and I love her dearly.
Sherry & Mandy
Our dog Jesse is a treasured member of the family. She is also a very sensitive soul. So, we are very careful about who takes her for walks and cares for her when we are away. We cannot imagine a better fit than Julie. She is kind, reliable, organized and has excellent knowledge and expereince. We give her the very highest recommendation.
Sandra & Jesse
Julie has walked our two Labradors for the past four years and come to their rescue on more than one occasion.
Throughout this time I have particularly aprreciated her easy going accomodation of a changing schedule. More importantly, the fact that she knows the characters of our dogs and has developed a relationship with each, that leaves me in no doubt that they are in more than capable hands.
Linda, Harley & Jack
Julie was referred to our family about 5 years ago via a neighbour as we needed someone responsible to watch our 2 cats Danny and Boltz while we travelled. She did a wonderful job during her daily cat visits. When one became elderly and in turn, sick - Julie was there to assist as needed.
Julie is a highly expereinced, compassionate, logical, resourceful, committed, punctual, flexible, organized and an effective communicator.
We also have a rescue Beagle - named Timmy - well - what can I say, Julie played a significant role helping me with my first dog. She helped me raise him even though he was 4 when we got him. She helped manage the learning curve and calmed things down when things got challenging. Julie continues to help with our pets - she will always be part of our support system.
Tobby, Timmy, & Danny
Julie goes that extra yard to make sure that your dog is well cared for. She jumped into action for us when we were away from Toronto and unexpectedly needed someone to look after our dogs. Our two Beagles love her and are happy and safe. She understands how much we love our dogs. She treats them with kindness while maintaining control.
Lynn, Ryder & Becky
Julie has a passion for dog walking and a gift for dog communication. She is a trusted member of our family and has helped raise our spirited, high maintenace, adventure seeking, Sela. Julie not only takes Sela on her daily adventures, she has also demonstrated dog safety and well being, in terms of Sela's particular health regimes and dog related indcidences. Dogs are excellent judges of character...Sela waits every day for Julie to come and take her to the trails...her entire body shakes and wiggles in delight once Julie enters the front door and smoothers her with a loving hello.....
Laurie, Ivan, and Princess Sela
Julie has been our dog walker for the past 7 years, since Levi came home with us as a puppy. She also boards him at her house when we travel- sometimes three weeks at a time. Although, we miss Levi when we are away, we always have peace of mind that he is well cared for and happy! We would recommend Julie without hesitation.
Bonnie, Lindsey and Levi
We highly recommend Ahead of the Pack to anyone who is looking for a caring, conscientious, trustworthy company for dog walking and boarding.
During the past 10 years we feel Ripley has been in excellent hands on his walks and boarding with Julie has always brought us great comfort when we travel.
Linda, Peter & Ripley
My dog, Jackson, was a unique Portugese Water Dog, with canine social issues. He was very sweet but had difficulty interacting with other dogs and as a result, had to be walked individually. Julie was the only person who knew how to calm him, to cuddle him, and to accommodate him with anything that was needed. Julie looked after him for 10 years, with much love and affection. I depended on Julie's expertise and warmth as he went through the physical and emotional changes of Puppyhood right into his very senior months. Thank You so much Julie.
Marilyn & Jackson
"Julie is extremely reliable, great fun and takes very good care of me. I look forward to seeing her every day . My human, Marion Hoffer, thinks she is wonderful too."
Marion & Honey Bear
We have had a few dog walkers but there is no one like Julie; she treated our dog Neuf like it was her own and when we took vacations she and her husband would either board Neuf with them or move in to our place to give us complete peace of mind that we had nothing to worry about. Julie is the greatest!
Lynn, Rick, Samson & Neuf
Julie looked after my 3 labs for many years, including live-ins. The dogs were well taken care of. They greeted her with joy when she came to the door as they were already waiting for their walks, and I can certainly recommend her.
D.K., Teddy, Cindy & Opal
I can't say enough good things about Julie and Ahead of the Pack. We have been using Julie for walks and boarding for over 6 years and our dog, Bayley, adores her. It gives us great peace of mind knowing Bayley is with someone who we trust, who is extremely experienced, knowledgeable and responsible, and who so obviously loves the dogs in her keep."
Kathleen, Ron & Bayley
Julie has been an important part our lives for close to ten years. She provided excellent care for our senior dog Hunter, who had many mobility issues. Julie continues to provide her wonderful conscientious pet sitting service for our cat Phantom. When it comes to caring for our pets, there is no one more trustworthy. Julie, we can't thank you enough for all of the love you have given our pets and the peace of mind you provide, when we are away.
Molly & Doug Nicolls
Kobe & Jack
We cannot say enough positive things about our experience with Julie. She is incredibly compassionate and thoughtful and genuinely cares about the well-being of our two dogs Kobe & Jack. Both dogs are happy and excited to see her when she arrives for their walks and that’s a real indication as to her love, care and concern for them. Julie has always been extremely flexible and accommodating as to scheduling around our timing and above all has always been absolutely reliable. Julie goes beyond what’s expected of her by taking “extra care” of our elderly not so healthy dog Kobe, while keeping us well informed with fun videos and pictures of them out and about. When it comes to group walks she makes sure that all the dogs are best matched with suitable “partners”.
We can certainly recommend Julie and would welcome anyone who would like to contact us for further discussion.
Gail & David