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Word on the Street

This is what Penny's Dog Walking customers are saying...


“We had tried doggy daycare and found it to be a little over stimulating for Abby. I was apprehensive about letting someone into my home to care for Abby and was very lucky to find Penny. Penny is an extremely dedicated, reliable and thoughtful professional. She effectively communicates with us and has an emergency back-up plan in place if ever needed. It’s very reassuring to know that Abby is well taken care of while we’re not home.”

- Patrice


"For anyone - and I mean anyone - in the Melrose area who is looking for a fantastic dog walking service, you cannot get any better than Penny's Dog Walking Service. I have been extremely fortunate. My yellow lab mix who is a rescue has only had 2 walkers in her 9 years (now 3). The first left me after 6 years to travel the country with her own hound. 

I found Penny who agreed to take on my hound and myself as clients. She and her group of walkers took excellent care of my little girl. I was nervous at first, leaving her with a new walker but that quickly went away. I do not have a normal 9-5 or Monday-Friday schedule but Penny was able to accommodate me at every twist and turn. Sandy would greet her with the enthusiasm that I or my girl friend would get upon our return from a long day of work.

Unfortunately we had to move out of Melrose at the end of April, a community that I called home for a number of years. I can honestly say I consider Penny and her employees part of the family and I think you will also if you are fortunate enough to have her walk and care for your 4 legged member of the family. 

PS.........I do not give 5 stars normally for ANYTHING but I will for PENNY's Dog Walking!"

- Eric


"When I first went back to work last year, I was worrried about leaving Sophie all day. A friend of mine recommended Penny and her crew. Although I worked two days, I would often call on them to walk Sophie other days, and they were always able to accommodate us! This year my schedule has been totally erratic and once again they have been able to walk Sophie anytime I ask, even on extremely short notice. Sophie has also stayed with a few of the dog walkers when we've gone on vacation. She is welcomed, loved and cared for as their own. I don't know what I'd do without Penny's Dog Walking!"

- Wendy


"Despite years of thoughtful research, our working parent home suddenly found ourselves with a new puppy over a weekend. We sent out a couple of frantic emails and phone calls to some local dogwalkers, thinking we were in big trouble for the coming weeks. In her first email to us, Penny had already provided us with the names of two of her favorite dog training books. When we met Penny and Carolyn a few hours later it was clear to us that we wanted them on our team to raise our baby Bear. We have had the utmost peace of mind from that first Monday and every day since. Penny, Carolyn, Catherine, Fatima and Paula have been totally dependable, reliable and most importantly, loving. Through potty training, crate training, clicker training, stomach bug, post neutering care and even dealing with puppy leash biting, they have been such an important part of our village in every kind of weather. 

Even when we had to leave our puppy for a family vacation, Penny helped us find a wonderful home for our pup while we were away. When we say that Penny goes above and beyond, we really mean it. Penny got locked into our shed (luckily with her cell phone) and instead of firing us for being irresponsible homeowners, she joked about enjoying some peace and quiet and putting candy and comics in the shed for the next captive. She then came over with her drill to help us install an emergency pull latch on the inside of the doors. We are so impressed by the genuine care shown by Penny and her team. You know for sure your dog is truly loved when Penny and her warm gang of moms have more names of affection for your dog than you do yourself!"



"Penny and the staff at Penny's Dog Walking are amazing! The flexibility they afford us is incredibly helpful and they are absolutely fantastic with my dog. Our dog loves her time with them, and I never worry about her while she is in their care, as their diligence and how much they care for the dogs they walk is so apparent. A great company that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a dog walking service."

- Rob


"Penny and her walkers (we work with Roberta and Carolyn) are truly amazing. Our dog is a rescue and has some anxiety (some might say quirks) but the whole team has worked tirelessly to become a part of the family and gain his trust. Being locals to the community they have become so much more than dog walkers to us and we are truly blessed to have found such an amazing business to work with. I can't say enough about how amazing they are."

- Dan


"My dog can be a handful, but Penny and her crew manage Maria with love and skill. We, the owners, and Maria are lucky to be able to count on such reliable and caring people."

- Chuck


Penny and her team have been walking our dog Maizie on 1 day per week for almost a year. Our experience with them has been great and I would highly recommend. I always know who will be coming to walk our dog and if a new walker joins the schedule, Penny brings her/him to the house so they can meet the dog and my wife and I. They are completely dependable and trustworthy. Penny is also very flexible and seems to be able to accommodate any change we need to make on short notice! We love reading the notes left by the walkers to let us know how everything went.

- Andrew


"We have been relying on Penny's Dog Walkers since we moved to Melrose, and they have been wonderful! Penny is incredibly flexible and responsive and never bats an eye when I reach out with a last-minute request. The dog walkers provide information/updates daily and clearly love our dog. Highly recommend!"

- Kate


"I love Penny and her team! They are professional,

responsible, funny and kind. Penny has been compassionate and flexible when we took some time off due to illnesses. Her team has always taken great care of our dog and have real affection for him. Penny actually helped us settle into our neighborhood and orchestrated meetings with our new neighbors! This is so much more than just a business - we feel like part of the family!"

- Pam


"I can't speak highly enough of the whole team at Penny's Dog Walking. While I am fortunate enough to bring my dog to work with me most days, Penny is so flexible and responsive that she is always able to accommodate me when I need to schedule dog walks when business travel comes up. I have a fairly neurotic dog that some days wants to walk and some days not so much. Penny's team always tries to get her to walk but if my crazy pup doesn't want to walk they know to play with her in the backyard and give her a good dose of love and attention. Because I am not on a regular schedule, I have various members of Penny's team coming to the house depending on their availability the day I need them and I have been happy with each one and completely trust Penny to only hire trustworthy, kind, dog-lovers. Honestly, Penny's Dog Walking is the best both for the dogs and the dog owners."

- Devon


"You can't go wrong with Penny and her team. We've been using Penny's Dog Walking for over 3 year for our golden retriever and couldn't be happier with the service. All the walkers are great, and they try to be as accommodating and flexible as possible. They've made having a dog and full time jobs. After the walks they even leave notes with daily updates on the dog. And when he was a pup they even went out of their way to do some training with him - well above and beyond what would be expected."

- Chris


"Penny and her team are so great. My dog loves them. Penny is very flexible and accommodating to us when we need extra walks or changes to our schedule. They also pay special attention to my dog. They are the best!!!!"

- Eileen


"I have been using Penny's Dog Walking for over a year now, and I can't say enough good things about them. Penny and her team are extremely flexible with our schedule, they love our dog and treat her as their own family, I can schedule walks on the weekend too if needed, and I think the price is very fair. I'm extremely grateful to have them and will continue to keep them for as long as I have my dog, which as we all hope is forever!"

- Jeanne


"I can't recommend Penny and her team enough. They take such good care of Winnie. We don't need assistance every day, but when something comes up, I fire off an email and Penny responds very quickly with her availability. I trust Penny with our dog and home...And I think Winnie really likes her too."

- Drew

Abbey & Kona

"Penny is exceptional at what she does! Always does anything she can to be available- even last minute! Wonderful person and definitely loves her dogs!! Would recommend to anyone!"

- Rachel

Lila & Gem

"No one could wish for better. I am a fussy owner and I have never had to doubt either the wisdom or the capability of either Penny or the dog walker she has outfitted me with. Absolutely trustworthy. Nothing better."

- Margo

Allie & Dante

"I don't know what we would do without Penny's Dog Walking! Very few people can handle walking two high-energy Labrador puppies, but Alison wrangles them like a champ! Penny is the best--she is so helpful and always manages to work in whatever we need for our dogs, even on short notice. Absolutely call Penny if you need a dog walker--her team is the best!"

- Ellen


"Penny's Dog Walking is the best!!! We started off getting walks 2x per day during the early puppy days and we liked this much better than doggie daycare! All the walkers are trustworthy and totally adore our dog. The owner, Penny, is highly organized and takes care of all her clients. She goes above and beyond being our dog walker -- she even hand-knit a sweater when we had a baby! One of the walkers is dog sitting for us for a couple days (so glad we don't have to board him!!). I highly recommend Penny!"

- Rachel

Cabot & Brie

"Penny's dog walking has been such a huge help, as we have two dogs and there are times we just need some help with walking them enough. Penny and her walkers are unfailingly dependable and amazingly flexible. It is very easy to communicate with Penny by email or text, and in over two years, there has never been a problem. Penny and her team are skilled dog lovers and I can endorse them."

- Jean


"Penny's Dog Walking is the best- communicative, trustworthy, reliable and flexible. We were looking for help a few days a week to walk our golden and it has been great- I highly recommend to someone looking for a dog walking service!"

- Jeff


"I wouldn't trust anyone else! Our first dog Gus was one of Penny's early customers for years. After losing Gus (who outlived his breed life expectancy by almost double), a year later, we decided that we were ready and we actually contacted Penny to see if she had a spot before we even committed to the next chapter! I cannot say anything but amazing things about Penny and her team. Our huge boy loves them and we trust them 100 percent. Knowing our boy gets some exercise and love when we cannot be there during the day puts out minds at great ease."

- Chandra


"I cannot rave enough about Penny and her awesome team of dog walkers. We have used Penny's to walk our pug for over 2 years. They take such good care of our buddy. And they have really become such a welcome part of our support network- helping us with coverage during vacations and two maternity leaves-- during which I really looked forward to their visits! Penny's entire team is professional, respectful, punctual, caring, organized, and passionate. So lucky to have found such an amazing company! They get our highest marks!!"

- Melissa


"I highly recommend Penny and her services! She has been caring for my dog (Decker) with daily afternoon walks for a couple of years now. In addition to Decker loving Penny and her other walkers, a major benefit is the peace of mind knowing that Decker is taken care of during the day when I'm at work. Penny is reliable, communicative, and wonderful with Decker. I'm a very happy client!"

- Anusia

King Phillip

"We have used Penny's Dog Walking for the past year and we have been blown away by the flexibility Penny has shown us. We had a baby in January and Penny was available during that time to help us get our pup fed and walked for that first day/night in the hospital. Above and beyond would be putting it lightly - thanks to Penny for all she does!"

- Michael

- Peter and Joseph

Ty & Iris

"Having moved to Melrose in September left us stressed over all things new - doctors, vets and yes, dog walkers! Enter Penny and her crew of incredible ladies... Trustworthy, kind, empathetic, and above all, true animal lovers! We consider our furry kids in the best of hands... and that is priceless!"


“Penny has been taking care of Coco for weekly walks and vacation coverage since Coco was born. It is so comforting to know that Coco is well cared for while we are away from home and is always having just as much fun as we are!”

- Colleen


"Swiggy was our first puppy and we had no idea what to do. Thank goodness for Penny! She recommended books, gave us lots of much-needed advice and answered all of our first-time dog parent questions. Penny and her team have been so accommodating and couldn’t be more reliable. Walking with Penny (and learning new tricks from her) is the highlight of Swiggy’s day!"

- Leanne


"My dog is truly one of my babies and I am very particular about his care. I am so grateful that I found Penny and her team of walkers. I know that when Tucker is in their care, he is being loved and treated like one of their own dogs. They are all reliable, flexible and very responsive to the needs of my sometimes quirky dog!"

- Michelle

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