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About Us

I’m Melissa Baar, owner of A & B’s Pampered Pets, LLC.  We have been in the pet sitting/dog walking business in Howard County since 1995.  I took over the business in 2008 after working as a pet sitter with A & B’s for over 8 years so it was a natural & easy transition.  I have loved animals for as long as I can remember & have been a vet tech in Nevada, worked with countless rescue organizations from coast to coast, & completed many courses on animal & pet care throughout my years.  My current involvements are fostering kittens with the Maryland SPCA, working with Pets on Wheels in Columbia, rescuing orphaned & injured wildlife as necessary, being a Girl Scout Leader, renovating my new home as well as devoting many hours a day taking care of our client’s pets.  I currently reside in the Columbia area but I’ve worked throughout the Baltimore-Washington corridor & I remember all too well those long days spent at work & the unexpected traffic jams. So I’m happy to offer the benefit of knowing our midday client's pets have already received the care & attention they deserve.  My crazy household consists of one dog, a Malti-Pom (Maltese Pomeranian Mix) named Pixie, (Puca is pictured above a Pyrenees/Husky mix pup who recently passed...) along with five cats; Jessica-petite Tabby, Cupcake-Torti, Smudgie-White Calico, Batman! - Black DLH & Pocket - Orange Tabby.  I enjoy listening to audio books while traveling in the car, reading, sharing my love of animals with my girl scouts, watching movies, gardening & of course anything animal/pet related!  I am directly experienced with all types of pets including the most exotic – no pet is too large, too small or too scaly!  (Pet CPR & first aid trained through Pet Tech)

I'm Jeff & my responsibilities with A & B's include dog walking, pet sitting, as well as assisting with the website and Facebook page.  Other duties include HR consultations, driving through blizzards & other duties as assigned to make sure the job gets done & your pets are well taken care of!  In my free time, I enjoy cycling, photography, fostering kittens with the Maryland SPCA & volunteering/fundraising for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. (Pet CPR & first aid trained through Pet Tech) 

I'm Connie (here with my Grandpets) & I've been with A & B's for over 10 years now.  Being a pet sitter/dog walker provides me the opportunity to be outdoors for most of my days & spend time with your pets which I enjoy so much.  My favorite pastimes are reading, cooking, biking & of course shopping! (Pet CPR & first aid trained through Pet Tech)

I'm Ray (here with one of our client's pets, Marshall).  I have been with A & B's for 10 years now & I love walking & playing with the BIG dogs, going out to dinner as much as possible & spending quality time with the love of my life, my wife :-)  (Pet CPR & first aid trained through Pet Tech)

I'm Lee and when not walking dogs or scooping out litter boxes, I'm usually playing Celtic harp. I have been performing professionally since the late 1970's at venues including the Maryland Renaissance Faire (at least since 1979). I have also been building Celtic harps for some time - as of this writing I have made 131 harps and counting. In years past, I have been a house-husband, raising my son who is now 29, & have been a store window designer. More recently I have been a recess monitor for Prince Georges' County Public Schools, which is actually very much like pet care except that I had several hundred children at a time but the school never let me put any of them on a leash. I have two animal friends, a queenly cat named Miranda and a King Charles Spaniel named Magic. I reside in a house that is owned by a lady who gives food and shelter to anything with a furry face that shows up on her doorstep, which is of course how I ended up there. I joined A & B's Pampered Pets in 2008 & have loved the job, making many wonderful new furry friends & some pretty nice human ones too! (Pet CPR & first aid trained through Pet Tech)

I'm Dawn & I have been with A & B's Pampered Pets for almost 14 years now!  I have veterinary experience along with one Pit Bull, four cats & 3 bunnies of my own which gives me lots of personal hands-on experience.  Since I'm an early riser, I am usually on the road before dawn (maybe that's why I'm named that :-) & enjoy seeing your pets first thing in the morning when they first wake up!  I enjoy gardening, cooking & hiking along with spending as much quality time with my four children (who have all finally graduated from high school!) but that is usually in my car being their pet taxi! (Pet CPR & first aid trained through Pet Tech)