Paws at Play has been proudly serving Vancouver’s westside since 2010. It was born from our passion and commitment towards exceptional service for Vancouverites and their canine pals.
We understand how important it is to hire someone who is caring, patient, trustworthy, and professional to look after your most cherished companions.
At Paws at Play, we truly pride ourselves in being the reliable, dedicated and caring dog walking service that you and your dog (especially your dog) deserve. We are grateful for your trust in us to be part of their day!
Meet The Team
Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): I moved to Vancouver from Scotland (Glasgow) after I got my PR. I was born in Lagos (Nigeria) and moved to Ireland then Glasgow. Vancouver is home now.
Favourite quote: “The world is changed by your example, not by your opinion” Paulo Coelho.
May your choices reflect your hopes and not your fears” – Nelson Mandela
Best advice you’ve ever received: Anything that costs you your peace is too expensive.
Seen binge-watching a show or reading a book: Binge watching a show…I’m trying to read more books though.
Website visited most: YouTube.
Favourite ice cream: Butter Pecan.
I take my coffee: Occasionally. I’m more of a tea drinker 🙂
An interesting fact about you: I speak 3 languages (English, Spanish, Yoruba), and I am now learning a fourth (Mandarin).
If I were a dog I would be: A Corgi.
I can usually be seen with: My headphones in listening to music or a podcast.
Karin, Manager & Dog Walker
Karin is patient and enjoys helping each dog hone their skills.
Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): I’m from Dala-Järna, Sweden and I moved here with my boyfriend who is studying at UBC.
Favourite quote: “Live like someone left the gate open, woof.”
Best advice you’ve ever received: Work with something you love doing and it won’t feel like you’re working.
Seen binge-watching a show or reading a book: Watching a show!
Website visited most: YouTube.
Favourite ice cream: Chocolate with more chocolate.
I take my coffee: Black.
If I were a dog I would be: An English Setter.
I can usually be seen with: My dog, Toby!
Jordan, Dog Walker
Jordan can break any shy dog out of their shell. He also loves to run with the pack!
Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): I was born in BC but spent most of my life in Ontario. I finally chased the mountains back across the country and ended up here again.
Favourite quote: “There is meaning in every journey that is unknown to the traveler.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Best advice you’ve ever received: When we react to the world, we react to the things we’re carrying around on top of our day-to-day. Be careful you don’t react to old hurts on people you meet today.
Seen binge-watching a show or reading a book: Binging Lord of the Rings, all the way.
Website visited most: Shaqshead.com (or probably Imgur)
Favourite ice cream: Coffee and chocolate, or peanut butter.
I take my coffee: Strong with cream!
If I were a dog I would be: A Mountain Dog.
I can usually be seen with: A few journals which I compulsively buy and write in.
Erin, Dog Walker & Sitter
Erin is excellent at sorting out leash tangles and has so many laughs with the pooches.
Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): Rossland, BC. I came to Vancouver for university in 2004, and have been here ever since.
Favourite quote: “To the world, you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.” – Dr. Seuss
Best advice you’ve ever received: Life’s too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t, and if you get a chance, take it.
Seen binge-watching a show or reading a book: Summer reader, Winter Netflix junkie!
Website visited most: The Weather Network.
Favourite ice cream: This is hard! Cookies and Cream/Cherry Custard/Candy Cane. I’d better stop before I remember any more!
I take my coffee: Every morning with milk.
If I were a dog I would be: A Nova Scotian Duck Toller because I will always be a redhead.
I can usually be seen with: A messy hairdo.
Leanne, Dog Walker & Sitter
Leanne is always excited to get to go out and spend quality time with all the pups and somehow, she always has a smile on her face!
Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): Carlow, Ireland. A change of scenery and new opportunities.
Favourite quote: “The beautiful thing about life is that we will never reach an age where there is nothing left to learn, see or be.”
Best advice you’ve ever received: You will never be criticised by someone who is doing more than you. You will only be criticised by someone doing less.
Seen binge-watching a show or reading a book: Depends on my mood.
An interesting fact about you: I’ve travelled to over 30 countries and I once lived with an Indonesian tribe in the jungle for a week.
Website visited most: Reddit.
Favourite ice cream: Vanilla Caramel.
I take my coffee: My favourite has to be vanilla latte!
If I were a dog I would be: A Chow chow.
I can usually be seen with: A smile on my face.
Sarah, Administrative Support & Dog Sitter
Sarah has a big heart and will treat your pooch like they are her own. She grew up caring for animals of all kinds, but many of her fondest memories involve time spent with her dogs.
Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): I was born and raised in Ontario. Moved to the West Coast for a job and a change, and stayed for the ocean, the mountains, and the opportunities.
Favourite quote: “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you do not have.” – Epicurus
Best advice you’ve ever received: If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.
Seen binge-watching a show or reading a book: Most often, reading a book.
Website visited most: My inbox.
Favourite ice cream: Moose Tracks. You can’t go wrong with peanut butter and chocolate, ever.
I take my coffee: . . . Everywhere.
If I were a dog I would be: An Australian Shepherd.
I can usually be seen with: Someone else’s dog.
Tricia, Dog Trainer
Tricia Sverre is Paws at Play’s partner trainer and owner of Canine Align. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through Karen Pryor Academy (KPA-CTP), and a professional member of APDT (The Association of Professional Dog Trainers). Committed to providing the most effective and convenient solutions to her clients’ dog training needs, she avidly pursues ongoing continuing education and professional development.
Hometown (what brought you to Vancouver?): Canadian born, but raised in Malaysia, Texas, and Singapore. Moved to Vancouver to be close to family!
Favourite quote: “The least I can do is speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves.” – Jane Goodall
Best advice you’ve ever received: Be kind and work hard.
Seen binge-watching a show or reading a book: Cozying up with a good book!
Website visited most: Tawzerdog.com
Favourite ice cream: Coconut.
I take my coffee: London Fogs are my favourite.
I can usually be seen with: Dog treats in my pockets!
What Our Friends Say
“As always – I am ever grateful for the team at Paws at Play. Their flexibility and over and above service they provide for my family and our beloved lab Charlie is wonderful.”
Keri & Charlie
Liz & Duncan
“Marlo is loving her walks in the forest every day and seeing all of her pals. It gives me comfort to know she is well cared for while I am at work!”
Pam & Marlo
“Paws at Play have been walking our dog for over three years now and we love them. More importantly, our dog loves them too! Every time a Paws at Play walker arrives at our house our dog dances with happiness. There are about 4 walkers and our dog loves each of them so much. Paws at Play are very professional, before the first walk two of their walkers came to our house to meet us and our dog. They assessed our dog to see what kind of walking group she would be good in, and off she went! At the end of the day, we always receive an email with a little report about what the dogs got up to in their walk and some pictures. In the few times that we have had to make last minute changes because of sickness or vacations Paws at Play have always been very accommodating. I couldn’t say enough great things about Paws at Play; their walkers are upbeat and clearly love dogs, they are always on time, and they are very caring.”
Hannah, Alex & Ila
“Our Scout has been with Paws since she was 4 months old! The Paws team taught her the forest running ropes. Three years in, she waits patiently every morning. When she sees the truck she spins into action ready to head off to the forest. I never worry about her. I know that she is safe; she gets a lot of love and great exercise.”
Kathryn & Scout
“We have nothing but positive things to say about this team! Our dog Colby races to the door to meet them before they have even rung the doorbell 🙂 We highly recommend Paws at Play to anyone looking for a dog walker or sitter.”