top of page


“Couldn’t ask for someone to care about my dog as much as Andrea does. She has a very comforting and loving demeanor about her that probably makes my dog forget that I’m not home. She keeps me informed and even sent a picture of my dog enjoying her walk. It makes traveling a lot easier when you know that your furry child is being loved and well cared for. You would be lucky to find someone half as caring as Andrea to watch over your pet when you can’t. I highly recommend her.”


-Rob D.


“I highly recommend Andrea as a pet sitter. She has been reliable and gives special attention to each of my pets. One time she took my dogs out into my backyard and they all had a picnic together. Her love for animals and attention to detail makes her perfect to care for your pets too.”


-Heather A.



"Take the Lead pet services by Andrea and Joann has been truly life changing for not only our dog Sophie, but a huge relief for us pet parents with busy work schedules. While we are at work we never have to worry about Sophie being left at home too long or if she's hungry and waiting to be fed. The silly pictures of Sophie received while at work can lighten a hectic and stressful day. Words cannot describe how much we appreciate Andrea and Joann. They are so thoughtful and attentive to all the needs of the pets they care for. First class service every visit!"

-Jim & Abbey B.



“Andrea Smith has been my go-to pet sitter since I adopted my two cats, Holmes and Watson, over 6 years ago. I can rely on her to not only ensure my pets have food and water while I am away, but that they receive extra attention and play time. She sends pictures and/or videos at every visit, even when they are not required. I would highly recommend Andrea’s pet sitting services to everyone!”


-Megan K.


Meadow & Potter.jpg

"Andrea has been such a god send since first getting my puppy Potter almost 2 years ago! She's always been so understanding and so pleasant to work with. She even wrestled both of them and brought them to my wedding for priceless pictures of our family. Andrea and Shelby have both worked with my difficult puppy Meadow, and both pups absolutely love their time with Shelby and Andrea. They truly care for my pups like they're their own! So thankful for them and highly recommend them!"

-Kiersten S.

Potter & Meadow


“So happy to have found Andrea! Through her work with a specialist vet, she’s knowledgeable about the ligament problem Gracie has, so I know she’s in good hands. Andrea was on time, sent me pictures of Gracie, and, since Gracie’s walk time is limited due to her leg, spent the remainder of the half hour playing with her & her cat brother.”

-Barbara S.



Tilly Dilly

“We highly recommend Andrea as a sitter. We had a new Chessie puppy at 12 weeks old and Andrea had no problem handling her. Our puppy was no easy task - barely potty trained and biting everything - and Andrea has been perfect with her and even helped teach her sit! We couldn’t ask for anyone better to care for our pup and we know she’s in good hands when we are gone. Thanks Andrea!”


-Kristin D.


"We were in search for someone to take care of our 14yr old Schnoodle, Abby. Abby has some health and anxiety issues, so of course we wanted to find the perfect fit for her. Andrea by far was one of the most knowledgeable, caring and loving, to our precious girl! We couldn't have been happier and we most certainly will be calling on Andrea again! Abby loved her, and we did too! Thank you so much, Andrea!!"

-Lisa H.



"Andrea and Maddie did a wonderful job taking care of our three pugs. We will definitely be using Take the Lead Pet Services again."

-Kent G.

Pacman, Fuji & mac


"I can't say enough good things about Andrea and her assistant Shelby. Had them pet sit while on a 1 week vacation as well as an overnight getaway. Andrea went above and beyond to love on and care for all our animals! I received updates and pictures after each visit! This put my mind at ease. So happy to have found them!"

-Toni S.



“Andrea did a wonderful job with our dog Biggie! She came to meet him to learn about his habits. Biggie was well taken care of and he enjoys her company. Biggie is so content after Andrea walks him. She is attentive to him. Not to mention, gives us great updates and pictures which is wonderful to see during a busy day at work. Would definitely recommend Andrea!”

-Susan R.



"Andrea and her team are absolutely amazing! They take care of our pets as if they are their own. Leaving my dogs was always a worry before, but with Andrea it is less stressful leaving. We get regular updates and pictures. Their pictures capture the pure joy and care they take in loving our pets. If you are looking for a pet sitter, I would highly recommend them!"

-Katie J.

Miller & Ben


"We love Andrea and her team! My dogs and cats trust them and enjoy their company! We get lots of adorable pictures and updates when on vacation, and I have way less 'mom guilt' now that they get extra walks and attention throughout the week! This service is definitely worth it to us!! Shout out Shelby <3 I'm pretty sure my dogs like her more than me, haha!!"

-Julia T.

Tucker & Cinder


"I cannot thank Take the Lead enough for helping me through a tough time. We recently adopted a new, very "special" young dog. However, my husband and I have to work and that's where Take the Lead saved me. Andrea and her wonderful team come to the house, take my dogs for walks, play with them, love them, and send me updates and photos. Knowing Take the Lead is there if I need them and provide that safety net I need. I am thankful for them, their flexibility, their kindness, and understanding of our special situation."

-Lauren H.

Nellie & Nash


Riggs & Cooper

“Andrea is by far my first choice for a dog walker and dog sitter. She’s walked our two boxers, Riggs and Cooper on multiple occasions and is always considerate of their safety, attentive to their needs, and in control over them. She spoils them with bones and treats and is always taking them on hikes to new places. She’s a compassionate animal lover and always gives me peace of mind when my fur babies are in her care. She pet sit for us on short notice when I went into labor and left the house clean and well kept. She has a lot of knowledge about different breeds of dogs and their habits and behavior. I would definitely recommend her and can’t say enough good things about her.”


-Lauren S.


"Andrea and Joann are wonderful and always help out last minute. We have loud pups and they don't bat an eye with caring for them!"

-Laura B.



"I have been using the services of Take the Lead for some time now including when I was working full time and now that I am retired. They are reliable and every one of the ladies I have met are clearly pet lovers and they treat my dog like he is a king. They talk to him, dry him off if it is wet outside, and Andrea always advises me by email when his walk is done being sure to mention if something was unusual with my dog that day."

-Jacquelyn S.



"Take the Lead has taken care of our dog and do a great job. I would recommend them. They rank high on great quality, professional, reliable and responsive. The downside is that your dog is spoiled when you get back and wants tons of attention. :)"

-Scott R.



"Andrea & her staff are fantastic! We moved & needed to find a new dog walker to help with our dog while my husband & I work long hours & we are so grateful for Andrea & her staff. Andrea & her staff always respond quickly, help with scheduling requests, provide updates after walks/visits & we completely trust them with our pets. We highly recommend them to anyone in the area!"

-Katie M.



“Andrea was awesome! She saved us from worrying about our cat while visiting family over the holiday. Checked in with him around his usual feed time and even sent us some pics of her time with him. Thank you, Andrea!”


-Ciara M.



"We love Andrea and Take the Lead! Darby gets great personal responsive care! We never have to worry when we go away! Darby loves TTL!"

-Liz H.



"These ladies are great with our Great Dane mix. I appreciate their dedication and feel assured our girl is taken care of. I get a text and a picture! Thank you Andrea and Shelby."

-Charlene Z.



"Andrea and Joann have been fantastic with my high energy, shy dog. Andrea is very professional and reliable, and I can't recommend this business enough!"

-Steph K.



“Andrea was fantastic! We loved all the pictures and Liam really seemed to enjoy his time with her! Will definitely be using her again in the future!! You can really tell she truly cares and loves the time with all the animals!


-Amber L.



"I was very concerned about leaving my dog of 5 months at home by himself while I was away. But these ladies do a great job, and their reports and pictures from each visit are wonderful. If, or when I travel again, I will be very comfortable with my Buddy in the care of Take the Lead. Thanks!"

- Bruce J.



“Andrea is wonderful! I started a new job and it has been such a godsend to have Andrea come during the day… one less thing to worry about at an already stressful time. It is VERY evident that Andrea loves Ellie, and Ellie is a happy pup when I get home. I would highly recommend Andrea to anyone!”

-Sandy A.



"Andrea is one of my close friends however, having her watch my fur babies while I was out of the country was a whole other ball park. I'm always so stressed leaving my babes behind but not with Andrea. She is such a wonderful soul in and out and it shows when she cares for the animals. You WILL NOT regret booking Andrea."

-Jessie L.



"Take the Lead has been a gift to us! We have a very active Golden Retriever who needs extra walks each week. They provide a walk, check our dog's water, and give him love and treats. We are so grateful! I cannot recommend Take the Lead enough!"

-Carrie S.



"Andrea and her team are reliable and dependable. We have used their services multiple times. They love dogs and treat them like they are their own. Our Golden Retriever Cooper gets excited every time he sees Andrea."

-Blanche S.



"Andrea is wonderful. We just had her for the first time midday and the pictures she took were so cute. She took our puppy on a little walk and kept us informed on her visit! Will book with her regularly."


-Amanda O.


TTL-Green Leash-01.png

"Great people, great service! My dog is walked Monday through Thursday and is super excited for his walks."

-Cristina H.


Anson & Cleo.jpeg

Anson & Cleo

"I've been using Andrea at Take the Lead after moving to Westminster and getting several recommendations on a local neighborhood app. I'm so glad I did. Both of my dogs are rescues with spotty backgrounds and I don't trust just anyone with them or my home. Andrea is absolutely WONDERFUL. My dogs love her. She loves my dogs. It has been such a joy to use her services. She is very professional and friendly. Her love for animals clearly shows!!!! Before using her services the first time, she set up a meet & greet to meet the dogs. They're skittish and wary of new people but they took to her immediately. She take pics and sends them along with an update on EVERY visit. She really keeps an eye on them, gives them attention and love, and takes note of any special needs. I'll never use anyone else as long as I'm local enough for her services. Andrea is a rock star!"

-Philip S.

Bella N2_edited.jpg

“Andrea has been absolutely amazing! My dog, Bella, loves her and Andrea does a great job making sure she is well taken care of. Andrea has already gone above and beyond by doing little things like bringing my trash can up and letting me know when I forgot to lock the door. I am so glad I have her to continue helping take care of my dog!”

-Jessica M.


bottom of page