About

My name is Diana and I am the owner and founder of Paws and Smell The Flowers. I have loved being around animals for as long as I can remember. Growing up, our family has always had dogs, cats and pocket pets including rabbits, gerbils, hamsters and a hedge hog. Professionally, I have worked with animals for over 20 years. After being employed by a busy dog walking company for several years, I decided to go back to school for a more formal animal education.  I graduated from the Animal Care course, including Pet First Aid, at Georgian College in Barrie. Since graduating eight years ago, I worked full time as a client care rep and vet assistant at one of the busiest veterinary clinics in Toronto. 

Starting my own dog walking and animal care business was the honest and heartfelt next step for me. As a professional dog walker you get to care for other people’s fur babies, like they are your own. You get attached to the dogs and deep bonds are formed. You find yourself missing them when you’re not with them and you can’t wait until your next dog walk with them. I love being outside everyday walking with my four-legged companions. I love the fresh air and I love experiencing every type of weather. Of course, you’re out walking in the worst, wettest, coldest, snowiest days, but you are also out there enjoying every single sunny and beautiful day too.

My partner, Michael, and I have two beautiful dogs and a lovely cat – all rescues. We moved to Peterborough in the spring of 2017 and would love to be of service for your dog walking and pet sitting needs. I am also trained in giving medications, including insulin and subcutaneous fluids. We have experience with all breeds of dogs and cats as well as chinchillas, rabbits, hamsters and other pocket pets.

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“There is no one I would trust more with my pet than Paws and Smell the Flowers! Diana is a true professional who goes above and beyond to provide excellent pet-sitting services and care for pets! She looked after my pet like it was her very own. If you are looking for an exceptional pet-sitter who will give you the freedom to relax  and be worry-free while you are away, choose Paws and Smell the Flowers, you won’t regret it, they are the best!”  – Lisa R

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