About Us

Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Professionals

Trusting someone to come into your home and care for your pet is no small thing, which is why we go above and beyond to ensure our team has the best training available and is ready for anything. Each team member goes through these steps before they become a Pet Care Specialist

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7 step interview process to ensure only the most dedicated animal lovers join the team

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Certified in Dog Walking and Pet Sitting
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Pet First Aid & CPR Certified
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Monthly continuing education

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State and Federal Background Checks before they are hired

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8-10 hours of online training before they see a pet
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Insured and Bonded
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12-15 hours of training with a senior Pet Care Specialist

Meet The Team

Having the Barks and Rec team of Pet Care Specialists in your pocket means that you never have to worry about your pets going without.  When one team member can’t make it, another will step in and your pet’s care doesn’t skip a beat. The detailed instructions in your account, along with the virtual consultation recording, means that all team members will have the same experience with your pets! 

Elizabeth Cosentino

Owner

Becca C

Pet Care Specialist & Manager

Jamie F

Pet Care Specialist

Kare F

Pet Care Specialist

Jennifer S

Pet Care Specialist

Siera M

Pet Care Specialist

Emma W

Pet Care Specialist

Emma R

Pet Care Specialist

Kate M

Pet Care Specialist

Jessie W

Pet Care Specialist

Meagan H

Client Support

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Melissa B

Social Media Manager

Amelia and Hazel

The Real Pack Leaders

Elizabeth Cosentino

Elizabeth Cosentino

Owner

Hometown:

Norwich, CT

Pets:

Amelia, Hazel, Sirius, Misty and whatever foster animals she is loving until they find their forever homes

Interesting Fact:

She played roller derby for 7 years

Biography:

Elizabeth’s love for animals started with her first kitty, Bubbles, who she trained to open doors, “speak” and to stop attacking her feet under the covers! She attended an agricultural high school and groomed dogs for 6 years before joining corporate America. She spent 15 years working for a large company before landing her dream job at a non-profit animal rescue. She spent the next few years learning everything she could about animal behavior, training, enrichment techniques, vaccine protocols, and animal health and nutrition. Elizabeth enjoys using those learned skills in conjunction with her natural intuition with animals while providing company and exercise for your fur babies!

Becca C

Becca C

Pet Care Specialist & Manager

Hometown:

Norwich, CT

Pets:

Amelia, Hazel, Siruis, Misty and lots of foster animals

Interesting Fact:

Becca enjoys creating things with wood on her time off

Biography:

Becca is a woman of many talents, cat whisper is one of those! She has always had a deep connection and love for animals and recently spent a few years working in a pet rescue hospice house. She cared for animals who had medical conditions, were surrendered towards the end of their senior years, or had spent their life in rescue and now needed a cozy bed and lots of love until they crossed the rainbow bridge. Aside from caring for animals with Barks and Recreation, Becca enjoys woodworking, sewing, cooking for loved ones, and figuring out how things work, taking them apart, and putting them back together.

Jamie

Jamie F

Pet Care Specialist

Hometown:

Pawcatuck, CT

Pets:

Toby the Tabby and Sassy, a  black tuxedo 

Interesting Fact:

I studied abroad in Portugal rescuing and rehabilitating sea turtles!

Biography:

I am an ocean child at heart but have an extreme love for all animals.  I grew up with dogs, cats, ducks, and rabbits but I’d say I’m definitely a cat person.  As a child my dream job was to become a killer whale trainer at Sea World.  I wanted nothing more than to develop a trusting relations with an animal that big and powerful. I spent most of my time reading about marine life, animal behavior, and training techniques.  I got my Coastal Studies degree at UConn and spent years volunteering at the Mystic Aquarium.  I later realized that getting a paid job training sea creatures was nearly impossible in this area so I had to put that dream on hold.  For now, in my free time,  I love taking online classes that focus on animal care, behavior, and anything else that will help me create that special bond with every animal I come across.

Karen

Karen F

Pet Care Specialist

Hometown:

Niantic, CT

Pets:

Pepper (Miniature Schnauzer)

Interesting Fact:

I used to manufacture guitars.

Biography:

I have had animals in my life since I was a young girl, including various cats, dogs, hamsters and bunnies. There was a time in my life when I was without a pet and focused on my education. I have a degree in Genetics. I interviewed and was offered a position at the San Diego Zoo studying chromosomes in tigers. Circumstances were not right at the time and I turned down the offer. My genetics career began in a hospital clinical laboratory where I worked for 15 years diagnosing cancer. I began working on a farm 5 years ago after deciding to jump off the hospital hamster wheel. My days are fun filled with goats, sheep, cows, pigs, chickens, peacocks, ooooh….. and dogs, lots of dogs! Pepper came to me in a dream; I was visited by a little white dog that was lost and only wanted to go home. In 2010, I decided I wanted a male, black and white miniature schnauzer and was going to name him Pepper. The breeder contacted me and said she had a white female; I was hooked the minute “Pepper” climbed on my lap. Pepper and I have been to puppy kindergarten, first grade and agility school. Our favorite time together is bath time and grooming.

Jennifer

Jennifer S

Pet Care Specialist

Hometown:

Norwich, CT

Pets:

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Interesting Fact:

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Biography:

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Siera

Siera M

Pet Care Specialist

Hometown:

Ledyard, CT

Pets:

Freddy (bearded dragon) 

Jay (veiled chameleon) 

Nakia (Siberian husky)

Interesting Fact:

I love to cook 

Biography:

Animals have always been a huge part of my life. Ever since I was young my house was filled with all types of animals from dogs to cats to birds, guinea pigs and reptiles. I love hyper active dog’s especially having a Siberian husky of my own who loves to play outside. I started caring for exotic animals when I was going into high school and got my first bearded dragon which started my love for all reptiles. I have cared for bearded dragons, chameleons, geckos and emerald swifts. I’m now in college majoring in psychology but still have a passion and love for caring for all my animals! 

 

Emma W

Emma W

Pet Care Specialist

Hometown:

Rochester, NY

Pets:

Coco, a Chocolate Lab

Interesting Fact:

I play in a band and tour around the country!

Biography:

My love for animals began when I was 5 years old. My family adopted a dog and a cat, who we named Jem and Scout. They quickly became my best friends and I have been an animal lover ever since. Our 15 year old chocolate lab lives with my parents, and as a touring musician it’s hard to have pets of my own. I miss having furry friends which is why working for Barks and Recreation is a dream come true! 

Emma R

Emma R

Pet Care Specialist

Hometown:

Bozrah, CT

Pets:

Izzy the Great Pyrenees mix and Kitty the calico

Interesting Fact:

I have an identical twin 

Biography:

Emma has been an animal lover her entire life. She grew up having cats, dogs, fish, and guinea pigs. She graduated from Delaware Valley University in 2016 with a degree in Zoo Science, and has worked and interned at zoos in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Kansas. Despite working with many different species, dogs and cats have still always been two of her favorites, and she also has experience working in kennels and doggy daycares. She loves providing a safe and happy environment for pets and their owners. 

Kate

Kate M

Pet Care Specialist

Hometown:

Columbia, MO 

Pets:

Willow Pillow(Pug)

Rosie(Pug mix) 

Interesting Fact:

I was in a long distance relationship for 5 years and moved to CT to live with him 

Biography:

I was born and raised in Texas and spent majority of my time outside with animals. I lived on a ranch so I was around horses and cows a lot, along with chickens, cats and dogs. I’ve loved animals growing up and have always dreamt of a job working with them. I’ve had dogs consistently my entire life, all different types of breeds. While I lived in Columbia I also fostered for the local shelter and loved it! I’ve fostered cats and dogs to mice, rabbits and birds! I’ve even I’ve taught myself a lot when it comes to animal behavior and animal care and no matter the animal their safety and happiness is my number one concern!

Marisa M

Barbara C

Pet Care Specialist

Hometown:

Niantic, CT

Pets:

Dogs: Wyatt & Mackenzie (Labrador Retrievers)

Interesting Fact:

Worked my way through College and Grad School as an EMT

Interesting fact two: Barbara, Mackenzie & Wyatt were clients before joining the B&R team!

Biography:

I have been an outdoors person my entire life; throw in an animal and I’m super happy.  Growing up, we had dogs, including through my college years (I rescued one from a Frat House). I managed to get a coveted Internship working with Beluga Whales, Dolphins, and Sea Lions in college and that was my first real introduction to positive training (use of a bridge and reward).  Unfortunately (as relates to pets), I did consulting work for many years, traveling the US and Internationally, and couldn’t have pets, but would gravitate to all my friends’ pets.  Since leaving consulting, I’ve been able to have dogs again, and they are a major part of my life – both my companions and partners, as I have had both trained search dogs and Therapy dogs. A perfect day for me now is one spent enjoying a great walk with a dog or two.  I also enjoy cooking, gardening (although I have to protect the veggies from the Labs), and just trying new things.
Jessie

Jessie W

Pet Care Specialist

Hometown:

East Lyme, CT 

Pets:

Buddy, Chocolate Lab

Interesting Fact:

I love traveling. If I am not working, I am most likely in another state. 

Biography:

I was born and raised in Long Island NY. I moved to Providence RI for college, landed a job at a Fine Dining Restaurant that kept me there for 10+ years, eventually gaining the title of Private Events Coordinator. During my time there I connected with a local vendor of ours that also owned an animal shelter and started volunteering. I instantly fell in love, spent all my free time there and started fostering dogs, of all different sizes and temperaments, for many many years. Once Covid hit, I lost my job, took a road trip across the states and started working for an incredible vegan food truck in RI, Basil and Bunny. During my time of unemployment, not only did I have to revaluate my resume but also my happiness in my career(s). I now make sure I work to live and be happy, and not live to work. I recently moved to CT to live with my partner and his dog Buddy. When I am not working, I am hiking, traveling, kayaking, spending time with family and most importantly, making valuable memories! 

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Marin G

Pet Care Specialist

Holly, Callie, Ruby, and JasperHometown:

Mystic, CT 

Pets:

Holly, Callie, Ruby, and Jasper

Interesting Fact:

I love playing around with digital art!

Biography:

I’ve been around animals my whole life. There’s home videos of me meeting the house cat when I first came home from the hospital! From there the love I have for animals has only grown. Being around nature and watching National Geo are one of my favorite pastimes. I went to many farm summer camps and volunteered at Beach Brook Horse Rescue for some years. For the duration of high school my focus got steered away from my love of animals. Now that I’ve finished high school I am dedicated to getting back out into the world and r-discovering what I love!

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Breanna S

Pet Care Specialist

Hometown:

Waterford, CT

Pets:

Remy (German shepherd/lab), Pip (chinchilla), Captain and Journey (goldfish)

Interesting Fact:

 I won a fencing tournament in high school

Biography:

I have loved animals my entire life. I grew up with a group of cats, a rabbit, as well as a dog. Now I own a hyper dog named Remy, an adorable chinchilla named Pip, as well as a handful of fish. I recently graduated with a bachelors in biology with the intention to one day apply to vet school. I am currently working as a vet technician assistant and love seeing all of the adorable dogs and cats that come in. For me, a day full of furry friends, big and small, is a perfect one!

Social Media Manager

Melissa B

Social Media Manager  

Hometown:

Norwich, CT

Pets:

Oakly (lab), Sully (basset mix) and a tortoise named Killick

Interesting Fact:

As an avid Disney fan she has visited Disney World over 15 times!

Biography:

I am a new mom to a little boy, 2 dogs, 2 kittens, and a tortoise.  Growing up we always had animals, usually a few cats and our family dog named Mary.   When I was in high school we rescued a Basset Hound, Bosley, who had been surrendered from Manhattan.  Bosley was the animal who truly sparked my love for the four legged!  Since then we have adopted a black lab and a basset hound shar pei mix.

Social Media Manager

Amelia and Hazel

The Real Pack Leaders

Hometown:

Norwich, CT

Pets:

Elizabeth and Becca

Interesting Fact:

These sisters are “foster fails”

Biography:

Amelia and Hazel were born in North Carolina and came to CT with their mom and 6 other siblings when they were about 5 weeks old. The family was fostered by Elizabeth and Becca and these two sister dogs quickly wiggled, bumped, and snuggled their way into their hearts and found themselves a forever home. Both Amelia and Hazel attended puppy kindergarten at My Dogs Place and learned how to be polite puppies. Hazel moved on to Basic Manners and Leave It and continues to enjoy attending daycare. Amelia is a sensitive and nervous gal who prefers to stay home and love on her people.