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Hiya, I'm Jessica

I can’t get enough of watching dogs roll in the grass, laughing so hard it hurts, and connecting people to life-changing resources. Everything I do is ultimately all about:

Helping people feel less isolated, more courageous, and better supported in their role as caregivers to people, pets, and our planet.


I've worked with and for companion animals for 20 years, but I struggled to stay healthy while I did the intense work of animal sheltering and pet owner support.

Everything changed when I learned about compassion fatigue and the strategies that can help humans stay well, while they make an impact. 

Now I teach others everything I wish I had known. It's an honor being in your corner!

"Jessica has made a significant difference in the way I run my business, interface with clients, and operate on a daily basis. The changes we worked together to implement were realistic and achievable, and I never thought I'd laugh so much in the process. If you're on the fence about either coaching or classes with Jessica, I promise that she's worth it and her expertise, humor, and understanding go above and beyond expectations."

- Mary, Dog Trainer

Want to know more? Here's a snapshot of what I've been up to:



You may also know me from my projects:  

DINOS: Dogs In Need of Space is a website filled with resources for people who live with dogs who are reactive, fearful, aggressive, you name it. I’m the author of The Official Guide to Living with DINOS

Notes From a Dog Walker is a blog about my dog-filled life that I began on 2011. I love this blog so much, but I moved my writing over here to keep things simple.


I live in Maine with my husband and our cats, dog, ducks, plus a whole lot of bird feeders.

My Myers-Briggs type: INFJ. INFJs are a bunch of old souls that make up less than 1% of the population. This is my fave MB test.

My top 5 Strengths according to Gallup: Relator, Activator, Input, Ideation, and Intellection. What does that mean for you? We’ll connect in a deep, meaningful way, I’ll help you activate your energy, and we’ll explore and generate new ideas through strategic thinking.

And my top character strengths according to Via: Creativity, Humor, Love of Learning, Bravery, Honesty, and Perspective.

You can always find me at: my local library. If sleeping over at the library was an option, I’d be the first to sign up.

My top 2 Voice ValuesHelpfulness + Playfulness.  Everything I do is right there in those two words.

Other place you might spot me: Drive-in movies, old post offices, museums about anything (even shoes), anywhere with good falafel, and wandering in the woods.

That's my arm and my BFF Boogie (keep scrolling)...