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Michelle Halpern, Pro Dog Walker

Seven Trees

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18 March 2019

Michelle is the best! We hired her after I had had some surgery and couldn't walk our leash yanking, squirrel chasing, powerful rescue dog for a few months. Within 15 minutes of our first meeting, she had Cerbie walking with a loose leash, which amazed both myself and my husband. And after walking Cerbie for a couple of months now, he is very well behaved on his leash, and is usually able to contain himself when they come across squirrels. His sister, Lizzie, is a rescue dog with a past history of abuse, and is terrified of strangers, but within a week, Michelle had won her over too, and now both fur kids can't wait for Michelle to come over! Michelle is always very calm, and has a gentle, but in control, hand with the dogs. She is great at reading their energy and intuitively understands what their particular needs are. Soon I'll be taking over the Cerbie walking again, and I'm looking forward to seeing what Michelle can do for Lizzie! More...

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15 January 2019

Michelle is the best. Trustworthy and competent. Complete trust with my dog Buster. Cannot recommend Michelle highly enough. Take the plunge! Len, San Jose, CA. More...

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11 January 2019

I wouldn't trust my dogs with anyone else!!! Michelle has been a god send for our two furry friends. My husband and I work long hours and needed someone to check in on our yorkie pups throughout the day. Michelle comes by every day and takes our dogs on a much needed walk. She is always so sweet with the dogs, sends me daily updates on how their walk went, and always looks out for their well being. She also watches the house and has always let me know if things seem out of sorts, has brought in packages, etc. It's been about 6 months now and my husband and I couldn't be happier with our decision to have Michelle help us with our furry family!!! More...

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18 September 2018

I was so impressed by Michelle from the moment I met her while walking my dog in the park, she was walking a client's dog and I could see their bond was remarkable. She is knowledgeable and understands that our animals are precious family members and she values that relationship and it shows in everything she does. I never worry when Gracie is with her, I have peace of mind and most importantly, I trust her explicitly. Michelle is a very special person. More...

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2 September 2018

If you are looking for a dog walker don't hesitate to contact Michelle. My husband and I had overlapping travel schedules and we needed coverage for our poodle/bichon mix. I contacted Michelle and she came to our house for a meet and greet. Rather than bark at her like he does with all strangers, our dog was instantly calm and warmed up to her right away. It was like a magic power! That was very reassuring and we made arrangements for Michelle to fill in for us. She kept in contact while we were gone sending photos and thumbs up after each walk. In addition to caring for our dog, she left a light on in the kitchen so I wouldn't come home  late to a dark house! Just an example of how thoughtful and considerate she is. More...

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7 August 2018

Don't let the name of the business fool you! Michelle is a great cat sitter too! We used Michelle for a four day holiday last month and she took great care of our 7 year old cat. It didn't even seem like we were gone. Our cat was happy and well taken care of. We recently got a kitten and will be using Michelle to take care of both Kitty's soon. Thanks Michelle! More...

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8 June 2018

Michelle is awesome! She was recommended to me by the building management, is great at communicating, and is flexible with our schedule, which can get a little hectic sometimes. On her first meeting with my dog Luna, she took the time to sit down with us and discuss her background and answer questions I had. Michelle has been walking Luna for the past few months on an almost weekly basis and I trust that Luna is in good hands when she walks her :). I would definitely recommend Michelle to other people looking for a trustworthy and all around great dog walker. Thank you Michelle!! More...

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11 May 2018

Michelle is quite easily my life saver! Meatloaf, my French bulldog, and I moved to San Jose about 6 months ago and not knowing a ton of people made it hard to find someone to help out when I was working a long day, traveling, etc. I can ALWAYS count on Michelle to pull through when I need someone and love on Meatloaf like he's her own. Thank you Michelle!!!! You're amazing More...

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12 March 2018

I love Michelle. She is so good with my dogs! I get them walked regularly. She knows how to handle them with care and comfort. My dogs love her!

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26 February 2018

Michelle was great. Kept my dogs from going stir crazy besides just fed and watered while I was out of town for a week. Kept me updated with status and photos. Definitely recommend and I will use her again in the future. More...

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17 January 2018

Woof woof !! Michelle is an awesome dog walker! She was punctual on our first meeting and communicates as frequently as needed. She walked our dogs (two huskies) twice daily during our holiday trip for ten days. She sends pictures to us and kept us informed about our babies. We are super happy with her service and she's becoming our go-to dog walker. Highly recommended!! More...

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29 December 2017

Michelle is tremendous.  I had never had to have a pet sitter's services prior to this last Thanksgiving holiday when we were going to be out of State and other family were also tied up.  I had never had someone come over to my house to feed and walk my dog and take care of my cat also.  Giving your keys and an alarm code to a person you just learned about is stressful.  However, after doing a lot of research and reading all of her reviews, I called Michelle and she came over 2 days later to meet with me and go over the routine.  After meeting her, I could see why other reviews were so positive.  She took care of our pets that next week, texting me upon every visit and giving me updates each day on how things were going.  It went flawlessly and she met and exceeded my expectations that week.But, it was the second time we hired her that she really amazed me.  We were out of town for 5 days in December and she set things up just as we did at Thanksgiving.  Prior to leaving, my dog (an eleven year old golden retriever) was having some mobility issues.  I had taken him into Sage Vet Hospital the Saturday before we left and they said it may just be a inner ear infection or a vertigo condition that would pass, but we scheduled a MRI for when we were to get back just to be sure.  He was sent home with some meds.  The next day he seemed slightly better.  Needless to say, the very first day we were gone, he took a serious turn for the worst.  When our plane landed, Michelle had text me for her first visit and I knew it was not good.  My dog had lost motor functions almost completely...couldn't stand without falling, was in bad shape.  Michelle was very concerned and when I talked to her I could hear her genuine concern and empathy for my dogs condition.  We had just gotten off a 5 hour flight...so my options were limited.  Without any persuasion, Michelle volunteered to get him over to Sage emergency again.  She loaded him up in the car and drove him over there and then spent the next couple of hours with him at Sage before they admitted him to run an emergency MRI in the morning.  She stayed in regular contact with me the whole time, not once complaining about the obvious inconvenience this had created for her.  My dog stayed for 2 days for extensive scans and testing. Then when he was released, Michelle willingly offered to pick him back up and take him home.  All of this while she still regularly came to the house for our cat as originally scheduled anyway.  The level of care, concern and goodwill that Michelle displayed was amazing and made me feel totally comfortable that while I was on the business trip, our dog was being cared for as well as I would have done so if I'd been home to do it myself.  She was tremendous, checking in on how things were progressing with Sage hospital each day while he was in the hospital and then giving me a full update on his condition when she brought him home.  Unfortunately, our buddy was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, but steroid meds, radiation treatments and $16,000 later, he is doing much much better...and we thank God for Michelle's help and for Trupanion pet Insurance!  While this review is obviously an extreme case of care that hopefully you will never have to experience for your pet, it should serve as an unquestionable, unbelievable and amazing example of the level of commitment, care and support you can expect from Michelle if you ever need a pet sitter.  She is totally reliable and I couldn't offer a stronger endorsement of any professional that this one today for Michelle.   If you look any further than her for your pet sitting/walking needs, you are missing out on working with such a great person.  And to top it all off, she is very affordable also.  I will continue to call on her anytime I have pet care needs and you should also.  Thank you Michelle!!! More...

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24 October 2017

I just moved to San Jose and was looking for a pet sitter to look after my cat.  Michelle was recommended by our apartment building, and she was fantastic.  She responded pretty fast and gave me a photo update when I was gone.  I really appreciated that, and it reassured me that my cat hasn't burned my room down while I was away.  On top of that, I got a new basil plant which I asked Michelle to possibly water while I was gone.  When I returned, my basil looked so massive, and it started blooming flowers on top too.  I highly highly recommend Michelle! More...

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14 October 2017

Michelle is a pleasure to work with and allows me to have peace of mind that my two pups are well taken care of while I'm at work. At first I was nervous allowing a stranger into my home but Michelle has proven to be a trusted professional who walks our two dogs each week day afternoon, makes sure they have water before she leaves, and always sends me a note about how their walks went afterwards. I highly recommend Michelle for your pet sitting needs. More...

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16 September 2017

We recently relocated to the South Bay Area and needed to find someone quickly to walk our dog Phoebe during long days at our new jobs. Our dog is a very important part of our family and we wanted to make sure she was well taken care of and safe. We found Michelle through the Willow Glen Facebook page. She responded fast to our call and visited our home to meet us and Phoebe. We instantly felt comfortable with Michelle. She is very reliable and gives us updates about her visit with Phoebe. We know she is kind to Phoebe and is even helping with training her (since we haven't done the best job of that ourselves.) We are so grateful we found Michelle to help - especially during the stressful time of moving. She has even helped connect us with child care professionals as well. More...

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16 September 2017

Michelle is amazing! I have always been apprehensive leaving my dogs with anyone or even feeling confident in anyone to go travel without my dogs until I found Michelle. She is a great person to tend to my animals. She's professional and I am reassured my dogs are in the best care when I am away. I hope can stay in this area so I can continue to work with her. More...

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28 August 2017

Michelle has been walking my dog for several months now.  She is responsive when I have rush requests and genuinely cares about my dog's well being.  She is a great dog walker!

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18 April 2017

I can't say enough great things about Michelle.  She has helped raise our puppy and has become a part of our little family!  We trust Michelle whole heartedly and could not recommend her services enough! More...

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29 January 2017

I cannot say enough good things about Michelle. Our very large dog, 93lbs, is nearly eight years old. She does not get around as well as she used to, and sending her to a traditional boarding facility would likely do more harm than good. For our last Thanksgiving trip we were looking for someone who could take care of her one-on-one. Michelle is reasonably priced. However, the real reason to go with Michelle is because she takes phenomenal care of your animals. She is polite, conscientious, and kind. She is a genuine animal lover. My dog was taken care of better than I ever could have hoped for. More...

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20 January 2017

Michelle takes care of my two doggies both jack Russel terrier mix mutts. One of my doggies can be really hipper but she has so much patience with him and I totally appreciate it. She also sends me updates of the length of their walk and pictures. I will definitely recommend her. Thank you Michelle! More...

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18 January 2017

Michelle took care of our cat during holiday season when all other pet sitters are fully booked. We got very quick responses and status checks during the service period. She is a great cat sitter.Karen

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11 January 2017

We have been using Michelle's services for years now. She worked in my kids' school, so when I tried her as a pet sitter I already trusted her. She is always reliable and prompt. It is great that I can leave all of my pets for her, I don't have to worry about them. She is the first and only pet sitter who didn't ruin the ecosystem in my two fish tanks by overfeeding, and all my fish were happy and healthy when I came back. She also took care of my cats, she followed my instructions accurately and gave me heads-up every day as soon as she left my home. Michelle obviously loves animals and she pays attention to special requests. I greatly appreciate that she respects our customs (we never wear shoes in the house) even if we are not present. She does a clean job, I never had to deal with any mess when I came home. I highly recommend her for any pets. More...

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9 October 2016

I am busy working two jobs, so I rely on Michelle when I can't make it home in time to take my dog out for a walk. As the owner of a six-pound Yorkie that is the love of my life, safety is my highest concern. Michelle is conscientious and caring, while making sure that exercise and potty needs get met on time. I am definitely a satisfied client! More...

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