The Pampered Pet is owned and operated by Laurie Kozaryn, an almost life-long Sandwich resident.
Laurie graduated Summa Cum Laude from Southern New Hampshire University with a B.A. in Psychology. She also earned a certificate in Human Resources from Cornell University.
Laurie was originally a real estate broker, a license that she continues to hold. However, her degree in Psychology was geared more toward her later role as a manager within several non-profit organizations. Realizing that life is too short to do something that one does not thoroughly enjoy, Laurie transitioned to the field of pet care. This move was a natural for her, as animals have always been her passion.
Pet Care Experience
Laurie has been providing professional pet care services on a full-time basis since 2014. She has cared for dogs, cats, chickens, a goat and even a few llamas and alpacas!
Her previous pet care experience was gained from having had her own menagerie. Like many women, Laurie has had several dogs and cats, but she raised the bar just a bit.
Laurie had also enjoyed sharing her home with rats, rabbits, cockatiels and even three iguanas, each of whom grew to be over four feet in length. She had a zoo! In fact, after each visit to Laurie’s home, her father would always exclaim, “You are never going to find a man who will marry you with ALL those animals!” And yet, she did!
Laurie has always believed that it is important to give back to one’s community. She has done so in a variety of roles:
Laurie began her volunteer work as a Big Sister to a local child from a single parent family. She committed to spending 4 hours per week with the child for a period of one year. However, she remained in that role for 4 years.
Laurie later volunteered as a court advocate for women who were experiencing domestic abuse. Not only would she help women fill out the paperwork necessary to obtain a restraining order, but she would also accompany each woman as she went before the judge.
Court Appointed Guardian
Laurie’s latest donation of her time is far more encompassing. Serving as the court appointed legal guardian to “Chris,” a middle-aged man with developmental disabilities who lives in a community residence on the South Shore, Laurie has served in this capacity since 2012.
The transfer of guardianship came at the request of Chris’ elderly mother who had recently been widowed and was worried about who would look out for her son when she was gone. Chris was a participant in a program that Laurie had managed for many years. Since she had forged a nice rapport with him, Chris’ mother asked Laurie if she would consider stepping up. Laurie did and will serve as Chris’ advocate for many years to come.
Home Is Where the Heart Is
Laurie lives in Sandwich with her husband. They are “owned” by 6 dogs. It’s a houseful for sure, but it is a happy home!
See our services page to find out more about our pet sitting and dog walking services.
We would like to thank you for the exceptional care given to Toby and Annabelle while we were away. It is never easy leaving them behind. We felt very comfortable and confident that they were being well cared for at home.
Thank you again for your professional and thorough communication before, during and after our trip. We look forward to working with you again soon and will pass along your service to anyone looking for quality pet care.
Bonny and Chuck Rose