The Barking Meter



"I have been a dog owner in New York City for well over 10 years. In fact, I have owned three Rottweilers during that time and have always made it a point to be very alert while walking them. As a result, I have observed hundreds of dog walkers on the street and in the various dog parks around the city. From my experience, I wouldn't trust the overwhelming majority of them. I consider myself very lucky to have met Kara while I was at the dog park with my Rottie, Sky. After talking with her, and observing her with one of her dogs, Oliver, I decided to have her walk Sky a few times just to see how it would go. Long story short, I have been an extremely happy client and would absolutely recommend, without hesitation, The Barking Meter."

Joe Dowdell, Parent of Sky
Owner, Dowdell Fitness Systems
--with TBM since November 2007, Chelsea

"TeamTBM has been taking care of our eccentric dog, Sophie, since the winter of '08. Kara has been consistently amazing at adjusting to our ever-changing schedules and in the level of care and consideration she gives to both the two-legged and four-legged mammals in her charge. Since then we have added a second English Setter to our home, Jack, who joins Sophie on her TBM adventures. Our dogs are always delighted to see TBM and come home and sleep soundly after their adventures! Not an easy task.

I couldn't more highly recommend Kara and her team to anyone looking for excellent care for their canine pal. She is simply the best!"

Blair Brown, Parent of Sophie and Jack
--with TBM since April 2008, Chelsea

"Kara began working with my French Bulldog when he was 18-months old. Oliver went from acting like a misbehaved puppy to well-trained Mr. Oliver in a matter of weeks. She is reliable, trustworthy, timely and caring. Oliver loves her and his buddy Lucca. He spends numerous days and nights with his TBM family. I highly recommend Kara and The Barking Meter."

Phillip Lim, Parent of Oliver Lim
Owner, 3.1 Phillip Lim
--with TBM since February 2007, Soho

"I reached out to Kara because I was suffering in a terrible dog walking situation. I came across her name because she had sponsored a Women in Restructuring event and it turned out that we had a mutual friend. From the very first email conversation, I realized that TBM was not an ordinary dog walking company. Perfect! My dog Abbey is no ordinary dog: she has bad joints, doesn't walk well, and needs special attention. None of this fazed Kara or Joey and they assured me that Abbey would be joining in pack walks and walking better in no time. As a single pet parent, I can't tell you what a dream it is to have my life made so much easier by Kara and the team. Abbey also loves to go to camp with Joey. I travel for business and never have to worry that Abbey isn't getting all the love and attention she needs. Abbey and I love every member of the TBM team. Now, if they could just work on that diva attitude of hers!"

Brenda Adrian, Parent of Abbey
Senior Executive, Sitrick and Company
--with TBM since August 2013, Columbus Circle

"TBM has truly become like family to me and Lexie. From day one, since we arrived to Manhattan from California, TBM has been instrumental in helping Lexie adjust to the energy of the city. It was a pretty tough transition leaving puppy friends and so much grass behind, but after such great care and training, Lexie's behavior and comfort level has changed dramatically. And with having such a busy work life and travel schedule, I never have to worry about Lexie and the care she's receiving. We can truly call NYC home with the help of TBM. "

Liz Swanson, Parent of Lexie
Managing Director, ustwo
--with TBM since March 2016, Financial District

"When I decided to get a puppy in the Fall of '09, TBM was my first call as I had never had a dog before. I had met Kara as she had many clients in my building and I saw them daily in the elevator. Before I picked up Theo, she gave me advice as to what I needed and how to train a puppy, as well as coming to my apartment the day after I brought him home to help us all get acquainted.

Kara and the TBM staff soon brought Theo into the pack walks. Everyday he looks forward to his trips out with his dog friends. Kara and her team treat Theo as if he were their own. Besides daily walks, they take him to the groomer and the vet and board him when I have to be out of town.

TBM is truly a full service dog care provider and they do it with care and compassion."

Kerri Halpern, Parent of Theodore
Owner, Madstone Design Studio
--with TBM since October 2009, West Village

"After my husband and I decided to get a black lab puppy, Margaret Thatcher, we knew that we were going to need some help ensuring that she had enough activity and training. Several of our friends had been using The Barking Meter and felt so strongly about how wonderful the TBM team is that we never considered trying anywhere else.

I immediately spoke with Kara and she patiently answered all my nervous questions on the first day and every day since. We have felt like a member of the TBM family since day one and couldn't imagine feeling as comfortable trusting our fur baby with anyone else. Not only do we know that Thatcher will get the exercise, attention and continued training she needs, but that she is excited to see her walkers as well as her boarders. When we leave town a member of the team stays with her at our apartment so that she's comfortable and even feels like it's a treat to spend more time with other dogs!

Thatcher is such a well trained and happy puppy, and we couldn't have done it without Kara and The Barking Meter."

Sara Sailors, Parent of Margaret Thatcher
Software Engineer
--with TBM since September 2014, Chelsea

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