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"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

"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
Actress
--with TBM since April 2008, Chelsea

"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

"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, Peak Performance Gym
--with TBM since November 2007, Chelsea

"TBM came to us highly recommended by a friend and from our first phone conversation with Kara, we knew that she would be our biggest asset in transitioning our little Shortcake from farm to big city life. Since then, Kara has proved us completely right, providing personalized and thoughtful guidance on everything from getting ready for our puppy's arrival, to crate training, to paying special attention to teaching her how to walk properly on leash - not an easy feat for a stubborn mini Doxie. Kara and her team are professional, responsible, and responsive, and care for Shorty as their own, going above and beyond for our girl. So much so, that when we decided to move to San Francisco, Kara made the decision to follow our Shorty to the west coast and launch TBMSF. We feel so fortunate to have found TBM and wouldn't recommend owning a dog in NYC or SF without them!"

Darby & Andrew Glickman, Parents of Shortcake
Head of PR and Brand Partnerships, Keaton Row and Corporate Counsel, Uber
--with TBM since March 2014, NOPA, SF

"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

"It's an understatement to say that TBM are an absolute light in our lives. Not only are both Bea and Stanley utterly in love with everybody on the team, but they always leave us in awe at the ways they go above and beyond for our family. From getting involved with training to accompanying us across the water to Brooklyn, they're an unfailing source of support and the most loving and committed crew we could hope for. We honestly couldn't imagine life without TBM."

Alissa Barlow, Parent of Bea and Stanley
--with TBM since September 2014, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

"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

"I cannot say enough good things about The Barking Meter. I'd tried a number of dog walkers with limited success and then I stumbled across TBM via a recommendation and haven't looked back since. They are kind, respectful and spend the time to get to know each of their clients and dogs. I have a shy dog, who doesn't always love new people coming into our apartment, so we ran into some challenges when switching walkers; however, TBM spent time together coming up with a strategy that worked beautifully and now Leroy practically waits by the door for his walks with them! We first started using their services in NYC and I was devastated when I found out we were moving to SF and would need to look for a new walker. I explored several walking options in SF, but none stacked up - TBM is so accommodating and I always know Leroy is in the hands of someone who cares for him like I would. Needless to say I was thrilled when I found out they'd be joining me on my cross country adventure! They are a fantastic option for anyone who wants their dog to be well cared for and get the exercise they need. And to top it all off, they have the cutest Instagram account so you always know what the dogs are up to! They are hands down the best and I would highly recommend them."

Sarah Armstrong, Parent of Leroy
Senior Vice President, Glocap Search
--with TBM since May 2014, UES

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