The Hiking Paws Team

We are incredibly proud of our staff. Their dedication to your dog on the trail is amazing. They work hard to keep your dog happy and safe!

Virginia with her pup Chester


Born and raised in Southern Vermont, Virginia is a lover of animals of every kind imaginable.

Virginia joined the Hiking Paws team in 2016 while finishing her degree in Kinesiology. She’s grown up owning dogs and cats, but in 2008 she adopted her own dog, a 6-month-old shelter pup named Abby that was terrified of the world. Raising Abby really sparked Virginia’s interest in dog training and behavior. Her beloved Abby has passed, and she now focuses her amazing training skills on her new friend Chester. Helping Abby cope with dog v dog interactions has given Virginia a fantastic foundation for working with the Hiking Paws Pack Members. The two great things about her job are: learning about the behaviors of each dog that hikes with her and she loves being outdoors in New England.

Elizabeth kissing her puppy


Elizabeth has been part of the Hiking Paws team for since 2019. She moved to New England from northern Wisconsin after 20 years of raising and racing sled dogs. She lives in Grafton, VT with her beagle Rory. 

Elizabeth is a poet, an artist, and loves to hike barefoot. Her favorite part of being part of the HP team is getting to swim with the dogs in the river on hot summer days.

woman with blonde hair getting kissed by dog


Originally from Eastern Mass, Meara has been working with dogs for 8+ years. Her experience ranges from vet care assistance, kennel and daycare work, grooming, training, pet sitting and even owned her own dog walking business. She’s moved to Western Mass to return to school.

Meara has been on the trail with us since March of 2022. We’re super lucky to have a talented, friendly, and charismatic leader out there with our dogs.