My name is Kristen Schaffner and I am the owner of BowWow PlayDate. I started my business for many reasons, but the most important one is my immense love, passion and respect for animals.

My beloved and adorable American Eskimo, Georgi, has made me further appreciate and realize the significance of having a caretaker you can trust who will nurture, care, and love your devoted treasure while you are away.

I was born in Bourne, MA near the ocean much like Newburyport and am a true New Englander. Upon graduating from Emmanuel College, I had a long and successful career where I achieved the position of Vice President in the banking industry. In 2008, I decided it was time for a much needed change and moved to Newburyport, a community I grew to love after visiting often.

Optimistically and with a great deal of excitement, I was ready for a fresh start on a personal, professional and spiritual level. With the love and support of my family, friends & Georgi I was able to take time to truly reflect on my life's priorities and what mattered most. It was during that time BowWow PlayDate evolved.

Now I am caring for dogs, having fun and thoroughly enjoying my new endeavor. The added bonuses are I spend more time with Georgi, meet wonderful dogs and people and enjoy taking in the charm of Newburyport....... I love it!

Oh...gotta go...It 's time for another BowWow Play Date and I do not want to be late!