About Us

Niki's Story

I love all sizes and species of friendly creatures!

I have 30 plus years of experience caring for various pets including large and small dogs, domestic cats, lizards, snakes, rabbits, ferrets, rodents, and fish.

I followed my passion for animals.

In early 2019, after being unable to continue working full time in manufacturing due to a health issue, I launched my own pet sitting business. I found my first client in February 2019, "Beaumont," a 3-month old Husky-Malamute mix who needed drop-in visits twice a week while his owner was at work. I fell in love with Beau and was hooked!

Right away, I earned my certification.

I completed American Red Cross Cat & Dog First Aid Training (Click here to view) to ensure that I would be prepared for pet health emergencies. I also sought out one-on-one instruction from my family's AAHA Accredited Veterinarian on how to properly administer intradermal injections and the best ways to give a cat a pill.

I regularly continue my education.

I spend time each month reading animal behavior books and articles, following the pet sitting industry, and attending small business webinars to stay best in class.

I believe in maintaining a cheerful yet calm and assertive demeanor with pets.

I will always do my best to keep your pet's comfort level high and their stress level low. I have a lot of fun bonding with my pet clients!

I am a proud mother and a former Quality Manager in my mid-40's.

I live on ten acres of woods where we built a log cabin and raised a family. My family is now grown and I live here with three adorable adopted dogs and one crafty cat named Ursa Minor. Charlie is a 10 year old female Yorkie, Xander is a 5 year old large male mixed breed sweetheart, and Luna is a 3 year old medium-sized Lab / Border Collie mix that loves to cuddle and give kisses.

I regularly volunteer.

I love helping out with the Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore Council.

Niki's Up North Pet Service has a history of delivering pet beds made from donated quilting scraps. These beds are provided to local animal shelters and rescues in northern Michigan in cooperation with "The Dog Bed Lady", Delphine's Quilt Shop, and the Heart of the Pines Quilt Guild.

Company History

June 2020 - New Client Web Portal and Client App launched with Time To Pet pet sitting software. Up North Pet Service LLC emerges in-tact from the COVID-19 Pandemic shut-down, having survived the three-month dry spell thanks to the greatly appreciated support of our many loyal clients.

January 2020 - Business Commences as Michigan legal business entity Up North Pet Service LLC.

November 2019 - Articles of Organization filed to form LLC in the State of Michigan.

September 2019 - Expanded services to include Boarding and Daytime Care.

May 2019 - 1st part-time employee was hired by Owner.

April 2019 - Federal EIN was obtained.

February 2019 - First Assumed Name/DBA Certificate was filed in Crawford County, Michigan as "Niki's Up North Pet Service". Achieved first paid pet-sitting service agreement. Trademarks "Up North Pet Service", "Niki's Up North", and "@UpNorthPet" first used.

January 2019 - Business idea was born as a Sole Proprietorship.