Meet the Pet Sitters


Tracie Gallagher, Owner
The Pet Nanny

Hi, my name is Tracie Gallagher and I have been a professional pet sitter and dog walker in Charlottesville since 2007. I started my company Pet Nanny Services shortly after moving here because I immediately saw a need for quality in-home pet care.

I became certified in Red Cross Pet First aid and CPR in 2010 and in order to keep up to date with things happening in my profession, I belong to a national pet sitting organization (NAPPS – National Association of Professional Pet Sitters), attend pet sitting conferences, and read journals in this field.

I enjoy keeping pets happy and safe; I am always learning from pets’ innate ability to be naturally happy with whatever is given to them. I am awed over the hundreds of pet parents that have trusted me with the care of their animals and so grateful to have had the experience of doing so. I enjoy helping people – this is one of the things I love most about pet sitting.

Pet Nanny Services keeps me very busy but when I have free time, you can find me walking my own adopted Yorkie, Skipper, watching football, cooking, hiking or reading.

Shelley Smith
Pet Sitter & Dog Walker

Shelley lives in Earlysville with her three cats, two boys, Labrador retriever and Wink the gecko. She started pet sitting when her teenage daughter was asked to pet sit by neighbors, and needed supervision. Shelley and her daughter pet sat together until she left for college.

Shelley has been a sitter with Pet Nanny Services since October of 2012. She has experience with cats, dogs, rabbits, exotic frogs, tropical fish, reptiles and chickens. She also works part time at Louisa County High School as a career coach, helping students decide what they would like to do after high school. She and her son have volunteered at the SPCA since 2008. She enjoys all of her pet sitting clients!

Kris Partington
Pet Sitter & Dog Walker

Kris is a licensed Veterinary Technician of 8 years who is currently taking time off to dedicate time to her son. She keeps her license current by taking continuing education courses in hopes of returning to practice in the future. Kris started working in the companion animal field ten years ago, and pet sitting has been a way for her to stay in that field while granting her flexibility as a parent.

After years of living abroad, in the fall of 2015, Kris’s family chose Charlottesville as their “home base.” Kris’s pet family includes one “Coconut Retriever” rescue from St. Maarten and a cat that has lived in three states and two different islands with them. Traveling so much has given Kris a keen insight to the needs of other pet parents, and for Kris, it is a joy to give them peace of mind while away from home that their pets are being cared for like family.

Joanne Bricker
Pet Sitter & Dog Walker

Joanne is a retired reading specialist, who is also a long-time dog lover. While enjoying the flexibility and freedom of life without work obligations, she for the first time in her life, is living in a dogless home.

However, helping out at Pet Nanny services as an independent contractor provides her with a much needed “doggy fix” as she pursues her passions of hiking, birding, travel, knitting, reading and gardening.

Andi Senatro

Pet Sitter & Dog Walker

Andi is a Virginia native, though she has travelled a lot over the years. Andi grew up in a military family, which led them to adopt a sweet “Spanish huntin’ dog,” a feisty Puerto Rican kitty, a Caribbean Cockatiel, and many many other pets along the way. In Andi’s home growing up and now, pets are always thought of as family and are cared for as such.

Andi began pet sitting for neighbors in high school and has continued since. She has experience with cats, dogs, indoor and outdoor fish, turtles, and all kinds of birds including chickens. When Andi is not pet sitting or walking her furry friends, she can be found teaching yoga, attending an AcroYoga class, working at a nonprofit downtown, or snuggling her sweet kitties Zoe and Zeppelin.