I was born and raised in Taylorsville, MD. After graduating from South Carroll High School, I went to Salisbury University and graduated with a B.S. in Biology.
After college, I lived in Ellicott City and worked for a pharmaceutical company as a sales representative for 12 years. My husband and I moved to Mt. Airy in 2003 with our beloved 2 year old Yellow Lab, Harley. We lost Harley in August of 2015, but now have a Black Lab named Hershey in our family!
After I had my daughter and son in 2005 and 2007, I decided to stay home and do volunteer work. I was a Lab Rescue Coordinator and loved finding forever homes for labs. I found it very rewarding locating good homes for dogs that may have had a rough start in life!
I often watch friends and neighbors pets when they are away. So I decided to make it a full time business.
I grew up in an animal loving home in Baltimore County. We had every type of pet from dogs and ducks to rabbits and even a tarantula. They were all part of our family. Having a dog was something I missed when I left for college at University of Maryland College Park.
I graduated from UMCP with a B.S. in Psychology and Criminal Justice and worked for Marriott all through college. Marriott and the hospitality industry pulled me away from my initial career path. I enjoyed the constant movement of food service and planning conventions and events. After years with Marriott and DoubleTree Hotels, I took a job at UMBC as the Director of Catering. Again, I loved organizing the large events and never sitting still for long.
In 2002, my husband and I moved to Mount Airy. In 2003, we started a family and I became a stay at home mom. Along with 2 children, we finally got a dog. As my children grew, I started volunteering at their schools and activities. I coached soccer teams, was Vice President of the PTA/PTO, and am currently Vice President of the Ridge Seals Swim Team. My love for animals never disappeared and we have always viewed our pups as family members. Now that my kids are getting older and their schools don’t need as many volunteers, I am delighted to walk dogs and take care of pets.
Hi, my name is Laurie Huffman and I’m excited to be working with Peppy Paws. My family moved to Mount Airy from Ellicott City where I worked part-time for another pet sitting firm, Love Those Paws. Since moving here I have missed my furry friends so I’m looking forward to meeting Peppy Paws clients over the next few months. I’m a mother of three, all successfully settled out of state. That leaves me a lot of time to pursue my love of pets.
I’m a registered volunteer with the Frederick Animal Shelter and try to visit animals there a couple times a week. I’ve always been a dog lover and we currently have three of our own. My other interests include gardening, biking or hiking on one of Maryland’s many park trails.
I was raised in Columbia, Maryland. I graduated from York College of Pennsylvania
and received my degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. I received my Master’s Degree in Applied Psychology - Counseling from the University of Baltimore.
I worked at Maryland’s Department of Juvenile Services for over eight years as an Intake Oﬃcer and Court Liaison Worker, dealing with troubled children and their families. For the past ten years, I have been a stay-at-home mom.
My husband and I met in college and have been together since we were eighteen
years old. We moved to Mount Airy in 2009 and have one daughter and one son. We
also have a Goldendoodle, Daisy, who is fourteen years old!!! I have been an animal lover my entire life and have had various animals at my parents houses growing up - dogs, cats, rabbits, ﬁsh, gerbils, horses, a donkey, chickens, and ducks. I have been a Girl Scout Troop Leader for the past three years and also enjoy taking care of friends’ dogs when they are out of town.
Hi!! My name is Alison Harrigan. I grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. My love of animals began at an early age. Growing up we had dogs, gerbils, hamsters and a rabbit. After high school I went away to college at the University of Kentucky and then returned home to complete my double major in Sociology and Early Childhood Education at UMBC. After college I worked as a kindergarten teacher in Montgomery County. We moved to Mount Airy in 2013 and, at that time, I became a stay at home Mom to my three daughters. This flexible schedule allowed me to become involved with an animal rescue organization, A Forever Home. I have been a volunteer with them for almost 3 years. Now that all three of my children are in school I substitute teach at Parrs Ridge and Mount Airy Elementary.
My husband and I have rescued three dogs since we’ve been married - Two of them lived to be 14! Our current dog, Willow, we rescued in the fall of 2017. She is amazing!! I am so excited to continue my involvement with animals through working for Peppy Paws!!
Hello, my name is Nancy Somerville. My love for dogs is what sparked my interest in dog walking. I’m a dog lover. I grew up in a household with dogs so they have always been a part of my life. We have a very spoiled mini poodle named Miles. Pets bring so much joy and happiness to our lives. I couldn’t imagine life without a dog.
I have 3 boys that keep me busy. I try to substitute at their schools every week or so and I also volunteer there. I enjoy spending time with my family, photography, cooking, and any kind of food. I also love being outdoors and staying active. I look forward to the opportunity to take care of your furry baby while you are not there.
"Erica has taken care of my dog many times, during the day and overnight. My dog has formed a bond with her family, including her dog. I have complete trust and faith in her abilities to care for animals. I have seen her over many years taking care and showing love to her own dogs. Nobody has more love for dogs than Erica!"
-Carrie Boyce, Dog Owner
“Erica loves dogs! She took great care of Jackson when we went on our vacation. Highly recommend!"
-Jennifer Kolakowski, Jackson's owner