About Us

Located in Orange County, NY, The Traveling Leash is a fully insured & bonded dog walking and pet sitting business. Our services include dog walking, feeding and caring for all varieties of pets, administering medications, as well as play and enrichment time. We also offer transportation to grooming and vet appointments. Servicing New Windsor, Cornwall, and Salisbury Mills areas.

Erin Talarico, Owner

Having had pets since I was a little girl, my love of animals grew early on. As an adult, for a long time it was me and my two boys, Simba the big orange cat, and Tyler, the boxer/GS mix that had major anxiety issues….I’m now a dog momma to two Lab mix rescue dogs; Georgia and Mason.
I became involved as an admin for Lost Pets of the HV in April 2014, an organization that helps lost and found pets in our area get home.
In March of 2015, my husband Bill and I founded the Facebook organization “Hudson Valley Animal Advocates”. This is a place where we try to educate on animal issues and share important animal related info. We were a huge platform to advocate for Rocky’s Law, an animal abuse registry law in Orange County. We are currently advocating for a tethering law in Orange County, which would limit the amount of time a dog could be tied outside, and in certain weather.
I also volunteer with several local shelters and rescues, often helping to transport dogs to their new forever homes.
As anyone who has met me can attest, I am a HUGE animal lover, and will go out of my way to take care of your pet like they were my own.

~ Staff ~

Vera Lawlor

I grew up on a farm in Ireland surrounded by dogs, cats, horses, cattle and sheep. My work life has also revolved around animals first as a certified riding instructor and stable manager in Ireland and later as a journalist covering pet and animal welfare topics in the U.S. I’ve been taking care of dogs for more than 30 years—my own dogs, as well as those of my family and friends. As a pet sitter on Rover.com, I had the extreme pleasure of getting to know some wonderful dogs and people.

I’m passionate about animal welfare and protection and have volunteered for more than 15 years at animal shelters and rescues in both New York and New Jersey. I’ve worked with shelter dogs in training and agility classes, helped socialize shelter cats, placed senior cats in homes with senior citizens and delivered pet food to low-income families. I’ve also cared for horses, donkeys, goats and potbellied pigs at an animal sanctuary.

My husband and I share our home with two rescued dogs—Jason, a husky mix, and Bella, an American foxhound. They are the loves of our lives!

Emily Dykeman

Emily has worked in various capacities with animals--as a groomer’s assistant, a kennel supervisor, and pet-sitter--on and off for eight years. Although animals are one of her major passions, she has also dabbled in retail, the arts, and finance. A longtime resident of the Hudson Valley, Emily graduated from SUNY Orange in 2010 and Cedarville University in 2012. She is an active member of the theater, writing, and toy-making communities in Newburgh and Beacon. She is excited to become a part of the Traveling Leash and to use her diverse experience to better relate to and help serve the needs of her fellow community members and their pets.