terese     shirley     trisha    anne


terese thacker - owner, veterinary nurse, primary caretaker



Terese started Reigning Cats & Dogs 21 years ago, after working 11 years as a certified veterinary nurse at the Arlington Animal Clinic in Arlington, MA Her lunchtime dog walks for a few of the clinic's clients soon became an interesting proposal; to work for herself with the animals full-time, as a walker and caregiver. A daring jump into the business world has paid off and not only does it keep Terese busy, but three other caregivers as well!


With Terese's experience and extensive background in veterinary medicine, clients can be assured that their animal is getting the best of care while with Reigning Cats & Dogs .

Terese lives in Wilmington with her husband Paul, and their 14-year old  daughter, Faith. They also have three cats. She also is a foster care home for kittens when the Northeast Animal Shelter needs her. When Terese is not caring for pets, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends.


Any questions about the business, our services, extended care, rates, or website comments, please feel free to contact Terese at




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shirley ross - full-time caregiver


We met Shirley 10 years ago - in fact, she was a client. Shirley already knew most of the dogs from RC&Dís when we talked about needing some help. Well, 10 years later we are so happy Shirley is still working with us! She is an asset to RC&Dís. Shirley lives in Arlington with her husband Will, her cat Owen and her rescue dog Molly. She also has two adult daughters. Some of Shirleyís favorite things are cooking, independent films, politics and hoppy beer!


tricia oíleary - full time caregiver


Tricia has been working for RC&Dís for 6 years. She works full time and is a great team member. Not only does she walk dogs daily for RC&Dís but she also boards a lot of our clients in her home so they do not have to go to a kennel. Tricia and her yippy poodle mix, Hobo live in East Arlington. In addition to walking dogs for RC&Dís, she spends her time pet sitting, camping, hiking, cooking and is often bicycling on the Minuteman trail with Hobo in a basket attached to the handle bars. Her moto; Everything is more fun with a doggie!




anne bruno - part time caregiver


Anne has been working for RC&Ds for 3 years but has been a life long friend of Terese. She is a great addition to our team. Anne works a couple days a week but is always there when we get busy to help out anytime.  She lives in Burlington with her husband Mike, her 13-year-old daughter Ella and their 2 crazy pups, Buddy and Maisy. Anne loves cooking, laughing and having fun with her family and friends!







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