About Us

Happy Trails Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking in Long Valley Since 2002

Owned and operated by Stephanie Brown, who lives with her husband and two boys in Long Valley, NJ.

Happy Trails is now celebrating 21 years of service to the animal-loving community of Long Valley NJ and surrounding area!  The company is fully insured & Bonded by Business Insurers of the Carolina’s and a member of PUPs and PSI, both professional pet-sitting organizations. Stephanie is Certified in Domestic Animal CPR and First Aid and is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter (CPPS).  

As Owner and Founder of HAPPY TRAILS, she is diligent about staying current with the demands of the pet industry, while still enjoying learning new things!

Every team member that works with Happy Trails is fully vetted, trained and background screened, as well as weeks and months of training to be the perfect addition for your pet/s.

Happy Trails only works with employees, so every team member is backed by Full Liability Insurance as well as Workmen’s Compensation so you have nothing to worry about!

Happy Trails Mission

Our Values

At Happy Trails, we are nothing without our team of amazing pet professionals. We find the best, train them to do the best, and encourage them to be the best every day.

Our goal is to be the most loving and professional pet care provider possible

We believe in doing the WORK THAT MATTERS. We don’t just play with puppies and kitties all day. It is WAY more than that. We care for some of the most precious things in your life. We are YOU when you can’t be there.

Creating that experience for you and your pets requires more than your average person off the street. We demand more from our staff and our staff demands more of themselves.

We LIVE for, HIRE for, ACKNOWLEDGE for, and PROMOTE for providing the most trusted care for your most special pets. So much goes into having a consistent and efficient team – especially when you work with so many amazing humans and their pets!

We hope this helps you understand the LOVE and COMMITMENT we put into your family every day. You matter to us.

Meet The Team

Owner- Happy Trails LLC

Stephanie Brown


Happy Trails began during Stephanie’s college days as a way of helping family and friends when they had to leave their beloved pets for work or vacation.  Initially, Happy Trails was mainly focused on horse care and professional riding, ensuring that client’s horses were kept in top condition.  As time went on, Stephanie managed a small horse farm in Far Hills, NJ while she was employed at a renown equine medical facility.  Working in veterinary medicine for some of the best veterinarians in NJ increased her desire to offer the best care possible for her own pet-sitting clients.   Some of these services included post-surgical cases, as well as basic puppy visits.  But soon there was a growing need to offer daily dog walks to clients who worked long hours and felt guilty leaving their furry family member home in a crate all day, and so HAPPY TRAILS was off and running!!

Stephanie meets all potential clients prior to service to ensure that all requested needs can be met,  and that the caregiver assigned to the task is the best fit possible.    Her animal experience is broad and varied,  based not only on her background as a Veterinary Technician in both large and small animal practices for over ten years, but also her  exposure to barn life and livestock as a young child.   

Stephanie shares family life in Long Valley with their 11-year-old Boxer-mix rescue, Zoey, their 3 yr. old Westie Rescue, Grayson, and their rescued cat, Tini, saved at 3 weeks old after she was abandoned by her mother.

Nicole - Happy Trails Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Long Valley NJ


Staff Manager / Team Leader

Nicole is a valued member of the Happy Trail’s family and an asset to our team of animal-care providers. Aside from being a long-time employee, she is also our team manger keeping everyone and everything running smooth! Owner Stephanie would be lost without her!!

We are very fortunate to her thoughtful and conscientious approach to the responsibilities of caring for our precious pet and their owners. Nicole has an extensive background in pet-sitting and animal care and we are lucky to have her valuable experience working for Happy Trails. In her “off” hours Nicole volunteers with SNORT (Short Nose Only Rescue Team) when she organizes the holiday gift exchange for the foster dogs as well as fostering on occasion. The senior fosters hold a special place in her heart.

Nicole lives locally in Mt. Olive with her husband and teenage daughter, as well their four canine kids, two guinea pigs and a turtle.

Jan - Happy Trails Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Long Valley NJ


Pet Care Specialist

I am a mom of two adult sons, the wife of a retired NJ State Trooper and the proud owner of 4 rescue dogs, one bunny and a bearded dragon. I have been employed for the last year at a national store chain boarding facility and in that time I have learned that I am absolutely meant to work with animals and that I am not willing to compromise the level of care that I will provide when an unknown unseen owner wants to cut corners to save money. These two realizations has led me to Happy Trails Professional Pet Sitting & Equine Services LLC.

Meeting with Stephanie was such a great experience because she has the same belief I do about the level of care that is our standard.

I am comfortable handling dogs and cats of all sizes and temperaments and have learned to read animals to understand when they want a little extra TLC or if they feel better with me not being too much in their personal space.

I hope to meet you and your pets soon!

Audrey - - Happy Trails Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Long Valley NJ


Pet Care Specialist

Hi! My name is Audrey. I’m currently a student at Rutgers, have been pet-sitting for six years, and have a senior chocolate lab named Rue. I’m looking forward to getting to know your pets!
Caroline - - Happy Trails Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Long Valley NJ


Pet Care Specialist

My name is Caroline! I am very excited to be caring for your pets with compassion and enthusiasm!

I have a poodle at home along with birds and guinea pigs. I also ride horses and have a thoroughbred named Solo, we hope to start showing this year!

Chantle - - Happy Trails Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Long Valley NJ


Pet Care Specialist

My name is Chantle and I’m very excited to be a part of the Happy Trails team. I’m a huge animal lover and have grown up with dogs big and small. I am currently the proud owner of a Rottweiler named Finley who enjoys long walks and enrichment games. I have been involved with many training classes with my own dogs and always employ a positive reinforcement strategy when I am with clients. I know from experience that it can be worrisome to leave your beloved pets home alone. But rest assured that when you need to be away from your pet whether daily for work or during a vacation, I’m happy to provide a loving distraction and some exercise to keep the boredom at bay. I come loaded with treats and cuddles to make our time together enjoyable and fun. In my free time I enjoy reading, refinishing old furniture and doing crafts with my 3 daughters. I look forward to helping taking care of your fur babies along with the Happy Trails team.
Kristin - Happy Trails Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Long Valley NJ


Pet Care Specialist

Hi, my name is Kristin. I have lived in Long Valley for 18 years. I am married with two daughters. My husband and I will be “Empty-nesters” when our youngest daughter heads to college this fall!

I grew up in Pennsylvania and always had pets to love and take care of. My Great Grandfather built our original lake house there in 1930. We spend a lot of special time there. I love being outdoors and active. I believe there is no such thing as spending too much time with animals whether they are mine, friends, or yours! All of your family’s pets will be given lots of love and care.

Lindsay - Happy Trails Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Long Valley NJ


Pet Care Specialist

Animals have always been a love of mine; I’ve never been without a furry friend in my life. I’ve worked in boarding stables through high school and college, cared for hobby farm pets, kept aquariums and small critters, and I’ve always had at least one dog and cat in my home. I’m looking forward to meeting and caring for your pets!
Marilyn - - Happy Trails Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Long Valley NJ


Pet Care Specialist

Hi I’m Marilyn!!! I have over 20 years of experience working with animals. I formerly was a groomer, pet sitter, worked in the veterinary field for over 10 years then most recently a doggy daycare / boarding facility. However, I’ve returned to what I really enjoy most and that is dog walking / pet sitting.

Marilyn grew up with several cats through the years. When she got married, her husband wanted a dog and that’s what started it all. Her husband Bill had no idea what he was in for after that as she became a huge ‘dog’ person. Marilyn and her husband currently have several dogs and cats. She has a special liking for hounds, especially Basset Hounds and Beagles. They formerly fostered for animal rescue groups and flunked five times. They also have a soft heart for dogs with special needs as they adopted two blind basset hounds that have since passed away, and they currently have a basset hound that went blind from glaucoma. They had all three blind Basset Hounds at the same time. She has a love for all animals, and she is a vegetarian.

Shane - - Happy Trails Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Long Valley NJ


Pet Care Specialist

Hi I’m Shane, I have a deep love, and respect for all life such as dogs, and cats. I have experience with many breeds of dogs from large breeds to small breeds. I love to walk especially with dogs and love to be outside!!