Bark n’ Roll’s Band Leader
Owner/Operator Francine Coughlin CPDT-KA, is a Massachusetts native. She is the proud "mother" of three rescue pups, an ABC (Animal Behavior College) certified dog trainer (Honors Graduate), an AKC Certified CGC & S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator, and a Northeast Animal Shelter volunteer and volunteer trainer. While living in Los Angeles for five years and working in the film industry, Francine got involved with volunteering at various dog rescue organizations and shelters and found this to be an interesting and incredibly rewarding way to devote her time. Now she's back on the East Coast and via Bark n' Roll has incorporated her love for all things canine into a service that promises to bring some free spirited and friendly fun into its clients' daily routines by getting to know their dogs and giving them the rock star treatment.
Bark n' Roll strives to bring out the rock star in your dog! Dogs need exercise & stimulation to be happy and healthy. They are creatures of habit and den animals that feel most comfortable and safe in the home that you have given them. They rely on us to take them out and about in the world for proper socialization. We understand the importance of individualized canine care as each dog and family has different needs. We will work with you and your schedule to help your dog to expend his or her energy in positive ways that can help curb problem behaviors as well as spend time on the activities that he or she enjoys doing most whether that be a game of fetch, a run around the neighborhood, or some simple cuddly play time in the house. While you are out working hard, running errands, or enjoying some well-deserved “me” time, we want you to know with confidence that your beloved buddy is in good hands.
Meet The Band
Operations Manager/Walker/Sitter Tara Hinds comes to Bark n’ Roll after recently working in the financial and medical industries as a Sales Representative. With a degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Marketing from the University of Rhode Island, she now is completing classes to become a Certified Veterinary Assistant through the Animal Behavioral College. With an extensive equestrian background, Tara has had a passion for horses and dogs her whole life. She was part of the URI Equestrian Team in college and continues to ride, teach and train professionally. Tara is also a rescue mom to Bella, a six year old Keeshond-Shepard Mix. Her newest edition to the family is Tyke, a 9-month old Boxer-Lab Mix. Tara loves the outdoors and enjoys taking her pups on adventures to find local trails and parks. Tara looks forward to meeting you and your furry family members!
Operations Manager/Walker/Sitter Sarah Castine has been an animal lover all her life. Growing up in North Reading, she belonged to the local 4-H club, where she learned to ride and care for horses, as well as becoming a junior canine handler. She went on to show Norwegian Elkhounds at 4-H and AKC dog shows. As an adult, Sarah continues to pursue her passion for animals. She has worked in the field for the past six years, supervising doggie daycare, attending to boarding dogs, assisting in training and performing basic grooming. Sarah has volunteered for Great Dog Rescue Of New England as a foster mom to dogs looking for a forever home. However, her home has proven to be her three foster dogs' forever home! As the newest member of Bark n’ Roll, Sarah is excited to get a chance to participate in the care of a very important member of your family.
Walker/Runner/Groomer Kelly Willing comes to Bark n’ Roll with a background as a certified pet groomer and many years working with pet care centers and kennels. Animals have always had a special place in Kelly’s life and it shows in her interactions with the pups. She comes from Florida, but as a member of the US Air Force she has seen a good deal of the country. Lucky for us she has settled down and now calls this area home. Besides caring for animals Kelly is a Certified Personal Trainer for Willing Fitness and enjoys running her human clients around as much as her canine ones.
Walker/In-Home Sitter Karen Tague is a lifelong resident of Stoneham. Growing up in a large family there was always a household pet from dogs to hamsters, to rabbits and chameleons. With a degree in Early Childhood Education Karen spent over 10 years teaching preschool and kindergarten. Most recently Karen spent a few busy tax seasons working for the IRS. An animal lover of all shapes and sizes she is currently without a canine of her own, but is excited to spend time walking, sitting, caring and bonding with your dogs through BnR!
Walker/Sitter/Training Assistant Laura Stone grew up in Andover, MA and has lived locally in North Reading for the past 5 years. You can typically find Laura and her Beagle/Corgi Mix Brownie, walking and playing at Harold Parker State Forest, Ipswich River Park, and Sheepfold Dog Park. Leaving her career as a Sales Representative a year ago, Laura has put her love for dogs and business experience to work starting Brownie’s Barkery-All Natural Maine Made Dog Treats. Having such a good time working with dogs and their owners she decided to get more involved by becoming a walker/sitter. She treats her dogs like her furry kids, and looks forward to treating yours the same way!
In-Home Sitter/Walker/Trainer Tracy Ottina looks forward to shedding her suit and ditching the briefcase to, in her words, “rent your dog” in the evenings and on weekends. In addition to having grown up with Hercules, a purebred West German Shepherd, Leo, the Lhasa Apso and Peanuts, the family’s beloved rescue dog, Tracy worked at a boarding kennel during undergrad as an assistant groomer and dog walker. Tracy’s training is specific to behavior modification using rewards and positive reinforcement to help you and your furry family member feel safe, secure and loved. Throughout the years, Tracy has provided in-home pet sitting for colleagues, friends and acquaintances and believes that it is important to replicate the home environment you provide so that your beloved canine (and feline) feel minimal disruption to their routine while you’re away. Tracy recognizes that each dog has his/her own personality and, as such, modifies her approach accordingly. You can trust that Tracy will not overwhelm your little shy guy and she will redirect the enthusiasm of your rambunctious puppy in positive (and playful) directions. Tracy is both honored and thrilled to join the team of Bark n’ Roll and help further its philosophy of canine care and training!
Walker/Sitter Nancy Surette is a resident of Stoneham, where she can often be seen walking her two dogs Sam and April, both adopted from a shelter. Oh, and she also has three cats, also adopted! After spending the past 13 years in a customer service oriented environment, Nancy decided to follow a different path — and what could be better than working with dogs? Nancy is a caring and compassionate person, who realizes that all dogs are unique individuals and treats them with the love, patience and kindness that they all deserve. Nancy is very grateful and very happy to be part of the Bark n' Roll team!
Walker/Sitter Allysha Evans is a born and raised resident of Wilmington. Cosmetologist and Salon Manager by trade, Allysha is also a full-time animal lover. Growing up, she had the pleasure of caring for a variety of animals ranging from dogs to cats, rabbits, chinchillas, chickens, ducks, geckos and more! For Allysha, caring for animals comes naturally and every animal is treated as if he or she were her own. Allysha is a proud rescue momma to her 2 year old Lab Mix Ace and the newest addition to her family Niko, a 5 month old Lab/American Bulldog mix. During her free time, you can find Allysha with “the boys” running the trails at Harold Parker State Forest and Breakheart Reservation. Allysha is glad to be part of the Bark n’ Roll team and can’t wait to meet you and your four legged friends!
Trainer Linda McHugh has been an obedience competitor since 1989 when after taking a basic obedience class with her first dog, a Dalmatian, her passion grew and hobby became sport. She has been an obedience judge for UKC and AKC since 1996 and is also a certified CGC & S.T.A.R. Puppy Evaluator. Some of her accomplishments with her dogs are:
- AKC & UKC Obedience titles from Novice to Obedience Trial Champion and through UDX19
- AKC Rally Advanced titles & AKC agility titles
- Ranked nationally in all AKC & UKC ranking systems including #2 All breed 2003 & #1 All breed 2006
- Numerous Perfect 200 scores
- AKC National Invitational Herding Group placement 2005 & 5 time AKC Invitational invitee
- AKC Crufts Obedience World Cup Team member 2007
Presently, Linda is training her young Border Collie, Emmie for high level competition. Last year, Lin and Em earned their AKC CD and CDX “in the ribbons” which included a Perfect 200 performance. They also completed Rally and Agility titles. You’ll find Emmie by Linda’s side at classes as demo dog and “interactive equipment.” Linda lives beach-side in Lynn with her two border collies, siblings Emmie & Scorch. She (and Emmie!) is a ROCK STAR addition to BnR’s band and cannot wait to work with you and your pups!
Trainer Melissa Cameron, ABCPDT, is an ABC Certified dog trainer, who has lived on the North Shore of Boston for 8 years. In her spare time, she frequently hikes Lynn Woods with her Yorkie mix, Cali. When she is not hiking, she can be found volunteering at Northeast Animal Shelter. After spending years in the restaurant industry, Melissa decided to pursue a career involving her passion for animals. She is excited to work with you and your pups through positive training with Bark n' Roll!