and Pet Sitting, LLC



Ruff Hiking and Pet Sitting serves:




Small Mammals

Reptiles (any size)



Farm Animals (Horses, Goats, Chickens, Ducks, etc.)

Service Area:


and parts of 

Barre, Princeton, Oakham, Gardner, Templeton, Westminster, and Rutland, Massachusetts



The Philosophy...

At Ruff Hiking and Pet Sitting, I treat each and every pet as if it were my own. I always put your pets' needs, health and safety above all else, and I wouldn't have it any other way! I am honored to be caring for your family member in your absence!

Ruff Hiking's Code of Ethics: 

"I promise, I will treat every pet as if it were my own. 

I will be dependable and responsible at all times. 

I will have an honest and trustworthy relationship with my clients

I will treat my clients home and property with respect. 

I will always keep my promises and my commitments."

Always Professional...

This is my business, and my livelihood. I take great pride in providing individualized care for each and every pet and home that I am entrusted with. 

*Expect your pet sitter to care about your pets and home as if they were their own. Expect top-notch care, respect and privacy for all of your belongings.*

Insured, Licensed, and Bonded...

You can rest assured that if I am caring for your pet, I’ve got you covered!  Part of  being a business professional is protecting your interests and those of your clients if something goes awry. I am a proud member of Pet Sitters Associates, a preferred pet business insurance provider since 1998. 

Meet the face behind Ruff Hiking...

Hi, my name is Shaunna Masiello! I have 16 years of mixed personal and professional experience with all animals. I took a huge leap of faith and quit my full time job to put all my effort into founding Ruff Hiking and Pet Sitting in March of 2022. Since founding Ruff Hiking and Pet Sitting, I've realized that this is the perfect job for me! I've spent the last 5 years in specialty pet retail. I've undertaken many dog and cat nutrition courses. I've also been trained in the basics of dog cognitive behavior and training and I've put it to good use many times over the years. I spent about 6 months working in a doggie daycare facility as well. During my time working in pet retail, I've handled and cared for many different kinds of animals. Some of my favorite "odd pets" to care for are chameleons, snakes, mantids/insects, tortoises, and all sorts of lizards/geckos. I also have lots of experience caring for small mammals such as, rabbits, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, chinchillas, ferrets, and mice/rats! Additionally, I have a huge soft spot for birds in any shape and size. I spent the majority of my life around farm animals, as well, including cows, goats, sheep, horses, chickens/roosters/ducks, and pigs! 

Some of my experience includes caring for senior and handicapped dogs and cats, which includes but is not limited to giving oral and injected medication, re-wrapping bandages, and helping with mobility. I've done a lot of volunteer work at a veterinary hospital, which included feeding, medicating, restraining, walking and just spending time with sick animals. I'm extremely attentive, and my care ranges from baby to senior, of any breed, in any animal. I can confidently say that I will always treat your pet like part of my family, and I will make sure they are as happy as can be while your away!

In my home, it's 100% all about the animals, all the time! We make sure that everyone is content mentally, physically, and socially. In a client's home, I like to mimic their routine as closely as possible to reduce any possible stress. I also will follow the same principles in your home. I will always make sure that every one of your pets needs are met.

Additional Skills

Oral Medication Administration

Special Needs Dog Experience

Injected Medication Administration

Senior Dog Experience

Able to provide daily exercise

There are so many benefits to hiring a professional dog walker; reach out so we can talk all about your pets! Ruff Hiking and Pet Sitting makes hiring a pet care professional simple with affordable options, quality service, and an experienced dog walker and pet sitter.

I’d love to help you and your dog get the benefits a professional dog walker provides.

Office Hours :: 8AM to 7PM Monday - Friday, Closed on Holidays

Walks :: 8AM to 6PM Monday - Friday

Drop-ins :: 8AM to 8PM

Overnight Care :: 8PM to 8AM

*May be able to accommodate earlier or later times depending on weekly schedule*



(978) 340-7631

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