WALK HIKE PLAY LLC is solely owned and operated by Nicole Rathje. Nicole began her professional career as an elementary school educator. She loved her time in the classroom, but while earning her masters degree she picked up a side job walking dogs and found her true calling. Nicole now has over ten years of experience as a dog handler and cat care provider. She is licensed, bonded, insured, pet first-aid certified, and dog trainer foundation certified through the International Association of Canine Professionals. Nicole believes in building a connection with every member of the pack. She honors them as individuals and feels it is her responsibility as a pack leader to help each animal in her care to grow and thrive.