WALK HIKE PLAY LLC is solely owned and operated by Nicole Rathje, although Abby, her rescue dog, wants you to know that she is always employee of the month. 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. Nicole began her professional career as an elementary school educator. She has an MA in Education and loved her time as a teacher, but while earning her 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. Walk Hike Play is in its sixth year of business and its fifth in the PNW.