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WELCOME TO LINUS & CLYDE® LLC

A Premium Dog Walking
and Pet Sitting Service

Welcome to Linus & Clyde LLC, a premium dog walking and pet sitting service headquartered in Oldwick, New Jersey. Andraya Simpson founded the service in 2008. Among the services offered are dog walking, overnight pet sitting in your home and pet taxi. In addition to dogs and cats, Linus & Clyde provides pet care for horses, birds, caged animals and exotics. Linus & Clyde services Hunterdon County, NJ; Morris County, NJ and Somerset County, NJ. Our service areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Bedminster, NJ
  • Bernardsville, NJ
  • Califon, NJ
  • Chester, NJ
  • Far Hills, NJ
  • Peapack/Gladstone, NJ
  • Lebanon, NJ
  • Oldwick, NJ
  • Pluckemin, NJ
  • Pottersville, NJ
  • Whitehouse, NJ
  • Tewksbury, NJ
  • Bedminster, NJ
  • Bernardsville, NJ
  • Califon, NJ
  • Chester, NJ
  • Far Hills, NJ
  • Peapack/Gladstone, NJ
  • Lebanon, NJ
  • Oldwick, NJ
  • Pluckemin, NJ
  • Pottersville, NJ
  • Whitehouse, NJ
  • Tewksbury, NJ

Andraya Simpson is Red Cross Certified in Pet First Aid, and she is also a Certified Professional Pet Sitter (CPPS) through PSI. Linus & Clyde is a member of PSI (Pet Sitters International) and NAPPS (National Association of Professional Pet Sitters).

Linus & Clyde is bonded and insured, and references are available upon request.
Contact one of New Jersey’s leading dog walking and pet sitting services for a free consultation. 908.500.3300.

Contrary to popular belief, the poodle did not originate in France. It was originally a German breed used for hunting, water retrieving and even herding.

ABOUT US

About Andraya

Andraya Simpson
Andraya and “Linus” and “Clyde”
© Photo by Monica Stevenson

Born in Budapest, Andraya lived in Paris and the South of France as a child before her family settled in New York. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from York College CUNY. She also spent two semesters at the University of Vienna in Austria where she studied German, Music History and Art History. After years of Manhattan living and a career in the motion picture industry, she set down roots in New Jersey. She and her husband, Mike, bought a farm in Tewksbury Township that they shared with two German Shepherds, a Jack Russell Terrier and their horses. An accomplished horsewoman, Andraya oversaw and managed the daily, hands-on care of their horses, dogs and farm for fourteen years.

Andraya and “Muneca”
Andraya and “Muneca”

In 2005 after the last of their beloved three dogs died, Andraya and Mike were taken hostage by two Jack Russell Terriers, “Linus” (a female!) and “Clyde.”

Andraya launched the pet sitting and dog walking service in 2008. It fulfills a lifelong love of animals and an entrepreneurial spirit. Since its inception, Linus & Clyde has earned a reputation as a premium pet sitting business by consistently providing clients with superior service. This means:

  • The utmost compassion and care for every animal
  • Rigorous attention to detail with every pet and every home
  • Protection of privacy
  • Dependable and responsive—phone calls, texts, emails returned promptly
  • Reliable. Responsible. Flexible—available on short notice to accommodate
    last minute changes in your schedule
Andraya and ‘Abigail”
Andraya and “Abigail”

Andraya furthers her pet care knowledge by attending seminars and through educational material from the American Kennel Club, American Red Cross, American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, American Veterinary Medical Association, American Pet Products Association, Pet Food Industry, National Association of Professional Pet Sitters and Pet Sitters International.

  • Andraya is Red Cross Certified in Pet First Aid
  • Member of NAPPS (National Association of Professional Pet Sitters)
  • Member of and certified by PSI (Pet Sitters International)
American Red Cross NAPPS PSI CPPS


About Phyllis

Phyllis
Phyllis

Andraya’s assistant, Phyllis Baker, moved to New Jersey from the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Ithaca College, as well as a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Long Island University at CW Post and an Associate’s Degree in Veterinary Technology from Northampton Community College in Pennsylvania. Phyllis is a proud member of Phi Theta Kappa.

Her professional background includes marketing, customer support and sales, as well as serving as the Assistant Executive Director of the New Jersey division of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. She trained in the veterinary healthcare/biotechnology industry during a corporate career at IDEXX Laboratories in Maine where she further developed her skills in project management and customer service. She has worked as an equine veterinary technician specializing in neonatal medicine at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in Ringoes, New Jersey and as a veterinary technician for USET Olympic team veterinarian Brendan Furlong in Oldwick, New Jersey.

A lifelong dog lover, Phyllis grew up with a variety of dog breeds, including a boxer, collie, cockapoo, Labrador retriever and many marvelous mutts. An avid walker with both two and four-legged companions, her love for horses and dogs continues to be a focus of her free time, as well as serving on various committees at her church and other local organizations in Tewksbury. In addition, she enjoys cooking, entertaining friends and family, various cultural events and travel – especially to the beautiful coastal villages of Maine.



About Arianna

Arianna
Arianna

Andraya’s assistant, Arianna Garutti, graduated cum laude from Rutgers University with a dual Bachelor of Arts in English and Italian. She is a proud member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. During her undergraduate studies, Arianna was fortunate to spend a summer session at the University of Urbino and a semester at Florence University of the Arts in Italy. She later received her Master of Public Policy degree from Rutgers University’s Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy with concentrations in education policy and nonprofit management. Before joining Linus & Clyde, she worked for such nonprofits as the Clinton Global Initiative, Human Rights Watch, and Pew Charitable Trusts. Arianna also has experience working in the hospitality industry, having traveled to Kuwait City as a member of the training and opening support team for Shake Shack’s second international location.

A Jersey girl at heart, Arianna was born and lived in Hackensack before moving with her family to Tewksbury Township as a child. She developed a love of horses and competed with her thoroughbred gelding, “Oberon,” an ex-racehorse and rescue. A lifelong dog lover, she grew up with a Newfoundland and Standard Poodles. She now shares her home with Standard Poodles “Dickens” and “Poe.” In her free time, Arianna is a competitive and social ballroom dancer and enjoys cooking, traveling, photography, and spending time with family and friends.



About Kristy

Kristy
© Photo by Monica Stevenson

Andraya’s assistant, Kristine Matarazzo, is a Graduate Certified Veterinary Technician who has worked as an anesthetist at Running S Equine Veterinary Services in Califon since 2004. Born and raised in Hunterdon County, Kristy received a Bachelor of Science in Equine Health Technology and Equine Facilities Management from Otterbein College in Ohio. She also has an Associate of Applied Science in Veterinary Technology from Columbus State. She fulfilled her clinical rotations at Ohio State University Veterinary School. Before working at Running ‘S,’ Kristy worked as a small animal technician.

Growing up, Kristy competed jumpers in the Marshall & Sterling League and was active in local 4-H and FFA. Her thoroughbred gelding, “Red,” has been with her through college. She also has 2 dogs, several house cats, a pair of mini donkeys and some chickens. In her free time she enjoys spending time cooking and enter-taining with her family and friends.

Dogs have masters. Cats have servants. Horses have slaves.

LINUS & CLYDE® SERVICES

Services

(All services are offered in your home or on your farm)


CONSULTATION

There is no charge for the initial consultation when Andraya meets you and your pets in your home or on your farm. Linus & Clyde rates are discussed at this time.   

DOG WALKING

For up to two dogs in the same household. It includes either a walk on-leash, a “stay-and-play” in the yard, or a combination of both, daily physical body checks for ticks or bruises, feeding, watering, brushing, administering medication and pictures or videos along with a summary of our adventures. 

PUPPY PROGRAM

Accompanying the puppy (with or without the owner) to puppy kindergarten. It includes daily physical body checks for ticks or bruises, keeping a detailed diary of puppy’s daily activities and reinforcing any professional dog training the owner and puppy have undergone together. 

KITTY CARE

For up to five cats in the same household. Feeding, watering, brushing, administering medication, cleaning the litter box daily and pictures or videos along with a summary of kitty’s activities and adventures.

HORSE CARE

Feeding, haying and watering. Turning out and bringing in. Putting on/removing sheets and blankets. Picking feet and light grooming.  Careful scrutiny and physical body checks to rule out injuries or signs of distress. Administering meds–including IM injections. Linus & Clyde rates and additional requests are discussed at this time.

OVERNIGHT PET SITTING

Perfect for pets who don’t like to sleep alone and thrive on a familiar routine in the comfort and security of their home. The overnight typically starts at 7:30 pm and ends at 6:30 am.  It includes an evening and morning walk or “stay and play” in the yard, daily physical body checks for ticks or bruises, as well as feeding, watering, brushing, administering medication and pictures or videos along with a summary of our overnight activities. It also includes bringing in the mail, newspapers and packages, rolling the trash/recycle to and from the curb, watering plants and other requests to guarantee your peace of mind. 

PET TAXI

When there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, ask Linus & Clyde to chauffeur your pet to or from the vet or the groomer.  Limited to 2 pets per trip.

HOLIDAYS

Linus & Clyde pet sitting and dog walking services are available 365 days a year. Please know that on the following holidays there will be a surcharge for each visit: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

 

Andraya with “Lionesss”
Andraya with “Lionesss”
© Photo by Monica Stevenson.






Andraya and “Lioness”
Andraya and “Lioness”
© Photo by Monica Stevenson.

In Ancient Rome, devotion to dogs was so intense that Caesar reportedly had to remind the citizens to pay more attention to their children and less to their dogs.

TESTIMONIALS

Praise for Linus & Clyde

We have two beautiful Standard Poodles who are a big part of our family, and who we do not trust to just anybody when we leave them for an afternoon or an evening. We discovered Andraya Simpson several years ago, and she has been our dog walker ever since.

She is great. There are several important requirements to a successful relationship of this nature. One is availability and flexibility. While we try to give Andraya appropriate lead time for her scheduling purposes, it sometimes happens that we have to call her upon short notice, and she always does her very best to accommodate us. The most important requirements for a dog walker are reliability and trustworthiness. Owners need to know that if someone is asked to be at the house at, say, 3:30 PM to take the dogs out, they show up at that time. This is especially important for an older dog.  Andraya has reliability in abundance.  How does an owner ever really know if the dog walker comes at the agreed-upon time if they are not there? Well, Andraya has a wonderful practice of texting a note, often accompanied by a photo, that documents she came on time, and all is well. This provides great peace of mind to the owner. Another practice of Andraya is to leave a written note. When the owner returns home, you learn what transpired–which dog did what kind of business, who played which activity, who got what treats.

Finally, and importantly, the person should actually like dogs, and they, in return, like her. Everything about Andraya’s demeanor, and evident from her notes, is how fond she is of her doggie clients. This is apparent from all her interactions with our dogs, and it is clear from their behavior when we see them together, that they, in turn, like her.

We will continue to work with Andraya, and we recommend her without hesitation to dog owners looking for a reliable, trustworthy surrogate when they are not at home.

- Joanna and Ron G., Pottersville, NJ

  • Penny Penny
  • Naomi Naomi
  • Kiki Kiki
  • Katie Katie
  • Arwen Arwen
     

Andraya Simpson is an amazing pet sitter. She took complete and wonderful care of our FIVE cats while we were on vacation for over a week. Before vacation she spent over an hour at our house meticulously reviewing every detail of feeding and care of the cats. She took notes of their names and descriptions so she could keep track of them individually. She asked questions with the goal of taking the very best care of our cats while we were away from them, even thinking to have us leave out the cat carriers in case of emergency. I knew she was a keeper when our very shy cat “Naomi” flopped on the floor in front of her for petting! While we were gone Andraya sent us sweet pictures of the girls and daily updates. She visited twice a day and spent quite a bit of time with them. We returned home to find five happy, well-fed cats, clean litter boxes, rinsed and recycled cat food cans, watered plants, mail in neat piles... perfection.

It’s rare these days to find someone so trustworthy, caring, and reliable. Andraya is all these things and more. I give her the highest recommendation!

- Laura S., Califon, NJ

I am very happy to recommend Andraya and Linus & Clyde Pet Care Services for extremely capable and worry-free horse care. My friend, Marge and I rent a small barn where we do all the barn work for our two horses, “Memory” and “Cole.” Marge and I went on a 1 week vacation with our families. Andraya did an excellent job of caring for “Memory” and “Cole.” She covered the feeding, mucking, grooming, and turnout along with keeping the barn clean. She came 3 times daily, but is flexible to meet any request. She is a pleasure to work with. We were gone in the Fall when the temperatures fluctuate daily. Andraya used good judgment knowing when to put the horses’ sheets on and when to take them off.

She pays attention to all details, and has the safety and well-being of the horses in mind at all times. We found her to be very flexible with our needs, and she kept us up-to-date with emails, texts and pictures. We were able to stay relaxed and enjoy our vacation. When we returned, the barn was neater then we keep it, and “Memory” and “Cole” were very relaxed and happy.

- JoAnn M. & Marge Z., Tewksbury Township, NJ

Andraya has been taking excellent care of our dog, “Gus,” since 2009. Time and again, she has been able to accommodate our ever changing schedules, business travels, vacations, and impromptu requests. She has also been able to help us manage our dog’s recovery from major shoulder surgery. Andraya has, and continues to care for our dog with love and kindness. We couldn’t be happier and highly recommend her.

- Tran and Tom K., Tewksbury Township, NJ

I’ve have had the pleasure of working with Andraya Simpson of Linus and Clyde for a couple of years now. When I moved to New Jersey, I wasn’t sure where to begin in finding a pet sitter. My vet gave me Andraya’s number and from the moment I met her, I could see that she was a professional woman who takes her business seriously; and her way with animals was evident from the moment she met our beloved Boxer!

My husband and I both travel frequently on business and Andraya cares for our dog while we are away on business, as well as when we are away on vacation. She is always available, even on short notice and on holidays. Every visit is followed up with an email or text, and an accompanying photo or video. There is great peace of mind that comes with being hundreds of miles away but knowing that our dog is being taken care of so well (and getting photos as proof). When we get home, our dog is always in great spirits and looking happy and healthy. We trust Andraya completely with our dog and our home, and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a responsible, reliable person to look after their four-legged family members. She doesn’t just take care of pets – she really seems to truly love every animal that she cares for!

- Julie and Mike O., Tewksbury Township, NJ

Andraya Simpson has been our trusted petsitter since November of 2010, and we are extremely fortunate to have found her. Like many pet parents, we consider our dogs to be part of the family and would only entrust their care to someone who provides the highest level of service and professionalism. Her extensive knowledge and love of animals was immediately evident, and she has consistently demonstrated her willingness to go above and beyond to ensure their needs are being met, from daily feedings and regular exercise, to medication administration and occasional post-veterinary care. To find such a kind, generous, friendly, and trustworthy individual with her level of experience is rare, indeed, and with Andraya’s help, we know whenever we travel that our precious pups are happy, healthy, and safe at home.

- Jill and Budge H., Far Hills, NJ
with assistance from the boys, “Jäger” and “Thor”

One only has to look at our dog’s frantically wagging tail when he sees Andraya to know that she brings a wonderful love of pets to her work. For the many years we have worked together she has never missed an appointment and has our pet’s full interest at heart. We could not be more enthusiastic in our recommendation of Linus & Clyde.

- Ginny and Joel S., Tewksbury, NJ

I have had animals my whole life, and feel most at ease knowing they will always be taken care of by Andraya when my husband or I can’t be there. Most importantly all details are paid attention to not only with my two competition horses and our toy poodle, but also with their surroundings. Andraya gives a level of care that is hard to find anywhere else. My horses and our dog love her!!

- Elizabeth and Robert D., Tewksbury Township, NJ

There are over 300 different breeds of horses and ponies around the world. It is estimated that there are about 750 million horses in the world.

CONTACT LINUS & CLYDE®

Call Andraya at 908.500.3300 or send her an email:

Linus & Clyde “Linus” and “Clyde”





Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.