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”
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 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)
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.
Andraya's assistant, Melissa Fogg, grew up in Alexandria Township, New Jersey. She lived in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Montclair before moving back to Hunterdon County. Melissa earned a BFA in Broadcast Journalism from the School of Visual Arts in New York City which she attended on a full academic scholarship. She went on to a career in marketing for USA Network, becoming a supervising writer/producer in on-air promotions. She subsequently ran her own media services company, mojo ink & media, for nearly two decades. Along the way she also earned paralegal certification from RVCC. Melissa recently concluded a long-term freelance producing assignment for NBC-Universal. She continues to create corporate videos and—in her free time—writes plays for middle-schoolers.
Melissa was an active EMT with the Califon First Aid Squad and is certified in CPR. She is also a lifelong soccer player, participating every year in "Goals for Life," a Montclair, New Jersey tournament that fundraises for women's health initiatives.
Melissa has loved animals, especially dogs, since she was a young child. She has shared her home with German Shepherds, Alaskan Malamutes, and Doberman Pinschers, along with a toy Poodle and Scottish Terrier. Her current best canine friend is a 12-years old Australian Cattle Dog, Bobo, who is the smartest, sweetest, and stickiest Velcro-dog ever. With five children to herd, he is a busy boy.
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.