Above all, we speak dog. This means, we understand what dogs need to be stimulated and happy. Each day, our goal is to hike in synergy with your dog. We learn to speak their language and they learn to understand ours.  

 Santa Cruz Dog Walker

Michelle Nolan


Prior to founding Pacific Paw, my past experience includes:

  • 5 years training, grooming and assisting professional handlers at dog shows
  • 5 years as a dog sitter
  • 4 years supervising large play groups at a doggy daycare
  • 3 years as a business manager/walker for a dog walking company

From working with professional dog handlers, in the trenches supervising large dog playgroups to hiking packs of dogs in Santa Cruz, my life has always been about dogs. I wanted to apply what I've learned which is why I created my own company. There is nothing more empowering to me than hiking a group of dogs cohesively. I'm irrevocably passionate and devoted to each and every dog who joins my pack. I look forward to getting to know you and your dog!


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Jeffrey Wallace
Business Partner

Hello! I'm Jeff! I've been working with Michelle for about five years, assisting with overnight care and dog walking part time. I'm a career car mechanic at Santa Cruz Toyota but enjoy spending my days off beside dogs.  See you on the trails!


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Michelle Mecca

Pack Leader

Hi I’m Michelle Mecca. I am a graduate student currently working towards a masters degree in social work. I have been living in Santa Cruz for the past 6 years. I originally moved here to attend UCSC, Go Banana Slugs! I graduated with my B.A. in psychology and began working for a nonprofit social work agency shortly after. I am pretty adventurous so I jump at any opportunity to head outdoors or on the road. I love dogs, so I was excited to pursue an opportunity to work with Pacific Paw.








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Sarah Aronow

Pack Leader/Dog Trainer

Sarah has been a passionate animal lover from the day she was born! Born at home with her family corgi waiting anxiously nearby, she was destined to be a lover of all furry friends (and scaly too--no discrimination). Sarah believes that our dog companions need to receive all the love and respect in order for us to expect it back. With this philosophy in mind, Sarah brings care and determination to each training case, each hike, and all dog interactions she comes across!







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Jenny Wootton

Pack Leader

Hi! My name is Jenny, and I am a student currently working on becoming an equine veterinary technician. I grew up in Santa Cruz California for the most part, but you could also say I grew up in the barn. My love of animals and sport lead to 10+ years of riding and competing in jumping competitions. Now it leads me to hoping to help better the sport by keeping these horses as healthy as possible, performing at their best ability, and living happy comfortable lives for as long as possible!