Who We Are

and the dingo that inspired it all

Our Story

It was a warm day for February in New England when Penzi and I set out on our first hike. The air was still chilled but the sun was shining and the snow had melted. We set out on the trail, Penzi straining and bounding at the end of her leash. She began whining in excited anticipation at the sight of other dogs playing, desperate to be free to join them. Armed with a pocket full of treats and a faith in this little ginger pup I had only just begun to know, I let her free and for the first time saw her truly come to life.


My fire cracker of a pup sprinted up and down the hillside, crunching the dry leaves left over from the fall. We explored the trails, finding giant rocks to climb and launch off of, mossy streams slowly tricking by, fields to frolic through, and hills leading to spectacular views. We met other pups and their people and before long Penzi had best friends: Cooper the Jack Russell, who wrestled and chased with her for hours on end, and Puma the Yellow Lab, who taught Penzi the joys of a tennis ball and a good swim.

Moving free together became our natural state of being and the time we were sharing in nature kept me grounded as I contemplated what direction my life should take. I had come to adore this wild pup and was committed to giving Penzi her best life. Working for a dog walking company at the time, I kept thinking all the ways I wanted to improve the service, to bring that peace and fulfillment Penzi and I found on the trails and provide a more specialized experience for the pups. Cooper and Puma’s people supported my vision, signed up to be my first clients, and before I knew it, the adventure that is A Dog’s Life had begun.

After eleven years of growth and adventure, hundreds of happy pups fulfilled, and over ten thousand hours of exploration, our reason for being still holds true. We believe a dog’s best life is lived outside, so we help pups and their people joyfully explore and find peace through nature.

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Meet the Team

Kelly and Penzi

Kelly and Penzi

Founder and Head Adventurers



Senior Hiking Adventure Leader



Hiking Adventure Leader

Amber, Tucker and Oakley

Amber, Tucker and Oakley

Hiking Adventure Leader and Certified Dog Trainer Extrodinaire

What Makes Us Tick


Life demands exploration


Appreciation for beauty in all forms


Life is short, make the most of it


For dogs and their people


Connecting with our pups and their people