Pet 'N Play logo with owners John and Katy and their dog Ryder
Pet 'N Play logo with owners John and Katy and their dog Ryder

"Katy and John are so wonderful with Marco - They've been visiting him since he was eight weeks old and we couldn't be happier with their services, especially with a tempestuous puppy!" Suparna

Learn More About the Pet 'N Play Team

and meet our dog walkers and pet sitters

Owners Katy and John at home with their dog Ryder Husband and wife owners, John and Katy at home with their dog, Ryder. Photo courtesy of Haley Buffman's Source to Sea Photography.

"We are committed to learning all we can about pets, pet first aid, and the pet sitting business, and in providing the best pet sitting service and experience possible."  John and Katy


Katy Fritts, co-owner of Pet 'N Play, is a lifelong animal lover and Ann Arbor resident.   She received her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Eastern Michigan University in 2002.  After a 5 year career in banking, she returned to school and took several vet tech classes at Baker College in Jackson.  Following that, she worked at a local boarding/dog daycare facility.  Katy has been certified in Red Cross Pet First Aid.

John Steck, co-owner of Pet 'N Play, is also a lifelong animal lover and Ann Arbor resident.  John co-owned and operated Mary Ridgway Sweets in downtown Ann Arbor from 1981-1988.  John has a master's degree in accounting from Eastern Michigan University, and has been certified in Red Cross Pet First Aid.  With their passion for animals and John's business experience, in October 2008, John and Katy decided to start up a professional pet-sitting and dog walking business together full-time.

Meet our family: Ryder, Mia, Natty, Dolly,

Ralph (RIP) and Jake (RIP and inspiration for Pet 'N Play)

Meet your next dog walkers and pet sitters here:

Eric Wright is a musician and fellow animal lover.  He plays the guitar and bass, has a liberal arts degree from Washtenaw Community College, and has worked at a local dog daycare/boarding facility. Eric also spent a summer working at a grooming facility.  He currently has one dog, Gabby, a Pomeranian/Sheltie mix.  Eric is currently a part-time student at MSU in the Fisheries and Wildlife program.  Eric has been certified in Red Cross Pet First.


Eric has been with the Pet 'N Play team the longest, since 2009.  He is currently enrolled at Michigan State in the forestry program, but when not in class he can be found dog walking all over the Ann Arbor area. 

Employee Eric with his dog Gabby Eric and Gabby
Employee Dave with his dog Bogart Employee Dave with his dog Bogart

Dave Harty has a B.A. in Anthropology from Grinnell College.  He moved to Ann Arbor in 2002 when his wife accepted a teaching position at the University of Michigan.  He drove a cab in town for several years before the birth of his daughter, at which point he become a full-time dad.  Dave owns a business selling juggling props and flying discs through his website,, and he has also worked as a professional bridge instructor (Yes, the card game!).  Dave has been certified in Red Cross Pet First Aid.


Dave has been a part of the Pet 'N Play team since July 2012.  Prior to becoming a part-time dog walker, Dave used Pet 'N Play's services for his dog, Bogart for several years! Sadly, Bogart is no longer with us (but they have a new cat named Sophie!).

Contact Us:

Pet 'N Play- Your Personal Pet Sitters

Ann Arbor, MI

(734) 913-2027

"We give dogs time we can spare, space we can spare and love we can spare.  And in return, dogs give us their all.  It's the best deal man has ever made."- M. Facklam

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