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Thanks for visiting Heart 2 Heart Pet Services!

  • karen bayardI provide quality care for your pets!
  • Service is available throughout Salt Lake (including Sugarhouse, the Avenues, Millcreek & Downtown), Midvale, South Salt Lake, Murray & Holladay!
  • 60-minute dog walks in our beautiful parks and canyons!
  • These hikes allow the dogs to romp and play outdoors, leash-free year round!
  • All pet sits and stays include safety services so no one knows that you are away from home! I bring in your mail, change lights, and take care of the trash.
  • All pet services include additional amenities such as a pet report so you know how your pet did in your absence, treats for you to give once you return and TLC for your houseplants!
  • No extra charges for consultations, key exchanges or administering medication.
  • All new clients receive a "welcome bag" with gifts, coupons and samples!
  • First aid/CPR certified for animals
  • Licensed, bonded and insured!

And of course your pets will get ... LOTS OF TLC!

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karenHi, I'm Karen and I've loved animals ever since I was a child. I remember wanting a puppy so badly that I studied the encyclopedia to learn about the many different breeds of dogs. I wanted to prove to my father that I was responsible enough to have a pet...and it worked!  

Heart 2 Heart Pet Services began out of a need to fund my education.   Over time I found that I enjoyed this work so much that I decided to turn it into a business.   I am fortunate that there is a need for the pet care services I provide because I truly enjoy what I do!

I love animals and having the opportunity to care for them and learn from them is fantastic! It has been a joy working with animals I had never seen before except in books. In my first year, I worked with rats, horses, rabbits and frogs in addition to cats, dogs, birds and fish.

This year I will work with chickens for the first time! I'm excited!

Should you find yourself in need of a dog walker or pet sitter when you go on a vacation, a business trip or for a long day at the office, please don't hesitate to call or email me.  

I hope you'll stop by from time to time and check out the new recipes, pictures and other features as this site grows. Thank you!

All the best,
Karen Bayard
Owner, Heart 2 Heart Pet Services

Karen Bayard , a native New Yorker, has made Salt Lake City her new home.  She attended Healing Mountain Massage School. She is currently studying a variety of healing modalities and plans to develop ways to work with animals which will incorporate her studies in human and animal biology, Maya Abdominal Massage, Reiki, herbology, Craniosacral, Ayurveda and Tellington TTouch therapy for Animals.

Services & Rates

• Dog Hikes

This service is perfect for people who are unable to take their dog(s) out for more than a quick walk around the block but feel that their dog(s) would be happier with more exercise.

I take dogs on a 60-minute adventure in one of the local off-leash parks or canyons. The dogs usually have an opportunity to swim in creeks, streams and ponds. They also play with frisbees and tennis balls.

During the off leash hike, each dog is provided with a colorful bandana which identifies them as part of the Heart 2 Heart Pet Services group. You’d be amazed at how much the dogs enjoy socializing with each other! In addition, this service includes door-to-door pick ups and drop offs. Your dog is sure to be happily relaxed after these fun hikes!

$20 per hike
$15 Each additional dog


• Sitting Service

The Heart 2 Heart sitting service is ideal for those who work long hours, are going on vacation, a business trip or perhaps plan to enjoy a day of self-pampering. This service includes, feedings, brief neighborhood walks, litter pan/ cage changes, trash, plant, light and mail services. One of the nice things about this service is the security it provides. There is no mail piling up so no one has to know you are away from home. You will also receive a report about your pet(s) so that you don’t feel like you’ve missed any of their cute or unique antics. At the end of the service, treats will be left for you to give your pet(s) so that your return will be extra special!

dogCats & other small animals - $15 per visit
$3 each additional cat/small animal

Dogs & Pot-bellied pigs- $15 per visit
$5 Each additional dog/pig
$10 Add on a 20-minute neighborhood walk (per dog)

Feel free to call with any questions or to schedule a free consultation. (801) 486-6843


Here are comments from some clients.   Additional references available upon request.

“Our dog, Barkley, loved and trusted Karen immediately.  He had no reluctance at all about going with her, which is unusual for him.  She made him feel comfortable right away.  Karen has a natural way of relating to animals, finding the right balance between putting them at ease and setting appropriate limits.  From the start, our communications with Karen were clear and thorough, and she kept us updated about our dog while we were gone.  She provided plenty of opportunities for him to play with other dogs, and we know he was well loved in our absence.  The month our dog spent with Karen was a very happy one!"
Heather, Portland, Oregon

I am the owner of a miniature Chihuahua named Cry Baby Jones. I work out of town so Karen watches him for up to 15-20 days a month. She is always timely with pick-up and drop off as well as calls back to confirm services needed. As you might imagine Cry is a bit more to care for than a larger dog and I feel that Karen takes his care very seriously and professionally. I never worry that he is in great hands and very safe at all times. My only concern is that he won’t want to come home after all the love, affection and great walks he goes on while I am away.

Bogart McAvoy,
Pet owner and satisfied heart2heart client.


Moka and I would both be nuts if not for Karen and Heart 2 Heart Pet Services. Moka gets to play with her best friend ever, and some cool dogs too, and comes home happy, tired and mellow. I get to work without worrying about my girl being home alone, and I never worry about her when she is with Karen. We love Heart 2 Heart Pet Services!

Lorna D. Vogt


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tellington touch   dog hike




Cat Crackers

One 6 ounces tuna (or other fish)
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
1/3 cup water

Combine all ingredients.   Roll dough on a floured board.   Cut into shapes and place on ungreased cookie sheet.   Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.   Refrigerate to keep fresh.

Cheesey-Garlic Dog Bites

1 cup flour
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon garlic powder (NOT garlic salt)
1 tablespoon soft butter
1/2 cup milk

Mix flour & cheese together. Add garlic powder and softened butter. Slowly add milk until a stiff dough is formed (you may not need all the milk). Knead on a floured board. Cut into shapes and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Let cool with oven door slightly open till treats are cold and firm.   Refrigerate to keep fresh.

The Girls

A sassy 12-year-old tabby. She came as a Halloween birthday gift. A vet dared me that she was male since most red tabbies are...I asked him if he wanted to bet the cost of the office visit...he didn't. Good thing, Frazier was/is female! She is the alarm clock of the household. The keeper of order and the nap police.


After my army enlistment, I adopted my foster, a golden retriever. She had heartworm, a respiratory infection, was more than 10 pounds underweight AND pregnant. She had 11 puppies. Only 2 survived. Great homes were found for them. Sandy came with a host of "special needs." I quickly learned about pet allergies, nutrition and holistic animal care. Six years later, Sandy was struck by a motorcycle. She sustained damage to her bladder, both hips and a ligament in her right knee. She lived and is doing remarkably well!

At 10 years old, she is the mediator when I am introducing new dogs on hikes. She is the calming presence for animals I work with that are recovering from surgery or making life-death transitions.

This 4 year old firecracker was re-homed 4 times. Perhaps the challenge with her was getting her to eat. She seems to have digestion problems. Nevertheless, she is full of vitality! She lives up to her name in many ways. She is the cuddle bug and the explorer.


Words will never adequately express the wonder these animals have brought into my world. I am very fortunate to have them in my life.

Please feel free to contact me via email or telephone at (801) 486-6843.

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From May/June 2006 Best Friends Magazine



In Memorium

This website is dedicated in loving memory to REX. He was adopted in his golden years. Although our time together was short I am thankful for having had him in my life. He was a great companion. I will always miss his sweet face and goofy ways. I pray he will have eternal happiness just over the Rainbow Bridge.  


Karen Bayard     Salt Lake City, Utah     (801) 486-6843     email