Mary Ellison


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I really haven’t ended up far from where I grew up. Starting off in Sherborn, and ending up in Hopkinton, by way of Nantucket and Naples, Fl. The youngest of 5 kids and an avid beach and animal lover, it’s no surprise that I lived for many years in beach locations and also owned and operated my own pet supply store that I started from scratch in 2006.

Fast forward to 2017, I sold the store and after a short (but well deserved) break, I was restless. I had been pet sitting since 1998, and still do, but I wanted to be part of a community of people again. I love the dogs to pieces, but there’s only so much dog talk one can survive on.  I’ve always enjoyed people as well as working, so when the email went out from Wells Financial Partners about a part time job, I threw my hat in the ring and here I am. It doesn’t hurt that Stan and I worked together 19 years ago. When I’m not at the office, I’m usually doing something dog related like pet sitting, working on my line of dog themed products or writing another chapter of my book chronicling my pet sitting adventures.   

I’m looking forward to utilizing some of the skills I sharpened from my years of being a small business owner. Every year I coordinated a fund raiser for the local dog shelters, collaborating with my many vendors as well as the local businesses I had developed relationships with over the years. That made for some funny items to be auctioned off, ranging from dog food to facials to oil changes! No one escaped my fund raising efforts! I’ve also sold my products at various trade shows, the most notable being at the start of The Boston Marathon. Since 2014 I’ve enjoyed sharing my Sniff Strong line of collars and leashes with dog lovers from all over the world from Hopkinton Center.