ABOUT Barks & Blooms

The Nationally Award-Winning Barks & Blooms was established in July 2008. It has since grown to over 55 Pet Sitters, servicing Harford County, Baltimore County, and Baltimore City. We offer peace of mind, integrity, and professionalism to the world of pet sitting.

We fully vet our pet sitters through a 5-step interview process which includes a background check and our team is covered by Insurance and Bonding policies.

Whether you are looking to have a dog walked, cats cared for, or plants watered, our Fantastically Fabulous Team of Pet Professionals are dedicated to Earn your trust!


PAW Award 2009
Awarded to pet sitting business that exudes the utmost professionalism in the market in their appearance, service, and work in the community.
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Top 5 Dog Walker of the Year: 2010, 2012, and 2014
Awarded by Pet Sitters International. This is the largest educational organization for pet sitters in the world.
With more than 8,000 members around the world, Barks & Blooms have finished top of the class for 2 years.

2nd Place Fundraiser for Harford Humane Society Bowl-A-Rama- 2010
1st Place Fundraiser for Harford Humane Society- 2009
3rd Place Fundraiser For Harford Humane Society- Bowl-A-Rama-2008

Harford Style Magazine 2010
Colleen McDonough is living proof that you can accomplish anything if you put your mind to it, and it’s never too late in life to do so.
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    Some of Our Awards

  • 2013: Joined Hampden Merchants Association
  • 2013: Hungry Bowl Fundraiser
  • 2012: Top 5 in the country for Pet Sitter of the Year
  • 2012: BARCS: Baltimore BRONZE SPONSOR and fundraiser: BARCTOBERFEST
  • 2012: Hurricane Sandy Collection: AMAZING
  • 2012: Bel Air Alliance First Friday Volunteer
  • 2012: Dogfest Again: Wag-a-Thon Again
  • 2011: Dogfest: Baltimore County
  • 2011: Homeruns for the Homeless Committee and Event
  • 2011: Bel Air Alliance-First Fridays Volunteer
  • 2010: Homeruns for the Homeless Committee and Event
  • 2010: 2nd place Fundraiser for Harford County Bowl-a-Rama
  • 2010: Dogfest-Baltimore County
  • 2010: Dogfest-Baltimore County
  • 2010: Harford County Wag-a-thon
  • 2010: Bel Air Alliance First Fridays Volunteers
  • 2010: Fallston Animal Rescue Fundraiser at El Rodeo
  • 2009: 1st Place Fundraiser for Harford County Bowl-a-Rama
  • 2009: Harford County Wag-a-Thon
  • 2009: Dogfest: Baltimore County
  • 2009: Participant for Sarc Benefit: Model
  • 2008: 3rd Place Fundraiser for Harford County Bowl-a-Rama
  • 2008: Bronze Sponsor for Chesapeake Womens Benefit for SARC
  • 2008: DogFest: Baltimore County
  • 2008: Harford County Wag-a-Thon
  • 2008: Harford County Wag-a-Thon
  • 2008: Pets on Wheels


Barks & Bloomshas a passion for working within our community. Each year we work with a local shelter in one of our service areas to provide a better life for pets and their families. We are also proud that we have donated silent auction items to more than 50 different causes from the arts to schools, causes for anyone who needs us. When hurricane Sandy hit — we collected over two truckloads of supplies to head up to the pets in New York and New Jersey. Barks & Blooms has been a top fundraiser for the Humane Society: Bronze Sponsor for BARCS.

    Sponsors and Events

  • 2019- SPCA- Festival for the Animals
  • 2019- BARCStoberfest- BARCS
  • 2019- Bronze Sponsor Harford County Humane Society
  • 2018- SPCA Festival For the Animals
  • 2018- BARCStoberfest-BARCS
  • 2018- HonFest
  • 2017- Harford Humane Society Yappy Hour
  • 2017- SPCA Festival for the Animals
  • 2017- BARCStoberfest-BARCS
  • 2017- DogFest- Baltimore County Humane Society
  • 2017- Honfest
  • 2017- Hampden Fest
  • 2016- SPCA Festival for the Animals
  • 2016- BARCStoberfest-BARCS
  • 2016- Dogfest- Baltimore County Humane Society
  • 2016- Harford County Yappy Hour
  • 2016- Honfest
  • 2015- SPCA Festival of the Animals
  • 2015- BARCStoberfest- BARCS
  • 2015- DogFest- Baltimore County Humane Society
  • 2015- Honfest

We also volunteer for the Homeruns for the Homeless & The Downtown Alliance. Our most recent Hungry Bowl Funds collected more than 60 bags of dog food that we distributed to the SPCA and BARCS.

    A sample of our silent auction donations:

  • Irvine Nature Center Taste on the Town Heather Ricci Golf Outing
  • Bel Air Alliance Bull Roast Paws for Life Yappy Hour CPWN Sarc Benefit
  • Anna’s House American Heart Assoc. MD Historical Society
  • Harford Family House Home Partnership Fund Humane Society Harford
  • Humane Society Baltimore, MD: Transplant Fund St. John’s Church
  • Harford County Library Center of the Arts The Pitbull Project
  • Pugs for Life Donate for Life Family Fun Run
  • The Arc of Baltimore

Barks & Blooms also volunteers for the Belair Alliance, Homeruns for the Homeless, and Habitat for Humanity.