Leslie Stern Abramowitz
Owner, Leslie's Leashes, LLC
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." -George Bernard Shaw
Why did you start your business?
Many people ask me how I became a dog walker and pet sitter. The short answer is “I fell into it.” When my teaching career got interrupted by the economy, a friend of mine recruited me to help walk some neighborhood dogs. From then, I was hooked. Exercising with wonderful family pets, I thought, “You mean, I can actually get paid for doing this?!”
The longer answer to the question is, since I’ve always been a huge animal lover, I’ve really been in the animal care business all of my life. My first dog, Dandy, and my first cat, Cali, taught me how important it is to have animals in our lives. To care for another living creature teaches so much about having compassion and empathy. Family role models like my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles (really, I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t like animals) also taught me a lot about caring for pets as family
members. I’ve tried to instill these values and lessons to my children too with my dog Lucy and cats, Tom and Jerry.
When my friend moved, I got into the driver’s seat, founded Leslie’s Leashes and it’s been a wonderful, furry adventure ever since!
Biggest Achievement so far.....
Other than mothering my children and being a wife, growing a small business from the ground up has taught me so much over the last few years. I'm truly grateful for all of the experiences I have had and the time I get to spend with these amazing animals.
Greatest Lesson Learned....
Communication is key, not matter what facet of life, no matter what business you do, no matter what relationships you have.
Person, Place or Thing that inspires you
My two children and husband inspire me and support me every day. My parents, in-laws and sister too. Just knowing people are always on my side is essential to me.
Words to Foster others....
You won't always feel the way you do at any given moment. So enjoy the successes and highs in life, and roll with the lows.
Phone: (516) 307-7290
Location: Port Washington, NY
2010 - present
2010 - present