about Nose, toes & tails


Hey there!   I'm Michelle Kempinski, owner of Nose, Toes & Tails Pet Care, LLC.  

I love outdoor trekking and I'm a huge advocate for a healthy environment, and the health & welfare of animals (including us humans).  For 28 years I developed a career in the fields of Environmental Health & Safety and Landscape Architecture.

And, for as long as I can remember, I've had a knack for making fast friends with critters, both large and small. 


In 2012, after surviving a battle with cancer, I began a journey to re-discover my goals in life and my path forward. As part of this process, I wanted to get back to doing something that I felt proud of and passionate about.   I also realized that a great deal of my own emotional and physical recovery was grounded in the times spent in nature with my fur-buddies.  

With decades of part-time pet sitting experience, in 2017 I decided to take the plunge and make it a full-time gig. Building on that journey, in 2018 I launched my own pet-focused, pet-care business in Durham. 

The members of our pet-familes bring us  joy,  love,  comfort, healing, and companionship. What great gifts!   My goal is to support you by providing professional and compassionate care for your pets... whenever you need a hand.  Nose, Toes & Tails Pet Care, LLC offers comprehensive pet care services, including:

  • Pet Sitting

  • Vacation Care (Home and Pet)

  • Individual or 'Buddy' Daily Walks

  • Trail and Park Excursions

  • Pet Taxi Service


Providing responsible care for your pet is our priority, as well as thoughtful, professional and courteous service for you.   Some of our extra creds include:

  • Pet Tech Pet First Aid and CPR Certified

  • Duke University Dog Emotion and Cognition course certificate

  • Competent with medicine administration and insulin injections

  • Experienced pet care provider, for both City and Farm critters (including rabbits, dogs, cats, goats, horses, fish, hens, hamsters, and a bearded dragon).