Laura Hudson, owner of Woof Pack Dog Walking & Pet Services, believes in building a collaborative community.

This is evident in the fact that the owner of a competing business nominated her for an award.

“Laura is an extraordinary business owner who has deep compassion for her canine clients, the dog owners and her staff,” says Donna Barrett, owner of Polite Pups Training.

“Laura creates goodwill and enriches others’ lives though her positive presence, outlook and indefatigable heart.”

Hudson took over Woof Pack from the previous owner, for whom she worked, in March of 2015.

“I had no idea what to expect but I felt like it was something I have wanted to do my whole life and I needed to run with this and make it work,” she says.

The business has three employees and offers on-leash walks, potty breaks (where a team member comes to your home to let your dog out during the day) and in-home pet sitting.

In addition to running her own business, Hudson recently provided end-of-life care to her terminally ill father by being at his bedside daily.

“There were so many days that I sat by his side wondering how I was going to continue to do this and run this business,” she says.

She says her family and friends, including Barrett, made it possible for her to juggle her business, family life and grief.