Our Story

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Merry Pets was founded in 2010 by Merry Speedie and her companion animal, Morgan. Here’s their story in Merry’s words:

 “I never wanted a dog until Morgan found me. She ran up and planted her muddy paws on my freshly pressed white pants and looked me in the eye with a sense of recognition and belonging. It was love at first sight for both of us, and we’ve been deeply in love ever since.

Raising Morgan was the greatest honour of my life. A common refrain I heard from everyone, from the butcher when I picked up fresh meat for her meals to passers-by struck by her serenity and glowing zest for life, was “I want to be reincarnated as your dog!” Tending to her needs and well-being was fun and fulfilling for me, as were our daily pilgrimages to the forest, where she ran and hunted and explored to her heart’s content. Vets would ask me my secret to keeping Morgan so healthy and young for her age, and I’d tell them it was all about trips to the forest, along with the fact that DOGS RUN ON LOVE.

Morgan outlived expectations and enjoyed a long life full of adventure every day. In 2012, she died as gracefully and selflessly as she lived. As she passed away, I was overcome with how much joy she brought to me and how well she loved me all the years we were together. I vowed to her that I would devote my life to trying to live up to the legacy she left, one of caring for other animals as well as she loved and took care of me. I knew this would carry me beyond the void left by her passing. Merry Pets is the inheritance Morgan left me, her way of forever looking out for my well-being and my heart long after it was time for her to go.

Although I’d been caring for people’s pets off and on for 20 years with many people telling me that my gift for nurturing and relating to animals should be a full time job, it wasn’t until the Spring of 2010–with no business experience and only one client–that Merry Pets was born. Morgan and I worked diligently day and night to promote Merry Pets across the Salt Lake valley while keeping each and every client’s individual service up to the same standards I had for Morgan. Through following my heart, hard work and holding an unequivocal resolve to see Merry Pets thrive, Morgan and all of our merry pets have guided me to grow Merry Pets to be Utah’s premier dog hiking and pet-care provider. I’ve never worked this hard for anything in my life, but second only to raising Morgan, there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing than operating Merry Pets to help you raise your pets! Such is out commitment at Merry Pets: to care for the physical and emotional health of your pets with love. All of my dedicated staff share my same compassionate regard for animals and reliable service. I’m as proud of and grateful to them as we are to you for everyone’s part in creating more beauty in so many pets’ lives.”


Why Choose Us?

Someone's gotta walk your dog.


We Care

We are a team of pet lovers who fall in love with every pet we meet!


Licensed, Bonded & Insured

No need to worry...your pet is well taken care of.

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Small Group Hikes

Small packs get more attention. We never take more than 5 dogs on a hike.


20 Years of Experience

This isn't our first rodeo. This evolved from a hobby to a passion to the most fun job in the world!

Find Out What Clients Have To Say

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Merry Pets was a game changer for my wife and I! Our 4-year-old boxer was clearly spending his days wandering around the house and chewing up everything in sight! When we took him on hikes, it was humiliating to have to apologize to every other person on the trail after Charlie Brown barked ferociously, even though he’s always been harmless! It only took Merry a few months to properly socialize Charlie Brown and now he’s a delight on the trails and makes friends regularly, not to mention he’s quite as a cucumber when we get home from work and hasn’t chewed up anything but his toys in a long time! Highly recommend Merry Pets to anyone in the Greater SLC area!
— Michael Kanner, Owner of Charlie Brown

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We could not be more pleased with the services from Merry Pets. For over a year now, Merry has walked our Boxer individually or on group hikes. She is more than accommodating to our schedules, and often we are set up for a month at a time. Our Boxer, Chewbacca, loves Merry and her team so much that when the car pulls up, his tail starts to wag. We trust her with our four-legged child. Grade = A+++
— Matt & Sarah Devoll, Owners of Chewy

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I have been using Merry Pets for almost a year now, and I have been beyond happy with the service. I am a bit of a control freak, especially where my dogs are concerned, so it takes a lot to earn my trust. Speedie and her crew take care of all the dogs as if they were their own—I always know my dogs are in great hands when I am away!
— Stephanie Marthakis, Mother of Scout & Bronty

Merry Pets Gives Back

Merry Pets believes in giving back to our amazing local community. We regularly help out local causes and charities that serve the animal and greater community. We regularly walk dogs in Salt Lake County Animal Services shelters to keep them healthy.

2nd Chance Shelter

We volunteer walking shelter dogs
on a regular basis

Utah Animal Adoption Center

Yearly sponsorship of the
Utah Animal Adoption Center


Public radio

Monthly sponsorship of KUER & KRCL