About Us

Owner - Alix DiLorenzo

Alix Marcoux DiLorenzo

Owner & Dog Walker
Award-winning Homeward Bound Professional Animal Care, LLC is owned and operated by Alix Marcoux DiLorenzo of Gilford, New Hampshire. Alix grew up in Laconia, New Hampshire with dogs, cats, and horses. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College, she went on to open a successful pet sitting business, Pawsitively Pampered Pets in Seattle, Washington. She went on to receive her Master of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from Michigan State University and worked at Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, Massachusetts.

A desire to return to the place where she grew up has brought Alix back to New Hampshire to establish Homeward Bound Professional Animal Care, LLC. Alix brings a lifetime of knowledge gained by working with animals of all kinds from dogs and cats to wildlife such as deer, wolves, and bear. In addition, Alix is a Certified Professional Pet Sitter by Pet Sitter's International.

Alix has also volunteered her time at HOWL, a wildlife rehabilitation center, Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle in the feline and gorilla units, and for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources tracking deer.

Meet The Dog Walkers

Jodie Leclerc


Jodie grew up in Hopedale, Massachusetts, and moved to Laconia in 2004 as she and her family fell in love with the beautiful lakes and boating adventures. Jodie enjoys summer adventures with her son, Zander, and her daughter, Jazmine. Jodie is looking forward to combining her 2 passions…animals and exercise! In addition to working part time for Homeward Bound, Jodie was employed by CVS for more than 16 years and currently works at Hannaford throughout New Hampshire.

Her dedication and energy is a welcome asset to Homeward Bound, and she enjoys loving and caring for your pets as if they are her own!



Edna MacDougall grew up in Bristol, New Hampshire amongst farm animals, countless cats, and dogs. Pets have always been a part of her life. She is a cat-lover who presently resides in Laconia with feline companions Mona and Nugget. A retired Medical Technologist and a graduate of Plymouth State University and the University of Vermont, Edna worked and enjoyed the sunshine in Stuart, Florida from 1988 to 2002. Her most recent employment was in the laboratory at Lakes Region General Hospital.

She enjoys most outside activities: walking, gardening, bicycling and riding her Kawasaki 650.



Jane recently retired from a successful career in financial services. She and her husband decided to relocate from Connecticut to enjoy the Lakes Region on a full time basis.

Jane is the proud grandmother of two border collies and a vizsla and can often be found walking and hiking with them.

Saige Dog Walker


Saige has lived in New England her whole life and couldn’t think of a better place to grow up. Where else can you go to the beach one day and go hiking up a mountain the next? Saige is a Plymouth University Graduate in the field of Technical Theater. When she isn’t performing on the stage, you can find Saige up in the mountains with her chocolate lab/pitbull mix Darla. She also shares her home with a pug named Dakota, two cats named Reese and Sophie and a pen full of chickens.
Tara Dog Walker


Tara grew up in Somersworth, NH and moved to Gilmanton in early 2022. Graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in biology, she loves everything outdoors especially camping, kayaking/paddleboarding, gardening, raising her chickens, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, and exploring the area. . Prior to moving to Gilmanton she was a supervisor in a Cardiovascular department. Most importantly she enjoys spending quality time with her boyfriend, her son, and rescue dog, Goldie.