Barks & Recreation

Bark. Stay. Play.

Barks & Recreation is Fargo-Moorhead's first luxury pet resort offering pet sitting, dog lodging, daycare enrichment, training, & pet photography.


Owners, Deb & Ashley


It all started when...

Deb & Ashley discovered they had a similar passion for rescuing animals. They met through volunteering with the Italian Greyhound Rescue of ND/MN . Their friendship grew into a partnership when they jointly envisioned a place where animal lovers could feel comfortable bringing their dogs to a "home away from home." While that vision is coming to fruition, they have started offering a home pet sitting service. The rest is history in the making...

meet the team

Deborah Hemstad


Deb & one of her four fur kids, Daphne (Great Pyrenees)

Deborah is a Co-Owner & a Certified Professional Pet Sitter (CPPS) at Barks & Recreation. She is also a Licensed Veterinary Technician & a Certified Canine Massage Therapist. She is an LVT at Animal Health Clinic & has over 20 years of experience in the veterinary industry & boarding facility management. She also brings a background in business management, pet hospital directorship, & kennel management to the team.

Deborah’s passion for pets is evident in her volunteerism with the Italian Greyhound Rescue of ND & MN (IGCA). She, among many other duties, organizes play dates, helps with owner education prior to surrender & for prospective owners, & is the Director of Diamond in the Ruff Pet Rescue (DITR). Deb is a mom to four fur kids & three humans.

Ashley Hahn

Ashley with one of her 4 fur kids, Zephyr (Italian Greyhound)

Ashley is a co-owner & Certified Professional Pet Sitter (CPPS) at Barks & Recreation. She is also a Digital Account Manager at BNG Design & runs a local pet & portrait photography business, Blush Photography.

Ashley received her M.S. in Electrical Engineering from UND. Most recently, she has been continuing her education in the animal world through FetchFind & the Dog Gurus. She volunteers with the IGCA of ND & MN & Diamond in the Ruff (DITR) as a foster parent, home inspector, pet transporter & is on the DITR Board of Directors. Ashley is a mom to four fur kids & one two-legged human.

Abby Rohrbeck

Abby is one of our premier pet sitters. She is also a Licensed Veterinary Technician at the Casselton Veterinary Clinic. She received her Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Technology from North Dakota State University. She is licensed to practice in North Dakota & is a member of the North Dakota Technician Association.

Abby & her husband, Kevin, have 2 kids. The family enjoys trail riding, barrel racing, mounted shooting,  & going to all of the kids' sports & activities. They have 2 house cats, 4 barn cats, 4 horses, several head of cattle, & 1 dog. 

Barks & Recreation is proud to be FetchFind Approved! Using science-based, up-to-date content developed by nationally known pet industry experts, the FetchFind Monthly Pro program ensures that all of our employees are trained with the same consistently high standards from the minute they join our team. This means you can rest assured that your beloved pets are receiving the best care possible from our knowledgeable, confident, & compassionate staff.

I recommend their services without hesitation. Your pet will be in loving & experienced hands!
— Darcy & Pazu, Clients