Welcome to JollyRufusWalks

We Are Bonded & Insured

Pet CPR &
Emergency Trained


Our Services

Dog Walking &
Pet Sitting

Jolly Rufus Walks is a professional dog walking and pet sitting company in Wilmington, NC with competitive rates. We are fully bonded and insured. So if needing professional pet care for when you're not there (dog walks, pet sitting, overnight stays), Jolly Rufus Dog Walking & Pet Sitting has you covered.

Basic Services

  • Checking and bringing in your mail/newspapers
  • Watering your plants as needed
  • Turning on/off your house lights
  • Cleaning out of pet's litter box
  • Cleaning your pet's water and food bowls
  • If need something else, just ask!
  • Unique Services

    15-Minute FREE Walk during the initial Meet & Greet
    We use ONLY organic poop disposable bags
    Client receives email featuring the time, length and detailed map of the walk, location of potty break(s), note regarding the walk/visit and also photos of the pet visit/walk!
  • Sometimes We put our greatest treasure in museums. Other times we take them for walks.

    About Jolly Rufus Walks

    Pet Care For When You're Not There

    Jolly Rufus Walks is a local and professional Wilmington, NC dog walking and pet sitting service tailored to meet you and your pet's needs. We understand how stressful it is for both you and your pet when you are away from each other - whether only a couple of hours at work or an extended vacation time. It is our top priority to provide the best care for your pet - as any change in a pet's routine can be stressful. Not only do we visit and walk with your pet, as pet owners and lovers we also provide all the affection they deserve. We clean up after your pet, feed and water them and we also free of charge bring in mail and newspapers, water the plants, manage the lights to make your house lived in and more. For your and our safety, we are bonded and insured as well as CPR trained and certified. So remember Jolly Rufus Walks for 'Pet Care For When You're Not There!'.

    Insured and Bonded

    Jolly Rufus Walks assume responsibility while we are there providing care for your pet. If anything does go wrong during a visit, we are fully covered with Insurance and Bonding. With Jolly Rufus Walks, all your bases are covered.

    GPS Tracked Dog Walks

    Every dog walk is tracked by our GPS app. We will send you a detailed text message with start/end visit time, photos showing your pet having fun as well as a detailed map of our walk.

    Pet CPR &
    Emergency Trained

    We have been trained and are certified in Pet Cpr and Emergency Care.

  • Rufus is a 'Rescue Dog' from New Hanover Humane Society.

  • Named after the famed (but much feared and dreaded) pirate flag the 'Jolly Roger'. Always in a great, and JOLLY mood, she nevertheless terrorizes land-lubbers mercilessly by licking and slobbering their face.

  • 9 years old and her birthday is July 4th. She always gets a steak and a new toy (which will eventaully be torn to shreds across the living room floor!)

  • She has mastered the look of 'poor ole starving me' puppy-dog eyes at dinnertime! And I am a sucker for falling for it EVERY time:(

  • Being named after a pirate theme object, it would seem she would love water. NO WAY JOSE!! If water is deeper than .25 inch, she flees in terror!

  • It's my fault for introducing her to the concept of bed-lounging. I'm lucky if she deems me worthy enough of keeping more than 6 inches of corner bed space for myself!

  • She is sometimes 'deaf as a doornail' until certain magical words are said (or even whispered dozens of feet away) - "Who wants a walk outside?" or "Scooby Snack!
  • We serve most of New Hanover county for your Pet Sitting & Dog Walking needs. If you are not sure, please give us a call and we'll be glad to discuss it with you.

  • Wilmington Central
  • Downtown Wilmington
  • Murryville
  • Ogden
  • Wrightsville Beach
  • Monkey Junction (around Piner Road)

  • WE DO NOT SERVE: Carolina Beach, Hampstead, above Murryville or past Ogden.



  • All dogs and cats are required to have a current rabies vaccination and stay up-to-date throughout the entire service.
  • All dogs are required to wear either a no-slip collar, harness, or gentle leader, and have a proper leash for dog walks.
  • All cats are required to remain indoors for the duration of our service.
  • You are required to provide clean-up supplies should your pet have an accident in the house. We will provide clean-up bags for dog walks.
  • We will not be able to provide service to any aggressive animals. We reserve the right to cancel service at any time if we determine the client's pet poses a danger to the health or safety of itself, other pets, other people, or the pet sitter.
  • We are authorized to seek any emergency veterinarian assistance needed during visits, at the cost to the client, from their personal veterinarian or one chosen by us if after hours or their veterinarian is closed.
  • We cannot service a home with "visiting pets" or animals that do not belong to the resident of the service site without a separate written agreement.


  • We are always happy to provide a FREE no obligation 30-minute Meet & Greet (+ FREE 15 minute Dog Walk at time of consultation ... $15.00/value). We do recommend scheduling a consultation before services begin as this gives us an opportunity to make sure we and your pet hit it off on the right 'paw' and everyone gets along well with each other. Prior to the Meet & Greet we ask that you download the requested forms and have them filled out prior to the meeting. During the meeting we will verify all the information required by you - your pet's needs, daily routines, where all the pet's and household supplies are located, security systems if have, etc.
  • We will review all of our policies on cancellations, inclement weather and keys. We do require a key be provided at the initial Meet and Greet. If we need to come by and pick key up after the meeting there will be a $10.00 surcharge.
  • If a second consultation is requested for any reason there will be a $25.00 charge.


  • Making a payment couldn't be easier. We currently offer three (3) options:
  • Option 1: We'll keep a secure credit card number on file and automatically charge you every Sunday for the previous week's visits. You'll receive an email receipt detailing when and what each charge was for, and the total amount charged. We take care of everything!
  • Option 2: We'll send you an Invoice each Sunday detailing charges incurred the previous week. This Invoice will contain a link to a secure payment service where you enter your own debit/credit card info and payment. This option requires payment "upon receipt" of Invoice.
  • Option 3: We do accept checks, but payment by check must be made in advance of receiving services.
  • We do not accept cash.


  • Jolly Rufus Dog Walking & Pet Sitting do not have cancellation fees. If a service needs canceling, please be courteous and please let us know as soon as possible. A response from us confirms a cancellation (or booking request), so please follow-up if you don’t receive confirmation.

  • Because there is a lot of information we need to know about your pets and your home, we ask that you fill out all applicable forms prior to the Meet & Greet. This will allow us to spend time reviewing specific details and getting to know your pets. Simply print and fill out by hand. We want to make this process as easy as possible for you. If you have any questions or don’t know which forms to fill out, please call our office at 910.795.5109.



    Our Rates

    Easy Stroll

    per visit
    • 15 Minute Walk/Visit
    • GPS coordinates of Walk/Visit
    • Detailed Email of Walk/Visit
    • Photos of Walk/Visit

    Nice Jaunt

    per visit
    • 30 Minute Walk/Visit
    • GPS coordinates of Walk/Visit
    • Detailed Email of Walk/Visit
    • Photos of Walk/Visit


    per visit
    • 45 Minute Walk/Visit
    • GPS coordinates of Walk/Visit
    • Detailed Email of Walk/Visit
    • Photos of Walk/Visit


    per visit
    • 60 Minute Walk/Visit
    • GPS coordinates of Walk/Visit
    • Detailed Email of Walk/Visit
    • Photos of Walk/Visit


    per night (around 9:00pm - 7:00am)
    • Evening/Morning Walk
    • GPS coordinates of Walk/Visit
    • Detailed Email of Walk/Visit
    • Photos of Walk/Visit

    Jolly Good Specials


    Contact for additional information:

    info@JollyRufus.com or call us



    Wilmington, NC