Briana & Her Horses


What Makes Me Tick: INFJ: Idealist Personality: The Counselor (Keirsey/Myers-Briggs) | Sun: Capricorn, Moon: Scorpio | Water Rat

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Special Powers:

  • Veterinary Technician experience, including cat/dog critical care and trauma, avian health and rehab (songbirds, psittacines and birds of prey), and exotic pet health care.
  • Briana grew up riding and caring for show horses and raising pygmy goats. Knowledgeable in care and husbandry of horses, poultry and domestic waterfowl, goats and sheep, and more!
Ryan & Holly


What Makes Me Tick: ISFJ – Guardian Personality: Protector (Keirsey/Myers-Briggs) | Sun: Aquarius, Moon: Taurus | Fire Dragon

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Special Powers:

  • Animal Psychology Certification
    (received 8/2015)
  • “Critter Whisperer”: Ryan has a vibe to him that shy, senior, and special needs pets gravitate to.
  • Ryan’s quiet and gentle demeanor makes handling and medical care much less stressful on especially sensitive or hesitant pets.

Hire Trusted, Insured Care Givers

We are experienced and insured pet care professionals who dedicate our full attention and resources to caring for your pets! We understand your need for peace of mind, especially when trusting someone you do not know with keys to your home and access to your beloved pets.

We are certified in Pet 1st Aid & CPR, we are also Pet 1st Aid & Disaster Preparedness Instructors. We provide animal safety training and pet care and wellness education.

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With BatCo, You Can Count On:

Superior Service & Comprehensive Insurance

We guarantee “Purr-fect Service” and professional conduct. Your home is covered by our comprehensive pet sitter insurance in case of accidents or injuries to pets or damage to property.

No Pain, No Fear

As full members of The Pet Professional Guild, we avoid the use of choke chains, spiked/pronged collars, shock collars, or any other pain or fear-based methods of working with dogs.

No Breed Discrimination

We do not discriminate based on breed and do not support Breed Specific Legislation. Whether your dog is a bully breed dog or a Yorkshire terrier–all well-behaved dogs of any breed are welcome.

Our History

BatCo — Established in Austin TX

We moved from Minneapolis, Minnesota to Austin, Texas in 2010. Founded in 2013, Bat Country Pet Sitting quickly rose to the top of the list of superior pet sitters who also provide medical support and live-in care. Our consistent 5-Star reviews and glowing testimonials from our Austin clients attest to our commitment to providing you and your pets with the highest standard of care and personalized attention to detail.

Why “Bat Country”?

Austin is the perfect city for anyone who loves bats. The Congress Avenue bridge is a famous landmark and is home to the largest urban Mexican free-tailed bat colony in North America!

As for me, I’m a writer with a BA in English & Creative Writing, with a thing for Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I wanted to integrate “Bat Country” into our business name and aesthetic. Between my literary leanings, and Austin being a bat-crazy city, Bat Country Pet Sitting was born!

Whatever your critters, we’re your sitters!

Now that we’re coming back to the Twin Cities in March 2017 (we missed our family and friends), we considered a name and branding change, but have decided to continue as Bat Country Pet Sitting. Minnesota is home to some seriously adorable bats, so why rock the boat? We are, and will always be, the inimitable BatCo and are looking forward to caring for YOUR beloved creatures!

I hope you’ve been able to find everything you need on this website, but if not, please contact me with any questions.

Thanks for reading!

Briana Malmstrom
Bat Country Pet Sitting – Owner, Pet Sitter
Serving Minnetonka, Edina, St. Louis Park & Hopkins

Austin–The Original Bat Country

Congress Ave Bridge Bats
Congress Avenue Bats

Non-Discrimination Policy

Here at BatCo, we live our lives and run our business with compassion and acceptance. Queer? Person of color? Muslim? David Bowie eyes? No problem! Is your beloved pet a pit bull, crocodile, or rat? Fantastic!

We welcome all colors, creeds, and critters. We are committed to providing a supportive, inclusive and welcoming environment for our clients, staff, partners, and advertisers. BatCo is an LGBT friendly business and we’re happy to provide superior pet care for LGBTQ+ folks and allies.

Whoever you are–you, your family, and your pets are welcome and valued!

Bat Country Pet Sitting, and its management and staff, does not, and shall not discriminate against a person due to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, disability, veteran/military status, age, genetic information or any protected classification established by law, in its staffing, educational programs, activities and operations.