I am CPR/First Aid Certified. I am also a certified phlebotomist.
College Degree or Extended Education?
I have a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. In the future I hope to attain a master's in zoology and/or animal science.
Pets in my life or my pets or childhood pets:
I currently have three pets; Dallas, Linda, and Psy. Dallas is a six year old mastiff mix. Linda (3 yo) and Psy (4 yo) are both tabby cats. All three are rescues. I also love to foster (especially kittens) and try to do so as much as I can.
What I enjoy most about being a pet sitter/dog walker:
What I enjoy most about being a dog walker is the opportunity to meet all the wonderful animals as well as getting to learn about their lives and different personalities.
My funniest pet moment:
My cat Linda absolutely loves to socialize and be outdoors. I often take her with me to car shows or to the park or on hikes with Dallas and I. It is always hilarious to see people's reactions to seeing a cat on a leash. It is also a great conversation starter!
What do animals teach us:
Animals teach us many things. They teach us patience and how to live in the moment. In addition, they teach us about unconditional love and affection. Overall, I believe that animals teach us how to be better people.
Experience with "special needs" pets:
When I first brought Dallas home, I quickly realized that he did not get along with most dogs. He was very fearful and seemed to experience severe anxiety in their presence. Since this discovery, we have been meticiously working on overcoming this hurdle. So far he has learned many commands, he has learned to pay attention to only me when there is another dog around, and he is constantly taught to associate other dogs with good things such as yummy treats. Slowly but surely, we are instilling confidence in Dallas.