I am a Road Runners Club of America...RRCA..certified running coach. I also am certified in CPR/First Aid/AED for adult, child and infant.
I have my B.S in Kinesiology from Penn State University.
I have had animals all of my life. I currently have five animals: Mara is my 14, almost 15, year old pitbull. Archie is my 2 year old Foxhound and Romeo is my 3 year old orange tabby cat. All three were rescues. I also have two horses: Gator is my 17 year old off the track Thoroughbred gelding and Maddie is our 9 year old Oldenburg mare. We compete both horses in eventing and dressage.
What I enjoy the most of being a dog walker and sitter is of course the animals. I enjoy getting to know all their quirks and personalities and love getting to spend my time outdoors enjoying the things that they enjoy...fresh air, movement, and enjoying the present moment.
One of the funniest moments was when I lived in New York City. My pitbull Mara was young and had severe anxiety issues and she is very intelligent. Even with early morning runs with weighted backpacks and a daily dog walker she still didn't like when I was at work. She learned how to escape her crate and then would open the door to my apartment and go down the hall and get into the elevator and go down into the lobby. I would get calls at work from my conseire telling me Mara had come down to the lobby again. This went on for a while until finally I caved and put her in doggy daycare.
For me animals have taught me unconditional love and to always be in the present moment. They have also taught me to always be observant and that communication comes in many different ways. From them I have learned to slow down, listen, and find joy in the everyday moments.
We lost our one older dog 2 years ago to congenital heart failure. He needed 4 pills 3x a day. Plus we had to figure out how to stimulate his appetite. Our one cat ended up having cancer, so he needed medication 2x a day. My pittbull Mara has severe arthritis...so because of that she gets medication 2x a day plus a special diet with supplements. At one point I did injections for her. I really understand what it takes to care for an elderly animal and the patience and care that owners put into them. I have a huge soft spot for senior animals. Plus I have an abundance of knowledge on equine lameness and health if any one ever needs it!