College Degree or Extended Education?
B.A. Music Theory and Composition, with emphasis in classical guitar performance from Asbury College
One year graduate studies in Music Theory/Composition at University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, full Fellowship.
One year Horticulture at University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture
Pets in my life or my pets or childhood pets:
I have always had dogs. My first was a beagle named Jose when I was five years old. Since then, we have gotten our dogs from the Humane society, including a Rhodesian Ridgeback, Weimaraner, several labs and mutts. When I moved out on my own, I continued to have dogs, and my wife and I have always had them in pairs. We have rescued White and German Shepherds, and various other mixed mutts. Our present pair of dogs includes a white shepherd named Rumi, and a chocolate lab/pit mix named Krackles. Krackles is a hundred pound lap dog. ;0)
We have also had cats for the past two decades. Our first pair were brothers named Bean and Stein, and a stray named Ickwick. After they passed, we adopted a kitten named Rosie from the Humane Society, and were also adopted by a female torti we named Laylah. Rosie and Laylah are both about five years old.
We have also had fire bellied toads and a number of fishes.
They all make up a huge part of the joy of our lives. Also, they have always, and will always, be considered family.
What I enjoy most about being a pet sitter/dog walker:
Interacting with dogs and cats all day long! I also like to walk in all weather and love to share it with others. Most people don’t care to walk in inclement weather, so I bring my doggies with me.
My funniest pet moment:
The first dog I owned on my own as an adult, was a small and exuberantly energetic mix named ‘Sparrow’. She would run a mile a minute for hours on end. To help her get the energy out of her system, I’d take her down to a friends house on the Kentucky River and let her sprint around on the open river bottom which had several sloping levels before the water. She would shoot around like a brown rocket through the trees and undergrowth in the soft silt.
One day while doing her rocket loops, we watched her go down one level too many and she ran full jet rocket speed headlong into the river. It caught us by such surprise, we all burst out laughing. When Sparrow recovered, climbed out of the water and shook, saw us laughing, she must have instantly decided that the rocket plunge was a good thing. She proceeded to include shooting into the Kentucky River as part of her circling sprints. It was hilarious for us all, including Sparrow. She slept well that night.
What do animals teach us:
Unconditional acceptance and love, even when we aren’t good for or to ourselves. They also teach joy in the simple act of play, with who or whatever may be before them.
Experience with "special needs" pets:
I have owned a number of rescued shepherds with a variety of neuroses including sever anxiety, eating disorders, extreme fear of loud noises and flashing lights, and mild fear of people. Also, other pets, dogs and cats both with cancers, diabetes, food allergies, hip issues, and snake bite. All of these have required a wide variety of differing care including administering pills, shots, careful lifting, and cleaning of some less than appetizing messes and wounds.