My attraction for animals started at a very early age because I've always felt that animals provide amazing unconditional love.
I started out as a volunteer at one of the largest and busiest animal shelters on Chicago's southwest side. It was a huge wake-up call to see the need of so many unwanted animals. Some days I would be cleaning cages and the next day bottle feeding new born kittens who for one reason or another found themselves without a mother. I also found myself bringing home litters of kittens and puppies to care for at home as they needed round the clock care and thus became a foster parent. I then ventured into the area of pet therapy by taking some of the more social animals to nursing homes and schools for the handicapped to educate, nurture, and provide socialization to strengthen the bond between animals and people. Because of the love shown for the animals there, I was offered a position at the shelter. I worked my way up to becoming a supervisor of an extremely busy, high paced animal clinic. While in that position, I acquired many basic skills of being a vet tech and dispensed medications.
Years later, I found that I really missed working with animals and took a part-time position as a brusher/bather for a mobile grooming business. After the owner retired, I just couldn't go back to a job that didn't include animals and thought "why not start a professional pet sitting and dog walking business? What better job could there be than pampering pets in their own home while alleviating the stress felt by pet owners of leaving their loved ones in a boarding facility where they are exposed to many serious diseases and illnesses? Pet sitters do much more than provide your pet with food and water. Through loving care and attention, we become a good friend that they look forward to seeing again and again.