I've worked with animals most of my life. I
first started in 7th grade by volunteering for
the local VA hospital by bringing puppies
from the local humane society to visit the
patrons living there.
I had my first paying job working with animals in '98. I worked for a
zoo for 2 summers as an assistant zookeeper while in college, and
also volunteered there for 4 yrs. I've worked for 2 different vet
clinics, 2 kennel/boarding facilities, and a facility that trained
service dogs for the disabled.
I ran Zoo Crew pet services in Ca for one and a half years before
moving back to the Midwest. I started working for a national pet
store chain in their animal care department then transferred to a
store here in IL. I was not satisfied with the quality of work being
done there, and missed working for myself so I decided to start up
with Zoo Crew again, and have been dog walking and pet sitting in
IL since 2008.
Besides work experience, I have plenty of personal experience as
well. We had family pets growing up, including a cat and dog, but
my own pets were hamsters. I adopted my first "real" pet in high
school, a cockatiel, and had her until she passed away in 2006. I
grew up around horses as well, my family continues to raise them
on my parents' acreage in Mn. My grandparents farmed, so I grew
up around a variety of farm animals as well.
I also volunteer with and support local rescue groups, specifically
ones dealing with giant breed dogs.
I have owned a wide variety of
breeds and species over the years.
Currently I have 2 cats, Percival and
Montechello. In addition to them, I
have 3 birds: Pasta, a cockatiel;
Louigi, a peach fronted conure; and
Hamlet, a blue crowned conure.