Do What You Love. My personal journey.
So how does a woman who dearly loves animals make a living working with them?
I started young. Much to my mother’s chagrin, I was the kid bringing home every stray dog or cat asking, “Can we keep him Mom? Please!” The answer was always a resounding “No” but that never stopped me from trying. While my mom liked dogs she was a “one dog in the house is enough” kind of parent. So, that gene did not transfer to me…along with the one about making your bed every morning. Different times…different priorities. And I digress….
I thought I wanted to be a Vet Tech but realized the part related to ending animals’ lives would be too challenging. I went to dog grooming school and groomed dogs for a few years on a part time basis. I loved doing this work. There is something meditative about washing and having hands on a dog. The joy on the owner’s faces afterwards was a true delight. However, the physical aspects of this work became prohibitive. I came to this place of starting my own pet sitting and dog walking business from a multitude of motivations. Mostly pleasant and some not so great. Sometimes you have to get really uncomfortable before you take a risk and make the leap of faith. With that, I’d like to thank those who have supported me and enabled me to follow my bliss. Loving hugs to those who helped me find my joy again, as well as, those who have forced my hand. Life is a learning journey and it often takes some time to figure out what is truly important and nourishes the soul. Being with animals and helping others feeds my soul.
I appreciate the ability to not only be around a variety of animals, but also to help alleviate the stress I see in families who dearly love their animal companions. It is a huge matter to trust someone with your home and beloved family members. One that I do not take lightly. This is not simply a vocation for me. It is a way for me to give back, share some joy, and provide some peace of mind. Peace of mind for the animals, those who share their homes with them and within myself. I thank each and every one of you for that trust and the opportunity to serve!
I close this out with one of my favorite quotes from George Eliot.
Animals are such agreeable friends – they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.