Decades of Experience
I have loved nature all of my life... both plants and animals. When I was a kid, I wanted to be an ichthyologist (fish scientist), and I collected and bred all kinds of tropical freshwater fish. To complement my 7 aquariums, I also kept finches, parakeets, gerbils, chinchillas, snakes, anole lizards, toads, turtles, insects, and of course dogs.
After graduating high school, I became involved in animal husbandry and worked for 11 years at the University of Pittsburgh Animal Care facility. I was in charge of many types of research animals from mice to horses. I still hold a certificate in Animal Technology. But being around animal research can be hard on a person and at the end of 11 years, I called it quits. I also had developed severe allergies to the rats and mice anyway, so it was best to change my field....And thus began my pursuit of horticulture.
I attended college in Pennsylvania and received a degree in Horticulture, specifically, floriculture which is basically greenhouse growing. Then I branched out into landscaping. I managed greenhouses and worked in garden centers before starting my own garden and landscaping business in Pittsburgh. All of this time though, I still loved animals and owned sheep, a goat, 2 dogs, an African grey parrot, a conure, fish, and many orphaned birds. I also rehabilitated a few snakes.
In 1999, I decided to move to northern Virginia to continue landscaping and to pursue the field of pet care. I have now settled in the beautiful Pleasant Valley area of Maryland and I couldn't be happier...with my 2 dogs, cat, finch, conure, fish, and greenhouses and of course...my husband, Dave. :-)
Along the way, I have also earned my Master Trainer Fitness certification from the International Sports Sciences Association, so along with pet care, I will also provide personal training and nutrition coaching for people.
Care for Your Pet
We offer a number of visit types. All pet care is performed at your home. We are insured and have many references, so you can feel safe with us.
Cost per visit is based on time and not the number of pets. Visits are offered from 10-20 minutes, 30 minutes, and 60 minutes. Other types of visits can be discussed as well if you have special needs.
10-20 Minute Potty Break
This is a quick visit to allow your pup a break to relieve himself. We will provide a quick walk or let Fido out into a fenced in yard.
We will make sure he has fresh water as well.
We Care for All Types of Birds
We care for all types of birds including finches, canaries, cockatiels, parrots, parotlets, macaws, chickens, turkeys, guinea fowl, ducks, and more.
10-20 Minute Visit includes:
- Fresh food
- Fresh water
- Change cage bedding or paper
- Bring in the mail
- Water potted plants
- Take out the trash