Meet The Pet Care Specialists

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I am very grateful to have the chance to build a successful business from my passion for pets!  I grew up with dogs, cats, fish and the occasional caged pet.  When I got involved with Great Pyrenees I realized I wanted my passion to be more than a hobby.  The experience I have gained through managing a multi-pet household as well as my activities related to Great Pyrenees and dogs in general is invaluable. 

GPCAWhether I was spending time in the show ring, doing therapy dog visits to nursing homes or working with rescue – I loved it all.  I have raised puppies, adopted rescue dogs, dealt with health problems, behavior issues and multi-pet dynamics.  I am a member of my national breed club and I am active in many online communities.  

I became passionate about pet sitting far before I became a business owner.  Many years ago I sought out a professional sitter for my own pets.  I knew my dogs would not be happy in a boarding situation and I wanted the security of someone coming to my home on a regular basis.  I also had pets who required medication and I wanted their regular routines preserved in my absence.  My deep appreciation of having a convenient and reliable pet sitter led to my intention to own my own business.  When my own pet sitter decided to retire and offered her clients to me, I jumped at the chance.  I couldn’t imagine my life without my pet sitter all these years and I want to offer that same peace of mind to my clients.

Me with both girls in LHIn addition to my pet experience I hold a BBA from Baker College and I have a start on my MBA.  I also taught pet first aid classes.  

When I am not working, I can often be found at the park with my furkids enjoying their love of sniffing, swimming and all things related to being dogs.  I also love to cook, stay current on pet related news and spend time with friends.

 

And our experienced fantastic team:

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Darlene has been pet sitting for many years.  She brings a deep love of cats to her pet sitting work and she builds long-term relationships with all her furry clients.  We call her our unofficial cat specialist!   Ironically she too was a pet sitting client before becoming a professional sitter.  Throughout her life she has had dogs, cats and fish.  She currently shares her life with three Domestic Shorthairs; PJ, Mozart and Chaz.

In addition to pet sitting, Darlene also works two other jobs including teaching music.  She has been a music teacher in various capacities for over 17 years.

Darlene and HenriWhen she isn’t working, she enjoys reading, watching football and attending games, cooking and vacationing in exotic places that she never gets to go to. 

 

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Ray was seeking a job with animals which would work along with his full time student load while he pursues a criminal justice degree.   He is a lifelong pet owner and currently shares his life with a Special Blend mix puppy named Thor, a Miniature Dachshund named Zoey and a Domestic Shorthair named Poohbear.  Ray is not only compassionate about animals, he is also interested in the training aspect and behavior of animals as well.  Within the criminal justice career path, Ray may seek out work as a K9 officer.

Ray has had experience with everything from turtles to horses through his diverse family.  When Ray is not pet sitting, studying or spending time working his puppy Thor, he enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, cooking, spending time with family and playing wiffle ball with friends. 

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Pat

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Pat works within the Detroit Public School system, but because of her active background, she sought out professional pet sitting for part time work and we are so glad she did.   In addition to her work as a teacher, she also did house and pet sitting for close friends and acquaintances and loved it.  As a lifelong pet owner, Patricia has shared her home with dogs, rabbits and pet ducks and she particularly loves staying active with dogs.  She currently shares her home with a special blend named Becka Louise and Becka ensures Patricia stays on their regular walking schedule.   

When she isn’t working or out walking with Becka, she enjoys cooking, reading and watching/attending baseball games.  She even works seasonally down at Comerica Park.   

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Angela

Angela was seeking something rewarding to balance out her work and school schedule.  Like so many of us, she is a lifelong pet owner growing up with a variety of pets from dogs and cats to hamsters AngelaandJackand guinea pigs. She currently shares her life with Jack and Fred who are both Chihuahuas and Charlie, a Jack Russell Terrier.  Angela has an interest in animal behavior and training and she has volunteered at the local animal shelter in her spare time as well.  

She is currently working on her Master’s degree in Social Work and when she isn’t working or studying, she enjoys recreational reading, hiking, geocaching, photography and video games.  

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Melissa

Melissa is an avid animal lover and thus a natural fit for pet sitting. She was raised in a house with dogs most of her life and she and her husband became fur-parents to their Blue Tick Coonhound, Ernie. She grew an unexplained love for turtles as well and also shares her life with a Red-eared slider, Mr. Turtle and Desert Tortoise, Spike. She believes animals, no matter the species, provide humans the perspective of a simplistic life style, sharing unconditional love.

She obtained an Environmental Studies degree from the University of Michigan, Dearborn and in addition to working for us, she also works at The Henry Ford-Greenfield Village. In her free time, you’ll catch her enjoying the outdoors, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

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Louann

Louann’s love of pets started with her first dog when she was in middle school and since then she had a variety of dogs from Bulldogs to Yorkies with her favorite Louann bio picbeing a Rottweiler.  In the past, she worked for a boarding and grooming facility and also did pet sitting for client pets who could not board.  Louann currently shares her life with a Boxer mix named Bruno, three cats, 14 hens and one ornery rooster, all of whom keep her busy.  

In addition to working for us, Louann also works at the University of Michigan.  When she isn’t working or spending time on her property, you may find her quilting or doing crafts for downtime.  

 

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Teresa

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Teresa found she had a love of animals starting at an early age. She grew up with dogs, cats and other pets in the home, but she also spent time with chickens, goats, horses, and cows on her father’s ranch. She began her career in animals as a zookeeper for a wildlife park in Texas where she also volunteered at Citizens for Animal Protection and also the Houston Zoo and gained her veterinary paramedic certificate .  She then went on to become a veterinary surgical technician with the University of Arizona’s animal care unit.  After her move back to MI, she also gained an Associate degree in Accounting; however her love of animals drew her back in to seek out work with them again.  And we are so glad she did! 

In her spare time you will find Teresa enjoying time with her family; both two-legged and four, reading fictional books and binge watching Netflix.

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Natasha

Natasha is also a lifelong animal lover and pet owner including hamsters, fish, cats, dogs, sugar gliders and rabbits.   She has never been without a pet (she even snuck her first rabbit into her dorm room) and she considers them her therapy from the stresses of regular life.  Natasha currently shares her life with a 9-year old rescue Belgian Malinois; India, 2Natasha bio pic

rabbits; Pucci and Luna and a cat; Willow. She also currently shares residence with 5 chihuahuas; Chico, Harley, Priya, Milo and Arizona who keep her and her family busy.
 
Natasha has a Bachelor degree in History with a minor in German, a Master’s in Library and Information Science and she worked in the Library Science field for many years before deciding to pursue a different direction. When she is not working she enjoys reading, watching Netflix and cooking.

 

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Jill comes to us after a long career in private club service and management.  She has always loved pets and shared her life with dogs so she was very happy at the thought of a post-retirement job that would allow her to spend time with pets.  Having worked in an industry focused on detailed customer service but in a fast paced hectic atmosphere, it is a natural fit for her to bring that customer service background into the quieter and fun work of pet sitting! She currently shares her life with two dogs; Abby and Bella both of whom she rescued from Meet Your Pet at the Zoo events.  When she isn’t working, Jill enjoys travelling with her husband.  

 

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The entire Woof’n Purr Team is background checked.  Background checks are displayed in our business portfolio provided at all client meetings.