Meet The Pet Care Specialists

Our Fabulous Team

 

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 Feline Guru

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.  She is our 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.

When 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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Pat

Pet Care Specialist

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 Lab mix named Happy and Happy ensures Pat stays on their busy walking schedule.   

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


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Melissa

Pet Care Specialist

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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Pet Care Specialist

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, 2 rabbits; Pucci and Luna and a cat; Willow. 

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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Trish

Pet Care Specialist and Trainer

Trish grew up with pets like most of us and she saw her family treat them just as any other family member.  That instilled a lifelong love and respect.  She feels a life without pets would be an empty one and we couldn’t agree more!

She always knew she wanted to work in the field of animal care and she returned to the workforce after being a stay at home mom and joined the Woof’n Purr team. She has a Veterinary Assistant certificate which reinforced the feedback she always got; she was great with animals. Trish currently shares her life with two Shih-Tzus who she says always bring her great joy.  

When she not playing with her dogs and providing them with her lap, she enjoys spending time with her little Grandson, reading and researching topics of interest and shopping.

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Tori 

Pet Care Specialist 

Tori joined Woof & Purr because she has loved working with animals since she was a child. She and her mother have rescued andfostered many cats and dogs over the years. She currently lives with her boyfriend and two cats, Bobby Flay & Cleo. Her favorite activities outside of working with animals include crafting, gardening, and spending time outdoors; such as camping and riding bikes. She is currently enrolled in nursing school because she enjoys helping people as much as she does animals.Paw prints

Kathy
 
Pet Care Specialist
Kathy is a life long animal lover, which is the reason she chose to do pet sitting.
As a child she had all kinds of pets of her own, from dogs and cats, to fish and turtles. Her favorite dog breed is the Boston Terrier, and throughout the years she has had four dogs of this kind! She has a daughter who shares her love for animals, and since she was an only child, had many furry “siblings” growing up; dogs, cats, rabbits, and even 10 ferrets. 
Kathy has previously worked at a Veterinary Clinic and volunteered at her local animal shelter. She also currently works at a funeral home, providing care and comfort to families. She loves helping people, too. 

When she is not working, Kathy enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, going shopping, and spending time cuddled up with her cat Ellie!Paw prints

Hedi

Pet Care Specialist and Trainer

Hedi has been a pet sitter with the company since 2002 (with a short break) and says she hasn’t met a dog she didn’t like or that didn’t like her! She thinks she must have been a dog in a past life. Hedi has had the privilege of sharing her life with dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils and a frog named Bubba. She can’t imagine her life without the love of a pet.

She just recently adopted a rescued mutt, named Peanut. Peanut is a senior with an unknown past but Hedi only cares that she can give him a comfortable and happy future, however long it may be.

When she’s not pet sitting, Hedi loves to travel and bake, but she really loves spending time with her family which includes her Grand cat Bear and her Grand dog Buster.

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Sage

Pet Care Specialist

I have been around animals for most of my life. My family and I are huge animal lovers. I currently have four cats, a beagle, and several reptiles. In my free time, I play the flute in my local community band and I love to read, write, and hike.

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