Co-Owner + Pet Sitter
Since I was a little one growing up in South Georgia, I knew my passion...animals. I didn't know how that would transpire quite yet, but I was certain I was here on Earth to care for them. Back then, I was trying to lure every stray on our dirt road in with hot dogs so I could pick the ticks off of them, or give them a bath with dish soap I would sneak from my mama's kitchen. As a teenager, I helped start an Animal Shelter in our small town and worked there every spare second I had. As an adult, I have enjoyed working as a Vet Tech/Surgery Tech, and in rescues, fostering for local shelters, and pet sitting. I love working with animals, they bring so much to my life! I can't think of a better way to spend my days.
Pet Sitter / Office Manager
I've been an animal lover all my life, evidenced by countless childhood pictures of me snuggling one random cat or another. With about 10 years in the animal rescue field behind me, I've been lucky to have had a wide range of experiences working with animals of all shapes, sizes, ages, needs and demeanors. Animals have taught me so many valuable lessons about strength, patience, trust, and, of course, love. The softest spot in my heart belongs to cats, but I adore critters of all shapes and sizes, particularly senior and shy dogs, wiggly pitties, rabbits, and anything with special needs.
I come to my interactions with animals with a particular interest and understanding of behavior and body language, and am always looking to learn more on the best ways to effectively relate and communicate with our 4-legged friends.
I share my home with a senior kitty named Finnegan aka Feegs, and through my years in shelter work, proudly helped thousands of homeless animals find their new homes. I am thrilled to be working with the Mountain Pet Valet family, and look forward to meeting you, too!
Best dressed Pet Sitter/Dog Walker in the AVL area
Growing up in Cocoa Beach Florida, I always surrounded myself with nature and animals. At a young age, I knew I had a passion to help, learn, and care for them. My best friends growing up were my dog and cat. Their companionship impacted my life so much I knew I wanted to eventually work with pets and their owners. I have always enjoyed helping my local shelter with events and saying hello to every dog that strolled by. I am a strong advocate for animal rescue. I believe animals need our love and compassion just as much as we need theirs. My mission is to develop a strong background in companion animals care and health. I am excited to walk each dog, play with each cat, and cherish every moment!
Pet Sitter/Dog Walker
Growing up in the cornfields of Illinois, nature and animals have always been a big part of my life. One of the best memories of my childhood was volunteering on a horse farm that I took riding lessons at. I loved taking care of the horses, playing with all the barn kitties, and generally, just being outdoors and being dirty. I had terrible allergies as a kid, but I didn’t care how many times I struggled to breath after a day at the farm, I always wanted to go back the next day!
In addition, I was very lucky to be raised in a family where our pets were always part of the family; whether it was dogs, cats, guinea pigs, fish, or anything else! My family also spent a lot of time volunteering at the local animal shelter. We were all suckers for dogs and cats that had been abused, elderly, or ailed; and ended up adding a few of these pets to our own family over the years. We always wanted to help out those animals that we knew a lot of other families wouldn’t take a chance on or weren’t willing to put in the extra care or time with.
I carried all these experiences with me when I moved to Boston and worked as a dog walker and pet sitter for a combined 7 years. Being outside and working with animals every day is a joy, and part of me still can’t believe I get paid for it! I moved to Asheville in September 2018 and was very excited to start working in this field again, but in an even more beautiful setting! I am mother to a super cool orange Maine Coon cat, named Conan O’Brien, that I adopted from the MSPCA in Boston, almost 8 years ago, as well as a black and white cutie named Bernie I adopted from Mountain Pet Rescue.
Co-Owner + Pet Sitter
It all began when, as a child, I saw earthworms struggling in my driveway every time it rained. This tugged on my heart, and it became my mission to save as many of these little guys as I could, running out there and collecting them, then finding a dry patch of Earth to relocate them to. It wasn’t until I was older, that I learned I could not possibly save all the animals of the world - but this sure didn’t stop me from trying!
My whole life has been spent dreaming of all the different animals and pets I could surround myself with. I’ve been fortunate enough to always have animal companions of my own, and to even find a life partner who shares this passion for all creatures! My previous work at an animal shelter allowed my love and knowledge of animals to grow exponentially! It was then that I became intrigued with not only how to fill the needs and desires of domestic pets, but also how invaluable it is to enrich their lives! Since the field of animal care seems to be an ever-changing landscape, I am excited at how much I have learned over the years, and how much more I continue to learn and grow every day!
It is so exhilarating to wake up every day knowing that I will be doing something I love, and sharing that love with others!