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 in animal hospitals, 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. This is a dream come true!
There is nothing better than experiencing a long day filled with purpose, plopping down on the couch, exhausted and feeling like I did something useful with my day. When I am able to give that feeling to my pup Byrdie (my little terrier mutt), I know we are doin' good! He seems to get the same satisfaction from an active day, filled with purpose. Facilitating that with as many animals as I can, now that's life at its finest!
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! Although I have enjoyed seeing many pets thrive with a healthy dose of TLC, it’s inevitable that life sometimes calls families away. I am thrilled to be on the team that leads to a fulfilled life! 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! I am stoked that I have the opportunity DAILY to partner with families in treating their animals with love, respect, and compassion by being an extension of their owner.
As well as loving animals, I have always been enthusiastic about the outdoors and living an active lifestyle. I obtained a degree in Outdoor Education and have enjoyed previous employment as a backpacking guide. It always excites me when I have the opportunity to get out on the trail in this gorgeous country with a buddy by my side! Or to simply get out and run around the neighborhood with a pup on the other end of the leash!
It is so exhilarating to wake up every day knowing that I will be doing something I love, and sharing that love with others!
:) Aych Davidson
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.
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!
- Nicole Mackin