I've worked with animals since I was a child. I grew up on a farm, so livestock and equine experience is what I was grounded in. Then, in 2007, I began working as a kennel tech at a vet clinic here in Houston. From that position, I worked my way up through the ranks so that when I left the clinic two years later, I had acquired the title of veterinary assistant meaning I am qualified to administer all medications (IV, IM, oral, ocular, dermal, etc.) and also perform physical therapy. I still work at the same clinic as a pick-up shift vet assistant whenever my services are needed.
At the clinic, most of my work experience was with standard small animals (dogs, cats, rabbits, etc.), however, I enjoy working with all animals and in my own life I've owned anything from rats to horses. I currently have four horses, two donkeys, a parrot and a three-legged superdog. I've pet-sat for exotics and boutique pets (pot-bellied pigs, monkeys, dwarf goats) as well as high-care animals such as diabetics, pain-management, chronic or terminal illness and rescue animals.
I have an apartment here in the city with a dog park on site, or if you prefer your pet to have more room to stretch their paws, I also have a 22 acre farm just an hour west of Katy with two pastures, two ponds for swimming and a large fenced in yard for night time walks! With additional services such as bathing and light grooming, as well as the added security of knowing a trained veterinary assistant will be taking care of your furry loved ones, you'll get the best value for your money by boarding with me! Elderly and special needs pets are more than welcome in our home.
I look forward to speaking with you soon!
What would you like to know about a dog before sitting him or her? Do you have any breed preferences?
I'd like to know any and all reoccurring medical conditions, even if it's minor. For example, my dog manages to tear up at least one paw pad every single time i take her to the lake. It has to do with the grit of the sand. Ear infections, snagged toenails, occasional lameness, any kind of chronic injury such as ACL tears / repairs, old back injuries (most common in smaller dogs,) stuff like that. I need to know what kind of activities are appropriate for your pet so I can be sensitive to not re-aggravating an old injury.
Also, please be considerate and let me know of ANY aggressive tendencies in your pet, even if it's only mild. New situations tend to bring out the worst in our animals, and bad habits like food or fear aggression, which don't really ever come to light in our own homes are usually brought out the first time our pets are away. Just because a pup doesn't play well with others or bit the mailman once won't make me decline a job, but it WILL change the way I care for them. My own dog would stay out at the farm, for example, if I have a dog-aggressive dog boarding for the night, or if a dog tends to chew on less-than-appropriate objects, i'll know to lock up my shoes and purse before bringing him in!
Do you have reliable transportation in the event of an emergency?
Absolutely, I also have several wonderful connections throughout the veterinary community, with doctors all over the city I know and trust.
Are you comfortable administering medication?
Yes, as stated in my profile I am comfortable with all types of medicine including, but not limited to, oral, ocular, dermal and subdermal, and IM/IV.
How much time do you plan on spending with my dog each day?
If you board at my apartment or at my farm, I'll be with your dog for the majority of the day, barring any necessary trips to the grocery store or bank, etc. When I know I have a boarder coming, I try my best to take care of all my errands before or after the pet's stay.
If you have a backyard, please describe it.
At my apartment in the city, I have a fenced in dog run that is separated in two parts. One half is for large dogs, the other is for small. It's grass, not gravel, which is a rare find in the city!
At the farm, I have 22 acres of pastureland with ponds used for horses and hay. A half-acre portion of it is fenced in to allow for night time turnout, or for turnout for dogs with poor recall. Most owners prefer their dogs to remain in the fenced in yard for playtime, but it's been my experience that several owners (mainly those with working-dog breeds,) encourage a good swim to tucker out the dogs. It's absolutely up to you!
Where will my dog sleep?
Indoors and free to roam the house, or crated if they feel more secure that way. There are no rules when it comes to couches or beds, unless, of course, you'd prefer they not pick up those particular habits while they're on vacation!
Where will you take my dog on walks? Tell me about it.
In the country, the dogs tend to not get formal "walks." They get more of the ball-chasing, free-to-run experience.
In the city, I live very close to a lake and recreational track. The whole loop I make is about 2 miles, around the lake and back down to the grassy track. However, I don't recommend swimming in that lake as there are warning signs for snakes and alligators!