I'm Allan, and have been in the Pet Care, Sitting/Training business, for the last 12 years. Cats, Dogs, Lizards, etc., you name it, I love, and work with them all! The last 8 of those years I have owned my own business, which has also given me a chance to exhibit my skills as a behavioral trainer as well. I really love my work, and it just might be the first thing that pops out at you, in person, or in my writing. It's very obvious to my clients, that there is a certain passion for what I do. I can only hope to be able to give back to these very animals, just part of the good that they have done for me, through the thick and thin of daily problems, as well as the not so daily problems. Before I started my own business, I was employed for about 5 years by a very large and successful local pet sitting company. This is where I truly learned the importance of getting myself into a comfort zone, which is so important for the animals in my care. I have worked very hard to build up a truly great reputation, as someone who can work with an animal for a short period, and bring a certain calm into the household. After 25 years working as a professional Glass Artist, I felt that it was time to redirect my passions towards a different field. About the same time, I had just adopted my third wonderful Greyhound and began volunteering my services at a local Greyhound Rescue/Adoption Group, where I later became a Vice-President, as well as the Adoption Coordinator. I began to think that with my love of animals, and the ease in which I seem to communicate with them, pet care just might be a large part of my immediate future as well. I absolutely love what I do, and that love radiates to all animals as well. They are all amazing in their own way. I feel that I am able to give pets a chance to communicate their needs and desires to me through careful observation and patience. All animals have the same basic desires, and it is our job to allow them to fulfill those needs in a form of communication. I seem to have a knack at listening to them and regard their actions carefully. No, I don't hear voices! I merely listen and observe. Along with my apparent gentle touch, and a voice that animals seem to find comforting, everyone shares the rewards. We all take on a very low-key approach to animal handling, but, when all is said and done, we know the importance of projecting the fact that humans are the true leaders. And that's a good things! Ask any dog! Animals, especially dogs seem to take comfort in having a true leader among them. By and large, most dogs do not want to take on that role. I take on that role, and if you would like, I will show you how, as well! (I am not pushy, and will only make suggestions if you ask!) I also do volunteer behavioral work, training, and evaluation for a large local No Kill shelter! By the way, I still get calls from my former employer, and have been taking care of certain clients for them for as long as 10 years! To this day, when they find themselves short handed or in need of someone who often works with anxious animals, they might just call me. They know that many of these animals are in need of a very patient person to help them get to a better comfort level. I love filling that role! I would be most happy to supply you with a multitude of references (all with phone numbers). I realize as well as anyone that finding a Pet Sitter is a very important process, and finding the right match makes the job that much more daunting. Please give me the opportunity to speak with you! I just might be able to make the search a bit easier for you! I thank you for your time!