At the tender age of 9, convinced I wanted to become a veterinarian, I began working for the family vet as an pseudo-apprentice. Despite moving several times due to my father's work, I managed to continue working for each new vet. In exchange for doing all the grunt work, I gained knowledge and the chance to observe surgeries and sit in on appointments. By the time I entered high school, I was actively assisting with surgical prep and the taking of vital at the beginning of check-ups. Besides that experience, I started working with horses before I entered kindergarten. My mother used to breed Saddlebreds, train them, and sell them; she also competed on the National Circuit. She put me to work early on caring for them, and, like with the vets, doing the grunt work. When she decided I was ready, I began to assist in training the horses, treating colic and other ailments, and even delivered several colts. However, mother eventually retired, and, having just moved to NJ right before my junior year of high school, I decided to try something new, and volunteered for The Seeing Eye, one of the premier facilities for training seeing eye dogs in the country. My first job was to walk and groom the dogs who didn't make the cut and were up for adoption. After a couple of months, I began working as an assistant to the seeing eye trainer. Basically, this meant that they blindfolded me, gave me an untrained pup and pointed me into traffic. Surviving that, I was allowed to begin an official apprenticeship with one of the trainers. Sadly, I had a science teacher who turned me off of the idea of being a vet; she temporarily killed the love. I currently have one horse, four dogs (two rescues and two status symbol purebreds), and two cats, both rescues. Two years ago, after learning that one of my dogs had a knack for working as a helper dog, I trained him to be a seizure alert dog. He's passed most of his certification tests, except for one; I'm working to make him comfortable with strangers. Once he gets past his shyness, he will receive his good citizenship certificate. Still, he may be shy, but I did manage to teach him how to press the emergency button on the phone. He can also aspirate an unconscious person, but who really wants mouth-to-mouth from a Papillon? I frequently take care of the pets of my friends and neighbors and bond easily with all types of animals.