I have been an animal lover and pet owner since I can remember. I am currently a proud pet mommy to a 5-year-old Shih Tzu, and a turtle since 2005! Growing up, we always had dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs bunnies, and fish so I have cared and loved pets ever since! I was also a Montessori School teacher for 15 years. We always had different pets in my classroom. The kids who were ages 2 through kindergarten had the pleasure of learning how to care for and be responsible towards animals (mostly aquatic pets). They loved every minute of it! I believe that pets are happier and less stressed when they stay in there own environment, and keep as close to their routine as possible! In the past, I've had someone come in and care for my pets while I was away and I know that made me feel better!