I moved to Fort Collins from Connecticut in the summer of 2007 with my family, two dogs, Bailey (Golden Retriever) and Emma (Cockalier) and cats (Theo and Monster). Animals have always been an important part of my life, beginning with all the stray critters I would bring home as a young child, much to my mother’s dismay!
My career path for the past 25 years has included teaching, coaching and being a Therapeutic Recreation Director, working with people who had disabilities. This afforded me many opportunities to bring my pets along while visiting with clients – brightening up their day. I’ve had my therapy companion in many diverse settings, including group homes, residential treatment centers, senior housing and nursing homes, to name a few. Although I’ve coordinated many pet therapy programs, I especially enjoyed helping to facilitate therapeutic horseback riding programs.
Eventually, after taking a couple of years off to be a full-time mom, my passion for animals and the outdoors pulled me towards a new career path. I was drawn by an advertisement I saw by a very cool and hip pet care company needing a pet sitter and dog walker that also offered dog hiking. After a very short time, I knew this was the place for me!
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, gardening, hiking, walking my dogs, exercising and reading. Also, as a former competitive athlete, I’m an avid and passionate sports fan.
Ann is a Fort Collins Pet Sitter and Dog Walker and Poochy Doos, LLC is proud to have Ann as a part of our Professional Pet Sitting Team.
CONTINUING EDUCATION & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Pet 1st Aid, Canine & Feline CPR, Pet Tech 2012
Preventing Feline Inappropriate Elimination, Dr. Rebecca Ruch-Gallie, 2013
Behavioral Enrichment for Dogs, Harline Larkey, 2013
Seven Habits of Successful Pets, Dr. Jennie Willis, 2013
Preventing Poisoned Pets, Tina Wismer, DVM, DABUT, DABT, 2013
Canine Trailside: First Aid & Safety, Dr. Nicole Van Gurp, 2013
Understanding and Improving Interspecific Communication, Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., CAAB, 2013
Play Between Dogs, Interspecific Play with People and Quality of Life, Marc Bekoff, Ph.D., Professor Emertus CU Boulder, 2013
Creating Healthy Relationships Between Human Families, Dogs and Cats, Suzanne Hetts, Ph.D., CAAB, 2013
Cognition & Quality of Life, Julie Hecht, Ph.D., 2013
K9 Coach Certification, a K9 Wisdom Program by Cathie Lee, ABCDT, 2013
CPPS Certification, Pet Sitters International, 2013
Top Behavioral Issues for Cats: Symptoms and Solutions, Dr. Jennie Willis, 2014
Animal Relinquishment and Training for Adoption, Jai Robichaud, 2014
Creating and Maintaining Healthy Relationships Among Family Dogs, Dr. Suzanne Hetts, 2014
Pet 1st Aid, Canine & Feline CPR, Pet Tech 2014
Social Learning in Dogs: A Study of Learning By Observation and Its Efficacy in Training by Jan Casey, 2014
Understanding End of Life Issues for Pets, 2014
Canine & Feline Pet 1st Aid, Pro Pet Hero, 2016