Mary Watterson Pet Sitting Biography

Mary Watterson

I recently moved back home to Fort Collins to be closer to my parents and soon realized pet sitting was for me! Having worked in the corporate world for years, I realized that the time I spent playing with my dogs was the most enjoyable part of my day. Whether we’re hiking the trails or playing Frisbee in the backyard, me and my dogs are all so much healthier and happier from having spent time together.

Although dogs and cats have always been and important part of my life, I hadn’t made the connection of just how fulfilling pet sitting was until I realized I enjoyed caring for my colleague’s pets more than my high-powered career. So, I chucked my career and began working on an idea to bring more of those happy moments into my life and the lives of dogs, cats and other pets. And so came the idea of opening a premiere pet sitting, dog walking and dog hiking company in Fort Collins. I was not the first person in my family to have this idea. My mom pioneered the field of professional pet care in the early 1970’s with her company Good Neighbor.

I firmly believe that there’s no better option than home-based pet sitting – and veterinarians agree! Pets get to enjoy their comfortable home surroundings and are not subjected to any increased risk of disease or injury. Likewise, they’re surrounded by all the familiar comforts of their own home, including toys, beds, sights, sounds, diet and even their family’s scent! No wonder veterinarians choose professional pet sitting for their own pets!

When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with friends, being outdoors with my dogs, gardening, cooking, spinning/weaving, reading, writing, refurbishing drums, philosophy, sports, watching movies and dining out. As an avid musician, I also enjoy gigging whenever possible.

I encourage you to look into the many exciting services we offer and compare us to other pet care professionals. When you choose Poochy Doos, LLC you’re making a strong value choice. You’re choosing the very best care possible for your pets – hands down!

Thanks again for visiting! We look forward to meeting you!


Pet 1st Aid, American Red Cross, 2010
Canine/Feline C.P.R., American Red Cross, 2010
Working with Fearful-Agressive Dogs, Diane Ellis, 2011
Working with Rescue Dogs, Tracy Derheim, 2012
On-Leash Reactivity in Dogs, Tracy Derheim, 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 for Dogs, 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 Certifiction, a K9 Wisdom Program by Cathie Lee, ABCDT, 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
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
Pet Tech, Pet 1st Aid & Canine/Feline CPR, 2014
Dog on Dog Aggression & Fighting by Dr. Ian Dunbar, 2015