1. What made you decide to pursue a career working with animals?
I have always loved and been around animals. I grew up with dogs and remember going to take care of my grandmother's horse and donkey with my father. I went to college for horses, wanting to pursue a career breeding the Budweiser Clydesdales and ended up scaling down to work with dogs and cats.
2. Who makes up your pet family and what type of relationships do you have with them?
King a 10.5-year-old collie who was rescued from Pennsylvania. He is a special and loving guy who is always happy and in a great mood. Even after his ruptured disc surgery he still loves to get up and take strolls around the farm with his people. I also have 6 degus Jack, Jim,( 4 years old) Norbert (6 years old), Scabbers, Crookshanks and Hedwig ( 2 years old). They are funny little animals that look like giant gerbils. They are fun to watch after a long day, especially if you put a roll of toilet paper in their enormous cages and watch them carry it to their nests!
3. Is there a particular pet story that has turned into your family folklore?
Years ago, my sister made a roast beef sandwich and left it on the kitchen table. She left the kitchen and when she came back the sandwich was gone and nowhere to be found, just Mustang with a very happy look on his face. This is the same dog that helped my sister unfrost a perfectly frosted cake for a special event.
4. If you could choose to be any animal what would it be and why?
I would be a Clydesdale. If you know me, you know how obsessed I am with this breed of horse! They are beautiful horses and I love their size(truly gentle giants) and flashiness of their feathers as they move.
5. What would you like the pet owners of Mill Pond to know about you?
I have been working at Mill Pond for over 10 years! I truly love my job- the animals and clients. In my free time I enjoy cooking, baking, reading, and doing crafts. I am the Vice President of the Orange Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary, of which I've been a member for over 20 years. I am also the Vice President in the Ct Crankin' Yanks, a CT based Ford Model T Club, active with the Model T Ford Club International on the annual tours and active with the Orange Country Fair. I live in Orange, on the family farm, with my husband, George.