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Meet Our Sitters

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Michelle Pietras - Owner

Bio:

Prior to taking over the company in 2008, Michelle worked full time as a Veterinary Technician at Louisville Family Animal Hospital.  Michelle graduated from Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas in May of 2006 with an Associate's degree in Applied Science for Veterinary Technology. She passed her national and state board tests to become a Certified Veterinary Technician. Michelle is also a member of Pet Sitters International (PSI) and has completed the PSI Certified Professional Pet Sitter course and keeps up with continuing education to remain a Certified Professional Pet Sitter. 

Pet Parent:

Michelle and her husband, Tony, enjoy their two daughters and two pups, Colby and Bella. They also have a cute kitty named Snickers.

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LeeAnn Gasparri

Bio:

LeeAnn was raised in Wyoming around both large and small animals. She graduated from Laramie   County Community College in 1995 with an AAS in Equine Studies then went on to attend Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology and graduated in 1997 with AAS in Veterinary Technology.  After passing the national exam and becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician, LeeAnn worked at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital as the surgery/anesthesia supervisor for 7 years before moving to Oregon to assist with starting Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center in 2004. At SOVSC, she worked with Board Certified Surgeons, Internal Medicine Specialists, and Critical Care/Emergency Specialists and became the Technician Supervisor and Training Supervisor.  

Pet Parent:

She lives with her husband, amazing son, three cats (Baby, Kit and Kat), a crazy yellow lab named Chance and heir son's service dog, Bingo.  In her free time she love spending time with her family, hiking, and volunteering with special needs kids using animal assisted therapy. 

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Christina Hatcher 

Bio:

Christina recently rejoined our team and we are excited to have her back! She enjoys taking care of our clients who travel in addition to working at her full time job.

Pet Parent:

She loves spending time with her fur babies Stormy, a 9 year old cat, Ein, a 1.5 year old cat, and her 4 year old dog Cassius. She enjoys exploring the great outdoors, traveling, and going to concerts.

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Robbie Cave

Bio:

She was a "foster parent" at the Humane Society of Boulder County for eight years, fostering over 400 cats and kittens during that time. Fostering was so much fun and very rewarding, but a little dangerous for her, as she had trouble taking the "special" animals back and ended up adopting them herself.  Robbie has worked for Creature Connections for over 13 years after she retired from Colorado University. When she is not working, she enjoys traveling the world.

Pet Parent:

She has had the privileged of being a real mom to twelve cats and one collie over her lifetime and has loved every minute of it.

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Tori Bennett - Midday Walker/Vacation, Overnight Sitter

Bio:

Tori grew up around animals and has pet sat for friends and family.  Some of client pets had chronic health conditions so she helped administer medications, including injections.  Tori is a degreed accountant and master nutrition therapist. She's worked as an accountant for 20 years and most recently in the farm finance department of an organic dairy.

                                   

Pet Parent:

Tori is a proud owner of an Italian Greyhound, “Bruce Wayne,” and past owner of a Pomeranian, Pug, Siamese/Tabby mix, DLH black cat, Parakeets, fish, chickens, a dairy cow, and various family pets.

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Karen Larkin - Weekday Midday Pet Sitter

Bio:

Karen has been pet sitting professionally for over 15 years. She is the previous owner of special needs English Mastiff and grew up on a farm with a variety of animals. Karen has experience with canine bone cancer patients.  She also participates as a volunteer in fundraisers for the Morris Animal Foundation and many animal shelters.

Pet Parent:

Karen is the happy owner of a Lab mix named Penny.

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Sheri Hoffman - Weekday Midday Pet Sitter

Bio:

Sheri had been pet sitting professionally for over 13 years and is educated in dog massage, Reiki - 2nd degree. She has owned cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, and quail.  Sheri is also a Broomfield Wildlife Master, Good Chow Pet Food Baker, and previously worked with UPS for 18 years.

Pet Parent:

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, “Pepper” &  “Ginger”

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Susan Ramirez - Weekday Pet Sitter

Bio:

Susan has been pet sitting professionally for over 8 years. She fosters cats and kittens, some of which need medical attention, for Maxfund animal shelter. She has experience in administering medications, including injections.  Susan also volunteers for The Mustang Center, Rocky Mountain Riding Therapy, and Almost Home Cat Adoption Center.

Pet Parent:

Cats “Sabrina” and “Sophie”, Cares for 3 feral cats: “Sam, Tammy, and Houdini”

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Laura Allison - Weekday Pet Sitter

Bio:

Laura grew up with Persians, Cocker Spaniels, a Golden Retriever, snakes, Parakeets, Finches, and bunnies.  She has also bred and trained Goldens. She has experienced in administering medications.  She also works as an office manager for Grounded Inc.

Pet Parent:

Cat “Sadie”, English Mastiff "Jax", Basset Bernard mix “Milo

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Heidi Thomas - Overnight & Weekday Pet Sitter

Bio:

Heidi has extensive experience with geriatric and large dog breeds and is also great with a wide range of animals, from hamsters to horses! She is able to administer injections and oral medications.  She is also the previous owner of Fur Get Me Not Pet Sitting since 2004. 

Pet Parent:

2 Terrier Mixes, "Maui" and "Kai"

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Kathleen Billings - Weekday Pet Sitter

Bio:

Kathleen had a Husky/Chow mix and an Airedale mix in past. Before joining our team, she has experience pet sitting on a regular basis for friends and neighbors and is experienced at giving medications.  She is retired from her career and had jobs as an Employee Relations Specialist, Senior HR Business Partner, and various HR positions which included work doing records management, onboarding and testing.

Pet Parent:

Bichon mix, "Patch", Chihuahua, "Daisy", and cat, "Norbert"

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Cassie Frankum - Weekday & Weekend Pet Sitter

Bio:

Cassie is a mom of 2 kids and many pets!  She loves animals and is a natural caretaker. She began pet sitting in an effort to help cope with the loss of her best doggie friend and never stopped!  Cassie has worked in vet clinics and worked at Camp Bow Wow through college. Taking care of pets allows her to enjoy animals while working a full time career. She absolutely loves pet sitting! 

Pet Parent:

 Cassie has 2 dogs (KC and Poppy), 2 cats (Steven and Olive), a rabbit (Camillo), tortoise cat (Itsy Bitsy) , and fish and says she "can’t get enough!"

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Jenna White - Overnight Pet Sitter

Bio:

Jenna as pet sat for friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues and has also worked as a dog washer.  Her previous personal pets were a Boston Terrier and Golden Retriever mix.  Jenna has experience giving medications. In her previous careers, Jenna was a Sales Associate at Ace Hardware, a Pet Nutritionist at Bentley's Pet Stuff, and a Wash Attendant at Wag N' Wash. Currently, she also works as a Secondary Paraprofessional at Stargate.

Pet Parent:

2 Siamese mixes "Tomo" and "Treeko", and Tabby cat, "Nala"

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Jennifer Burgess - Midday and Weekend Pet Sitter

Bio:

Jennifer has experience caring for a variety of animals, including dogs, cats, horses, guinea pigs, birds of all sorts, and rabbits. She has also been a pet sitter for family and friends. One of her current pets has a chronic issue and so she has experience giving oral meds.  Jennifer was previously a research professional for 20 years. In her spare time she enjoys riding her horse, hiking, scuba and travel. 

Pet Parent:

Boxer/Pit mix "Lily", Cat "Hansel", Rabbit "Milo" and Horse "Shoppin Spree".

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Amela Purgic - Weekend Pet Sitter

Bio:

Amela as pet sat for friends and other private clients.  She grew up with pets such as a Chihuahua, German Shepherd, Border Collie, and a Cattle Dog.  She is experienced with medication administration.  In her past, Amela has been a care provider at Dogtopia doggie daycare, a Cashier, a Hostess, Line Cook, Server, Shift Lead, and a Shipping Administrator.

Pet Parent:

Border Collies "Sandor" and "Boone", Cattle Dog Mix "Malek".

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Kay Alber - Overnight Pet Sitter

Bio:

Kay has owned small dogs, cats, and reptiles. Her pet experience includes pet sitting for neighbors and friends and dog walking at an animal shelter.  She is experienced in medication administration.  In her past, she rescued big dogs while in Europe, fostering them until they were well & adoptable, and then found forever homes for them. She also brought back 1 rescue dog and 4 rescue cats of her own when she moved back to the US in 2006. While in Europe, she was a teacher for 24 years. She retired in 2006.

Pet Parent:

Border Collie mix, "Luna"

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Ashley Smith - Overnight Pet Sitter

Bio:

Ashley grew up with various pets, home bred and raised AKC Labradors, and was a Professional Pet Groomer for over 7 years. She regularly attends seminars and workshops for safe pet handling and current grooming skills.  Previously, she worked at a doggie daycare. She is also a current Pet Groomer at Community Pet Hospital

Pet Parent:

Chocolate Lab “Ruger”, Beagle “Rags”, Labrador Weimaraner Mix “Halle”

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Sandy Williams - Overnight Pet Sitter

Bio:

Sandy has been a pet sitter for friends and co-workers, has personally owned cats, Labrador Retrievers, a Maltese, Terrier mix, a Samoyed, Golden Retriever, and  even helped birth a litter of pups.  She is experienced in administrating medications, including injections.  She currently is a pet sitter for 2 pet sitting companies and is a previous Dental Assistant and was an Office Manager for an Endodontist.

Pet Parent:

3 cats "Morton", "Wezzer", and  "Lucky", and 1 mixed breed dog "Bailey"

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Katie Sanchez - Overnight Pet Sitter

Bio:

Katie has been a foster parent for pets that are awaiting adoption and has helped care for healthcare client's pets.  Katie grew up with a Black Lab and a Golden Retriever. She is skilled at medication administration, including injections.  She also works as an Occupational Therapist, both home-based and in Skilled Nursing Facilities.

Pet Parent:

4 cats; “Tulo", "Dharma", "Steve" and "AJ”

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Denise Smith - Overnight Pet Sitter

Bio:

Denise has lived with dogs and cats her whole life and raised AKC Labrador Retrievers for 5 years when her children were growing up. She administered 1st and 2nd shots to the puppies at about 8 weeks of age and has also administered oral medications to dogs and cats as a pet sitter - for about 5 years. Denise has had many different jobs over the years but working with animals is by far the best job she's ever had the privilege of doing.   Denise says "I look forward to caring for your pets as if they were my own. I will also respect your home as if it were my own."

Pet Parent:

Denise currently is the proud owner of a female Beagle named Bambi who is 1 ½ years old and is a great companion whom she loves very much.  

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Lissa Farmer - Midday Walker, Vacation and Overnight Pet Sitter

Bio:

Lissa has been working with animals since volunteering at the local humane society at the age of 12!  She started her own business in North Carolina called Fido and Feline Friends and later moved to Colorado for other endeavors!  She is a concept artist who left a large company recently, and is thoroughly enjoying freelance work! She says that she is a massive nerd for sci-fi and animation!  She loves working with animals and could never give it up!

Pet Parent:

Lissa has had cats and guinea pigs as personal pets as a kid. She recently had to say goodbye to her best friend, Thor ("the most dog like Maine Coon Cat that ever existed") and she is still recovering. Her favorite pets are cats and chickens, but she loves all the kinds animals that she gets to work with!

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Bebhinn (Bev) Nagle - Vacation Pet Sitter

Bio:

Bebhinn (Bev for short) has been a certified veterinary technician for over 10 years, working in general practices, emergency, and specialty hospitals, as well as for animals in medical research.  She's a life-long pet-lover, dancer, and science nerd who finds joy in bonding with all kinds of creatures, especially her personal cat.

Pet Parent:

Cat "Julian" and a white-capped Pionus bird.

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Cindy Schreiber Huxley - Virtual Assistant and Occasional Vacation Pet Sitter

Bio:

Cindy has owned two local pet sitting companies in the past, worked as a veterinary office manager and assistant, volunteered for a wildlife sanctuary rehabilitating injured and orphaned raccoons and squirrels, and is a retired Registered Nurse and Electrical Engineer.  She currently owns her own Virtual Assisting business.

Pet Parent:

Norwegian Elkhound, "Zepper," Pomeranian "Gabby," and Elsa the Tortoiseshell cat 

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Brittany Hoback - Weekday and weekend Pet Sitter

Bio:

Brittany was raised on a farm in West Tennessee and earned a degree in Natural Resource Management.  She is a lover of all animals, all shapes and sizes. She worked in a vet clinic in her earlier years and has advanced experience with dogs, cats and horses. Brittany has had many pets throughout the years including birds, cats, and dogs.

She's worked with many different animals from as small as a mouse to a big fuzzy black bear and her cubs.

Pet Parent:

Her best friends are her dog Dusty that travels the country with her and her horse Josie.

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