Born and raised in Philly, I group up in a household where the animals always outnumbered the humans!
At the age of 8, I joined 4-H to raise and train puppies for the Seeing Eye, Inc. My puppy was always by my side – at school, church, the grocery store, on the bus/train, at the airport, at the bank and so on. By 1997, when I entered Princeton University as a freshman, I had raised 13 puppies that went on to careers as guide dogs all over the United States. My family continues to raise and train Seeing Eye puppies.
After college, I came home to Philly and became a volunteer foster parent for several local area animal rescues. Many of the dogs and cats I gave a temporary home to were special needs or older, and in dire need of lots of love. I am pleased to say that every single one of them found a forever home! And, of course, two of them – Lemmy and Maybellene – found a forever home with me!
For over a decade, I worked for several national non-profit organizations based in Philly and Washington, DC working on social welfare issues for underserved, underprivileged and underrepresented individuals and communities. In 2011, I began walking dogs and pet sitting on the side and instantly fell in love with the work and all of my clients!
In 2013, Lemmy, Maybellene and I moved to Baltimore and opened Tails of the City Baltimore when I realized my passion to work with animals (and for myself) far outweighed my desire to work behind a desk.
Today, Lemmy, Maybellene and I are back in Philly because we missed it so much! And we are excited to bring you quality pet care when you can’t be there with Tails of Philly!