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As a child growing up, I always had a connection with animals and was always bringing home the local stray.  My family always had animals. We always had a dog or two and occasionally cats. I always knew I wanted to have a career with animals. Back in 1998, I raised Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Malamutes and also had the experience in the show ring. This was a great experience for me and watching those puppies take their first breath is something I will always cherish. I worked closely with my veterinarian  and even assisted in one of the c-sections. Many years later, after a few career changes I started volunteering at the SPCA Tampa Bay where I am currently a Family Dog Trainer, Canine Counselor, Web Photographer,  and a member of the Community Outreach Committee. I am also a member of the DisasterAnimal Response Team (DART) which does so much to help the animals. It is so rewarding to be able to give love and comfort to these animals that come from puppy mills, hurricanes, dog fighting rings, hoarding situations or other types of disasters. I personally adopted one of the puppy mill dogs from the SPCA Tamp Bay. He is a little Chihuahua that came with a lot of emotional trauma not to mention his physical condition was horrible.

He is incredible with such a kind heart despite the cruelty and neglect he endured for almost 10years of his life living in a filthy cramped cage in the puppy mill. After adopting “Lukey”, I began my training in Reiki and Canine Massage. I attended Animal Healing Arts and am now a Certified Canine Massage Therapist.  I also completed my Reiki training and became an Usui Reiki Master. The Reiki has really helped my Lukey work through his emotional trauma and become more trusting of people. I started The Doggie Diva in 1998 where I have the pleasure of caring for other people’s  pets.

It is wonderful to be able to give people the peace of mind to be away from their pets and know they are receiving the best possible care while they are away.  I then started up Pawzitive Zensations where I offer Reiki and Massage for animals. These two modalities of therapy work so well with animals as they are so in tune to energy work. I am also certified in Pet CPR and Pet First Aid. In 2010 I expanded both of my businesses and now have two wonderful partners Susan Voight and Shirley Vick. Both businesses are continuing to grow and I am very fortunate to have a full time career being with animals and doing what I love. It is a dream come true for me!