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Hi, I'm Shirley Vick, co-owner of The Doggie
Diva. My family has always had a diverse group
of animals. Growing up, we raised everything
from fish, birds, cows, sheep to even a
groundhog. We had many dogs and even a cat. All
my Iife, I have always had at least one dog. At
one point I raised Lhasa Apsos. I now have
three dogs, 2 Rottweilers and a
Miniature Australian Shepherd.
I volunteer at The SPCA Tampa Bay where I am a
Family Dog Trainer, Canine Counselor, a member
of the Community Outreach Committee and also a
Foster Parent. I assist in The Dudes and Dogs
Program, where we bring shelter dogs to the
Hillsborough County Justice Center and instruct
the residents on how to train these dogs in
basic obedience. This is not only rewarding for
the animals but also for the boys. This helps to
teach the boys to have respect and compassion
for animals. I am also a member of the Tampa Bay
Disaster Animal Response Team (DART) and qualify for
National (DART). I am Certified by The American
Red Cross in Animal First Aid and CPR.
Being involved with animal rescue is so
rewarding to me. My greatest joy is working with
animals and being able to provide loving care
for the pets in our community.