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Hi, I'm Valerie Brehm.  I'm very pleased to be working with The Doggie Diva in providing excellent care for the animals in our community.  Pet-sitting, dog walking, special needs animal handling, obedience training and problem solving are among the services that I offer in Saint Petersburg and the surrounding areas.
Growing up with dogs as our family pets inspired me to work with animals through the years.  I have also volunteered at animal shelters - for over five years I've been with the SPCA Tampa Bay.  I'm a Canine Counselor, Family Dog Trainer, Foster Parent, Web Photographer, Mentor and a member of the Education and Community Outreach Committee.  I'm one of the leaders of the Dudes & Dogs program - we bring shelter dogs to the Hillsborough County Juvenile Justice Center and teach the resident boys how to train dogs in basic obedience.  In addition to learning new skills, the boys learn compassion and respect for animals, thereby benefiting themselves, the community and the animals.
I'm also a member of the Bay Area Disaster Animal Response Team and participate in caring for and rehabilitating animal victims of natural (such as hurricanes or flooding)and man-made disasters (such as puppy mills or hoarding situations). 
One of the foster dogs that I adopted was a puppy born both blind and deaf.  As she grew, I taught her basic obedience through touch - it's been a learning experience for both of us!  I spend a lot of my time at the shelter working with the scared and shy dogs - it's so wonderful to help them adapt to the environment, show their true personalities and find forever homes.
I am certified by the American Red Cross in Animal First Aid and CPR.  One of my dogs has epilepsy so I know how to handle that type of medical situation.
Please be assured that I will care for your pets as if they were my own.  You can enjoy your time away from your pets knowing that they will be well-cared for, comfortable, safe and happy.
 Thank you for your interest and I'm looking forward to hearing from you - Valerie